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Jes

Hobart, IN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Chapterhouse Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Euan Morton, Katherine Kellgren, Scott Brick, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (469)

    The desert planet Arrakis, called Dune, has been destroyed. Now, the Bene Gesserit, heirs to Dune's power, have colonized a green world - and are tuning it into a desert, mile by scorched mile. Chapterhouse Dune is the last book Frank Herbert wrote before his death and stunning climax to the epic Dune legend that will live on forever.

    Loren A Goodwin says: "Unchallenged Series Finale"
    "A Good Listen"
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    The reading of the book was consistent with the rest of the series. I went back to finish this series after six months of reading other material. I've listened to the whole series and not read one book. If you haven't made it to this book yet and are still on Dune then unless you want a great series that goes down hill with this book avoid it. I still have two left to go and they are by Brian Herbert. I hope he can write like his father.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Valerie Estelle Frankel
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (225)

    Game of Thrones fans watch in delight as the epic battle of Lannister and Stark entangles the Seven Kingdoms. But only the sharpest notice how these houses echo Lancaster and York in the War of the Roses. Druids, Catholics, and even Zoroastrians wander through Westeros, reframing their religions for a new world of fantasy. But how medieval is Westeros? Did lady knights and pirates really battle across Europe? The audiobook Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones explores all this and more, from the echoes of history to the symbols and omens our beloved characters.

    J. Quigley says: "Reference book, not for listening to"
    "A great insight into this book series"
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    Years ago my mother would take notes while reading books to keep track of thoughts as the book progresses. She can figure out how a story ends before anything is revealed by the author. I tried this concerning the Game of Thrones series, but I gave it up. Here are all those notes and it’s in a nice format.

    Anyone that loves or just watches/reads the Game of Thrones this book ties all the threads together. Yet, it doesn’t reveal how it ends, but it does give you an idea of how it will end. We are still waiting on the last two books after all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Isaiah Effect: Decoding the Lost Science of Prayer and Prophecy

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Gregg Braden
    • Narrated By Gregg Braden
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    The Great Isaiah Scroll: does it hold the secrets to changing your life? In Jerusalem, within the Shrine of the Book Museum, resides the Great Isaiah Scroll - the most precious artifact of the Dead Sea Scrolls. So valuable is this scripture that extraordinary measures have been taken to safeguard it against any natural disaster or act of war. Gregg Braden investigates this ancient Essene scripture - to reveal a set of inner tools capable of altering the destiny of human civilization.

    Alicia says: "Lost understandings finally surface"
    "What is missing from the Bible"
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    When the dead sea scrolls were discovered and the translation began there was much fan fair. Now today people believe that these scrolls are just beginning to be translated when they’ve been being translated since 1947. Here the book or scroll of Isaiah is the most complete and gives us the most detailed information. This reminds me of so many other prophecies of the future, but these are more accurate.

    In this book we learn that with all prophecies can be changed we just have to change. There is a prophecy of World War III, but this can’t be allowed to happen because this is a time of awakening. All literature from the past show that each time we get to this point War comes and stops it.

    You really need to read this book to tie together what all the spiritual sages of our time and the past sages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercises as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness - being awake and fully aware. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness.

    A. Kaestner says: "Excellent all around. Quality content and narratio"
    "A great accumulation of meditation instructions"
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    Here the author talks you through basic and complex meditations. Unlike other books that talk about the meditations, here they are. At the end of the book the author has put a lot of meditation with each one being labeled for use when you need it. I recommend this book just for these meditations along with the wisdom contained with it. I would also recommend that the publisher include a PDF of all meditations be included or people buy the Kindle version to get them rather than searching all over the Internet for them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Message of the Sphinx: A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval
    • Narrated By Nick Ullett
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Sophisticated computer techniques are beginning to unravel the riddles posed by Egypt's great monuments of stone. Now this tour de force of historic and scientific detective work provides a startling new vision of mankind's true history.

    Klaus says: "a bit contrived"
    "Great scholarly work"
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    Unlike Graham's previous book where there was no opening stated purpose of the book. This book probably because of the second author starts out with a stated purpose. Why are people fighting any in depth studies of the Sphinx? The same is true of all these great works called the seven wonders of the world which is off anyways. I believe there is over a 100 wonders that should be listed. We haven’t even begun to look at what was talked about in the Fingerprints of the Gods and the Source Field Investigations.

    The big question is that all books ask that look into the past is: ‘Why are people scared to relook at everything with fresh eyes?’ No one can tell us how any of these great works were done and why we're not talking about the the ones in India, Russia, the US, Africa and throughout Asia. Those in true power must be really scared of the truth which they know will eventually happen no matter what they do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    As elegant as his best selling How to Know God and as practical as his phenomenal The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, this groundbreaking new book from Deepak Chopra contains a dramatic premise: Not only are everyday coincidences meaningful, they actually provide us with glimpses of the field of infinite possibilities that lies at the heart of all things. By gaining access to this wellspring of creation, we can literally rewrite our destinies in any way we wish.

    Ulrich says: "Fulfills my desires of an excellent audio book"
    "A great book that fits in any spiritual path"
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    When I first heard Deepak Chopra I didn’t like what he had to say or like the book at all! Then years later I was led to another of his books by what can be described as ‘Spirit’. I listened and realized that he was teaching the same thing as SO many other authors that people are ignoring. I’ve read Edgar Casey, Mike Dooley, Wayne Dyer, and many more. I’ve did Buddhist training for 7 years and left it because the path wasn’t working for me at that time. Now I understand that we have to do this at times. Like in the book ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ and the work of Jack Kornfield you can’t attach to a ‘teacher’ or ‘path’. I read this book and did the exercises and I will keep using the exercises as I move forward, but not as in using dogma.

