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D. Raynal

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San Francisco,, CA USA | Member Since 2011

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  • 12 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 65 titles in library
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  • The Glass Bead Game

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (84)

    Set in the 23rd century, The Glass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has been raised in Castalia, which has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish. Since childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game).

    Michael says: "Great – but be warned"
    "One of Mankind's Best Books"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is not enough to say that this is a GREAT story for it's depth, wisdom and beauty are so evident that each word of Hesse's award winning novel moved me into places that only a true master could so magically conjure. I loved the reader as well and felt that the entire production was perfect. Thanks audible for providing such a service.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Glass Bead Game?

    The masterful way in which Hermann Hesse concluded his story. It was pure genius.


    Have you listened to any of David Colacci’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Too many to mention. But the story of how Knecht sacrificed himself was brilliantly conceived.


    Any additional comments?

    To me this book has been a favorite of mine for years and each time I read (and in this case listen) I am moved to new levels of just how vulnerable we are as humans and just how beautiful each of us plays out our unique role.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shamanic Meditations: Guided Journeys for Insight, Visions, and Healing

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sandra Ingerman
    • Narrated By Sandra Ingerman
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (18)

    The first meditators in history were the shamans, whose practices for contempaltion and connecting with the divine are echoed in virtually every spirtual tradition today. In Shamanic Meditations, Sandra Ingerman invites you to return to the source of human spirtuality-and experience for yourself the enduring power of these ancient practices for healing, guidance, and awakening.

    Tarah says: "Very hard to get into"
    "Good but not great..."
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    What did you love best about Shamanic Meditations?

    I liked the meditations but I always had the feeling that something was missing. Perhaps it was the sound of her voice which is personal to me but I was not able to overcome the feeling.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What about Sandra Ingerman’s performance did you like?

    I really like the idea of guided meditations yet I was slightly disappointed with the "canned" nature of the offerings.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    I believe that these meditations can be extremely enlightening and helpful to anyone who is on a path of self discovery. I believe strongly that this sort of work is essential for inner growth and Ingerman does a more than adequate job inspire of my personal preferences.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall worth listening to many times especially when life has handed one a difficult experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Approach: A Path of Inner Discovery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By A. H. Almaas
    • Narrated By A. H. Almaas
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    A. H. Almaas, whose writings brilliantly illustrate the unity of modern depth psychology and traditional spiritual wisdom, is a respected, pioneering teacher. The Diamond Approach features insights refined from Almaas' 30 years of teaching, including how he has helped thousands around the globe "do the work" by investigating reality, developing emotional wholeness, uncovering their true essence, and realizing the non-duality of being.

    Del says: "Awsome, amazing and wonderful!!"
    "Many Deep Insights"
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    Would you listen to The Diamond Approach again? Why?

    Certainly I would listed to the Diamond Approach many more times as this is the sort of informations that expands with time. Each time I listen I hear something that I have never heard before and am amazed at the deep insights into human potential and functioning. Brilliant


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Have you listened to any of A. H. Almaas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no this was the first i have heard of him.


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

    For me it was a book that I savored many times and would only listen to in short segments.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to see more of the authors original books be available as the interview method of this book is good but not as fulfilling as a book the author has spent time developing his deepest thoughts and insights.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Man's Search for Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Viktor E. Frankl
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2019)
    Performance
    (988)
    Story
    (997)

    Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

    Ann Marie says: "I will isten again and again"
    "A Must Read/Listen to."
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    Would you listen to Man's Search for Meaning again? Why?

    It is essential to listen to Man's Search many times. It is a true gold mine of human insight.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Yes his reading is perfect for the book. I do not believe I will tire of listening to book.


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

    I have read the book many times before I listened to it and I find the material so rich I have no desire to listen to it at one sitting. I will say that I enjoyed the book from the first word to the last and will most likely listen to it a dozen more times.


    Any additional comments?

    Profound piece of writing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Odd John

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Olaf Stapledon
    • Narrated By Nigel Carrington
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    John Wainwright is a freak, a human mutation with an extraordinary intelligence which is both awesome and frightening to behold. Ordinary humans are mere playthings to him. And Odd John has a plan - to create a new order on Earth, a new supernormal species. But the world is not ready for such a change...

    D. Raynal says: "Fascinating, Suburb and Thoughtful"
    "Fascinating, Suburb and Thoughtful"
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    Where does Odd John rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I totally enjoyed listening to Odd John. It was extremely creative and extraordinarily well written. I believe Stapleton was well ahead of his time and that his works ought to have a revival as his topics are completely relevant today.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As the story was about Odd John I would have to say he was my favorite character. Stapleton created a completely unique individual that I believe most readers will be able to relate to on some level. Ingenious writing really.


    What about Nigel Carrington’s performance did you like?

    Very good. He has a very pleasant sounding voice that I never tired of.


