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James

I enjoy audio books and blogging.

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  • 53 titles in library
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  • Spark: How Creativity Works

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Julie Burstein, Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated By Julie Burstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    How did Richard Ford's cat influence his work as a novelist? Creativity is an elusive subject. We enjoy its fruits - movies, novels, paintings, songs - but rarely are we privy to what happens in the creative process. In Spark, Julie Burstein traces the roots of some of the twenty-first century's most influential and creative thinkers, including Joyce Carol Oates, Yo-Yo Ma, David Milch, Isabel Allende, and Joshua Redman. Burstein pulls back the curtain to reveal the sources of these artists' inspiration and the processes that bring their work into being.

    Linda Ericson says: "I wanted to like this so much"
    "The birth of creativity"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The artists' biographies.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    This book made me realize that I am creative.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Yes, the information was presented in a insightful way because various artists' creative


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    I loved the narrator's voice. I found the biographies a little bit too long and personal.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Longing and Belonging: The Complete John O'Donohue Audio Collection

    • ORIGINAL (31 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John O'Donohue
    • Narrated By John O'Donohue
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (84)

    John O'Donohue was a one-of-a-kind force of nature: a genius with words, a brilliant thinker, and a professional excavator of the soul. In the course of his extraordinary life, this Irish poet and teacher touched the hearts of millions with his unique blend of philosophy, instruction, and spiritual insight. For over a decade, Sounds True had the privilege of working with John, and Longing and Belonging presents the full collection of his recordings for both long-time listeners and those discovering his legacy for the first time.

    Kathryn says: "Finally-- words that describe my inner landscape"
    "Beautifully Moving Listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Longing and Belonging the most enjoyable?

    The author's love of humanity came across with confident phrases, ideas, and sentiments, such as: "there is something quiet and shy in the human soul that we must attend to."


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Longing and Belonging?

    The story about someone trying to ruin a farmer's potato harvest, at it's most fecund moment, and the lack of explanation as to why anyone would do such a thing.


    What does John O'Donohue bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is beautiful and a pleasure to listen to. Additionally, many parts were a pleasure to listen to with closed eyes.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Longing and Belonging?

    That our individuality wants to figure out how to be a part of everything while maintaining our uniqueness.


    Any additional comments?

    I am lucky to have come across this work. It was of high quality and at times I was overwhelmed and expected answers that were beyond my reach.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Food Entrepreneur: Foods That Make You Rich from Home: From Passion to Profit - A Compilation of Profitable Food Entrepreneur Stories, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Hunziger
    • Narrated By Karlin Tessier
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In this guide you will learn about the secretly guarded passion to profit secret ingredients that you must absolutely know about if food is your true hobby. This guide is chock full of the best food business techniques, know-how, resources, and food marketing strategies that are used by today's "Food Elite". Use these secret food tips and knowledge immediately to make profits today!

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "Disappointed"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I would have loved to hear more about the food entrepreneur stories, rather than a compilation of websites.


    Has Food Entrepreneur: Foods That Make You Rich from Home turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Possibly.


    What didn’t you like about Karlin Tessier’s performance?

    The performance was a constant promising of what was too come, and the performance never happened.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Food Entrepreneur: Foods That Make You Rich from Home?

    All the promises about what was going to be told.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very upset that this book was not categorized as an infomercial.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Meister Eckhart's Living Wisdom: Indestructible Joy and the Path of Letting Go

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Finley
    • Narrated By James Finley
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    The 13th-century mystic Meister Eckhart was the most brilliant Christian scholar of his day, but he was also legendary for the way that he opened listeners to the direct experience of God during his public talks. Today, his written wisdom remains alive as ever, ready to illuminate us.

    joseph s. hill says: "Great, but dry!"
    "Flows beautifully."
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    What made the experience of listening to Meister Eckhart's Living Wisdom the most enjoyable?

    James Finleys' reflections.


    What other book might you compare Meister Eckhart's Living Wisdom to and why?

    Practical Mysticism. Both of these books address the practical dimension of spirituality.


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

    No.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Meister Eckhart's Living Wisdom?

    Studying and understanding "detachment"


    Any additional comments?

