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Mike

Stumbled upon audio books a little while ago and I enjoy them now. I mostly listen to books related to science, Buddhism, and some fantasy.

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  • The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Brock l. Eide, Fernette L. Eide
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (195)

    Dyslexia is almost always assumed to be an obstacle. And for one in five people who are dyslexic, it can be. Yet for millions of successful dyslexics - including astrophysicists, mystery novelists, and entrepreneurs - their dyslexic differences are the key to their success. In this paradigm-shifting book, neurolearning experts Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide describe exciting new brain science revealing that dyslexic people have unique brain structure and organization.

    Ethel says: "Has the system failed your child?"
    "If you know someone who is dyslexic, get this book"
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    What it won't do is solve all the shortcomings of dealing with dyslexia. What it does do is give a MUCH clearer picture of what dyslexia is. What the shortfalls are exactly, and most surprisingly, and what psychologists seem to be discovering, the strengths are!

    In dealing with dyslexia not as a problem, but as different set of strengths, it really put it into perspective for me. It has helped me tremendously in understanding dyslexia so I can in turn help guide those who are discouraged by it.

    The narration is over the top "high energy" for me, but once you get past that, there is a lot of information there.

    Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark W. Muesse
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (169)

    Meditation offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being. These 24 detailed lectures teach you the principles and techniques of sitting meditation, the related practice of walking meditation, and the highly beneficial use of meditative awareness in many important activities, including eating and driving. You will also learn how to use the skills of meditation in working with thoughts and emotional states.

    Nothing really matters says: "It sounds like a cliché, but it changed my life."
    "Very good lectures on mindfulness!"
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    I found Dr. Muesse did good work researching and explaining mindfulness. Each lecture was well presented with good use of vocals to keep the listener's attention.

    I found the best part to be the first lecture of this series. The example given is unquestionably THE best example I've ever read or heard of the differences between an untrained (or distracted) mind, and a mind which routinely goes through mindfulness meditation and exercises. I can't say enough good about the first chapter. The following lectures buildup from there, I found myself hooked right from the start.

    Also, of particular note is the acknowledgement that this course is Dr. Muesse's interpretation on the subject matter. I could see the great lengths the author went through to present the subject material in as an objective way as possible. For me this is a huge difference between one-sided self help books, and academic learning.

    I would recommend this to people curious about what meditation is, and what in particular mindfulness meditation is. Then it's effect on a person's outlook and quality of life.


    All in all this is one of the best introduction coarse on mindfulness I have had the opportunity to listen/read. Recommended!

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Wisdom of Compassion: Stories of Remarkable Encounters and Timeless Insights

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Victor Chan
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    The Wisdom of Compassion offers rare insights into the Dalai Lama’s life and his efforts to translate compassion into action through deeply engaging, behind-the-scene stories about his interactions with remarkable people from all walks of life. This is the Dalai Lama at his most human, and most humane. We see how he approaches the world with playfulness, optimism, and a profound empathy for the suffering of others. Through his own conduct, he shows us the tangible benefits of practicing kindness, forgiveness, and compassion.

    Mike says: "Interesting anecdotes about the Dalai Lama"
    "Interesting anecdotes about the Dalai Lama"
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    This book is a light hearted and candid look at His Holiness the Dalai Lama during relatively recent very high profile events (and some lower key events, though still very important & informative, if not more so).

    You can appreciate his putting into action what he says, and how he sees himself in world events. As a religious leader he attends events in which people seek his advice and the behind-the-scenes commentary in this book is very welcome to further understand some background stories at these events. Also very interesting is His Holiness' interest with western scientific methods to validate if what he says and believes holds true under scientific scrutiny by world leading scientists.

    Narration is actually very good, at first I was taken aback by the different voices the narrator used, however after the initial surprise the reading flowed very well.

    This is not really a book about in-depth Buddhist teaches and analysis, but rather a behind-the-scenes look following the Dalai Lama through some recent events.

    I liked this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2419)
    Performance
    (1481)
    Story
    (1462)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Great Book overall!"
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    I enjoyed listening to this book. First, the narrator was a good choice. Second, the material presented was well researched and presented. The author & narrator manage to keep your interest even while laying out the groundwork on which they build from. The first few hours from many books of this type are a struggle to listen to, not this one.

