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Anne

Ocean Springs, MS, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • No Death, No Fear: Comforting Wisdom for Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Narrated By Ken McLeod
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
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    (17)
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    (13)

    "Our biggest fear," says poet and Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, "is that we will become nothing when we die. If we think that we cease to exist when we die, we have not looked very deeply at ourselves." It is possible to live every day without being afraid of what happens when we die. Through a close examination of who we are, how we exist, and how we live, we can conquer our fear to live a freer and happier life. Through stories and lucid teachings, Thich Naht Hanh brings peace of mind to a difficult subject, and shows is how to live a happier life, free of fear.

    Anne says: "Not the best of Thay's teachings, but still good."
    "Not the best of Thay's teachings, but still good."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe. For me, Thay's words on death and the fear of it were good, but I was expecting to have more of a revelation on it. To be fair, this was my own fault, and not Thay's. It would depend on where the seeker is coming from on this topic.


    Was No Death, No Fear: Comforting Wisdom for Life worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Masters: Mozart - His Life and Music

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
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    (30)

    Even from the perspective of time, it is nearly impossible to grasp the full contribution made to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in his brief and glorious life. He composed his first symphony at the age of 8 and reached full artistic maturity by the time he was only 20. And when he died at the age of 35, he left a legacy of more than 600 works of brilliance - symphonies, chamber music, operas, and more - most composed during an incredibly productive 20-year period.

    Amazon Customer says: "More Great Listening!"
    "One of the Professors You Wish You'd Had"
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    Professor Greenberg's lecture delivery is as informative as it is entertaining. He covers the basics of Mozart's life, addressing many common misconceptions. The lecture isn't technical in terms of music by any means, but does give clear examples of the material described. I imagine the video lectures of this series would have been better, but as I listen to most audiobooks in the car or while at work, this is the next best thing. If you are fan of classical (concert) music, and enjoy lectures that are very conversational, then this will suit you just fine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Levitin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrman
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (108)

    In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music - its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it - and the human brain. Levitin draws on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen.

    Paul Mullen says: "Neuroscience for the right brain"
    "Half Music/Half Neuroscience"
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    A tad more heavy on the neuroscience than I expected, the book was still a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why I Am a Buddhist: No-Nonsense Buddhism with Red Meat and Whiskey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Stephen T. Asma
    • Narrated By Tom Pile
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
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    (40)

    There have been a lot of books that have made the case for Buddhism. What makes this book fresh and exciting is Asma's iconoclasm, irreverence, and hardheaded approach to the subject. He is distressed that much of what passes for Buddhism is really little more than "New Age mush." He loudly asserts that it is time to "take the California out of Buddhism." And he presents a spiritual practice that does not require a belief in creeds or dogma.

    Ben says: "Superb presentation of Buddhism in a modern world"
    "Good Commentary on Modern Western Buddhism"
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    What did you love best about Why I Am a Buddhist?

    As a parent, I liked how he related stories of dealing with his young son while still trying to practice Buddhist concepts. The book is not a focus on parenting, though.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I enjoyed the narration and it was a good performance. I laughed a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a deal-breaker, but the editor of the audio apparently stopped doing his job in the last 10 minutes or so. You can hear Tom Pile re-read a few sentences when he didn't seem happy with the first version. It was actually kind of funny.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1370)
    Performance
    (1283)
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    Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

    Jeff says: "Of superior quality! Worthy of Sci Fi prize"
    "Awesome Story!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis the most enjoyable?

    Daniel Davis, hands down, made this recording what it is. He executes different voices between characters that you could almost just listen to the dialog as an audio play.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis?

    I loved seeing the events leading up the Episode 1 and seeing how intricate the web was weaved,


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to say... pass. Though I certainly didn't care for the massive spoiler concerning Darth Revan about two-thirds of the way though. I was planning on getting


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    All through the recording, I felt like it should have been named


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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