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Diana

Antelope Valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark W. Muesse
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    Meditation offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being. These 24 detailed lectures teach you the principles and techniques of sitting meditation, the related practice of walking meditation, and the highly beneficial use of meditative awareness in many important activities, including eating and driving. You will also learn how to use the skills of meditation in working with thoughts and emotional states.

    Nothing really matters says: "It sounds like a cliché, but it changed my life."
    "Whew! Hard to pay attention to the speaker"
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    because I kept daydreaming while listening to this. Suddenly the day's To Do list became more important, or remembering something that happened, ANYTHING but having to listen to the speaker go on and on . . .

    Because this audio book cost so much, I thought "it must be me . . . keep at it". But, I've bought so many other audio books by now that are interesting and informative and delightful ways to spend my time. This was set aside in favor of other books, many other books.

    I've been trying to get through this for a few months now, tried again today to continue on, and simply gave up and skipped to the end to listen to the last segment in case there was a conclusion.

    The speaker speaks too slowly, and speaks with a tone that I associate with "pompous" (although, strangely, there is a similar speech pattern in author Eben Alexander, MD, but I didn't get the same feeling)

    There were some interesting bits of information, but it was a long wait between, with a lot of words to listen to. The essential information could have been presented in about 2 hours.

    I recently bought The Genie Within, and recommend that for people like me, who just want a teacher or informer of information to just GET TO THE POINT.

    Also, I'm going to avoid any further meditation-related audio books that refer to Budda or anything in the Buddhist tradition. It's starting to bring out the worst in me when I hear one more strange Buddhist short story that's supposed to make me have a light bulb moment - but it's too strange to make out any point. Suddenly my hand shoots up in the air and makes a mouth puppet and I blurt out "Blah, Blah, Blah" and I remember that Indiana Jones scene where some guy was spinning and swirling a sword and Indiana Jones pulled out a pistol and just got the fight over with. Maybe I'm not at a point in "this life" where talking in circles is useful to me.

    This was a waste of money and time. I wonder if it's too late to return this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Stargate Chronicles: Memoirs of a Psychic Spy, The Remarkable Life of U.S. Government Remote Viewer 001

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Joseph McMoneagle
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
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    Joseph McMoneagle is now known as the best Operational Remote Viewer in the history of the U.S. Army's Special Project-Stargate. His intelligence collection results have never been surpassed and rarely equaled. Among his achievements: He described the interior of a top-secret Soviet manufacturing plant and accurately predicted a new class of submarine under construction there.

    Diana says: "Personal memoir & Remote Viewing history & defense"
    "Personal memoir & Remote Viewing history & defense"
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    Enjoyable and educational memoir, maybe a little longer and more personal than usual.

    With people in the early remote viewing program getting older, it is good to clarify individual experiences, straighten out misconceptions, and to make sure the history of the remote viewing program is as accurate as possible.

    This is not a book that will teach remote viewing, yet one can not help learning something along the way.

    People who do Search and Rescue might be interested in the second half of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Considering the Horse: Tales of Problems Solved and Lessons Learned

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Rashid
    • Narrated By Kevin Young
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    Own an unruly horse? Thinking about purchasing a horse but don't exactly know what to expect once you do? Ever wondered what and how a horse thinks? Mark Rashid tells stories that provide horse owners and potential buyers with the best training solutions - straight from the horse's mouth. By considering the horse's point of view, he explores a variety of solutions to common training problem like head tossing, trailer loading, mounting problems, and more.

    Diana says: "Horse stories jam-packed with training tips and"
    "Horse stories jam-packed with training tips and"
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    an understanding of horse behavior and needs.

    Mark Rashid is a good writer and deftly shares numerous training methods and problem solving solutions within memorable stories. The stories make for a good teaching method, making the ideas easier to remember and apply.

    The pdf file of illustrations that are in the written book is a generous addition to the audio book and I downloaded, opened, and enjoyed all the illustrations first before listening to the book. As he told the stories, the drawing that went with it was easily remembered.

    The original chapters of the first edition of the book, written some years ago, were read, then followed with commentary by Mark Rashid as he reconsidered his original training ideas. Most of the time he simply added more that he had learned in the meantime, and a few times he had changed his mind about a method and explained why and what he now chose as a better method. We all change over time and I like the way he chose to edit this book.

