No, Jon's narration is robotic. If you want to sleep then listen to this book. Frankly it was so much so I could gained very little from this book. When I was able to keep my attention on the robotic voice I did have some insight. I think the book is overall good, but really get another person to read it and re-publish the audio book.
Have another person narrate the book. Jon reads with no emotion, no emphasis any word or idea. I have tried to listen to this book many times. The last time was a flight and I fell into a deep sleep.
Speaks very mono-tone.
I would not purchase any audible book that Jon narrates.
i love jon kabat-zinn, and love listening to him speak. this however, was him reading his own book. in a very voring monotonous tone.
just look up jon kabat-zinn on youtube. MUCH better content when he's lectures.
Yes if he was not narrating
Completely. It was hard to take it Seriously
The music was a little distracting, but it was only there in the transitions from chapters
While I think Jon Kabat-Zinn's message is critically important to our health and well being in this wild and crazy world. I did however, find the narration so calm and soothing that I had trouble staying focused. I found myself leaving the "moment" he quietly murmured about, and thinking about all the nagging things on my to do list. It was solid evidence that I REALLY need this book, but I have to be present in the moment to HEAR the book if I am to learn anything. I upped the narration speed on my Kindle a bit and it helped. Worth the listen, but maybe in small "moments" instead of your long commute.
This is an easy to listen to self help audio book with some good tips for the meditation journey. It's pretty simple so good for beginners. I found it helpful to listen to when I have insomnia and it helps still my mind when I can't sleep. Recommend.
Can't live without audio books! My eyes thank the inventor:-))
the little background music is very relaxing & the meditation descriptions
mindfulness is letting go and living the moment.
I'e started working on being mindful with my household chores. It's tougher than I thought!
No because the terrible, frequent musical "interludes" distract from & ruin the narration.
Yes but only if I knew in advance that his other audiobooks were not similarly affected.
He is a fine narrator but badly let down by this production.
No, it stands up on its own.
It might seem churlish to focus so much on the bad music given Kabat-Zinn's otherwise profound teachings on mindfulness but the music really did completely ruin this audiobook for me. It's the worst sort of cheap, synthy, badly recorded, "mystical" rubbish that mars so many works on meditation and the like. It comes at the beginning and end of every section of the book; is overlaid on top of the narration for minutes at a time, altogether taking up at least a quarter of the running time; and is completely at odds with the voice of Kabat-Zinn and the character of his work, at least for me. In the end, I gave up listening to the last hour of it. Kabat-Zinn's work on mindfulness is the most lucid and illuminating I've yet come across but unless you're very good at filtering out background noise, I unfortunately have to recommend avoiding this one.
Don't know. I think the audio gets you more relax to meditate
It's a very easy listen. I would recommend it if you are looking into meditation.
reader & writer
What I like the most about the work of Kabat-Zinn is the lack of mysticism, and the down-to-earth practical guidance he gives us throughout his writing.
I use this book as a reminder and source in my own everyday mindfulness praxis, it is informative and full of well tempered humor.
The only negative side to this production is that there are to few chapters in the audible version of the text.
I love to listen to to everything from self-help books to Clive Cussler.
I had a very hard time getting interested in the book because the narrator/author was monotone. He needs to stick to writing and let someone else do the talking.