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Gavin

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  • The Tao of Pooh

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Benjamin Hoff
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (551)

    Author Benjamin Hoff shows that the philosophy of Winnie-the-Pooh is amazingly consistent with the principles of Taoism and demonstrates how you can use these principles in your daily life. Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey.

    Gavin says: "Simply Pooh"
    "Simply Pooh"
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    Would you listen to The Tao of Pooh again? Why?

    Yes. It makes your realise that life is a lot less complicated then we are lead to think.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Simplicity


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    His understanding of the message the writer was putting across.


    Any additional comments?

    When I read this many years ago it changed something inside me. I have recommended it to many over the years. Re-visiting this book, while not with the original spark, was a wonderful and necessary part of my journey. Anyone who is drawn to self exploration and growth needs to read this.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9351)
    Performance
    (5049)
    Story
    (5117)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Brilliant! Still one of the best books ever!"
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    Where does Dune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As an audio book pretty bloody good though the extras involved in the reading were sparodically involved wich was a little dissapointing. Other than that was very good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

    The whole book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole book


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What happens when human society stagnates? What happens when the opressed find a Messiah? What happens if the oppressed controll the most valuable substance in the known universe? Dune!


    Any additional comments?

    Read it before you die. A definite bucket list item!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Age: The Ancient Future Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Traci Harding
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Late one evening, en route to visit a relative, an accident leaves Tory - the attractive, twenty-something daughter of a prominent history professor – stranded near a ring of stones in Britain. Tory resolves to spend the night at the stone circle and seek help in the morning... But across the vortex of time and space, she is taken back to the Dark Age.

    Gavin says: "One of the best beginnings to a superb trillogy!"
    "One of the best beginnings to a superb trillogy!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it opens into one of the best trillogies I have ever read. This audio version is excellent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tori is going to be every ones fave. She represents so much that is true in us and what we should be aspiring to.


    What does Edwina Wren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Edwina brough pronunciation of the welsh names that I had only done phonetically from reading the books. Her lilting voice and subtle use of accents and tonal changes for the characters was nicely done.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many!


    Any additional comments?

    When do we get the rest of the trillogies as audio books?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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