    I don't like sad stories, but although there are some moving memories shared, they are meaningful and precious and not heart-breaking. There are a few hilarious moments shared too.

    More people seem to be getting aware of better ways to treat and be with animals and it is trainers who are in the best position to further this evolution. Well, the "good" trainers, at least.

    Mark Rashid's books are a contribution to humanity's evolution and awareness.

    Graceful narration. Well done all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of the Explorer: An Apollo Astronaut's Journey Through the Material and Mystical Worlds

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Dwight Williams
    • Narrated By Dr. Edgar Mitchell
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    Astronaut Edgar Mitchell experienced a profound sense of "universal connectedness" as he returned to Earth after having walked on the moon. Since then, he has devoted his life to understanding the meaning of that experience, investigating its basis both in science and in spirituality. His brilliant inquiry links directly the mystical, religious, and paranormal experience with scientific explanation.

    John says: "Deeper than expected"
    "Astronaut, Shaman, Pioneer of Outer & Inner Space"
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    This is almost two books in one. The first part is the memoir of an astronaut, starting from a childhood ranch life in West Texas and then going on to education and career as a Navy pilot, test pilot and making career moves toward the Apollo astronaut program. Dr Mitchell is a good writer and there were portions of his recollections where I felt moved.

    Dr Mitchell is also a concise writer - in that he doesn't say in 100 words what can be said in 20. So, when I got to the second part of his book, where Dr Mitchell shared what he had learned in his Inner Explorations, I was challenged to keep up and felt like there was smoke coming out of my ears.

    As a layperson (no doctorate in any of the Sciences) who is interested in Consciousness, I've been reading and listening to scientists in various fields, mostly physics or medical, who have spent years gathering and studying data on that which might be considered paranormal, or metaphysical, or non-physical, or spiritual.

    Tom Campbell, Rupert Sheldrake, Bruce Lipton, Dean Radin, William Tiller, Russell Targ, Hal Putoff, Eben Alexander, Brian Weiss, Michael Newton, Fred Alan Wolf . . . and more, but that's all that comes to mind off the cuff.

    I hadn't realized how "dumbed down" their information had been until I listened to Dr. Edgar Mitchell's work. The authors/speakers I had previously been learning from explained more expansively and more step-by-step. Also, for those who had Audible books, the books were 8 to 20+ hours long. Dr. Mitchell covers a greater range of subjects in the same field but in half of what is already a short audiobook.

    Dr. Mitchells' metaphysical explorations, data-gathering and conclusions seem to be done first-hand not just a compilation of other's work and data. The information presented is a distillation, thus the brevity and compact nature of his presentation.

    If a "mainstream science" thinker is getting their first contact with the information provided by Dr. Mitchell, I understand the few negative reviews as they may be recoiling from ideas that some still mock or fear to touch - if only to preserve their funding or jobs or belief system.

    If books being published are any indication, there are more and more scientists pushing outward the boundaries of science. Bold pioneers of thought, these are the scientists that make a difference for humanity.

    I'm going to go back periodically to the second half of Dr. Edgar Mitchell's book, and hopefully with more study and application and time I will have a greater understanding of his distilled wisdom, insights, and theories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kybalion: A Study of Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By The Three Intiates
    • Narrated By Mitch Horowitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    He was the father of the occult, the founder of astrology, the discoverer of alchemy. He was Hermes Trismegistus, and as the scribe of the gods of ancient Egypt, he possessed all divine knowledge... which he passed on to humanity, though only those who have been tutored in its wonders can fully understand it.In this extraordinary 1912 book, three secret initiates to his teachings - who remain anonymous to this day - share their insight with all who seek to understand the mysterious underpinnings of the universe and our relationship with it.

    Diana says: "Big bites of ancient (now age?) wisdom to chew on"
    "Big bites of ancient (now age?) wisdom to chew on"
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    This book covers a lot of territory - consciousness, dimensions, physics, science, nature, natural law (Universe, Earth, Human), behavior, mental abilities, responsibility, integrity, and much more.

    For someone interested in spiritual development, there's food for thought here. Strangely, I wasn't expecting so much that is relevant today in physics and science to be part of ancient teachings. Interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
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    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "steampunk Harry Potter meets The Expendables in"
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    an alternate history timeline . . .

