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A Reader from

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  • What If...: A Lifetime of Questions, Speculations, Reasonable Guesses, and a Few Things I Know for Sure

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Shirley MacLaine
    • Narrated By Shirley MacLaine
    Overall
    (22)
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    (20)
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    (20)

    Shirley MacLaine contemplates a wealth of subjects from the mundane to the esoteric in this all-new collection of musings that begin with two simple words: What if.... In this audiobook, she speculates on a wide range of matters both spiritual and secular, humorous and profound, earth-bound and high-flying, personal and universal. This is Shirley MacLaine at her most funny, acerbic, imaginative, and irresistible.

    Michael Jaco says: "What If..: I really enjoy this Book?"
    "Better speculative books out there!"
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    These inquiries work better in live discussion than in written form. Nothing revelationary here and the brief, diarist discourses the author raised were raised by better authors found in new age classics (Sitchin, "Slave Species of God," Tolle, "What the Bleep," among others). And do I hear Shirley's voice sounding more cynical and irritating than ever?. I didn't like this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Jackson: The Afterlife Experiences: A Theology of Michael Jackson's Life and Lyrics

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Marilynn Hughes
    • Narrated By Marilynn Hughes
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    The afterlife experiences of Michael Jackson in the months following his death follow an unexpected and exciting path. Michael Jackson's afterlife journey becomes surprisingly relevant to all of us in our own individual understanding of our own human lives and the spiritual journey underlying our every breath. Michael Jackson shares a modern day rendering of an ancient tradition of the spiritual path in its triumph, torture and its tumultuous end.

    A Reader from says: "MJ Lyrics as Scripture?"
    "MJ Lyrics as Scripture?"
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    Maybe not.

    But the author argues a fascinating case for it. The book's worth a listen although I think part one is entirely 2 hours too long. Much of it is the author's redundant recitation of MJ lyrics and album credits.

    The author borrows from other scriptures--from the New Testament to "The Prophet" to Rumi and Yogananda--to put forth a new theology embracing world peace and human dignity, based on what MJ showed her after his death. One a-ha moment arises when she suggests demonic spirits are sometimes present in tempting man into sinning, recalling the fall of man in Genesis 3. It makes you wonder if some of our trials might have occurred through active suggestion, rather than innate desire. Also, the afterlife stories (i.e., the creative source of MJ's music) as colorful as they sound, could not be proven requiring a hefty and continual suspension of belief from the reader. The author states that fact early in the book.

    Definitely worth a listen. An open mind and familiarity of MJ's life (i.e., J. Taraborrelli's "Magic and the Madness;" MJ's "Moonwalk") and music (esp. songs from the "Dangerous" and "HIStory" albums) is required. And a taste for afterlife stories (Sylvia Browne, George Anderson, James Van Praagh, etc.) wouldn't hurt, either. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Teachings of Don Carlos: Practical Applications of the Works of Carlos Castaneda

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Victor Sanchez
    • Narrated By Michael Toms
    Overall
    (46)
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    (14)
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    A Reader from says: "Too much time on techniques"
    "Too much time on techniques"
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    I would have preferred to read the Don Juan books and caught the process(es) in the narrative of what Sanchez was summarizing here: Climbing trees. Getting permission from trees. Hanging 35 feet in the air on a harrass. Impersonating the fool both to yourself and to strangers, in an bid to transcend ego ("not doing") and attain heightened awareness. These images and more are contained in the strategies of this audioook.

    Nope, not for me! :(

    Not only are some of these techniques creepy, like caressing the (living) skeleton of your girlfriend, for example, many of these directives are unnecessarily difficult and impractical to execute logistically.

    I was hoping this audiobook would discuss the principles of reality and non-reality. What I heard after the first hour was a manual on how to confound your ego and freak out your co-workers. Learning magic or shamanizing is not my ultimate intent, I just want to read about the experiences, get to the revelations--cliff notes style--and meditate on what I read. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Return to Love

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Marianne Williamson
    • Narrated By Marianne Williamson
    Overall
    (380)
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    (210)
    Story
    (205)

    In A Return to Love, Marianne Williamson shares her reflections on A Course in Miracles and her insights on the application of love in the search for inner peace.

    Michael says: "My return to love"
    ""Classic" Introduction to A COURSE IN MIRACLES"
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    The exegeting seems a bit dated now, yet A RETURN TO LOVE remains the most concise and accessible introduction to "A Course of Miracles." Teaching through the prism of personal experience keeps the conversation engaging and non-confrontational. And while DISAPPEARANCE OF THE UNIVERSE tends to be cerebral and long winded, Williamson approaches the ACIM material with a courageous, human heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Shaman Speaks

    • UNABRIDGED (43 mins)
    • By Robin Gress
    • Narrated By Robin Gress
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    (10)
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    (7)
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    Insight into the spiritual healing profession of an urban Shaman. What is a Shaman? How do you become one? What functions do they perform within our modern Western world? These are some of the questions touched upon, as Shaman Gress introduces us to the ancient, but still vibrant, field of Shamanism.

    Whitesage says: "Educational about basic Shaman principals"
    "A nice overview of The Practice"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA. It was a speech given by the author.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Robin Gress?

    Yes.


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

    The details on Shamanism were concise but remarkable. Definitely helpful to people who would like an uncomplicated definition and function of a shaman at large.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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