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TurtleMan

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  • Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dzogchen Ponlop
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Dzogchen Ponlop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (274)

    There's a rebel within you. It's the part of you that already knows how to break free of fear and unhappiness. This rebel is the voice of your own awakened mind. It's your rebel buddha - the sharp, clear intelligence that resists the status quo. It wakes you up from the sleepy acceptance of your day-to-day reality and shows you the power of your enlightened nature. It's the vibrant, insightful energy that compels you to seek the truth.

    Glenn says: "Buddhism for the Western World"
    "Excellent presentation of Buddhism for the west"
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    If you could sum up Rebel Buddha in three words, what would they be?

    Clear, concise, inspirational


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is not a story in the sense of a fictional novel...it is an explanation of an ancient philosopy in a manner that was easy for me to understand and from which to draw understandings that are very helpful in walking a spritual path. I am not a Buddhist but found the book to be of great value.


    What about Jonathan Davis and Dzogchen Ponlop (introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    They were both easy to listen to and quite clear, well cadenced and paced.


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

    No because I needed to reflect on short segments before moving on to the next. It could be listened to in one sitting, I think, without becoming weary. Spacing it out was just my preferred way of absorbing it.


    Any additional comments?

    For me the book's chief message is the suggestion to view Buddhism as a science of the mind and from that all else flows in a logical sequence. I think that it is an excellent approach especially for westerners and the book is oriented to that audience. It uses examples from western culture such as Starbucks, television and movies to illustrate points that might otherwise be lost in the bias of eastern culture and context. I am not saying that eastern culture is biased, I mean that it is very different culturally which makes it difficult for me to relate to many original teachings. Rebel Buddha addresses the reinterpretation of this ancient wisdom in a brilliant manner.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Unaware

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1456)
    Performance
    (1319)
    Story
    (1327)

    The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

    El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

    Keith says: "Earth Unaware is a must listen for Ender fans"
    "Orson Scott Card delivers...as always"
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    What did you love best about Earth Unaware?

    Although the book starts slowly, the action and suspense mount as the author's character development and plot expand with every chapter. I have read Orson Scott Card since Ender's Game, and continue to rate him as an intelligent and very creative author in this genre.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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