Yes, there’s so much information that it’s hard to retain just listening once. Since it’s not a story, it can be listened to over and over
There’s no characters.
It was hard to tell where one chapter or idea ended. This book would be best read rather than listened to.
I would try another Rick Hanson book but nothing read by Alan Bomar Jones
No. Narrator is monotone and reads like a 4th grader. No emphasis on keywords, no change in tone or volume, no breaks between sentences and paragraphs.
John Lee. The narrator for "The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation" by Thich Nhat Hanh.
I don't know. It was too hard to listen to.
Book Review Haiku Mike
Good book if you are trying to understand how your brain works. The approach of nueroscientist/buddhist is very effective in jumping back and forth between the physical nature of the brain and its interconnections with the spiritual nature of the mind.
The physical effects of kindness, awareness and love on the brain surprised me.
The narrator did an admirable job with a pretty dry tome.
That my behaviors have as profound impact on my brain chemistry as they do on those around me.
Worth a listen.
informative, thought-provoking, ah-ha
The authors write about dart throwing. Darts are comments that might be taken as offensive or hurtful to the receiver of those words. I was made aware of how easy it is to fall into a cycle of dart throwing.First dart thrown receives a second dart back from the receiver who chooses to respond to the first dart. Dart three is then returneded by speaker one who does not allow speaker two to have the last word, and on and on. Worst case scenario of this pattern of dart throwing is that it can warp one's perception so that darts are seen where there actually is no dart. Anticipation of the dart is enough to make it real.
This book is not one that can be read or listened to only once. Being a long time out of a college biology class, the anatomical terms used in the first half of the book, although familiar, needed dusting off. I relistened to the first six chapters multiple times, and it was worth the doing because I was able to fully enjoy the practical suggestions in the latter half of the book.
This is an excellent and useful book, but it is hard going because of a reading that sounds like the guy who narrates "The Way Things Work" on cable TV. It has a quality of canned narration with misplaced emphasis that is sadly distracting in this delicate account of the relationship between the way one's brain works and the practice of contemporary Buddhism.
The ideas were jumbled and did not seem to follow on from each other. the reading was jerky and heard to follow.
I was disappointed especially because the forwards were by esteemed authorities themselves.
The information that the book provides is very helpful. However, the audio was very difficult to follow because of all the acronyms and repetition of spoken words. It does not flow like I thought it would.
a more well versed narrator
no, it's not a story
An interesting book that is worth the read but skip the preface and introduction. Quite a bit of discussion on how the brain works and the evolution of the brain as it relates to human instincts, etc.. It presents an interesting perspective on meditation and controlling / reprogramming the brain with neurobiology in mind. It is consistent with a number of books Iâve read on neuroscience but since that field is still in its infancy the authors have to stretch to make some conclusions. The brain science and mediation effects on the brain could use more support. All in all still a good read.
Yes, I would listen again. I also have the printed version and I have other similar reference books and other materials. I'm a Zen master and a Neurologist. I integrate alternative medicine in my practice. I give several lectures and lead several retreats every year. I use reference material all the time. I have added this title to my reference material. It is well written and has substantial and reliable peer reviewed references. This is a resource that I would highly recommend to people interested in undestanding the neurobiology of meditation, prayer and the effects of neuroimmunology in supporting health and aiding in the treatment of disease.
The structure of the book is well layed out and has a logical sequence with easy to understand language and straightforward linking of concepts to the scientific concepts and references.
Other recommended reading: "Who is in charge" by Michael Gazzaniga
I have recommended the book....not the audiobook!...to many people.
Learning how our thoughts can change our neural pathways.
Anyone who could talk in a conversational voice rather than a monotone. The pacing and lack of inflection in his voice made it difficult to maintain attention. It was hard to know when there were subheadings or breaks since everything ran together.
Hard to say. The narration was soooooo boring that I wish I had gotten the Kindle version instead.