    . . . which are basically all the things I thought I wouldn't be attracted to in a book. Yet, after doing some recent Audible listening to some sci-fi greats I had read years ago, such as Frank Herbert's Dune and Robert Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, I would put the Grimnoir trilogy right up there with the great classics. It is that well written.

    Larry Correia does a great job of imagery. At times I wonder if he played out portions of some of the scenery described, like tossing down into the air and spraying red liquid in order to describe the little details that fill in the senses of vision, sound, smell, and feel. Not only is the plot creative and unpredictable, but the environmental and character details filled in make the story rich and delight the imaginary senses.

    I must be getting desensitized to violence because there's a whole lot of action with swords, guns, explosions, or simple brute strength killing and there was a time when I wouldn't have been able to handle the descriptions of gore or brutality. At times, while listening, I backed up and wondered what it is about humans that violence is acceptable as entertainment.

    "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clarke

    Some fascinating concepts thrown into this trilogy are "thought forms", "intent", "dimensions", "vortexes", and, of course, an alternate historical time line. There's an interesting undertheme of magic is a form of physics and the ending of the third book set up greater exploration in that direction, should other books follow.

    In Dune, at the start of every chapter,was an interesting excerpt from various "books" written by the wife of Maud'dib, Princess Irulan. It was a good mechanism to both frame and fill out the description of the world and times the story was set in.

    In the Grimnoir trilogy this idea was used very well and did a lot to explain the alternate timeline's world. Most were quotes by famous historical figures known today, but written differently as characters in the alternate timeline. Some were hilarious advertisements "excerpted" from "magazines."

    After reading just the first book of Monster Hunters, I moved on to the Grimnoir Chronicles based on the reviews. There is definitely an improvement on the writing and I especially appreciate the more subtle and sophisticated approach to the romantic side of the book. Also, the characters are much more diverse and complex.

    Speaking of romance . . .in the Grimnoir Chronicles the phrase "Alright then" was the entire sex scene at the end of the chapter. The writers, director, and producers of the BBC Torchwood TV series could make better shows just using that method.

    Looking for a pleasant diversion after buying some "educational" and "self-improvement" books, I wanted to reward myself with the first Grimnoir Chronicle book. But it was so good that I bought the second. Then the third. Such amazing writing! I felt guilty for spending so much time on fun books . . .

    And, of course, Bronson Pinchot is an awesome narrator. Awesome.

    The last book left off in such a way that the story was completed, yet there is a possibility that another adventure is possible. If the author is able to keep up to the high writing standards established, I hope there are more Grimnoir Chronicle books to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buck Johnson: Dragon Wrangler

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Wyatt McLaren
    • Narrated By Joe Roark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Buck Johnson, along with his slow-moving and slow-thinking sidekick Skeeter Evans, currently plies his trade as a dragon wrangler on Terul and is busting out a bunch of dracs for the repulsive Terullian Karposh. But when an unruly Red Kraken throws Buck, events take an unexpected turn.

    William says: "Mr Mclaren takes us on a wild and hilarious ride."
    "Horse trainers can relate - great sci-fi twists"
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    If you've ever worked with horses, or cowboy types, then this would be a lot of fun. If you haven't, but enjoy westerns and sci-fi, you'd still have fun reading (listening to) this short story.

    It does seem like it would be Chapter 1 of a longer book, but it can stand on its own too.

    Very imaginative descriptions of dragons and what it would be like to work with them. There's a lot of thought that came up with interesting details, like being smacked by the wings, or the nose and lip piercings for the reins . . . very creative writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Astral Projection: Hypnosis Induced Astral Travel Techniques

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By Craig Beck
    • Narrated By Craig Beck
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    Astral projection occurs when you consciously separate your soul or astral body from your physical body. Your consciousness goes with the astral body. The difference between this and an out-of body experience is that astral projection leaves the body with an conscious intent and can last as long as you want it to. When you astral travel, your body is left behind in the physical world, functioning as normally as it would otherwise.

    rosangela says: "much more than I expected"
    "Guided Meditation at the end is clean and easy"
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    Most OBE authors stress that in order to achieve an OBE or astral experience continuous practice or application of techniques should be done everyday for a period of weeks or months.

