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Alturas, CA United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Karen Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    From one of the world's leading writers on religion and the highly acclaimed author of the best-selling A History of God, The Battle for God, and The Spiral Staircase, comes a major new work: a chronicle of one of the most important intellectual revolutions in world history and its relevance to our own time.

    Laura says: "Fills in the blanks"
    "Rich with detail broad in scope--a gift"
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    Ok, so there are parts I am going to have to go back and listen to again. There's a lot of detail here about this era across the world. Karen tracks the big religious ideas across four cultures: Judea, India, Greece, and China and she doesn't skimp when providing the context. I have found it an immensely satisfying relatively "short" history of man's relationship to the idea of God and Ultimate Reality at the (again, relative) beginnings of the big cultures that shaped the last coupla thousand years.Easy enough here to see how those ideas have changed in accordance with and often to accommodate--but also to shape--the social and political landscape. Karen narrates her own book easily and with a great pace. I thought I would get tired of her British accent (I often do with Brit narrators) but found her nicely bass voice even and pleasant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3766)
    Performance
    (3427)
    Story
    (3420)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Ducky says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "Accident prone driver vs fussy passenger - a ROMP"
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    If you're a fan of Molly Harper, you won't be disappointed. If you're new to Molly Harper, this book is the perfect introduction to her quirky sense of humor and campy sense of style. I liked this character and would love to see more of her. Amanda Ronconi is a great narrator for Harper's books--lively and likable and with the perfect tone for the occasional mild-core raunchiness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3624)
    Performance
    (2732)
    Story
    (2732)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Engrossing story--pitch perfect narration."
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    So many good reviewers were not wrong. This is an exceptional book, and I'm thrilled there are so many more in this series. I don't even ever want to see what they did with these characters on TV. George Guidall is masterful at the many characters, and I especially enjoy his rendition of Henry Standing Bear--who gets the best straight man lines. George hits it pitch perfect.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lovingkindness Meditation: Learning to Love Through Insight Meditation

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sharon Salzberg
    • Narrated By Sharon Salzberg
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    Within your own heart is a limitless source of supreme energy, the energy of love. No other force in the universe compares to it. The world's great spiritual traditions, both past and present, agree on this simple principle. Can love be harnessed and applied to others, used as a "tool" for changing lives? Lovingkindness Meditation teaches a traditional practice for cultivating love, and applying it as a life-changing force.

    Amazon Customer says: "Just what I was looking for:)"
    "Short but powerful. Very well narrated. Inspiring"
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    This is a great treatment of a common Buddhist topic. Most meditation retreats take some time for Metta (translated as Lovingkindness), and it's a good practice as one of many. What was inspiring about Sharon's story is that she went on a retreat for something like six weeks and only practiced Metta. This is the stuff of deep transformation especially in one's attitude toward the self. When you start meditating and, I guess, for a long time thereafter, who you're hearing is your self, after all, so it's good if you can cultivate some gentleness and friendliness towards your self, because otherwise you'll just be annoyed all the time. Sharon Salzberg's voice is perfect for her own work. Some Buddhist authors/narrators sound a little spacey and slow, but not so for this author. I really liked that I could listen to the whole book on one drive. Satisfying and not schmaltzy.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Astonishing Power of Emotions: Let Your Feelings Be Your Guide

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks
    • Narrated By Jerry Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (147)

    This leading-edge program by Esther and Jerry Hicks, who present the teachings of the non-physical entity Abraham, will help you understand the emotions that you've been experiencing all of your life. Instead of the out-of-control, knee-jerk reactions that most people have to their ever-changing life experience, this work will put those responses into a broader context. You'll come to understand what emotions are, what each of them means, and how to effectively utilize your new awareness of them.

    Sharon says: "Something old, something new"
    "Many great examples of changing your vibration"
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    Ok, so I agree with many other writers that Jerry is not as fabulous to listen to as Esther. However, with this book, I don't think it matters, and Jerry's very sweet spirit shines through. I so appreciate that Abraham/Hicks took the time to offer detailed examples of upstream thoughts on a topic vs downstream (better vibration) thoughts on a topic. Jerry was particularly amusing as he talked through the example of being on a diet and wanting to eat a cookie. I am grateful and will listen again when I find myself thinking "yeah--I get the whole law of attraction thing but how the heck do I think differently about this rotten situation?" I think of Jerry now as just the coolest uncle I never had.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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