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San Carlos, CA, United States

  • 3 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 40 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Breath Sweeps Mind

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jakusho Kwong-roshi

    With more than 40 years of experience practicing traditional Zen, Jakusho Kwong-roshi removes some of the mystery surrounding this enigmatic philosophy through clear instruction in its core principles and how it relates to our everyday world, including methods of zazen meditation, why delusion is inseparable from enlightenment, turning our light inward, and more.

    Oskar's Mom says: "I loved it"
    "Zen for real people"

    Jakusho Kwong-roshi brings humor, compassion and clear explanations to some Zen concepts that had previously evaded me. I listen to certain sections over and over, it's like peeling an onion - the layers fall away to reveal a new more fascinating layer and a deeper understanding.
    One of the treasures in my library, now and for many lifetimes to come!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Amazing Story"

    By all reasonable standards, Louie Zamperini should not be alive. The fact that he is still traveling and speaking in public at the age of 94 is remarkable.
    Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. If this was a novel you would call it unbelievable and cast it aside.
    An amazing story of a remarkable life and the triumph of the human spirit over seemingly unbeatable odds.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Fantastic Book - Pity about the Narrator"

    Walter Isaacson has written a fascinating book. Sometimes painful, sometimes inspiring. It's a magnificent account of the complex character that was Steve Jobs. That it should be published now is bitter sweet. Steve didn't want to read it but knew that it had to be written.

    My only complaint is the narration. Dylan Baker is unable to correctly pronounce such common words as "entrepreneur" and place names such as "Palo Alto". I also felt that his interpretation of some of the actual quotes was lacking in the manner in which he places emphasis on certain words. In English, the nuances of the language can change the meaning of the communication and the intent of the speaker. I think that the narration failed to do justice to the content.

    However, overall, it's a great piece of work. I'm sure that Steve - in his next incarnation - will read it someday and perhaps be a more compassionate human being, without losing any of his genius.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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