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Lauren

ratings
38
REVIEWS
11
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
28

  • Twilight of the Gods: The Mayan Calendar and the Return of the Extraterrestrials

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Erich von Daniken
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (189)

    "Something here really stinks to high heaven," writes Erich von Däniken. "In Twilight of the Gods," says von Däniken, "I document precisely what it was that left the first visitors breathless as they stood before the mighty stone blocks some 400 years ago. I will show you what archeologists discovered hundreds of years ago and demonstrate how much has been destroyed over the centuries. Intentionally.

    Chuck says: "So very logical it makes me shiver!"
    "Excellent!!"
    Overall

    Erich Von Daniken was, I think, one of the very first to suggest that we have been visited by extra-terrestrials in our ancient past (as well as today), and that the stories and tales ('myths') handed down from that time is what has evolved into some of our many religions today. He makes a very strong case and every book of his that I have read has been just excellent! Very convincing for anyone with even a half-way open minded view.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Rooster

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Michael Wallace
    • Narrated By Rosemary Benson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Of all the desperate women in German-occupied Paris, Gabriela Reyes is the least likely to scratch out her survival as a whore for a Gestapo agent. After fascists murdered her mother and brother and tortured her father in an insane asylum, she hates the Germans as much as she fears them. But when she discovers the man responsible for destroying her family, she decides to become his mistress to try to free her father and avenge her family.

    Lauren says: "Great story, excellent writing, superb narration!"
    "Great story, excellent writing, superb narration!"
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    I always enjoy listing to a good audiobook, even more when I can learn something at the same time, as one often does listening to historical fiction. The Red Rooster is a perfect example of a just-right blend of great story-telling that also lets you learn about a period in history... what daily life might have been like for people in German-occupied France - and how normal, every-day people rose to do heroic actions when faced with horrific circumstances.

    The cruelty of the Nazis to Jewish populations is very well-known, but this book tells more of the story, of what life was like in occupied France; how terribly difficult it was for everyone (outside of the Nazi party and soldiers), and how the human spirit is so incredibly resilient that it can rise above even the worst situations.

    The character development is outstanding; multiple story-lines all very interesting, and how they all fit together in a complex web made a very powerful and moving story. I have read several books by this author, and have always been impressed by excellent writing, making me never want to put down his books until I reach the end... and then I'm sad that it is finished!

    The narrator did an AMAZING job with this audio-book. She excellently portrays multiple characters with a variety of very well-done foreign accents and voices - really outstanding!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Art & Science of Raja Yoga: First Steps in Yoga & Meditation

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Swami Kriyananda
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The Art and Science of Raja Yoga audio companion set is a vast treasure trove of spiritual teachings. All 14 talks are taken from classes given by Swami Kriyananda on virtually every subject of the spiritual path. It directly corresponds with each step in The Art and Science of Raja Yoga, Part II, of the Ananda Course in Self-Realization.

    Lauren says: "An hour of rambling with 5 minutes of info at end"
    "An hour of rambling with 5 minutes of info at end"
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    This seemed like an hour of dis-jointed rambling with maybe 5-10 minutes at the end that had any helpful info related to the title at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The New Path: My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Swami Kriyananda
    • Narrated By Swami Kriyananda
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The New Path tells the story of a young American's spiritual quest, his discovery of the powerful classic Autobiography of a Yogi, and his subsequent meeting with - and acceptance as a disciple by - the book's author, the great spiritual teacher and yoga master, Paramhansa Yogananda.

    Lauren says: "Awful! Grandiose, loves to listen to himself talk"
    "Awful! Grandiose, loves to listen to himself talk"
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    In the first few minutes of this book, Kriyananda talks about how he was going to talk about Yogananda, and how this book could really be seen as a 'continuation' to "Autobiography of a Yogi" (I couldn't believe the ego! For him to place his work in the same category as Yogananda's is so laughable it's beyond ridiculous!) Then he goes on spending the next few hours talking only about himself, down to the smallest details of his childhood - incredibly boring to listen to, and I doubt anyone cares about his little imaginings unless they are one of his followers. He loves to go on and on about himself, and throws in a lot of his opinions on everything, with no references to Yogananda the whole part I listened to.

    Like the other reviewer, I finally had to give up... I couldn't take any more of his breathy/breathless fake-silky-sweet cooing.

    I am very disappointed with all of the audios I purchased by him. He has a lot of books that have "by Yogananda" in the title, but they are NOT by Yogananda at all - he is just writing in Yogananda's name, claiming that Yogananda told him "Write that down! I've never said that before!" and such. I wish I had realized that when I first bought some of his audios - I never would have purchased them if I knew then what I know now. (Do a search for "Ananda Uncovered" to see some very interesting info, including several legal documents regarding the "Swami"). I was looking for material by Yogananda, not this guy who *claims* to speak for Yogananda.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6262)
    Performance
    (5565)
    Story
    (5561)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "FABulous!"
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    I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!! Fantastic story, excellently narrated. I wish there was a sequel - I'd buy it in a heartbeat! :)

    The ONE thing that I think would make it better to have this in printed format was the dates... Because the story goes back and forth between different dates/ years, it was a bit hard to figure out what order things happened, because I had difficulty remember what happened in which year... but this is probably just because I'm forgetful... LOL! Others may not have this problem. :)

    I'd like to be able to flip back and forth between chapters and look at the dates before each one. (It might help if the chapters were titled with the date, rather than "Chapter 1... Ch. 2..., etc.)

