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Pierre

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  • The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (1160)
    Story
    (1147)

    Internationally best-selling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

    Grant says: "Fighting through procrastination."
    "Must-read for all people, but especially creatives"
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    It could have done without the religious semi-preaching, however apologetic he is before each of those parts. If you can get past the turn-off value of spurts of talking about the devil and god, angels etc, it's a very worthwhile listen. He does remind you to view them as metaphor if it bothers you, the message is what's important.

    Don't get me wrong, it's not a religious book. That's just the only criticism I can make.

    Life-changing for countless people, I'd bet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dan Millman
    • Narrated By Dan Millman
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (247)

    This audio edition of the international best seller Way of the Peaceful Warrior is based on the story of Dan Millman, a world-class gymnast who has it all, but is troubled by a vague sense of dissatisfaction with his everyday life. He meets an eccentric old mentor named Socrates, who sets him on a spiritual odyssey that will ultimately deliver or destroy him. Along the way Dan encounters realms of light and darkness, of romance and magic, as he learns what it means to live as a peaceful warrior.

    Keith says: "My Favorite Audiobook"
    "Compelling and thought provoking"
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    It's a fascinating listen. Compelling.

    But it's frustrating when a little research revealed that the author himself will not confirm which parts of this story are fact or fiction, confirming also that it contains fiction. A lot of the 'inspiration factor' in this book is about hearing of grand feats of fate and universal power. Without his confirmation, I am forced to assume that all of these are the fiction, and exaggerations.

    This brings this amazing tale down to the level of "story which discusses fascinating concepts". It's still worth the listen for those seeking for more out of life.

    It's food for thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Daniel Okrent
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (111)

    A brilliant, authoritative, and fascinating history of America’s most puzzling era, the years 1920 to 1933, when the U.S. Constitution was amended to restrict one of America’s favorite pastimes: drinking alcoholic beverages. Okrent reveals how Prohibition marked a confluence of diverse forces, including the growing political power of the women’s suffrage movement and the fear of small-town, native-stock Protestants that they were losing control of their country to the immigrants of the large cities.

    Pierre says: "Very Thorough Historical Review"
    "Very Thorough Historical Review"
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    Would you listen to Last Call again? Why?

    Yes, there is so much information to assimilate, it is definitely one I will have to reference in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    The other reviewers of this book (top reviewers, really?) have said that this book both contains 'too much information' and at the same time 'covers already known facts'. The only way this makes sense is if the reviewers are historians... I found this book extremely informative about exactly the minute details of history that most media on the era don't have time or patience to cover. I was expecting tales of gang wars and police clashes, but was pleasantly surprised that the book focuses more on cultural and political changes and transformations that occurred before, during, and after.Yes, the story jumps focus a LOT from figure to figure, but always it is following the overall tale of the birth, bloom, and death of prohibition. I never found any section of this book to be unnecessary to painting a down-to-earth picture of this period of history. Recommend this book to anyone interested in prohibition of any kind (past or modern), formation of political movements, the rise to power of modern corporate behemoths and political families.. As well as a good example of historical periods where countries get overtaken by fear and radicalism.Lots of interesting tidbits to chew on, for many fields of interest.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Doors of Perception

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Rudolph Schirmer
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (75)

    The critically acclaimed novelist and social critic Aldous Huxley, describes his personal experimentation with the drug mescaline and explores the nature of visionary experience. The title of this classic comes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: "If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern."

    mario says: "A classic work on exploration of consciousness"
    "Good for those interested in 'trip reports'"
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    If you're interested in eloquent descriptions of hallucinogenic experiences, this is a good listen. Although, I had some trouble connecting to the narrator, a little too slow for my liking. For this kind of text I much prefer the more 'scientific' sounding voice of DMT-The Spirit Molecule.

    But never the less a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rick Strassman
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (256)

    From 1990 to 1995, Dr. Rick Strassman conducted U.S. government–approved and funded clinical research at the University of New Mexico in which he injected 60 volunteers with DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known. His detailed account of those sessions is an extraordinarily riveting inquiry into the nature of the human mind and the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. DMT, a plant-derived chemical found in the psychedelic Amazon brew ayahuasca, is also manufactured by the human brain.

    Evan says: "A must-have for anyone interested in anything."
    "Simply a must-read, for any curious minds."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes absolutely, this book deals with a serious human experience and current issue in society. Just what do we experience in the DMT space? This book will dissolve all your wrong notions about psychadelics from government propaganda. And also highlight just how beneficial these things can be. At the very least, how much further study is urgently needed. Even if you don't plan to use any plant drugs, it's worthy information to absorb.


    What other book might you compare DMT: The Spirit Molecule to and why?

    The Cosmic Serpent. Like that book, this book is something of a detective story. It follows the path of a scientist who stumbles onto the DMT trail, and is rightly absorbed and compelled to study it.In both cases we see proof that there really is something here to study, and it should no longer be regarded as taboo, or fringe, but rather a frontier we must advance into.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Though most people point to the obvious section of peoples' experiences, I personally enjoyed the entire journey of the book, including the torturous anticipation of that climax. It was very educational and informative about the barriers both social and bureaucratic that stand in the way of rational study of psychedelic drugs.


    Any additional comments?

    Simply an amazing book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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