    James Finley's reading conveys a deep understanding and interest in the subject matter. I appreciate the references to related books and authors such as Schurmann, Walsh, Woods, Davies, McGinn, Forman, and Smith

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Writing Down Your Soul: How to Activate and Listen to the Extraordinary Voice Within

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Janet Conner
    • Narrated By Jane Cramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (181)

    You could pray, or meditate, or dream, or visit a shaman, or a minister, or a hypnotherapist. With so many routes into inner consciousness, why write? Of all the ways to get in touch with God, as you understand God...to hear the small, still voice pointing you in the right direction...why take the time to write? One reason: it works. It works amazingly well. If you want to engage in a vibrant conversation with the wisdom that dwells just a hair below your conscious awareness, write.

    angelina spence says: "Great Book! A Must Read!"
    "Surprisingly helpful."
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    What made the experience of listening to Writing Down Your Soul the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed advice about writing to unlock communication with the "voice", and how daily practice would unlock a mystical connection to a source of information.


    If you’ve listened to books by Janet Conner before, how does this one compare?

    First Janet Conner book.


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

    First Jane Cramer listen.


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

    I occasionally felt that the side story, and some suggestions would derail the book, yet it always stayed on track. Repetition of the phrase "write down your soul" was very effective, and kept me focused.


    Any additional comments?

    The author's suggestion to ask the "voice" the right questions was profound and surpassed the primary scope of the book. This and other suggestions like it, made it a very informative and satisfying read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dr. David R. Hawkins
    • Narrated By Dr. David R. Hawkins
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (211)

    The publication of Power vs. Force by Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., reveals to the general public secret information heretofore only shared by the author with certain Nobelists and world leaders. Analyzing the basic nature of human thought and consciousness itself, the author makes available to everyone the key to penetrating the last barrier to the advancement of civilization and science and resolving the most crucial of all human dilemmas.

    Greg says: "Good book – poor narrator"
    "Wise teaching about the concept of happiness"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Power vs. Force to be better than the print version?

    I prefer the audio edition because I can work while listening. I also enjoy listening to Dr. Hawkins' narration because it is not typical, and I can hear the understanding of the material in his tone.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The explanation that weakness/strength in the body responds to external stimuli. For example artificial sweetener and negative thoughts such as envy, weaken the muscles.


    Have you listened to any of Dr. David R. Hawkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to several Hawkins' works, and this one has been the best one. It is organized very well, and presented clearly.


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

    Mere study of the positive -vs- negative patterns of thought/behavior will instantly improve consciousness.


    Any additional comments?

    Dr. Hawkins' calibration concept teaches about the deceit of appearances, and offers a useful tool of empowerment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the World but Not of It: Success

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David R. Hawkins
    • Narrated By David R. Hawkins
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In this inspiring series, David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., presents enlightening information designed to elevate one’s consciousness. An internationally renowned author and speaker on spiritually advanced states of consciousness, Dr. Hawkins speaks from the inner realization of the presence of God as Self. The impact of Dr. Hawkins' presence transcends the actual words.

    James says: "Success defined"
    "Success defined"
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    What did you love best about In the World but Not of It?

    Dr. Hawkins explains the levels of consciousness and gives examples.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In the World but Not of It?

    When Dr. Hawkins explains that, "truth makes you go strong and falsehood makes you go weak."


    What does David R. Hawkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings his own voice into the story. It is refreshing to hear about this topic without a stereotypical spiritual show.


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

    When Dr. Hawkins explains that his personal view of success was about being "cozy".


    Any additional comments?

    David Hawkins is an excellent teacher. He reminds me of the great teachers I had when I was a student at Bard in the 80's.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Way to God: Realizing the Root of Consciousness: Meditative & Comtemplative Techniques

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David R. Hawkins
    • Narrated By David R. Hawkins
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., is an internationally known author and speaker on the subject of spiritually advanced states of consciousness and the realization of the presence of God as Self. His published works, as well as recorded lectures, have been widely recognized as unique. They describe a very advanced state of spiritual awareness which occurred in this individual, with a scientific and clinical background, who is able to verbalize and explain the unusual phenomena in a manner that is clear and comprehensible.

    James says: "A Very Helpful Lecture about Consciousness"
    "A Very Helpful Lecture about Consciousness"
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    What did you love best about The Way to God: Realizing the Root of Consciousness: Meditative & Comtemplative Techniques?

    I loved the narration. The voice was very clear and direct, and the narrator did not take detours.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author.


    Which character – as performed by David R. Hawkins – was your favorite?

    The narrator.


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

    Truth is difficult.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (4672)
    Performance
    (4123)
    Story
    (4149)

    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
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    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
    (382)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (128)

    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."
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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
    (7)
    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"
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    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

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