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Pennant Hills, Australia | Listener Since 2010

  • 4 reviews
  • 28 ratings
  • 151 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014

  • The Present Moment

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Chan Khong

    Buddhism teaches that the present moment contains the seeds of all poosibilites for out lives- freedom from suffering; true comapssion for other; and a calm, spacious mind that welcomes change.Originally recorded at a week-long retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, The Present Moment shares the essential Buddhist practices designed to "touch the energy of mindfulness" that we carry within us...

    S. Smith says: "Calming"
    "Balm to the ears and the soul"

    I could listen to Thich Nhat Hanh for ever. He has the most mellifluous and gentle voice and he is so thoughtful in his delivery.

    This audiobook is a good introduction to mindfulness meditation and buddhism.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A History of Britain: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne

    The story of Britain from the earliest settlements in 3000BC to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603. To look back at the past is to understand the present. In this vivid account of over 4,000 years of British history, Simon Schama takes us on an epic journey which encompasses the very beginnings of the nation's identity, when the first settlers landed on Orkney. From the successes and failures of the monarchy to the daily life of a Roman soldier stationed on Hadrian's Wall, Schama gives a vivid, fascinating account of the many different stories and struggles that lie behind the growth of our island nation.

    Gary says: "History is fun and he makes it so"
    "Riveting, rip-roaring read"
    Any additional comments?

    Simon Schama made me feel as though I was hearing well-known stories for the first time. I knew very well how the Battle of Hastings turned out, but it didn't stop me from sitting in the car, long after my journey had finished to hear the thrilling end of the battle.

    Schama writes beautifully. This book is mainly the story of the kings and queens of Britain and you should know that before reading it. He covers a lot of ground but Schama manages to provide enough detail for each period to give you a good grounding in the history. He writes with a light touch and the minutes fly by. I can honestly say I was not bored for one second and often I listened for much longer that I meant to just so I could find out what happened next. Which is saying something, because I knew exactly what happened next. That's what a good story-teller Simon Schama is.

    Stephen Thorne's narration is just brilliant. Schama's prose and Thorne's voice add up to the most riveting re-telling of British History one could ask for. Highly recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Buddhist Meditation for Beginners

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Kornfield
    • Narrated By Jack Kornfield

    Known for bringing Insight Meditation to the West and for his many best-selling books, including A Path With Heart, Jack Kornfield now offers a collection of his most popular teachings with Buddhist Mediation for Beginners. This specifically designed gift set includes four complete audio learning courses.

    Amazon Customer says: "A good way to get started meditating"
    "Repeat, repeat"

    This book is disappointing because it a jumble of lectures/seminars/talks, some of which are repeated almost verbatim!

    The content is interesting and informative-once. But hearing the same anecdote three times becomes tedious.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Enlightenment

    • ABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Shinzen Young
    • Narrated By Shinzen Young

    Demystify mysticism and learn techniques to move yourself beyond emotional and intellectual blocks into a realm of clear insight and inner peace. In this complete curriculum for self-investigation Shinzen Young - one of America's foremost meditation teachers - covers traditional teachings, scientific insights, and practical instruction to show you exactly how enlightenment works, and how to begin your own journey to inner liberation. Topics include concentration, awareness, and merging techniques to explore the self and the world around you, how spiritual practices work in Buddhism, Christianity, Jewish mysticism, Sufism, Hinduism, shamanism, and many other mystical traditions, as well as 6 complete guided meditation sessions and a host of insights on how to choose and establish your own meditation practice.

    Emese says: "Great Book"
    "Great practice and theory"
    If you could sum up The Science of Enlightenment in three words, what would they be?

    Broaden your mind

    Any additional comments?

    Shinzen Young's explanation of meditation is fascinating. It helped me see the world in a different way. Mr Young has a pleasant and clear voice and the book contains theory and practice. First I listened to the whole thing in the car and when I was at the gym, then I used the guided meditations.

    Mr Young's formal training is in Buddhism, however he has studied meditation as it is practiced by many religions and cultures, as well as looking at meditation from a scientific angle.

    Highly recommended for those who are interested in practicing meditation. I know I will listen to the whole book again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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