I really loved this. The author reads his own work here, and he does a very good job. He has a pleasant voice that seems suited to the material. It is not a literal translation word-for-word, more like a distillation in modern English and with the intent to explain the Bhagavad Gita to westerners in particular. He explains the concepts and some of the vocabulary, which I found helpful. There is a sort of soundtrack to the reading, which I did not find intrusive and which I actually thought added something to it - I liked it - but I think some people may find it distracting, so listen to a sample before you buy it. Overall the sound quality was pretty good; I heard papers rattle occasionally, but I became so interested in the material itself that I stopped noticing it if it continued throughout the book. I would recommend this work to anyone who is interested in learning about the Bhagavad Gita or in world religions and beliefs. As soon as I finsihed it, I started it again, because there is a lot to it, and I was fascinated. I wish I'd found this when it was first produced.
This was not a book I expected to like. I bought it because I really liked Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter and was looking for something else by the same author. My choices were Pride and Prejudice and Zombies...and Unholy Night. I thought I was picking the lesser of two evils when I chose this one.
At first, I thought I probably would not listen past the first chapter or two; I wasn't enthusiastic about the subject matter or the narrator's voice - but before I realized it, I was captivated by the story and grateful for the choice of narrator. Both author and narrator have done a great job.
I found myself laughing aloud at some points, weeping at one point, gasping in surprise and/or horror, and frustrated that people kept interrupting me with piddly stuff like work....
There's nothing here to offend the especially religious or the especially unreligious. It's a very different story than Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter - but having now listened to both, it is Unholy Night that I will replay firrst.
I recommend this book.
I did not expect to like this book. I was surprised to find that I liked it. A lot.
The book is well-written and well-read. It is thought-provoking, but it's also a good story in terms of his medical condition and what was happening around him while he had this experience. I found the author's voice to be pleasant, and the sound quality was very good. I found the author and the family members and friends he describes to be likable and interesting. Overall, this is one of the best books I have read in terms of holding my attention and keeping me listening despite all the distractions around me.
If you are wondering whether or not to buy the book - buy it. Don't get hung up on what is 'proof' and what is or isn't mentioned. This is a good book. It also happens to have a good message, whether you believe Dr. Alexander's experience was 'real' or not.
I bought this book and The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners by Jack Hawley at the same time. FIrst, I can't downlaod both to the same device because Audible gave them the same filename. After dividing them between devices, I listened to both. I loved, loved LOVED the walkthrough by Jack Hawley - but this one (The Bhagavad Gita, read by Jacob Needleman)...not so much.
The Bhagavad Gita is an incredible story with so many layers....none of which are discernable here. The translation itself sounds all right, and the quality of the recording is fine, but the reader...yikes. If his mission is to put me to sleep, he can consider this a triumph. LIsten to the whole sample before you buy - but, until Audible makes another version with a better reader available, I recommend you get the Walkthrough by Jack Hawley instead and give this version a miss.
This is based on the BBC television series of the same name, and if you liked Last of the Summer Wine when it was on the air (1973-2010) you will enjoy this audiobook. It is actually four episodes of the series, from the seventies, with added narration by Peter Sallis/Norman Clegg to transition to an audio program. Other than the added narration, which is entertaining, there is nothing new here - but it's nice to have a few episodes to carry with me when I'm commuting or at work.
Be wary, though, and listen to the samples before you buy both Volumes 1 and 2 as when I purchased them I found they were both actually Volume 1. Audible very kindly refunded my money (these are less than the price of a credit, so don't burn a credit, pay cash), and I give them five stars for customer service! I hope they will post the real Volume 2, as I would like to have it also.
I had read some of the reviews of the series before listening to this, and I was afraid I had wasted my credit, but I wasn't disappointed. The book is good - good characterizations, some humor, and a decent performance.
I have been horribly disappointed with this genre overall, and so I avoided this series for months, but I was looking to burn some credits, so I got Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs. It kept me entertained and amused, and I have since purchased the rest in the series and several more by this author/reader combination. They make a good team. The books are funny, and the reader manages to convey that well (some just can't).
I looked at this for several months before I bought it. I'm glad I did. It made me laugh, and I also went back and studied a litlte history out of curiosity. I have now listened to the whole (so far) series, and I have enjoyed them. The reader does a good job and handles the accents well. I will be watchign for more in the series.
I enjoyed this book, as much for the reader as the story itself. The reader has a good vocal range and the ability to inject humor into her reading. The story idea itself is original and entertaining. Both author and reader come off as very bright and funny. I would recommend it to anyone looking for something engaging that will make them laugh.
The most positive thing I can say about this book is that it cost $4.95 in the 'Win-Win Sale.'
I did not enjoy this book, but that seemed appropriate because the reader did not seem to be enjoying it either. Go back and read that sentence in a monotone and then again as Gonzo the Great, and you'll get a pretty good idea of what this book sounded like.
The book itself was repetitive and moved at a snail's pace. The characters were not fleshed out well and did not behave like real people with personalities that guided their behavior. None of them were likeable - not even the victims. Although the initial concept for the book is a promising one, the book does not live up to that promise.
I would not recommend this audiobook.
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