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J. Wood

Live and die with no regrets

Zen Mystic Studio | Member Since 2006

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  • World Made by Hand: The World Made by Hand Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By James Howard Kunstler
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    The electricity has flickered out. The automobile age is over. In Union Grove, a little town in upstate New York, the future is nothing like people thought it would be. Life is hard and close to the bone. Transportation is slow and dangerous, so food is grown locally at great expense of time and energy, and the outside world is largely unknown. There may be a president, and he may be in Minneapolis now, but people aren’t sure.

    David says: "A kind of Amish post-apocalypse"
    "The Long Emergency is much better."
    Overall

    I love Kunstlers other book "The Long Emergency", his blog and interviews but was a bit disappointed by this novel. The story is a bit flat and predictable. The descriptions of the post collapse society was interesting, but left me wanting more detail on the characters. A very one dimensional story.

    It's an OK listen one time through, but doubt I'll listen to it again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In a Sunburned Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2058)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (637)

    Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

    Larry says: "Laugh out loud funny"
    "Moved up on the Bucket list"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of In a Sunburned Country to be better than the print version?

    I love Bryson's writing style, a milder "gonzo" style of travel writer with Englishman's humor. I missed an opportunity to travel to Australia in my early 20's to work as a tourist guide in the bush when I was a very active outdoorsman, backpacker and survival instructor. Now I sorely regret not taking the plunge. Listening to Bryson describe the history and quirkiness of the country was a delight. Now I must see this country before I die.

    I highly recommend the book, just wished it was twice as long.


    What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

    Englishman's humor wrapped in gonzo style


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Buddha, Geoff and Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Edward Canfor-Dumas
    • Narrated By Nicholas Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Ed is having a hard time - at work, in his love life and, well, generally. Then he meets an unlikely Buddhist - who drinks and smokes and talks his kind of language. Bit by bit, things begin to change...Ed doesn't always take Geoff's advice. Or, when he does he lapses at the crucial moment. His path to understanding is not a straight one, especially as life keeps throwing more and more 'stuff' at him.

    Tony says: "Fantastic Book, Recommend to Everyone"
    "This book actually changed my life view"
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    After studying Buddhism on and off for 6 years I have to say this book has drawn me closer to the teachings. It's a wonderful story of how we are woven into each other's lives and how one person can affect the lives of many. The Buddhist teaching that "one candle can light thousands of other candles and not have it's life shortened." really applies to this story.

    This quote from Daisaku Ikeda used in the book pretty much sums it up....

    " I feel most deeply I have done something creative when I've thrown myself wholeheartedly into a task and thought it through instinctively to it's conclusion, and thusly I've won a struggle to enlarge myself. It is a matter of sweat and tears.

    The creative life demands constant effort to improve one's thoughts and actions. Perhaps the dynamism involved in the efforts is the most important thing. You will pass through storms and you may suffer defeat. The essence of the creative life however, is to persevere in the face of defeat and to follow the rainbow within your heart.

    Indulgence and indolence are not creative. Complaints and evasions are cowardly, and corrupt life's natural tendency at creation. The person who gives up the fight for creativeness is headed, ultimately, to the hell that destroys all life.

    You must never slacken in the efforts to build new lives for yourselves.

    Creativeness means pushing open the heavy door to life. This is not an easy struggle. Indeed, it may be the hardest task in the world. For opening the door to your own life is more difficult than opening the doors to the mysteries of the universe but, the act of opening your door vindicates your existence as a human being and makes life worth living. No one is lonelier or unhappier than the person that does no know the pure joy of creating a life for himself.

    To be human is not merely to stand erect and manifest reason and intellect.

    To be human in the full sense of the word is to lead a creative life."

    I'm on my second listen and enjoying just as much this time around, if not more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (278)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "Great Listen."
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    Wonderful story that I wished had been a bit longer. Actually laughed out loud a few times. The teachings are worked in the story in a non-obtuse way making it quite listenable to those not interested in Buddhism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joel Salatin
    • Narrated By Joel Salatin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (356)

    From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. In Folks, This Ain't Normal, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love.

    Erin says: "Sometimes preachy, but informative"
    "This is a great listen!"
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    After owning a couple of Joel's other books, I was very happy to see him finally offering a reading of his new work. You can hear the passion in his voice and feel the deep belief in the messages he is relaying about our food, government and state of family life in America. He is an excellent speaker and his narration is superb.

    I found the book's message very moving and at the end when Joel's voice was actually breaking with emotion talking about his farm and family, I also had tears in my eyes. As one who feels the same love for his farm and lifestyle it really struck a chord. The message is powerful and the logic is as sane as it gets.

    I highly recommend this book. In fact, I can't recommend it enough. Download it and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. It might just change your perspective on life. It reaffirmed mine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1374)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1034)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "Waaaaaay to much detailing...."
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    I found the person/voice reading book exceeding annoying. Explaining every detail of the equipment got old really quick. Also the referencing of God, Fox news and very conservative world views wore me a bit thin. A great reference piece for learning what you will need in a survival situation, but a horrible novel....

    Wishing I had let this one pass and saved my credits. Try "Earth Abides". It's one my favorite books dealing with a societal collapse plot line.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Julia Cameron
    • Narrated By Julia Cameron
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (119)

    The Artist's Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international best seller, millions have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist's life. Still as vital today, or perhaps even more so, than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work.

    Amazon Customer says: "great insights"
    "Remedy for Artist Block"
    Overall

    Although skeptical at first, I gave the program a try. By the end of the first week I was seeing progress. As I worked my way through the audio program I decided to also get the physical book as a point of reference.

    I highly recommend this book to clear the cobwebs and focus your creative energies.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Armed Madhouse

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Greg Palast
    • Narrated By Greg Palast
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Greg Palast has spent the last 30 years getting the goods on corporate con men and political hucksters. Now he and his special guests cut through the TV news babytalk in Armed Madhouse. Armed with more than 50 classified documents and confidential memos, Palast brings you the stories not allowed in The New York Times.

    J. Wood says: "Speaking Truth in the Face of Power"
    "Speaking Truth in the Face of Power"
    Overall

    Palast's reporting for the BBC of the Bush/NeoCon crime family are well documented and concise. The humor injected lightens the mood of the otherwise depressing/disgusting subject matter of lies and deception perpetrated on the American people and the world at large.

    Everyone who voted for Bush needs to read this book. For the rest of us, it confirms what we already suspected or knew.

    This is an excellent piece of straight up journalism. The world needs more journalists like Palast instead of the those in the talking head media we have today who are afraid to investigate the real story, as ugly as it may be.

    Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charles R. Cross
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    For many, the name Jimi Hendrix conjures up a larger-than-life image of the man who set fire to guitars, women's hearts, and the status quo. In this groundbreaking account, music journalist Charles R. Cross takes a far deeper look. Beyond Hendrix's legendary onstage and offstage magnetism, and his excessive lifestyle, was a man who struggled to accept his role as an idol and privately craved the kind of normal family life he never had.

    J. Wood says: "Hendrix-Man and Myth"
    "Hendrix-Man and Myth"
    Overall

    I've read several books on Hendrix and by far Room Full of Mirrors gave me a glimpse of the real Jimi. A complete story from a rough and troublesome childhood to rock God.

    I highly recommend this book for any fan wanting to know the real story of the Voodoo child.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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