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Carpe Diem

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  • The Essence of Self-Realization: The Wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Swami Kriyananda
    • Narrated By Swami Kriyananda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    The Essence of Self-Realization, nearly 300 sayings rich with spiritual wisdom, is the fruit of that labor of love. The scope of this book is vast - it offers as complete an explanation of life's true purpose, and the way to achieve that purpose, as may be found anywhere. Filled with lessons and stories that Yogananda shared only with his closest disciples, this volume offers one of the most insightful and engaging glimpses into the life and lessons of a great sage.

    Carpe Diem says: "A worthy effort"
    "A worthy effort"
    Overall

    A lot of interesting material. I did find the narrator's heavy breathing distracting for a while, but perhaps that was mainly because I was listening to it on a bedside boombox a foot from my ear. Since this is second-hand information based on recollections and notes, it made me want to read more from the hand of Yogananda himself for comparison...

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2466)
    Performance
    (1774)
    Story
    (1783)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Thomas says: "The best book I've had"
    "Enthralling"
    Overall

    A thrill ride to hell and back. Excitingly written and narrated. I almost felt like I was there. Just when you think their situation can't get any more desperate, it does.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Idylls of the King

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Alfred Tennyson
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    The Arthurian legend of Camelot has been told many times, but never better than by Alfred Tennyson. Employing some of the most stirring and beautiful blank verse ever written, Tennyson crafted his version of the Knights of the Round Table over the course of nearly fifty years, completing it in 1885. Despite the length of time, Tennyson managed to maintain a high level of style and continuity throughout.

    Roger says: "Beautiful poetry"
    "stunning writing and narration"
    Overall

    First of all, the longish introduction to the Idylls and the career of Tennyson was very interesting and added quite a bit to my appreciation of the poem itself. The narrator really brought out the beauty and drama of the writing, which is thrilling, strange, nuanced and incredibly sad. It gets ever darker and more tragic as it progresses, while bringing out the epic spiritual and human themes more and more vividly. Also vivid, ecstatic imagery is suggested in every line. I'm downloading in enhanced format to listen again.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Le Morte D'Arthur

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sir Thomas Malory
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    This monumental work made the Arthurian cycle available for the first time in English. Arthur is conceived and taken away in secret, returning as a young man to claim the throne by pulling the sword Excalibur from the stone. In retelling the story of Arthur's rule of Britain, Malory intertwines the romances of Guinevere and Launcelot, Tristram and Isolde, and Launcelot and Elaine. Sir Galahad's appearance at Camelot begins the quest for the Holy Grail.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not Quite as I Remembered"
    "Annoying narration"
    Overall

    The narrator tells all in a bored and offhand way which not only robs the story of any possible drama but becomes positively offensive after a while. I couldn't finish this, life is too short.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Le Morte d'Arthur (The Death of Arthur)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sir Thomas Malory
    • Narrated By Philip Madoc
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The glorious but tragic story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is one of the great legends of Western civilization. Storytellers and poets down the centuries have returned repeatedly to the universal themes of the Quest of the Holy Grail and the love between Sir Launcelot and Queen Guenever. Yet the first printed account, written by the 15th century knight Sir Thomas Malory, remains unmatched.

    Carpe Diem says: "Gorgeous narration"
    "Gorgeous narration"
    Overall

    I was enthralled by the beautiful and emotive narration and amazed by the sad and surprising stories...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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