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Esme

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • Radical Happiness: A Guide to Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Gina Lake
    • Narrated By Rebecca Van Volkinburg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Radical Happiness: A Guide to Awakening by Gina Lake provides the keys to experiencing the happiness that is always present and not dependent on circumstances. This happiness doesn't come from getting what we want, but from wanting what is here now. It comes from realizing that who we think we are, that is, who our thoughts tell us we are, is not who we really are. This is a radical perspective! True happiness comes from experiencing our true nature by being present in each moment.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent book"
    "Interesting but a bit of a downer"
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    What made the experience of listening to Radical Happiness the most enjoyable?

    Gina Lake is a thoughtful writer and her spiritual insights are worth listening to.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The book was a bit repetitive so it didn't build to a big conclusion. Also, this is not that kind of book.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I wasn't crazy about the performance. I thought the voice was lifeless and monotonous. The voice contributed to the feeling of 'downness' which I took away from the book. I am sure this wasn't intended and when the title is all about happiness, there should have been something more uplifting about the performance but there wasn't.


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

    No. It was too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    The book definitely made me interested in listening to more books by Gina Lake because I think she has something to say in this area of spirituality and mindfulness. I will try another of her books. However, the woman who she has hired to do the reading is such a downer that it makes the subject matter a bit of a grind to get through. So monotonous and uninspiring. That's one thing that I am really beginning to appreciate with audio books. The presentation of the book becomes really important and an animated voice with the right intonation makes such a difference. I would like to see Gina Lake pick someone else to do her next audio books - or give it a try herself. That was a big negative with this book for me and it interfered with the message.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Woman's Worth

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Marianne Williamson
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (34)

    With A Woman's Worth, Marianne Williamson turns her charismatic voice to exploring the crucial role of women in the world today. Drawing deeply and candidly on her own experiences, the author illuminates her thought-provoking positions on such issues as beauty and age, relationships and sex, children and careers, and the reassurance and reassertion of the feminine in a patriarchal society.

    Esme says: "Superficial and a waste of time"
    "Superficial and a waste of time"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really didn't like this book. It reminded me of an angry Nancy Grace giving a sermon on clichés about women.


    Has A Woman's Worth turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Definitely not. I am an avid reader about personal growth and am always looking for great reads in this area.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I didn't like the way she narrated this book. To me, it was too emotional and angry. Totally inappropriate.


    What character would you cut from A Woman's Worth?

    This question isn't really relevant but since this is a self-help book for women, I think she should have thought about the range of her audience more. This book was really aimed towards women who have recently been jilted and need a boost. Not everyone falls into this camp.


    Any additional comments?

    I know this author is supposed to be good but since this was the first book I have listened to by her, I am going to be more careful the next time. She kept referring to summoning the goddesses within, and praying to God, and waiting for the day when women will all rise up and give their love to the universe. It was just so preachy and silly. It left me cold and I am a woman who has worked, loved and lost, and loved again, and have had issues to deal with like anyone else. But I guess fundamentally I'm just not that angry and didn't need someone lecturing me about how hard-done by we all are and how a new age is going to strike any minute. It sounded like something a cult leader would say. No thanks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Wayne W. Dyer
    • Narrated By Wayne W. Dyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (410)

    In Excuses Begone! Dr. Wayne W. Dyer reveals how to change lifelong, self-defeating thinking patterns that prevent you from living at the highest levels of success, happiness, and health. You may know what to think but find it terribly difficult to change thinking habits that have been with you since childhood. This business of changing habituated thinking patterns is really the business of eliminating the same old tired excuses.

    Joel says: "Life changing book"
    "Tedious!"
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    Would you try another book from Wayne W. Dyer and/or Wayne W. Dyer?

    Yes, I would try another book but with caution. I don't like the way he constantly refers to his accomplishments and successes, when this book is supposed to be, in part, about losing your ego and living in the moment. Also, this book is too long! And his approach to delivering long lists is tedious.


    What was most disappointing about Wayne W. Dyer’s story?

    The book was way too long for the points he was making. It got really tedious after a while hearing him go through list after list after list.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Hi voice is fine but every time he recited a quote from the beginning of a new chapter and elsewhere in his book he would announce loudly "Quote" finishing with "End of Quote". The repetition of this got tedious and irritating.


    Did Excuses Begone! inspire you to do anything?

    There are some good messages contained within the book. They could have been highlighted in a book one quarter of the size and they would have stood out more. Because the book was so long and tedious, it was hard to be left with anything that really stood out. I do remember him saying that when you woke up in the morning you should think of doing something for someone else that day, and to always bring a present (doesn't have to be material) when you go visit someone. I know he said a lot more than that but this is what I remember!


    Any additional comments?

    I think Wayne Dyer has some good ideas and they are worth getting out there. For me, however, less lists and less reference to traditional religion would be more enlightening and helpful. I get the feeling that he is aiming this at the masses and knows that the bulk of the population want familiar references to scriptures peppered throughout his teachings. That's fair enough if that is your bent, but since I wanted something more objective and spiritual and original, he didn't help me much. Perhaps others would feel more connection to him if your starting point is more traditional to begin with.

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