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Brian M. Fielding

I joined mission Audible in April 1997, contributed in some small way to its growth and maturity, and left at the end of 2012.

New York, New York | Member Since 2000

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  • The Future of Life

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Edward O. Wilson
    • Narrated By Ed Begley
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Today we understand that our world is infinitely richer than was ever previously guessed. Yet it is so ravaged by human activity that half its species could be gone by the end of the century. These two contrasting truths - unexpected magnificence and underestimated peril - have become compellingly clear during the past two decades of research on biological diversity. In his dazzlingly intelligent book, Wilson describes the treasures of the natural world we are about to lose forever and how we can save them.

    Lucas says: "A scientifically-grounded case for the environment"
    "The Future is Now"
    Overall

    This is a brilliant analysis of the immediate, mid-term and long-term perils faced by all life on earth as a result of human activity. Wilson has unparalleled knowledge and experience as a natural scientist and a writing style that wholly engages the listener, building on undisputed facts toward both frightening and hopeful conclusions for the future of life on earth. He recommends active participation by all of us to first understand the gravity of the situation and then work together to coordinate ... saving the planet. Ed Begley Jr. does a terrific job.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Tiger Man Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Alan Rabinowitz
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    For the past decade, world-renowned wildlife conservationist Alan Rabinowitz has been leading the fight to save tigers in one of their greatest natural habitats, the remote Hukaung Valley in northernmost Mynmar (formerly Burma). In January 2006, Alan traveled to Myanmar to push forward this massive and, at times, dangerous project. Now, you can listen to all of the details of Alan's fascinating journey.

    Peggy says: "A true story with an untold after story"
    "Compelling live audio"
    Overall

    Alan Rabinowitz has dedicated his life to protecting big cats around the world. He is uncompromising in his devotion to trying to prevent the further diminution of habitat essential to the survival of big cats. He is a precious global resource, a genius. This audio is deeply moving and well-worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    Spurred by personal tragedy, Elaine Pagels turns to a consideration of the Gnostic Gospels, in particular, the Gospel of Thomas. As opposed to the Gospel of John, which asserted that Jesus was an eternally existing aspect of God who came to earth to save humankind, the "secret" Gospel of Thomas agrees that Jesus was in some sense divine, but says that a streak of divinity can be found in all of us.

    Buford says: "Gospel of Thomas is somewhat a misnomer"
    "Get Over "Belief""
    Overall

    This is an excellent book to help understand that the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith, those that must be blindly "believed" in order to be "saved" and get into "heaven", are the product of a few delusional and power-hungry white men and have very little to do with the actual teachings of Jesus. They are simply interpretations by mere mortals - fallible, flawed and weak like everyone else - ,that through the ages have calcified into rigid dogma that "must be believed" in order to be "saved". This book sheds much needed light on the development of early Christianity. Thank you, Elaine Pagels

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Guilty: Liberal 'Victims' and Their Assault on America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Margy Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    Not one to shy away from controversy, Ann Coulter once again brings her no-holds-barred approach to the current state of politics and culture, and in this highly charged election year, her take on issues is certain to attract major attention from across the political spectrum. Always entertaining, Coulter is one of the most talked about figures in America today.

    John says: "Another Winner for Ann"
    "ignorant and shrill - awful - NO STARS"
    Overall

    Coulter once again spews her far right wing freakish amalgam of utterly stupid fundamentalist republican tripe. She has nothing of value to say and what she does say is actually dumber than Palin's worst, which is saying alot. Is she supposed to be sexy in that cover pose? Frightening, is more like it. Maybe she wouldn't exhibit so much anger and bile toward her county and her fellow citizens (on the Left) if she dropped the skinny shrunken look and ate some carbs. She should stop writing books and stop speaking in public.

    74 of 227 people found this review helpful
  • The Bush Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jacob Weisberg
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In this first important consideration of the George W. Bush presidency and its profound impact on the state of the world, Jacob Weisberg crafts a wide-ranging portrait that is both balanced and insightful. Weisberg traces the evolution of Bush's political philosophy from its roots in his early life and his years as governor of Texas through the events of 9/11 and his turbulent two terms in office.

    Nikoli Gogol says: "Ahead of the Crowd"
    "...is our tragedy"
    Overall

    Not for the feint of heart, this book is an extremely well-written (and performed) analysis of why Bush is who he is, why as President he's acted the way he has and made the choices he has -- virtually all of which have had negative consequences for the United States, many of them horrifically negative. Jacob Weisberg explores the historical and present day Bush/Walker family dynamics and makes credible comparative analysis with great works of dramatic literature, including Shakespeare's Henry plays. This is a highly entertaining and intellectually challenging character study. Highly recommended.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Going on Being: Buddhism and the Way of Change

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mark Epstein
    • Narrated By Mark Epstein
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Going on Being is Mark Epstein's memoir of his early years as a student of Buddhism and of how Buddhism shaped his approach to therapy, as well as a practical guide to how a Buddhist understanding of psychological problems makes change for the better possible.