    I’ve enjoyed this book and it would be nice if there was a PDF with all the meditations on it to make it easier to do them later rather than looking them up on the Internet! This would make this book perfect as it is!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Autobiography of a Yogi

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paramhansa Yogananda
    • Narrated By Swami Kriyananda
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    Followers of many religious traditions have come to recognize Autobiography of a Yogi as a masterpiece of spiritual literature. Yet, for all its depth, it is full of gentle humor, lively stories, and practical common sense. Now, with this audiobook, the 1946 edition is again available, with all its inherent power, just as the great master of yoga first presented it.

    Andrew says: "Wisdom; Knowledge; Humbling."
    "This is a lot of wisdom in one book"
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    I see why Steve Jobs liked this book. Steve wanted to be a spiritual Yogi or leader of people. In many ways he was and he got his wish in some ways. I liked the book learning about India Vedic training in the form of Yogi. The wisdom built into this book goes long with Deepak Chopra's work, Mike Dooley and many others. It’s well worth anyone reading the previous author’s work. I will not ruin it for you, but you should read it. I will say that by the halfway point you will understand why Steve Jobs liked it. Plus you will understand the simple wisdom contained within it. The sound is a little off as it goes loud to quiet quite suddenly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Graham Hancock
    • Narrated By Peter Reckell
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (146)

    Using tools as varied as archaeo-astronomy, geology, and computer analysis of ancient myths, author Graham Hancock presents a compelling case to suggest that the story of mankind is far older than we have previously believed. And as the truth about prehistory and the real meaning of ancient myths and monuments is revealed, it becomes apparent that a warning has been handed down to us: a terrible cataclysm that afflicts the Earth at irregular intervals of time may be about to occur.

    Roger says: "Too short"
    "No Source Field Investigations"
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    I was told that this book was the basis for the Source Field Investigations by David Wilcox. I can’t see how that is even remotely possible. I enjoyed learning about all the evidence that is verifiable of civilizations that existed before the accepted scholarly dates of the first human civilizations. Along with the stories similar to event in the biblical stories of bible being carved on stone tablets before the date of the first human civilizations. Why is this information not being actively talked about or taught in schools? I would like to see more of this work, but they need to start the book off explaining what they’re talking about. This is why I don’t like this book as a whole as it took me a bit to understand where they’re coming from.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dharma Bums

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (184)

    Two ebullient young men are engaged in a passionate search for dharma, or truth. Their major adventure is the pursuit of the Zen way, which takes them climbing into the high Sierras to seek the lesson of solitude - a lesson that has a hard time surviving their forays into the pagan groves of San Francisco's bohemia, with its marathon wine-drinking bouts, poetry jam sessions, experiments in "yabyum", and other non-ascetic pastimes.

    HankieG says: "No Slouch This Dharma Bum"
    "The spoke Dharma is not the true Dharma"
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    This is a great story from the 1950’s when you could hitchhike all across the country and sleep out in public spaces. Now there are no public spaces you can do that in legally because most are ‘privately owned’. With that aside I do like the story where you have three different views on what the Dharma is and how different people see it. I would liked to have read at the end an epilogue of where everyone was ten years from when the story ended. After reading it I can see that like the Tao, you can’t speak the Tao and have it be the true Tao the Dharma is the same as in it has a different meaning to everyone that practices it.

    Oh, and I do like the part where the woman talks about the ‘police’ watching everything you do just because they can and 50 years after this book was published congress gave the ‘police’ just that authority.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Book of the Tao

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen Mitchell
    • Narrated By Stephen Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    The Second Book of the Tao is a gift to contemporary readers, granting us access to our own fundamental wisdom. Mitchell's meditations and risky reimagining of the original texts are brilliant and liberating, not least because they keep catching us off-guard, opening up the heavens where before we saw a roof. He makes the ancient teachings at once modern, relevant, and timeless.

    Emily J Blair says: "it will take you there"
    "A great book and a complement to the Tao Chi Ching"
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    The author takes two books at opposite ends of the spectrum and combines them in a nice complementary way. Along the way he ties these two back into the Tao Chi Ching. I enjoyed it and learned a lot. I won’t spoil and of it, but to tell you to read it. Remember this is easier than the Tao Chi Ching to understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maxwell's Leadership Series: Mentoring 101

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John C. Maxwell
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (35)

    Drawing from many of John Maxwell's best sellers, this book explores the timeless principles that have become Dr. Maxwell's trademark style. In a concise, straightforward voice, Maxwell focuses on essential and time-tested qualities necessary for developing mentoring relationships that make a difference in the lives of your colleagues and the life of your business.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great read,"
    "I great condensed version of many books"
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    John C. Maxwell has been writing leadership books for years and I’ve enjoyed them. Here he has taken many teachings from several books and put them in one spot. If you want a condensed teaching as why mentoring is so important and more important in today’s world this is it. You can read all of John’s books on the this subject and there are several of them and I encourage you to do so! This is just a general overview with little specific details about how to do certain things when mentoring. Please don’t think this is ‘IT’ because it’s only the beginning of a journey that is well worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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