I thought this was going to be a self-help, kind of 'attitude-adjustment' book. Instead it began trying to inspire me due to the fact that the molecules in my body were once part of the stars. I lost patience with the author as he slid further and further down a silly metaphysical oratory hole and did not finish listening. I realize that may disqualify me as a reviewer, but is a statement on its own. I have not quit other Audible books and almost always tough it out to the end in reading.
I doubt that anyone who has a science background will feel their money was well spent.
The teachings here I found to be less compelling than I expected. There are nuggets of wisdom, but somehow I didn't find here something that could change me spiritually. Tolle's "The Power of Now" and "New Earth", or Chopra's "7 Spiritual Laws" and "Synchrodestiny" are more enlightening.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (personal development) - So I was at a day-long seminar listening to boring professional stuff presented by various speakers. Then a woman came to the podium to speak. She was radiant and exuded personal acceptance and joy. She recommended this book, so I decided to check it out.
The book is pretty "deep," but it presents some simple, worthwhile principles to live by. It is based on ancient Toltec philosophy and religion, but the teachings are timeless and valid today. Some of it is commonsense stuff that is presented in a different light that will make you think. There is some coverage of God and religion, but the book is more about setting yourself emotionally free from personal baggage and beliefs that keep you from becoming the best and happiest person you can be.
PERFORMANCE - Peter Coyote (yes, the actor) reads the book and does a great job, although his talents are somewhat wasted reading a non-emotional, informative text. There is also flute music.
OVERALL - Enjoyable and informative with good reminders of things to work on. Not a must-hear, but it is worth the sale price and the short time I spent listening. Unfortunately, I haven't been transformed into a radiant personality like the speaker at the seminar....
Personally I do not generally care for audio books, I get too distracted & find myself not paying attention. However, when this book was recommended to me, I had no time to read. So instead, I downloaded it to listen to in the morning on my way to work. I didn't want to stop. I finished it that day. For this particular book, I always tell people to listen, rather than read. Listening to the storytellers inflections & pauses really brings the message to life, more than I think just reading it in your head, which could possibly be boring.
None that I have read, however i literally recommend this book to everyone I know. I was told about it by a co-worker who was helping mentor me through a difficult time at work. However, as soon as I read it, I was so moved, so excited by it's message I immediately rushed home & made all 3 of my teenagers/young adults listen to it & I recommend it to people all the time.
No I have not, but I thought his voice was perfect for this book.
Many, this book has basically become my new mantra. I had the four agreements written on like 3 different sticky notes, posted around my work area so that throughout the day I would stop & think about them & reflect how my day was going & remind myself to apply those rules to my responses. This book really changed my life & how I view or respond to the things that happen to me on a daily basis. It definitely made a difficult & stressful work environment much more tolerable.
READ THIS BOOK!
Well actually JUST LISTEN!
Trust me you will not regret it!
I highly reccomend this wonderful audiobook. One of the best I have come across. I like all of the books by this author, with this paticular one being his best in my opinion. I like the content of the book as well as the narrarator's voice.
Beautifully read, wonderful uplifting content. What more could one want. Even the most jaded and cynical of you won't fail to be captivated. Colonic irrigation for the soul!
The content of the book is definitely worth the read. For me though, the readers voice was a little too mellow to keep my attention. I usually listen in the car to and from work. The deep melodic tone and rythym of his voice combined with slow moving traffic was a challenge for me. I think I may have done better reading the physical book in my own voice.
So, the fist part..the introduction and set up if you will is hard to grasp. It sounds hoakie until you get to the actual agreements. Then it gest very real. Definitely a very good read and I fully intend to practice the four agreements....