    Joseph says: "Blissfull commuting"
    "Lucid Teaching for Living In the Moment"
    Overall

    Mark Epstein is a brilliant psychiatrist (Harvard undergrad and Harvard Medical) and a practicing Buddhist. He first began to practice buddhism during his undergraduate days at Harvard, spending time at Naropa in Boulder, CO, and with various Buddhist teachers in the Boston area. His world view of what it means to live an enlightened life, to be present, is deeply informed by the intersection of the best of Buddhist and Western psychology. This intersection is a very fertile place for us. Mark reads his work in a delightful and engaging style. This, and all his books, are highly recommended.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Returning to Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jim Harrison
    • Narrated By Traci Svendsgaard, Tom Weiner, Ray Porter, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    In this sequel to Harrison's True North, Donald Burkett, a middle-aged Chippewa-Finnish man, is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease. While his wife, Cynthia, transcribes, Donald begins dictating his family history for the benefit of their children, stories that he never before has shared. As old crimes, dreams, wounds, and sacred moments are revived for the members of Donald's family, each is affected in different and profound ways.

    Brian M. Fielding says: "Powerful Genuine Realistic"
    "Powerful Genuine Realistic"
    Overall

    Jim Harrison's novels are great American stories filled with richly drawn characters. His writing is deeply literate and honest. He writes about fundamental truths. "Returning to Earth" is a beautiful story set at the end of one man's life. It focus's with Harrison's usual poetic brilliance on how he and his extended family choose to deal with that ending. It has profound life lessons for all. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • His Excellency: George Washington

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (105)

    Acclaimed author Joseph J. Ellis penned the National Book Award-winning American Sphinx and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Founding Brothers, a fixture on The New York Times best seller list for an entire year, and one of the most popular history books of all time. Now this master historian turns his attention to the most exalted American hero, Founding Father and first President George Washington.

    Gerard says: "Distracted By Narrator"
    "Brilliant & Fascinating Portrait"
    Overall

    Ellis' book is spectacular in its breadth and depth of analysis of George Washington's life and times. It's a true must-listen for anyone interested in American History, important military and political leaders, and in-depth character studies. Ellis paints a full and vibrant portrait of Washington the man - not the myth. The listener comes to a deeper understanding of Washington as a real flesh and blood man of his time. It makes Washington's achievements all the more remarkable to know about all the missteps and less-than-stellar choices he made along the way. Superbly written and performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5174)
    Performance
    (2065)
    Story
    (2077)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "entertaining diversion, light listening"
    Overall

    A well-written and well-structured and paced story, with many characters you care about and an interesting if whacky premise. Not great literature by any means, yet not a mere throw-away pot-boiler - rather, more like a good Hollywood popcorn movie. The performance of the reader is excellent.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Everyman

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    The hero of Everyman is obsessed with mortality. As he reminds himself at one point, "I'm 34! Worry about oblivion when you're 75." But he cannot help himself. He is the ex-husband in three marriages gone wrong. He is the father of two sons who detest him, despite a daughter who adores him. A masterful portrait of one man's inner struggles, Everyman is a brilliant showcase for one of the world's most distinguished novelists.

    JOHN says: "Full Frontal Roth"
    "Unblinking Existential Portrait of a Man"
    Overall

    Roth has written yet another brilliantly full-blooded character in this engrossing story of a man at the end of his life. Examining his own history, his family, his friends and his choices the protagonist is revealed as flawed and vibrantly real person. Who isn't. This is great writing, great literature and the story is filled with tension and release, making ita terrific listening experience. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Jewel Tree of Tibet: The Enlightenment of Tibetan Buddhism

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robert Thurman
    • Narrated By Robert Thurman
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    Tibetans call their cherished tradition of Buddhism a "wish-fulfilling jewel tree" for its power to generate bliss and enlightenment within all who absorb its teachings. This path to enlightenment, it is taught, requires more than a sitting meditation practice alone. With The Jewel Tree of Tibet, honored scholar and teacher Robert Thurman brings these insights to you as they were meant to be transmitted, through the spoken word.

    K. Cunningham says: "beautiful Buddhist teachings"
    "Essential Tibetan Buddhism for Everyday Practice"
    Overall

    Thurman breaks down the essential daily practice of Tibetan Buddhism into a wonderfully simply set of steps - literally the enlightenment engine - of how to practice. His genius is taking what can otherwise be difficult concepts and making them understandable, actionable and ... beautiful. Its not necessarily for the beginner but it can be. It is well worth the effort, giving the thoughtful listener essential tools for living an enlightened life. Highly recommended.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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