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  • 2 reviews
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  • 28 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Felt Like an Easedropper at Lincoln's White House"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Team of Rivals to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but the exemplary way in which the audio version was executed suggests an equal, if not better, experience.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Team of Rivals?

    Lincoln being driven to tears by the adoration and gratitude bestowed upon him by African American soldiers.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene above - also any references to the closeness of Lincoln with Seward and Stanton.Some great scenes, two, describing meetings between Frederick Douglas and Lincoln.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    With Malice Toward None

    Any additional comments?

    This was an amazing piece of non-fiction: Scrupulously researched and presented in a way that made some fairly unwieldy material (especially in the beginning) understandable and compelling. Kearns-Goodwin justifies her place as a revered guest on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and Sunday morning news programs.There were moments when I truly felt as though I was listening to Lincoln deal patiently with his often argumentitive cabinet.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Abiding in Mindfulness, Vol. 3: On Dhamma

    • ORIGINAL (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joseph Goldstein
    • Narrated By Joseph Goldstein

    In the words of the Buddha, the four foundations of mindfulness (the four sadhipatthanas) are " the direct path for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and lamentation, for the disapperance of dukkha (suffering) and discontent, for the acquiring of the true method, for the rea;ization of Nibbahna." Within the quinitessential discourse called the Satipatthana Sutta, we find the Buddha's seminal teachings on the practice of meditation.

    Sara says: "Wonderful!"
    "In-Depth and Inspiring!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to any serious meditator. There are tons of books in circulation for beginners, most of them very good (some also by Joseph Goldstein), but very little out there that explore the Dharma in depth. Joseph Goldstein continues the line-by-line exploration of the Sattipattana Sutta he began in

    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    “Whatever has the nature to arise also has the nature to cease.”

    Any additional comments?

    A note that might potentially be deleted: The Dhamma is offered free to all and this series is no exception. It is available on for no charge but the tedious, time-consuming effort in finding,downloading and organizing each talk does not seem worth the trouble when you can get it on audible for one credit (it's $120 or more if you buy it elsewhere).

    May all beings be happy and free.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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