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James

I enjoy audio books and blogging.

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  • 35 titles in library
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  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (2856)
    Performance
    (2542)
    Story
    (2543)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Not the David I was looking for."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about David and Goliath? What did you like least?

    The introduction was good. I liked the stories the least.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect was that the underdog can win. The least interesting was that I could not identify with the underdogs portrayed. They were larger than life, either doctors, or severely neglected, victims.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    Did David and Goliath inspire you to do anything?

    It was discouraging. Examples were too dramatic.


    Any additional comments?

    I was the wrong reader for this book. I was expecting more specific ideas. The right reader would probably enjoy this book a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Enlightenment

    • ABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Shinzen Young
    • Narrated By Shinzen Young
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    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"
    "Real applications for meditation."
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about The Science of Enlightenment?

    Practical explanations for meditation and enlightenment are abundant.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the use of science and math to explain enlightenment.


    Which character – as performed by Shinzen Young – was your favorite?

    The narrator's voice conveyed understanding of the topic and concern for the reader.


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

    The declaration of enlightenment.


    Any additional comments?

    At this point in my career this is the best explanation of enlightenment. A beautiful work that belongs in my library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stuck: Why We Can't (Or Won't) Move On

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Anneli Rufus
    • Narrated By Susanna Burney
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In Stuck, Anneli Rufus identifies a rather striking social trend: many people are stuck. Be it in the wrong relationship, the wrong town, or with the wrong friends, many of them even say they want to make a change but - somehow - never get the job done. Blending personal anecdote, interviews, and cultural criticism, Stuck is a wise and passionate exploration of the dreams we hold dearest ourselves -and the road to actually achieving them.

    James says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Stuck better?

    Less preaching and more enlightening.


    Has Stuck turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Susanna Burney’s performances?

    Unsure.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked the cover and the title.


    Any additional comments?

    I did rush into getting this book. Unfortunately, I was looking for something much more advanced. This may be helpful to a middle school maturity level.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Writing Well Audio Collection

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By William Zinsser
    • Narrated By William Zinsser
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (66)

    This expanded audio collection presents William Zinsser's On Writing Well, the classic teaching book that has sold more than 1 million copies, together with a new 90-minute section that tells you how to write a memoir.

    Caleb says: "Zinsser lays out"
    "The content differs from the hard-copy."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you try another book from William Zinsser and/or William Zinsser?

    Yes.


    What other book might you compare On Writing Well Audio Collection to and why?

    Not sure.


    Have you listened to any of William Zinsser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not yet.


    Do you think On Writing Well Audio Collection needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I would have loved to hear more about general non-fiction writing.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was a helpful, memoir writing book. It is not what I was looking for. My overall rating is a 3, because I misunderstood it's advertised content.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Norman E. Rosenthal
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (49)

    Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., a 20-year researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health and the celebrated psychiatrist who pioneered the study and treatment of Season Affective Disorder (SAD), brings us the most important work on Transcendental Meditation since the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Science of Being and Art of Living - and one of our generation's most significant books on achieving greater physical and mental health and wellness.

    James says: "Inspirational yet "Informercional""
    "Inspirational yet "Informercional""
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would add more specific meditation instruction.


    If you’ve listened to books by Norman E. Rosenthal before, how does this one compare?

    n/a


    What three words best describe Gildart Jackson’s performance?

    His tone of voice and style is very inspirational and motivational.


    Was Transcendence worth the listening time?

    Yes and no.


    Any additional comments?

    There was plenty of wonderful telling of how important transcendental meditation is. I believe it, I would have liked less selling of meditation centers and more information about the meditation process itself.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • No Man Is an Island

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Thomas Merton
    • Narrated By Jonathan Montaldo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (40)

    >No Man Is an Island is a collection of 16 essays in which Thomas Merton plumbs aspects of human spirituality. Merton treats the “basic verities on which the spiritual life depends”. Essay themes include hope, conscience, sacrifice, charity, sincerity, mercy, and silence. The work is threaded through with Merton’s deep awareness that we are all called to “live not for ourselves but for others”.

    Neil Babcox says: "A Gem of a Book"
    "Generally good"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to No Man Is an Island again? Why?

    I would listen to parts of it. There were some great messages.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No Man Is an Island?

    The parts about not becoming overly engrossed communing with God.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Montaldo – was your favorite?

    Saint Paul


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The messages about solitude and silence. That silence is something that is everywhere although it may be drowned out by other noises.


    Any additional comments?

    The Jesus references were very difficult to understand.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael A. Singer
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (625)

    Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.

    Lea says: "Fabulous!"
    "Strong center concept, weak conclusion."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The conclusion was disappointing. I would have it rely less on theology.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was a let down. The central message was about knowing your self. The author offered great guidance about training thoughts, up until the last chapter. Suddenly, armed with my toolbox, anticipating a wild conclusion, I was left slightly disappointed, about the message...just have faith.


    What three words best describe Peter Berkrot’s performance?

    fatherly, confident, assertive


    Did The Untethered Soul inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. I was left inspired to practice taking experiences in and letting them go.


    Any additional comments?

    There ware many helpful lessons about understanding internal energy. Michael Singer explains that if you hold on to experiences, wether good or bad, they create blockage.I am currently going to practice taking things in and then letting them go so that I could always be ready for the next experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neurobiology of 'We': How Relationships, the Mind, and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Siegel
    • Narrated By Daniel J. Siegel
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    If you think your brain and mind are one, think again. According to the interpersonal neurobioligy pioneer Daniel J. Siegel, the mind actually emerges out of the interaction between your brain and relationships. Now, with The Neurobiology of "We", Dr. Siegel invites you on a journey to discover this revolutionary new model of human development - one that can positively transform trauma, move you from stress to calm and equanimity, and promote well-being for you, your family, or even your community.

    Eric says: "Outstanding! Pure genius..."
    "Excellent teacher."
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    Where does The Neurobiology of 'We' rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detailed explanation of how the brain is structured compared to the clenched hand.


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    The narrator goes into great detail about the thinking process. This detail enabled me to apply what I was listening to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me feel enormous joy that there were people like Dr. Siegel in the world.


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to listening to this book again. I wish that this book's subject was mandatory teaching in all schools.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stages of Meditation

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Dalai Lama
    • Narrated By Ken McLeod
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The Dalai Lama analyzes a rare text by ninth-century Indian Buddhist Kamalashila - a key to all Buddhist scripture - in this elegant, accessible explanation of the principles of meditation.

    Bryan says: "Good material but poor editing"
    "Excellent."
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    Performance
    Story
    Where does Stages of Meditation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top three.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator, his tone and voice were very easy to understand.


    Have you listened to any of Ken McLeod’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, this book made me search.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like to share this quote from the book, "...there is no identity separate from the mind that perceives it."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Acts of Faith: Meditations for People of Color

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By Iyanla Vanzant
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Acts Of Faith is a thoughtful and inspirational work that explores, with great insight and sensitivity, the unique pressures on people of color today. This program confronts the four basic areas that create stress and imbalance for people of color: relationships with ourselves, with the world, with each other, and with money.

    James says: "Inspirational and concise"
    "Inspirational and concise"
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    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, in order to get a perspective from other, "people of color".


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Acts of Faith?

    Listening to the advice, "I'm outta here" in relation to bad situations.


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    I liked the narrators encouraging tone of voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the topics to be a bit advanced and I would have benefited from more detailed explanations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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