Deepak Chopra's part.
Debbie Ford: no way. The other two: probably
Debbie Ford's way of reading made me want to cry. I skipped that section instead.
I find Debbie Ford's choice of language very "Hollywood". She uses words like "superstar" to describe our higher self. In addition, her voice is beyond annoying. It's not the actual sound of her voice, which is kind of nice, but the way and tone in which she reads the material. She sounds very inauthentic and superficial. Her overall writing and reading style are, to me, very "American". After maybe 5 minutes I decided to skip over her part of the book.Marianne Williamson uses the word "god" a lot. I know what she means, and I just substitute the word "spirit" or "universe"...but if the word "god" is difficult for you, as it is for me, then it may be hard to listen to her.Deepak Chopra's part was excellent, although his reading style is rather dry and flat. I got used to it though and I really enjoyed his part.I found it hard to rate this audiobook, because the parts that touched me did so deeply and have changed the way I look at other people and the difficult relationships in my life. I have done a lot of therapy and workshops and read a lot of these types of books, and yet this was something new and different.Overall worth the annoying bits!
Again I bought the audio version, and have always been a fan of Marianne...really nice to hear Deepak (sometimes his accent is tricky, but who cares!) and I had never heard of Debbie, and it was nice to experience her as well. I always assume that there is something I can learn from Marianne...I believe she should work with our President Obama and be one of our Spiritual Leaders of this country...her wisdom and point of view, not mention her humor (which is not really evident in this book as much as it is in so much of her work)...would certainly make this a kinder, gentler, world. If you don't mind the use of the word "God" (and you can always substitute another word: Universe, Love, Nature, Higher-Self) I think you would get a lot out of this book. I love the audio version, because I can walk or jog or workout at the gym while listening.
I first read this book a few months back and was blown away. I got the most out of Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson. I purchased the book so I could re-read it while driving. Once again I found those two authors to be amazing. Just one of these authors is worth the price of the book. Debbie Ford not so much but has some great ideas. I find myself in the audiobook version skipping over Mr Chopra. The only voice I find more bothersome is Eckhart Tolle. I know that if I could quiet my mind to hear the message instead of the voice all would be well, but thats exactly why I picked up the audiobook in the first place, to hear a message, not trying to strain to hear the message.
Again, Marianne Williamson alone is worth the price of the audiobook.
I normally give ratings but do not write reviews, but Debbie Ford's section was so bad that I had to write a review to warn any potential buyers about it. Her voice was very painful to listen to (it sounded very nasal and she read in a very drawn out, monotonous way). It was extremely annoying, like a school girl droning on a book that she did not want to read in the first place. In fact, it was so bad that I skipped over to Marianne's section after wincing through 2 chapters.
From reading the other reviews, it seems a couple other listeners had issues with Debbie Ford's narration as well.
On the other hand, Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson did great. Deepak's content was more factual and theoretical, which adds a nice dimension to Marianne's content which is more on personal experience and personal insights (which is great too). Some listeners seemed to have issues with Deepak's voice/narration, but being brought up in a multi-cultural environment I have no problems understanding him at all. Marianne's voice has a very nice and gentle touch to it, and I really enjoyed hearing her narration.
This is my first book from Deepak so I can't comment about some listeners' comments about how he rehashed the same content from his other books. This is my second book from Marianne (first being A Course in Weight Loss) and I enjoy her work a lot.
(PS: I would have given the book 4-5 stars for Overall/Performance/Story if not for Debbie Ford's section.)
Will recommend Deepak and Marianne's sections. Will definitely NOT recommend Debbie's section.
Deepak and Marianne's performances are great. I love Marianne's voice - it's soft and gentle. Debbie Ford's performance is terrible. She should have gotten a professional narrator instead.
Good books are hard to find!
Section 2 was Debbie Ford's part, and was the only good part of the book. The part by Deepak was torture, and Williamson was OK but not great.
only Section 2.
This was so disappointing. I really enjoy Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson in the past but Debbie Ford's introduction was overly dramatic and repetitive, it seemed to set the tone for the rest of the book. I really felt they where stretching trying to come up with something interesting to say. If I could return it and get my money back I would.
I am attempting to get through this book. The book is read, not expressed. The tone is monotonous and I am having trouble staying with it.... there is no inspiration in the thoughts being expressed and the thoughts are worth hearing.
This is a great piece of work overall and I'll listen to it again. While I respect Deepak's vast knowledge and expertise, this reading is a little difficult to stay with. I would have preferred to see a professional reader take his part, but Marianne and Debbie's parts were very good. Another excellent addition to my audio collection for powerful listening.
This book gave me a new perception of the Human side insede of us...
And helps me accept the part of me and our society that we do not necessarily like...
But that is a part of us...
This book helps people become Better Human Beeings...
Someone already walked part of the path of life... and they are donating their experiances...
I found Deepak's portion great... enlightening and rewarding. The remainder would be well-received by a teenage girl having problems in school. I found it narrow and tough to get through.