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D. Raynal

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San Francisco,, CA USA | Member Since 2011

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  • The Glass Bead Game

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    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).

    Darwin8u says: "Surrender to the Magister Ludi's Game"
    "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.

    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
    (15)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (13)

    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
    (63)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    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
    (32)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael A. Singer
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (631)

    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
    (159)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    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
    (16)
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    (16)
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    (16)

    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
  • Star Maker

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Olaf Stapledon
    • Narrated By Andrew Wincott
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    One moment a man sits on a suburban hill, gazing curiously at the stars. The next, he is whirling through the firmament, and perhaps the most remarkable of all science fiction journeys has begun. Even Stapledon's other great work, 'Last and First Men' pales in ambition next to 'Star Maker' which presents nothing less than an entire imagined history of life in the universe, encompassing billions of years.

    Darryl says: "meditative classic"
    "A Timeless Story"
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    If you could sum up Star Maker in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome, Expanding and Remarkable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Maker?

    At the conclusion of the book the author wrote one of the best explanations of mankind's consciousness in relationship to all other potential forms of Being.


    What about Andrew Wincott’s performance did you like?

    I believe that he made the story come alive and I found that his voice never bothered me.


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

    No single moment stood out however, the expanded state that was created within me grew steadily as I absorbed the story. I was constantly being challenged to reset and potentially accept the ideas that the author presents in the book. I loved this experience and recommend it to all.


    Any additional comments?

    Just because the book was written over 70 years ago don't think that it is dated. I would suggest that everyone allow themselves the experience of looking into the immense possibilities that exist and enjoy removing the self limiting thoughts and beliefs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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