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  • The Modern Scholar: Way with Words: Writing Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Professor Michael D. C. Drout
    • Narrated By Professor Michael D. C. Drout

    Esteemed professor Michael D. C. Drout brings his expertise in literary studies to the subject of rhetoric. From history-altering political speeches to friendly debates at cocktail parties, rhetoric holds the power to change opinions, spark new thoughts, and ultimately change the world.

    Jade says: "A Very Unique Read...(J/K)"
    "The enthusiastic professor"

    I loved this explanation of rhetoric. He took modern and ancient examples and made them completely clear, all while remaining consistently energetic about his subject, even though the material itself can be viewed as dry. He explained very well how communication is only boring when you haven't reached your audience properly, in a way they can understand easily.
    Though his enthusiasm was at times a bit much, I enjoyed listening to this book and will likely listen to it again soon. Great job, worth every penny.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Neal says: "A most terrific & non-typical treatment of Witches"
    "Deliciously pagan supernatural adventure"

    This story is everything I wished Twilight had been. Well-written, with an intense central romance that doesn't offend the literary fan, and a truly fascinating central mystery with pagan magick at its heart.
    Additionally, the performance required many accents and voices that the narrator carried off admirably while enhancing dramatic effect, but not too much.
    Couldn't stop listening to it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ultimate Dimension

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh

    The teachings of Buddhism describe two realities: the "historical dimension" of time, space, and form, and the "ultimate dimension": an infinite realm beyond birth and death, the realm of complete freedom, peace, and joy, the ground of being called "nirvana". On The Ultimate Dimension, you are invited to sit beside Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh for an advanced dharma retreat that opens the doorway to this sublime experience of being.

    egbreder says: "Surprising"

    I have always liked Thich Nhat Hanh, but this book was a little different. I'm listening slowly and the talk moves very slowly, but that's okay for the practice he describes. The surprising thing was, he made me laugh out loud- in a good way.
    Charming, loving, and tender. It will be a while before I finish this book, but I can tell already I will listen to it more than once.

    31 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Instant Zen: Waking Up in the Present

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Foyan, Thomas Cleary (Translator)
    • Narrated By Thomas Cleary

    Find yourself and tune in: such is the message of Zen. These simple exercises by Zen Master Foyan lead you to the awakening of insight into the real nature of self. The Chinese Zen classic emphasizes independence and autonomy, two qualities vital to seeing and acting clearly. Both newcomers and experienced practitioners will benefit from this guide to authentic Zen practices.

    Marcus Blosch says: "Settle the matter for yourself"
    "Buddhist "pick me up""

    This is the kind of dhamma talk that cuts through all the concepts we flap around to distract ourselves from seeing what's real, even if it hurts at first.
    Great talk, great teacher. No apologies for slightly stilted language, it doesn't take anything away from this communication.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    Scott T. Hards says: "Engaging, but overrated"
    "great listen for a long drive"

    Interesting and provocative, this work has the usual preface to each chapter consisting of a small story- individual or localized situation- and then broadens the perspective of the time, the place, and the mental attitudes of the people involved. The insights on heart disease were particularly interesting, as well as the differing parenting methods and how some kids get lost in the cracks and some excel. Things you know are true, but have a new light shed on them. Every teacher and parent should read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Getting Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Wallace D. Wattles
    • Narrated By James Boles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Becoming rich is not a matter of environment or talent. Money and property come to us as a result of doing things in a certain way. This is a natural law - the Law of Attraction - which states that specific actions always produce like effects. As a result, anyone who learns to do things in a certain way will ultimately become prosperous.

    Dave says: "Everyone Must Listen"
    "What goes around, comes around"

    I bought this to read with my dad, since we like to debate this kind of material. It's ok for what it is- philosophy on the shallowest of wants, that of material gain. It doesn't pretend to be anything else, and I admire that kind of candor.

    A good, if shallow, version of a deeper philosophy. This book is the grandfather of "The Secret". If you want a better life without reading philosophy, this isn't a bad resource.

    As a compulsive reader of sciences and philosophy, I found the concepts a bit elementary, but they actually do work. Obviously, if you have a positive view of life then you will see more positive things around you, even in bad situations. It has a tendency to repeat the same thing again and again, but there is logic behind this- it is a course in retraining the way you see yourself financially.

    If you like to read deeper philosophy, this book will seem shallow and new-agey. If you just want to be happy and wealthy, not a bad read and worth the money. Hopefully, if this is the case, it will lead to reading the authors that Wattles mentions in the beginning and spark an interest in more than just money.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Son of a Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By Gregory Maguire
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts.

    Kathleen says: "A veritable trainwreck of narration"
    "Almost as good as "Wicked""

    The main character was not as easy to love as the Wicked Witch- who was only wicked in a certain perspective. Even so, it is a very human story about a young man seeking his purpose and seeking answers about his past.

    It felt like the author was just tying up loose ends from the last book but still left many ends hanging. In this, it was a bit unsatisfying, like watching a soap opera that may never end.

    The writing was excellent, as always with the author, and it left me wanting more- in a good way. Waiting for another book in this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Ramon says: "A true Time-machine"
    "Fantastic Story"

    I have listened to this four times now and love it more each time. The plot twists, intense emoting and descriptive language made this a book I repeatedly found myself standing motionless in the middle of the room, seeing what the author wrote instead of the room around me. Totally engrossing.

    The narrator, too, read it so passionately that it totally draws me in every time. If I have a day of housework, this is what I put in my mp3 player.

    Though the fainting ladies and overblown emotion can be tiring in this day and age to read, it was the style of the time and if I had been laced up as tight as those women were, I'd probably faint every time my heart rate rose too. Even so, Dumas treated that tendency with humor, which made me chuckle and roll my eyes during those scenes where "she tried her best to faint but couldn't", as he put it. The narration made up for it 95% of the time- the last 5% only during the love scenes, which were sickeningly sweet compared to romance of our age.

    Every fan of classic literature should read this at least once.

    28 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Bodhisattva Mind: Teachings to Cultivate Courage and Awareness in the Midst of Suffering

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Pema Chodron
    • Narrated By Pema Chodron

    What if you could cultivate the mind of a bodhisattva -- one who has dedicated one's life to the benefit of others? According to Pema Chödrön, best-selling author and American-born Buddhist nun, you can. On Bodhisattva Mind, she examines sheshin, or "guarding alertness", and the other qualities of mind we need to develop on the path to enlightenment.

    J. Cline says: "First Understanding of Buddhism"

    Pema is insightful and humorous, breathing life and understanding into what at first glace seems like dry material. The teachings on being a source of joy and compassion while staying in contact with your humility and modesty are profound in our increasingly shallow modern age.

    As for the techniques for developing these qualities, eradicating misery and pain by not creating any anew or reacting to any is logical to even the most scientific mind. I can tell you from personal experience that although it is difficult at first, these methods do actually work and do not require any belief in Buddhism or religion. She proves that instead of the axiom "Beauty is skin deep" it should read "Surface beuty is skin deep- but real beauty radiates from within."

    This book helped me push away post-partum depression and bring true happiness back into my life for the first time in fifteen years. I would recommend it to anyone at any stage of life.

    29 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • The Pema Chodron Audio Collection

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Pema Chodron
    • Narrated By Pema Chodron

    Pema Chodron, one of the West's most beloved teachers of Buddhism, makes the Tibetan vajrayana tradition accessible in today's world. Now three of her most popular teachings are available in one audiobook set.

    Apryl says: "Great"

    Bringing the concepts of Buddhism into the modern age with humor, wisdom, and compassion. A terrific read.

    26 of 26 people found this review helpful

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