    The book is part instructive, and part inspirational which creates a good combination to actually MAKE you want go out and workout to see the benefits for yourself!

    One of my best audiobook purchases.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8337)
    Performance
    (4117)
    Story
    (4172)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "A Classic."
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    A true classic.

    I had never read the book, and see now why this book can still stand on it's own, and probably will for a very long time. The style of writing is a bit different in the varied way things & events are described which I learned a lot from.

    The full cast performance, or half performance, was WAY below par. Either make a full cast production, or don't, but this half & half production was very confusing. Main narrator was excellent, but the constant mixing of him doing all the voices, and then going to a full cast was very distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1767)
    Performance
    (951)
    Story
    (937)

    This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

    David says: "Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy"
    "Surprisingly good read!"
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    I started listening to this book with no real expectations and was pleasantly surprised. I found the material discussed to be well explained, supported with research references, and balanced.

    Even when going into topics which the author clearly did not agree with, and he clearly states this before the topics are discussed, he remained refreshingly very objective and provided a very balanced view with references of these topics.

    I was looking for well researched information and found it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nicholas Carr
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (169)

    Weaving insights from philosophy, neuroscience, and history into a rich narrative, The Shallows explains how the Internet is rerouting our neural pathways, replacing the subtle mind of the book reader with the distracted mind of the screen watcher. A gripping story of human transformation played out against a backdrop of technological upheaval, The Shallows will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.

    Roy says: "Is the Internet Turning Our Brains to Mush?"
    "Listen with an open mind."
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    The premise of this book is using the internet seems to be changing our brain makeup, not necessarily for the better or worst.

    Some parts were a bit drawn out, but overall I quite enjoyed listening to this book. First, the author goes through great pains to setup and create a comprehensive environment to explain his theory, and then goes on with supportive arguments, research, and citations. Of course some references seem to be cherry picked to support the author's point of view, but the fact these papers exist at all in creditable research should give pause to reflect on.

    The biggest opponent I found to this book is the preconceived notions from the readers themselves before they start reading. It seems people either agree, or disagree, quite strongly with what is presented here with little basis on facts to support their subjective opinions.

    I found the narration to be excellent, and recommend this book for those interrested.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Martin Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (115)

    From the bestselling author of Buyology comes a shocking insider’s look at how today’s global giants conspire to obscure the truth and manipulate our minds, all in service of persuading us to buy. Marketing visionary Martin Lindstrom has been on the front lines of the branding wars for over twenty years. Here, he turns the spotlight on his own industry, drawing on all he has witnessed behind closed doors, exposing for the first time the full extent of the psychological tricks and traps that companies devise to win our hard-earned dollars.

    Doug says: "The Conspiracy Against Our Subconscious"
    "Good Information with references"
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    Choice of narrator was excellent for this type of book. "Classical" High energy, marketing talk type, fits perfectly. The only better choice would be a celebrity reader, which would have fit very well with this book, but I doubt many A list celebrities would have agreed to...

    I learned quite a bit of detailed information listening to this book, even some additional information on the parts I thought I knew about. The author really sounds like a marketing industry veteran in his field which helps give credibility to his book, along with references on how and where his information comes from. The information presented here also ties in well very to general Social Psychology.

    This should be taught to children to help prepare them for the onslaught of aggressive marketing they will be subject to as they are growing up, and help them make more informed choices.

    I highly recommend listening to this book.

    ( Guess the author's marketing worked on me! And for once I'm glad it did. )

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3124)
    Performance
    (1812)
    Story
    (1830)

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Linda says: "Marvelous Book & Expressive Reader"
    "An inspirational classic"
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    What else is there to say? One of the most highly sold book in the world for a good reason.

    Narration is also top notch, and a great choice for this book.

    Belongs in everyone's library.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5774)
    Performance
    (5124)
    Story
    (5117)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Excellent story & narrator!"
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    Very good story, very imaginative and entertaining listen. I think it lives up to the hype surrounding this book.

    I was confused in places, dates & audio books do not especially go well together, you have to carefully pay attention. Also felt the story was over edited in places which could have been much more expanded upon, this is why I -1 a star.

    Jim Dale was well matched to this story and did a spectacular job. Very dynamic, consistant and recognizable voices. Always great to listen to, top tier narrator few others can match.

    I recommend this book if you like a good mix of fantasy & mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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