Byron Katie has given us two books about her "Work." With them she shows how to question thoughts and beliefs and encourages us to break free of the grip of the thinking mind and live in the present moment.
With her new book she uses the Tao Te Ching to share her path of discovery, as well as how she is present. It is an amazing glimse into the mind of a clear presence.
The story is rich with detail, filled with surprises and twists and has some fun as well.
The Name of the Wind comes to mind.
When Loch is sold to Chains, and the interrogation he goes through.
The best bastards are gentlemen and the gentlemen are the biggest bastards.
If I am to have a peeve to adopt as a pet, it would be the jumping around of the time line. In an audio book I sometimes find this distracting, as was the case here. I liked the different threads, just found it disconcerting at times.
High up. Bringing up lots of questions and possible answers.
The premise of an intelligence influencing the universe and finding the evidence for that theory. That and the alien's that aren't so different from us. I liked aliens that are not stereotypically attacking us or unable to communicate with.
Meeting the spider-like alien at the museum. The protagonist, the professor, was delightful. And how he dealt with his boss, and avoided the politics.
The realization of the pattern of destruction and recreation. That moment of realizing that there appeared to be scientific evidence of intelligence running the universe.
There was no religious or faith based agenda. Just the premise that, at some time, we might discover an intelligence at work in the background. I found that fascinating. Sawyer was reminding us that we have theories and that more knowledge always seems to shoot holes in out theories and beliefs.
I'm a fan of Wil's narration and watch for his work. I prefer an audio version. The history supplement, using multiple voices, was quite effective
Great premise and well executed. I liked the history piece as an epilogue, explaining the development of the disease. Liked the focus on a mystery, with the disease as a backdrop.
Wil does sarcasm delightfully.
No book is. I listen while I drive, and while walking the dog.
Very realistic and believable problem and interesting premise. I can see a movie idea here. Liked the dialogue with the FBI partners. Some interesting philosophical considerations about not having bodily needs.
Remembering Surrogates, the movie with Bruce Willis, as what might happen next with this "threep" technology.
Knowing there is a purpose to all this detail about space suits, appogeys and satelites. Having an antagonist.
In previous Jumper books there is the evil enemy, and the need for secrecy. All that seems to have flown the coop. There is no mystery yet. I've confident that Cent will end up forgiving Joe and they will get back together. Until they do there is this adolescent angst. Sigh.Note: I'm just over 1/2 way through the book, and continue to listen, but with 1/2 an ear, as it is tedious at times. I miss the conflict, the threat of danger.
Rankin is doing a fine job. No issue with her.
The fantasy of teleportation is fun.
Teleportation is a novel way to solve problems. Just wish there were more problems to solve. I will continue to listen, being an optimist, but this is the least of the Jumper series.Steven, what is your goal here? It reads like a high school physics text at times.
Familiar character, familiar narrator made it like returning to a familiar, pleasant place. The new character was quite fun, the turns of the story delightfully dark.
the limo-racing, pistol-packin' elderly Mrs. Fischer and Odd's insistance on being polite when everyone was encouraging him to be more personal. "call me Edie, dear" - "Yes, ma'am".
Koontz can paint some delightful pictures with his words. He, perhaps, over does this at times, but I delight in a playful turn of phrase.
Nope. Same narrator as before and a familiar friend. To hear another narrator read would be a shock. David Aaron Baker IS Odd Thomas.
Pleased as punch with this visit to Oddworld.
The story takes up less than a third of the writing. There was way, way, WAY too much architectural description, historical trivia and useless drivel for my taste. If I had been reading, I could have skipped it, but thats not easily possible in audio.
I can't be certain if my annoyance at the drivel described above made me more sensitive, or not, but I found some of the internal dialog annoying. When characters talked to themselves, and it seemed to happen quite a bit, it seldom seemed relevant. If fact, redundant. Annoying.
No, but perhaps I'll approach Brown with more caution.
The reader was quite satisfactory. I had no difficulty with the narration.
The theme of the book, overpopulation, and some of the ideas presented, were interesting. I found myself somewhat interested in wanting to read Dante's Divine Comedy, even though I heard too much about it in the book.
Yes; great story, with surprises you don't expect from the Detective Bosh, Lincoln Lawyer author. Pleasantly surprised. Its short, and good.
The author carries the story, but doesn't have a strong direction to follow. The stories he tells are interesting but without a clear story line I was left slightly disappointed. The idea of the Psychopath test was evocative but I'm left wondering what Jon actually learned. Is there validity for the test? Does psychiatry have a place in assessing men and women of power? I didn't get any answers, just some entertainment.
No Lucas Davenport this time, but the same great writing and character development. A peripheral character in the Prey series, Virgil Flowers is developed as a savey and persistent detective in this latest contribution from Sandford.
By having Virgil as the protagonist, Sandford gets to add some sexual tension. He is a bachelor so he gets to do more than flirt. But can Virgil trust his instincts?
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