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

    Far too long to listen to in one sitting but it held my complete interest all the way until the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable...this is what listening to books is all about. A total pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Life and Ideas of James Hillman, Volume I: The Making of a Psychologist

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Dick Russell
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    Considered to be the world’s foremost post-Jungian thinker, James Hillman is known as the founder of archetypal psychology and the author of more than 20 books, including the bestselling title The Soul’s Code. In The Making of a Psychologist, we follow Hillman from his youth in the heyday of Atlantic City, through post-war Paris and Dublin, travels in Africa and Kashmir, and onward to Zurich and the Jung Institute, which appointed him its first director of studies in 1960.

    D. Raynal says: "Every chapter of Hillman's life was a lesson"
    "Every chapter of Hillman's life was a lesson"
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    Where does The Life and Ideas of James Hillman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my all time favorites. Though I have read several of Hillman's books I had never fully appreciated the "man" Hillman was until I completed this beautifully written biography. I hated when I completed the audiobook, as it was as though Hillman was fully alive and present with me the entire time. This is a must listen to book if one is at all interested in the twists and turns of life and how these twists and turns help shape each day we live. For me Hillman was a true genius and should be required reading for anyone who wants to answer the question of "who am I".


    What other book might you compare The Life and Ideas of James Hillman to and why?

    I would compare this book to any GREAT biography that I have been moved by. I experience each life so individualistic that comparisons are difficult but I have read biographies of Freud, Jung, Gandhi, ML King, Meher Baba, Yogananda, T. Roosevelt, and many more and Hillman's is one of my favorites thus far.


    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed his reading as it was neither too slow or too fast. A plesant voice with clear enunciation. I never tired of the sound of his reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My extreme reaction was that I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. Hillman was a truly fascinating man.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Modern Man in Search of a Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Carl Gustav Jung
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (66)

    Modern Man in Search of a Soul is the classic introduction to the thought of Carl Jung. Along with Freud and Adler, Jung was one of the chief founders of modern psychiatry. In this book, Jung examines some of the most contested and crucial areas in the field of analytical psychology: dream analysis, the primitive unconscious, and the relationship between psychology and religion.

    Roy says: "Good material"
    "As Useful Today as it was in 1933"
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    Where does Modern Man in Search of a Soul rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites. Jung is a true mystic and scientist. His words are as relevant today as they were 80 years ago. This is a must for anyone interested in the state of Modern Man (and I absolutely mean everyone who is interested in TODAY)


    What other book might you compare Modern Man in Search of a Soul to and why?

    I would suggest reading James Hillman a man of true insight.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Prince’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I suggest that this book is worth listening to at least twice as it is so full of wisdom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Courage to Be

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paul Tillich
    • Narrated By Mort Crim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    In this classic and deeply insightful book, one of the world's most eminent philosophers describes the dilemma of modern man and points a way to conquering the problem of anxiety.

    D. Raynal says: "An essential read for the sophisticated seeker."
    "An essential read for the sophisticated seeker."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Courage to Be the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed every minute of it. I listened to the book several times as it is not an easy book to comprehend in just one reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tillich is deep and is worth spending a great deal of time investigating. This is a timeless piece of true psychological and philosophical thought.


    What does Mort Crim bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice was pleasant and easy to listen to as I re-listened to the book several times.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael A. Singer
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (984)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (822)

    Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.

    Lea says: "Fabulous!"
    "A True SELF help book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely recommended. This is one of the clearest and best written books for the lay person. Excellent in all ways.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Untethered Soul?

    I loved Singer's description of the interior voice that haunts us all. I also loved his explanation of how to deal with the annoying voice.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that can be read by young and old. Something for everybody including all of you who think that you know everything already...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Denial of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ernest Becker
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant Freudian school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the vital lie: man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality. In doing so, he sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates more than 30 years after its writing.

    Michael says: "Symbology is central to all human behavior"
    "Brillant, Timeless and Riveting"
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    Where does The Denial of Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the deepest and yet very accessible books that I have ever heard. Since listening to it I have purchased the book and read it cover to cover. Superb.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Too many to mention. I believe each person who listens to this book will be moved and permanently changed.


    Have you listened to any of Raymond Todd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is very good. Reads quickly and clearly.


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

    Loved the stories regarding Freud and Jung. Enlightening


    Any additional comments?

    A must read if you are interested in the core of our human being. This book absolutely deserved the Pulitzer Prize.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am: The Secret Teachings of the Aramaic Jesus

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Douglas-Klotz
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Perhaps the most essential teachings given to us by Jesus came in the final year of his life on earth. Known as the "I AM" statements and found in the Gospel of John and the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, these radical truths were offered to connect each one of us to the original source of Jesus' deeper power. But to fully grasp and embody these profound insights, teaches Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz, we must hear them in Jesus' native tongue.

    Kate says: "Eye-Opening"
    "I Am, The Secret Teachings of Aramaic Jesus"
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    What did you love best about I Am?

    I loved the concept. The author's idea is excellent. To hear how the original Jesus might have sounded resonated deep within me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrator?

    No, I found his singing annoying after a while. Though I listened to the entire book because I felt he was deeply sincere about his message.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No, listen for yourself. Their is a lot to be learned here and it may resonate with another in a much more positive manner.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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