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  • The Jewel of Liberation: Essential Teachings on the End of Suffering

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Kornfield

    It is possible to find genuine happiness and liberation in the ups and downs of your own human life. We can sense how it is possible for our own capacity for greater freedom and compassion to grow. "If this were not possible," said the Buddha "I would not ask you to do so." The Jewel of Liberation presents 10 pinnacle dharma talks (teaching selections) hand-selected by Jack from his personal collection to illuminate the pathways out of suffering.

    Sara says: "A Jewel of a book!"
    "Thought provoking"
    Where does The Jewel of Liberation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right there at the top.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Jewel of Liberation?

    There were so many... I laughed, I cried, I felt compassion and most of all I began to understand.

    Any additional comments?

    If you are at a point in your life where you are searching because nothing seems to make sense anymore, I would highly recommend this audiobook. It is my first listen to Jack Kornfield and I will go back for more. Definitely a life changer for me. I feel like I am finally on the right path.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Five Paws Up!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I put off listening to this book because I thought it would break my heart. My little dog is nearing her end and I am having a tough time facing it. Fully expecting a tear jerker, I pressed "play."

    Wow was I ever wrong! Well, it does tug at the heartstrings, but in a good way. I always suspected that dogs have a sense of humor and Enzo proved it. Good dog, Enzo!

    I listened on my computer with the speaker volume up, so that I could hear the story while working around the house. At one point I walked by my old dog, Zoe, who was laying on her bed. Her ears were up, listening, eyes wide and focused and I'm pretty sure she was enjoying the book too. If she could talk, she would give the story 5 paws up.

    This is one of the best audio books in my library and I will listen again and again.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved every part of this story, but the ending was wonderful.

    What about Christopher Evan Welch’s performance did you like?

    One of the best and most convincing performances I have experienced in an audio book.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I couldn't stop listening. At first I was a little tentative, but as the store progressed I couldn't turn it off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

    Tom says: "Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?"
    "Connelly always delivers."
    What made the experience of listening to The Poet the most enjoyable?

    The characters were well built and the story line was good. It kept me interested to the end.

    Which character – as performed by Buck Schirner – was your favorite?

    Bosch, of course, but all were good. He did an excellent job of changing voices for the different characters, giving them each a distinctive personality.

    Any additional comments?

    I am a Michael Connelly fan. This was one of his best...well thought out, good follow through and very believable characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

    David says: "Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy"
    "Like auditing a college course"
    Would you try another book from Jonathan Haidt and/or George K. Wilson?

    Probably not. Began with some interesting facts, but after awhile it became tedious. I felt like I should have been taking notes.

    Has The Happiness Hypothesis turned you off from other books in this genre?


    What about George K. Wilson’s performance did you like?

    Delivery was good.

    Could you see The Happiness Hypothesis being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Absolutely not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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