I read and listened to other versions of the same teachings and been inspired by them but this is a very bleak and matter of fact presentation of these ideas. If you are just learning about this way of thinking or being you should not start with this. I would look to Jon Kabat Zinn for a more realistic approach. I'm going out on a limb here but I feel that the Dali lama is so out of touch with the common man that it is difficult for him to present these ideas in a way that would appeal to the common man with everyday and current times struggle. His world is too far removed.
I've never heard of Dan Harris and am not interested in his career but that's all I've heard about for the first hour of this book. I wish I had known who he was because I wouldn't have bought the book. He is an uninteresting and often annoying person. My very first thought was that this man's voice is really annoying, and when he revealed that he was a TV news reporter I was amazed. In truth I can't really give an honest assessment of the whole book because I can't listen to the rest of it.
The technical stuff is fascinating and compelling although it's ridiculous that he could manage so much. A lot of the tech was beyond my understanding but I do know something about character development and these characters had almost none.The are all very flat and often stereotypical. The constant jokes (if you can call them that) were all, and I mean all very hokey and corny. Comic relief is just that, relief. When every fourth line is a wise crack it's just irritating. Jokes in an action movie or Drama should be carefully and perfectly placed. Mark's constant smart cracking jokey attitude was so irritating that I wanted his suit to pop a seal after awhile. I hope that the screenplay writer improves on this because the adventure is compelling although completely impossible.
I just can't listen to the guy go on about how strong, smart, stalwart and heroic he is. The relentless details of his training are not what i thought this story was about but here I am 5 hrs in and we're still in training!. Early on it reads like a military recruitment commercial and all the light hearted comments are so corny its like it was written for another era. Not sure I can listen anymore. I think the movie must cut out all this stuff.
Some interesting and informative lecture material but mostly a very uninteresting shotgun approach to critical thinking. I found myself getting bored with it and the applause before and after lectures is laughable as it is obvious there is no actual audience.
I've been an Irving fan for many years now but this book might be my last. There are some nice moments in this book but all the self indulgent dialog about writers dilemmas and the personal political rantings in the guise of a tough libertarian character are better left to an editorial page not literature. Of course he finds a way to slip in wrestling, a classic Irving subject that he has beaten into the ground. I can't believe he slipped in the Trade Center attack so that he could comment on it for pages? Please John, save it for the editorial page or your blog. I think we're seeing an author that has done his best work already and is now just putting out uninspired work. Hopefully there is another great novel in him but this isn't it
His choice of voices for many characters was bizarre. He uses this old crone for the beautiful Dragon Queen and other inappropriate voices for many others that are all similar. I would rather he not try to do the odd impersonations and just change his infliction where needed. Extremely annoying to listen to him.
This series has jumped the shark. I think Martin never really had a solid structure for it and is just writing a soap opera now.
I must admit that the narrator is excellent and obviously a great actor.
Aggravation, frustration and disappointment.
I really wanted to find out why it is that I've heard so many great things about Joyce but never really seen much of his work make it's way into any popular media. I think now it is because his style is so scattered and almost impossible to listen to or read. He can't seem to finish a single thought without wandering off on a tangent or singing a song or reciting a poem. I'm not even sure if there is an actual story in there and I'm a quarter of the way through the book. Really don't think I can listen to it anymore.
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