    Thus, I like to have a variety of guided meditations to choose from. I like Craig Becks 39 minute hypnosis induction because after the spoken part in the beginning, it's just sounds the rest of the time until the end. The sound effects behind his spoken induction are good. No interruptions with talking when you aren't expecting it.

    The first chapters of the audio book explain OBE or astral travel in a basic and clean way.

    I have other books to read for longer descriptions and where people can share their experiences at length (Monroe or Buhlman, etc.) and this one is perfect for a clean and quick approach.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bird Sense: What It's Like to Be a Bird

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tim Birkhead
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
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    What is it like to be a swift, flying at over one hundred kilometres an hour? Or a kiwi, plodding flightlessly among the humid undergrowth in the pitch dark of a New Zealand night? And what is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings, and how does its brain improvise? Bird Sense addresses questions like these and many more, by describing the senses of birds that enable them to interpret their environment and to interact with each other.

    Alessandro says: "If you did not love birds before you will!"
    "Beautifully written and narrated science of birds"
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    This book was more scientific than I expected, but surprisingly entertaining.

    The author has a beautiful writing style and uses words artfully. A wry sense of humor dotted the scientific information but the keen observations of birds, surroundings, and even other scientists made this book very enjoyable.

    The narrator's voice is wonderful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Beginner's Guide to Out-of-Body Experiences: 5 Steps to Astral Projection for Personal Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jill Ammon-Wexler
    • Narrated By Arika Rapson
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    Many call out-of-body (OBE) experiences "astral projections" because of the unusual perceptive nature of these experiences. But there's more than metaphysics involved in OBE. Serious scientists are interested in this phenomena, and it has been studied by both the USA and Russia. The book provides proven step-by-step methods to help you safely expand your conscious awareness beyond the limits of your physical self.

    Vinny says: "A great audio-book on the subject of OOBE's"
    "Clean and Concise explanations of OBE"
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    This one book explains much about OBE and consciousness.

    With decades of her own professional research, along with information drawn from other authors and researchers of consciousness, the brain, and specifically the Out-of-Body experience, this one book very quickly and easily defines and describes the essential information to know.

    Because Jill Ammon-Wexler names and credits other researchers and authors as she describes various findings or techniques, this one book can give a reader a lead to other specific areas to be learned about by seeking out other authors or topics as well.

    For people who have already read many of the authors mentioned in this book, it is very handy to have summaries and comparisons side-by-side of various techniques or ideas in this short book.

    While I enjoy Robert Monroe's, William Buhlman's, Tom Campbell's, Robert Bruce's, and many other's OBE-related books, it is very handy to have the essential ideas distilled down to the main ideas that are needed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life and Death: A Past-Life Interview with Titanic's Designer

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By William Barnes, Frank Baranowski
    • Narrated By William Barnes, Frank Baranowski
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    By all accounts, Thomas Andrews, designer of the ill-fated Titanic, went down with the ship. How, then, could someone else know, not only the vivid and horrific details of what Andrews experienced that tragic night, but also, details of his entire life?

    Ryan says: "Facinating!!!"
    "Engineers & Mechanical & History types would enjoy"
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    . . . this story.

    At first, I was confused because I had heard a few past life regressions before and in those the interviewer (hypnotist or therapist) would just speak normal English. This interviewer took on some type of Irish accent and I wondered for a while what was going on.

    Apparently, there are two audio books. The first was an audio version of the book written about these regressions and the Titanic. That is not available at Audible although there are CDs for sale at Amazon. Reviews seem to indicate that there was a narrator for that book (~ 1999 or 2000???)

    This audio book is a followup to the previous book, with the actual hypnotic regressions (gripping!). Then follows some very interesting interviews with a variety of people ranging from childhood friends to Titanic researchers, including some science and history. There is also some discussion of other corroborating information that has come forth - technical, metal, physics, other past life remembering people who match up some details.

    There are a few spine-chilling or heart-in-the-throat moments as memories come forth (spoken as if he is there, in the present-tense) and the terribleness of what is seen is realized. All the people in steerage were locked in?

    For anyone who has ever been involved in the design or building portion of a project who has had to follow orders to cut back on safety or costs (despite much arguing to not compromise) there will be many moments of clarity and understanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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