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sigrun

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Stavanger, Norway | Member Since 2012

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  • Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jon Kabat-Zinn
    • Narrated By Jon Kabat-Zinn
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    (151)
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    (143)

    It is everywhere around us. Even worse, it gets inside us - sapping our energy, undermining our health, and making us more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and disease. Now, based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's renowned mindfulness-based stress-reduction program, this groundbreaking audiobook shows you how to use natural, medically proven methods to soothe and heal your body, mind, and spirit.

    Anna Dresner says: "Nice Introduction, but the Heart of it is Missing"
    "A new beginning"
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    Kabat-Zinn is a good, smart and funny guide into the world of mindfulness. I strongly recommend his book to everyone who feel the need for some stress-reduction in their everyday life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jay L. Garfield
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    (87)
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    (76)
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    What is the meaning of life?It's a question every thoughtful person has pondered at one time or another. Indeed, it may be the biggest question of all-at once profound and universal, but also deeply personal.We want to understand the world in which we live, but we also want to understand how to make our own lives as meaningful as possible; to know not only why we're living, but that we're doing it with intention, purpose, and ethical commitment.

    Lampshade123 says: "Thoughtful, Evenhanded, Precise, and Well Spoken"
    "First class philosophy"
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    Teaching philosophy is challenging, in the form of an audiobook even more so. For how can one make complicated reflections into simple sentences? I don't know! But I do know that this is what Garfield does in this audiobook. He makes deep thinking comprehensible, he makes philosophy matter!
    If you're looking for the meaning of life - well, go ahead, listen to this!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • When Pain is the Doorway: Awakening in the Most Difficult Circumstances

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Pema Chödrön
    • Narrated By Pema Chödrön
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    (44)
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    (34)
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    (36)

    What if the full sense of our aliveness were only to be found amidst our most challenging times and difficult experiences? In pain and crisis, teaches Pema Chödrön, there lies a hidden doorway to freedom that appears to us only when we're sure that there is no way out. In these intimate audio learning sessions, Pema Chödrön helps us distinguish the triggers or external events that we blame for our suffering from the deeper habitual patterns that feed our anger, fear, or sadness.

    CB says: "Pema not at her best here..."
    "Beautiful on pain"
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    As always; very uplifting to listen to Pema Chödrön, even (or maybe especially) when pain is the subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wherever You Go There You Are

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jon Kabat-Zinn
    • Narrated By Jon Kabat-Zinn
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (156)

    Warmth, humor, anecdotes, and poems make up this inspirational guide to a revolutionary new way of being, seeing, and living. Dr. Kabat Zinn has taught this two thousand year old Buddhist method of relaxation to thousands. Let this be your guide to mindfulness meditation in everyday life.

    Richard says: "Spiritual Direction: All 360 Degrees"
    "Finding peace"
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    What I like the most about the work of Kabat-Zinn is the lack of mysticism, and the down-to-earth practical guidance he gives us throughout his writing.
    I use this book as a reminder and source in my own everyday mindfulness praxis, it is informative and full of well tempered humor.

    The only negative side to this production is that there are to few chapters in the audible version of the text.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mindfulness: The Eight-Week Meditation Programme for a Frantic World

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mark Williams, Danny Penman
    • Narrated By Mark Williams
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    (26)
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    (20)
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    Life can be relentless, frantic and exhausting - but it doesn’t have to be this way. This is an introduction to Mindfulness, which reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion. Mindfulness is based on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), which is recommended by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and is as effective as drugs for preventing depression.

    sigrun says: "Putting it simple"
    "Putting it simple"
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    A down-to-earth guide into mindfulness meditation. Clear, concise and easy to follow. Very well narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Closed Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anita Brookner
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (9)
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    Born to elegant but frivolous parents, Harriet grows up ignored and unguided, and retains a curious innocence that neither her marriage to Freddie Lytton, nor her friendship with the beautiful Tessa can dispel. Freddie is far older than she is - a companion rather than a lover - and slightly disapproving of Tessa and her irresponsible, attractive husband, Jack. Yet all four are bound together: by their backgrounds, their children, by Harriet’s unspoken feelings for Jack and by the tragedy that lies in wait for all of them.

    sigrun says: "From the inside"
    "From the inside"
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    Would you listen to A Closed Eye again? Why?

    I would love to reread this book, it's a simple but at the same time very intriguing story. It is as if Brookner is inside her characters, an inside which is rather blank except for chilling winds of emptiness.


    What other book might you compare A Closed Eye to and why?

    I think this is a typical Brookner novel, in a positive way.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Prunella Scales?

    Anyone, Scales is terrible at this, she does not manage to give the characters in the story a personal voice.


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

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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