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  • Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tara Brach
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "Believing that something is wrong with us is a deep and tenacious suffering," says Tara Brach at the start of this illuminating book. This suffering emerges in crippling self-judgments and conflicts in our relationships, in addictions and perfectionism, in loneliness and overwork - all the forces that keep our lives constricted and unfulfilled. Radical Acceptance offers a path to freedom, including the day-to-day practical guidance developed over Dr. Brach's 20 years of work with therapy clients and Buddhist students.

    Handlowiec says: "Insights for Meditation and Being Present"
    "Accept What Is"
    What made the experience of listening to Radical Acceptance the most enjoyable?

    Tara Brach was confirming concepts I've been reading about: Ekhardt Tolle, Byron Katie, ACIM. When the student is ready the teacher appears. And wow...thank you Tara!

    What did you like best about this story?

    I can listen to it again and again and get something out of it each time.

    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    Cassandra Campbell is my favorite narrator ironically. She was one of the narrators in The Help. This was a great combo for me: fav narrator and fav subject matter.

    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    All the great and different stories that explain things in a way that resonates. And disrupting our habitual behaviors in order to accept in the moment...try it!

    Any additional comments?

    I first heard of Tara Brach on Hay House Radio in 2007 and I had only heard a meditation by her but I loved it. So I was going in sorta blind on this book and I was so thrilled she was talking about exactly what I was studying. I've read Jack Kornfield, Mark Epstein, Pema Chodron and Ram Dass...Tara is right up there with the master teachers.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • I Need Your Love, Is That True?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Byron Katie
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Loving What Is, best-selling author Byron Katie introduced thousands of people to her simple and profound method of finding happiness through questioning the mind. Now, I Need Your Love, Is That True? examines a universal, age-old source of anxiety: our relationships with others. In this groundbreaking book, Katie helps you question everything you have been taught to do to gain love and approval. In doing this, you discover how to find genuine love and connection.

    Amy says: "WOW"
    "A must book ever!"
    What made the experience of listening to I Need Your Love, Is That True? the most enjoyable?

    It was so spot on to how we attach to thoughts and run with them and this is what causes us to suffer. So when we stop and question our thoughts and see if they are really true we save ourselves from a lot of hurt and pain. How many times have you gotten all upset over something and later realize you were wrong? It's that kind of egg on your face moment where you see your whole life has been a battle with untrue thoughts that cause us so much upset. Wars have been started because people believe their story and thoughts and stay attached to them no matter what.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is a self help book so there isn't really a favorite character but Katie would be it. I must say I've read thousands of self help books throughout my lifetime and this book is rare, unique and change my life. I not only wished I'd found out about The Work years ago but I don't feel the need to look for self help books anymore.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Honestly, she gives so many examples in this book but my favorite is her describing a woman who meets a man and she is a librarian and he is into NASCAR. Well the women really isn't but says she is for the benefit of the man as they are newly dating. Time passes and they go to races, she's all into it then one day he wants to go to a race and she doesn't want to go and it starts a fight because she was never really into auto racing.

    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Question your thoughts...and do it on paper! The mind will try to come up with examples and evidence to drag you into your story. So stay with the four questions. "All war belongs on paper."

    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to this book again and again and never tire of it. I've done classes on The Work now and practice it every single day and it all started with this book back in 2010! I am so grateful to Byron Katie and The Work as my life is truly peaceful no matter what happens because I know it's all happening just as it should. Only when I argue with reality and what is do I suffer. When I accept life and everything it has to offer I see life with so much love...when someone dies I know it was supposed to happen cause it did. When my mom got sick with cancer I was able to find the good in it as silly as that sounds but I was so open and okay with everything and that made my mom feel better...I was so present with her in the moment because I didn't have all those death thoughts running through my head...those this should NOT being happening thoughts. So I was able to have true love and peace and clarity with her in such a tough time. Before The Work I would have been angry at life, mad at God, and moaning about how unfair it all was. My mom is cancer free now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Tim says: "Groundhog's Day, It's Not!"
    "A must read: I reread it every year!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book constantly as I read it at least once a year, it's that good! I read it first in the late nineties in paperback and I never forgot it. Even then (in my early twenties) I was telling everyone about it. When I first joined audible in 2005 I looked for it and it wasn't available, then audible got it and I am so thankful they did!

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Replay?

    There are so many memorable moments! When Jeff goes back in time, lives this new completely different life, makes it all the way back to age 43 and then has the heart attack again and it starts all over...didn't see that coming. Then the most other memorable part is when Jeff sees the Spielberg-type movie and realizes there is someone else who is like him traveling back through time that wrote the's a woman. I want to see the movie that's described in this book. Don't want to give too much away it's so real imagining what you would do to make money since you know all the winners of ALL sports games, what stocks become huge (Apple, IBM)...and would you try to stop the assassination of JFK if you could?

    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes! Unforgettable! One of the best books I've ever read. It keeps you in the story without much effort next thing you know five hours have gone by.

    Any additional comments?

    Read this book! I don't give many reviews and I don't recommend just trust me when I say you will not be disappointed. Everyone I've told about this book that read it was in awe just like me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mark Epstein
    • Narrated By Mark Epstein

    Upon its first publication, this path breaking book launched an explosion of interest in how Eastern spirituality can enhance Western psychology. Since then, the worlds of Buddhism and psychotherapy have been forged into a revolutionary new understanding of what constitutes a healthy emotional life. In his insightful introduction, Mark Epstein reflects on this revolution and considers how it is likely to evolve in the future.

    Kindred44 says: "Thank you Mark Epstein!"
    "Thank you Mark Epstein!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes definitely! Mark Epstein was one of the first buddhism teachers I discovered and his psychology background intrigued me when I was a young college student. The first book I read was Going on Being, and since then I've learned so much about meditation and buddhism and I reread that book recently and realized how he was the first one I read that started me on this path. I am continuing my path with all of his books on audio now. This one, Thoughts without a thinker, is my favorite!

    What other book might you compare Thoughts Without a Thinker to and why?

    It's a stand alone book.

    What about Mark Epstein’s performance did you like?

    That he reads it, that he makes it feel like you are there talking with him.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! And I have more than once.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Deal Breakers: When to Work on a Relationship and When to Walk Away

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dr. Bethany Marshall
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is a book about men. Not all men, just emotionally unhealthy men. The ones who make you question, "Is it him or is it me? Am I making too big a deal out of this? I try to tell him how I feel, but he says I'm overreacting or needy or it's all my fault". Relationships are hard work, but how hard should they be? When do you know you are struggling too hard to make a relationship succeed?

    Kimberley says: "I Cried Thru The First Thirty Minutes..."
    "A must have"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it! And I don't recommend just any book. If you are wondering if the man in your life is someone you can work a deal with or not this book will help. It puts things in perspective and not only points out flaws with certain men it also asks you to look at yourself plus she gives incredible examples!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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