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Vik

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  • The Seat of the Soul: 25th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Gary Zukav
    • Narrated By Gary Zukav, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (162)

    With the same extraordinary skill that he used to demystify scientific abstraction and the new physics, Gary Zukav, the award-winning author of The Dancing Wu Li Masters, here takes us on a brilliant and penetrating exploration of the new phase of evolution we have now entered.

    Vik says: "A True Spiritual Classic"
    "A True Spiritual Classic"
    Overall

    Listening to Gary Zukav calmly explaining his views on spirituality, you would never guess that he was once a Green Beret serving in Vietnam and, by his own confession, a former sex addict (listen to his very honest Miboso interview at his website, www.zukav.com). And yet here is a man who realized that facing enemies out in the jungles of Vietnam and sleeping around with women were actually ways to avoid facing his inner enemies of fear and insecurity. Here is a man who changed from an angry soldier trained to kill into a quiet, gentle human being trained to love. Anyone who has seen him on Oprah (where he was introduced to most of us) has witnessed his gentleness and humility.

    Gary's personal journey is an example of what he believes humanity is experiencing as a whole: we are beginning to realize that controlling other people and outer circumstances cannot bring us true happiness and fulfillment. We are also beginning to acknowledge that dimensions of reality beyond the five senses exist, and that we interact with those dimensions. To sum up, we are transforming from five-sensory humans into multi-sensory humans. "The Seat of the Soul" is a personal guide to that transformation.

    A summary might go like this: your soul picks aspects of itself that desire growth and healing, and then incarnates into a physical form having those aspects. You then draw to yourself people and experiences that awaken the unhealed parts of you and provide opportunities to consciously change your choices. When you stop making choices from fear and instead choose to act in love and trust, you experience healing and growth on your spiritual path. Paying attention to your emotions and your intuitions is very important in this process, as well as honest analysis of your intentions in every situation. And you always have help available in the form of nonphysical guides and teachers.

    The book is well-written, and I found Mr. Zukav's reading to be perfect: calm and clear.

    57 of 58 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9092)
    Performance
    (5153)
    Story
    (5197)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Good series, VERY bad audio version"
    Overall

    I am not the type of person to trash something that people have worked hard on, especially regarding an acting performance since I was an actor for a few years myself. I can imagine that the amount of material alone must have been daunting, and kudos to these people for giving it a try.

    That being said, this audio presentation of Robert Jordan's "The Eye of the World" is one of the most poorly performed I've ever heard. My point for saying this is not to insult the performers of this audiobook, but to caution readers from making any judgments about the series based on this audiobook.

    What makes it so bad? The simplest way I can put it is that the performers (the male more so) seem to think that "fantasy" books have to sound EPIC and you have to O-VER PRO-NOUNCE everything. Listen to the sample and you'll know what I'm talking about. This is exactly the WRONG way to perform fantasy, which is in fact more effective when an actor doesn't "act" and instead tries to make it sound realistic and believable (this is what made the performances in the film version of THE LORD OF THE RINGS work so well).

    I could go much more into detail, but then it would be a critique the actors of this audio version would find more useful than you, the reader. For you, my recommendation is to read the actual book and hope someday they try to remake this. This is too many hours of bad acting to waste your time with.

    12 of 25 people found this review helpful

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