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Samuel

struggling writer

United States

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  • 7 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 60 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • Finnegans Wake

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Cyril Cusack, Siobhan McKenna
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Cyril Cusack and Siobhan McKenna read from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. This idiosyncratic novel is full of multilingual puns and portmanteau words, intended to recreate the experience of sleep and dreams.

    Samuel says: "A Great Work..."
    "A Great Work..."
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    "Finnegan's Wake" is actually a great story. However, many criticisms of it say that it's unreadable and unable to be interpreted. The secret method to understanding "Finnegan's Wake" is understanding that the narrator is speaking, and thus the story is written, with an Irish accent... the letters in the words of the story are meant to create the sound of an Irish accent. It's actually quite an interesting piece, a novel little bit by Joyce. I suggest listening to it after familiarizing yourself with the speech styles of the Irish. :).

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Elric of Melnibone

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moorcock
    • Narrated By Jeffery West, Michael Moorcock
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (164)

    It is the colour of a bleached skull, his flesh; and the long hair that flows below his shoulders is milk-white. From the tapering, beautiful head stare two slanting eyes, crimson and moody.

    Tony says: "Great Listen (Ignore the Sample Listen)"
    "Elric is truly a great tale!"
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    Well, first of all, "Elric of Melnibone" is a classic, must-read for any lover of fantasy. I felt that the performance, despite their efforts to achieve real spookiness, could have been a bit spookier in the spooky parts. Lol. However, the tale is so good (in my opinion) that it far outweighs the SLIGHT performance issues. If you like fantasy, I think this is a must-read! Or... a must-listen? :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gilgamesh: A New English Version

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen Mitchell
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (273)

    This brilliant new treatment of the world's oldest epic is a literary event on par with Seamus Heaney's wildly popular Beowulf translation. Esteemed translator and best-selling author Stephen Mitchell energizes a heroic tale so old it predates Homer's Iliad by more than a millennium.

    George says: "A defense of this "translation""
    "Gilgamesh is great stuff!"
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    This was really a great translation of the oldest story in history! I loved it. Beforehand, I thought Beowulf predated everything else, but I guess not. Plus, this text supports the notion of a Great Flood happening at about the time of the Biblical Noah. However, there are also elements in this text that make one question the ideas of the Bible and make you wonder, "Did the Biblical stuff really happen? Really?!" I mean, certain themes in the Bible seem as if they were drawn from this tale. And as the story of "Gilgamesh" actually predates the writing of the Bible, it kinda makes ya wonder... :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Rick Hanson, Richard Mendius
    • Narrated By Alan Bomar Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (184)

    Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain. By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of contemplative practice, you, too, can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom.

    Roy says: "Neurophysiological Explanation"
    "Highly educational and enlightening book here!"
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    This book basically teaches its readers an incredible amount about the brain, and how (through physical means) one can actually change their brain and, in doing so, reach the Buddha (God, Allah, what-have-you) inside each and every one of us. I loved it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cleansing the Mind of the Accumulation of Time   

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Jiddu Krishnamurti
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    J Krishnamurti talks about insight into our ability to cleanse the mind and thereby better understand our position in the Universe.

    Samuel says: "Truth."
    "Truth."
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    Jeedu can lead you to the truth, can lead through great, grey mysteries and right to the truth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Eagleman
    • Narrated By David Eagleman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (529)

    In this sparkling and provocative new book, the renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate surprising mysteries. Taking in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence, and visual illusions, Incognito is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.

    Laura says: "Changed the way I think about how I think..."
    "So interesting!"
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    Normally, I only love classic works of fiction or some times autobiographies. However, this book completely captured my attention and imagination. This book will surely let you know the unadulterated truth: you are not you. You are your brain. And the human brain is THE MOST incredible thing on the frickin' planet; therefore, we're pretty awesome too. LISTEN TO THIS BOOK! Of course, your brain already knows if you are going to listen to this book That's probably the simplest thing this book teaches; you may be undecided, but your brain rarely, rarely is..

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Meditation Mastery: A Dialogue with Krishnamurti

    • ORIGINAL (57 mins)
    • By J. Krishnamurti
    • Narrated By Michael Toms
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Acknowledged as one of the greatest religious teachers of this or any other age, the late J. Krishnamurti was a visionary whose ideas are still ahead of his time. New Dimensions host Michael Toms was fortunate to capture this philosopher's penetrating wisdom in 1983, just a few years before his death at the age of 90.

    Samuel says: "J. Krishnamurti was a genius."
    "J. Krishnamurti was a genius."
    Overall

    Krishnamurti approaches everything with a sense of great humility and thus, in my opinion, incredible poise and nobility. The only complaint I could imagine anyone having is that he analyzes his points to the nth degree and sometimes seems to lose focus; however, if you listen to his talks/lessons in full, hopefully you will see that they all seem to swing off-topic in his analysis but that they reconvene at a point near the beginning of the lecture and illumine his thoughts all the more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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