Substantively very powerful. Highly recommend. Voice of narrator sometimes grated on me but I got beyond that because of the content.
I wanted to like this book, but I had to stop after 9 chapters. The author keeps hammering the same point in various incarnations: disconnect from your feelings, disconnect from reality. It's Buddhism repackaged for a casual Western reader, a collection of New Age mambo jumbo pop psychology.
Thoreau's Walden ("Reading") and Ayn Rand's introduction to The Fountainhead (25th anniversary edition) summarize my library well.
This self-help audiobook wins on so many fronts. I have completed this title three times in my first year of owning it. If you have no regrets about your past and no fears about your future, carry on. For the rest of us, there is 'Untethered.'
- The author puts the reader in the driver's seat. Untethered dances with and unites various schools of eastern and western theology. But in contrast to stereotyped theologies where your behavior is guided and judged by a higher being, Singer puts full control of happiness in the reader's hands. It's your choice. And that's what all the theologies (in Singer's interpretation, which I enjoy) are saying. The consequence of not taking control is not a scorned afterlife or life of guilt, it's simply Your Loss, Right Now, which Singer subtly convinces you is worse than any of the aforementioned. It's this 'selfish' road that Singer lets the reader walk that subtly and ultimately frees the reader from their own mental blocks.
- The narration is SUPERB. Berkrot reads this book as if he were throwing a bucket of ice water at your face, telling you to wake the hell up and free yourself from your own mental and emotional restraints. He interprets Singer's words beautifully, with force and high fidelity; I can't imagine this book being narrated in any other fashion.
- Singer pulls no punches. He goes after your heartbreaks, anxieties and insecurities with simple words, repeated messages and dismantling intentions. And then teaches not only HOW to do dismantle these fears for yourself, but WHY it is utterly essential for you to do so. The tales of 'The House' and 'The Dog' are wonderful; I find myself thinking about these allegories often.
Bravo Michael Singer and Peter Berkrot.
Spirituality made simple. As simple as that. This is not your usual spiritual comercial book. This is simple, but serious stuff.
A must read, a book about what we are doing to our selves. Reminding us to and how to live in the present moment. How to help heal our hearts and lives and others around us