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Joseph

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  • Meditation Works in the Daoist, Buddhist and Hindu Traditions

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Livia Kohn
    • Narrated By Tracy Hundley
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Based on extensive cultural studies and long years of practice, Livia Kohn creates a new typology of meditation, based on six distinct ways of accessing the subconscious. In a special chapter on each type, she outlines the physiology, world view, and traditional practice as well as its modern medical adaptations and organizational settings. Providing a thorough theoretical framework combined with a comprehensive, analytical overview, the book greatly advances our understanding of meditation.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent Subject Matter - Horrible Narration"
    "Excellent Subject Matter - Horrible Narration"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator familiar enough with the subject matter to pronounce things correctly (see comments below)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Meditation Works in the Daoist, Buddhist and Hindu Traditions?

    The subject matter was very good throughout.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tracy Hundley’s performances?

    No way. Especially not if there are any foreign or hard to pronounce words involved!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Meditation Works in the Daoist, Buddhist and Hindu Traditions?

    Nothing. The subject matter is very good.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has very good subject matter, but this is more than offset by narration that is rife with mispronunciations. Tracy Hundley's voice is pleasant enough, but what a mess she makes attempting to pronounce important names and words. As a few examples, if you are familiar with the subject and know Thich Nhat Hanh and Milarepa you could probably sort this all out.... but if you are new to the topic, good luck researching "Tittnahon" and "Meal-a-rape-a" which is the way their names are pronounced in the audiobook. The audio is chock full of these vocal aberrations. I would highly recommend that the publisher re-do this audiobook with a narrator that can correctly pronounce the words it contains. It is a shame that such a good book has been ruined by a bad narrator.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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