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Dawn

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  • Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (83)

    Most of us live in a constant state of fear - of our past, of illness and aging and death, and of losing the things we treasure most. But it doesn't have to be this way, promises Zen master and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Drawing on a lifetime of mindfulness in action, Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to use the practice of living in the present to acknowledge and embrace our fears, recognize their origins, and render them powerless. The world-renowned Zen teacher guides us through practical exercises for transforming fear into clarity.

    eugene says: "Clinging to the monk"
    "A poor representation of the teachings."
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    What disappointed you about Fear?

    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.


    3 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2359)
    Performance
    (2202)
    Story
    (2212)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Mike says: "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
    "Too much bragging and propaganda."
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Novella
    Overall
    (1020)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (904)

    No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

    Jason says: "Clear thinking is valuable beyond measure!"
    "Nothing new here"
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    What would have made Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills better?


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Last Night in Twisted River: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (120)

    In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious 12-year-old boy mistakes the local constable's girlfriend for a bear. Both the 12-year-old and his father become fugitives, forced to run from Coos County to Boston, to southern Vermont, to Toronto, pursued by the implacable constable.

    James Ladden says: "Better to read it"
    "Worst Irving Novel."
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    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13513)
    Performance
    (11863)
    Story
    (11915)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Same old stuff odd performance"
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyed, bored.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (498)

    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

    A User says: "Ulysses (Unabridged)"
    "Tedious ramblings of a scatter brained poet."
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    Would you try another book from James Joyce and/or Jim Norton?

    I must admit that the narrator is excellent and obviously a great actor.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Aggravation, frustration and disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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