    But GREAT audio despite this one tiny drawback. One of my new Audible favorites, for sure!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11558)
    Performance
    (6957)
    Story
    (6847)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "BWAHAhahahahaa!! Funniest. Book. EVER!"
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    This is "f_ing" HILLARIOUS! I can't remember when I've laughed so much at any audio-book - all parents should have this for instant stress-relief! The narrator could not have done it any more PERFECTLY than he did - absolutely BRILLIANT! My new top-of-the-list FAVORITE Audible book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods Were Astronauts: Evidence of the True Identities of the Old 'Gods'

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Erich von Daniken
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    Erich von Daniken has exhaustively researched and analyzed the great world religions, their myths and belief structures, in an effort to find an answer to a question that has fascinated humans for millennia: who, or what, were the Gods described in ancient stories? His extraordinary conclusion? The Gods were not metaphysical beings born of humanity's overactive imagination, but extraterrestrials who left traces of their presence everywhere on Earth.

    Lauren says: "Material is excellent; narrator is awful!"
    "Material is excellent; narrator is awful!"
    Overall

    While Erich von Daniken's material is EXCELLENT and definitely worthy of 5 stars, the narrator was so bad (IMO) that I am having a hard time finishing this one. It may just be a personal idiosyncrasy, but I think this narrator does a great job of making the material seem BORING, with his antiquated non-expressive reading and phony-sounding radio-announcer voice... makes my ears gloss over after just a few minutes and leaves my mind wandering. It reminds of the most boring of educational films I saw in school as a kid... like the ones from the 1950s... awful!

    I am going to buy the Kindle version (I hope there is a Kindle version!) of this book and read it myself, as I know the content is fascinating - I just can't stomach the narration. Wish I could give this book the 5 stars that the book deserves, but with this narrator, I just can't.

    The other Erich von Danikon audio-book (Twilight of the Gods) that I purchased at the same time as this one is EXCELLENT (as is the narrator) and I do plan on purchasing at least one more (probably more) of this author's audio-books - but will definitely listen to the samples first to make sure the narrator is good!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelfth Planet: Book 1 of the Earth Chronicles

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Zecharia Sitchin
    • Narrated By Bill Jenkins
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    Do you reject both evolution and creationism? The product of 30 years of intensive research, The Twelfth Planet argues persuasively that humanity sprang from extraterrestrial forebears.

    Scott says: "abridged version"
    "Very, VERY abridged!"
    Overall

    This book - in it's original book form - is awesome! But this version is highly abridged... SOOooo much that it loses all believability, since all of the background, many supporting details, references, images, and MUCH more has been left out. I would say this is a VERY bare-bones and meat-less version of the book, which is really a shame, because it may be the only time some people ever read/listen to a Sitchin book, (or any of the Annunaki story), and they are NOT getting a good representation of just how much study and scholarly work went into them. For the original book, I would rate it 5 stars. For this VERY abridged recording, 1 star. It could have been so much better if it hadn't been so severely abridged. I think you're better off skipping this version, and getting the real book instead.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Psychic: My Life in Two Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Sylvia Browne
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (33)

    At the age of 73, New York Times best-selling author Sylvia Browne is ready to tell the whole story of her extraordinary life. In Psychic, we meet the woman behind the public figure: from the child receiving her first visits from the spirit world to the teenager doubting her own sanity; from the new mother living through staggering highs and lows to the burgeoning celebrity, and, ultimately, the successful, happily married woman she is today.

    Lauren says: "Great author, fascinating story, terrific narrator"
    "Great author, fascinating story, terrific narrator"
    Overall

    I have either read or listened to a few of Sylvia's books, and this is definitely my new favorite! I have a brand-new level of respect and love for Sylvia - all that she has been through, and she is still looking out for other people, caring for them, loving them, forgiving those who need it (even the former husband who forced her into bankruptcy and caused her public humiliation!)

    I don't know that I could be as gracious - but then, after reading her book, I doubt I could live up to most of her humanitarian work and loving people. From the love and care given to the little girl who's mother basically abandoned her, leaving her in Sylvia's care - and Sylvia took her in and loved her and raised her as her own, to her strength in dealing with (and leaving) an abusive husband as soon as she saw even an inkling of a hint that he might start abusing their children, Sylvia has endured more hardships than many ever will, and come through it all with a shining, loving spirit, and a heart that loves God and desires to help her fellow man reach their full potential. I never knew she was a school teacher and found that really interesting - and I bet she was a great one!

    The book is beautifully written, with humor, style, and grace; the story completely engrossing (I listened to the entire 8-hour book in 2 days). And although I really do like to listen to Sylvia read her own books (I love her low, gravelly voice that sounds much like my own - only better! LOL!), the narrator did a fantastic job, reading with great expression and very much in the same style that Sylvia would have read it herself - sometimes I would forget that I wasn't actually listening to Sylvia herself! Hillary Huber was really a perfect choice for narrator, if we must listen to someone other than Sylvia herself.

    I know I'll be listening to this one again, and it has become an instant top-of-the-list favorite in my Audible collection!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Jesus is a fresh and inspirational re-imagining of a young man's transformational journey from carpenter's son to revolutionary leader to the man many believe to be the savior of the world. Very little is known or recorded about Jesus in his formative years. In the Gospel stories, we witness the birth of Jesus and then see him as a young boy of 12 intensely questioning the Rabbis in the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

    susan says: "From a scholar"
    "Enjoyable listen, definitely imaginative..."
    Overall

    As another reviewer pointed out, this seems to be a more Eastern-flavored story of Jesus (which makes sense, given author's background), with very little that corresponds to any actual historical or Biblical documentation. But I knew that when I purchased it, so was not bothered by it. I enjoyed Deepak's narration - he always seems to have a calming and gentle manner about him that comes through in his reading (and writing). Though the story wasn't terrifically exciting or adventurous, it was interesting, and an enjoyable listen, which I'll probably listen to again some time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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