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Eric Vanasse

Montreal, Canada | Member Since 2005

  • 5 reviews
  • 79 ratings
  • 480 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life's Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one. In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are and learn to live and breathe freely.

    Mr. Word Sponge says: "A Realized Being Shares In Person...a rare find."
    "Spirituality for the introverted and childless"

    I read this book twice in a row to absorb the depth of what Tolle was trying to convey. I woke up two weeks later with amounted to a spiritual hangover, having had a holy war with my own ego.

    I realized that I could not live in this sate of egoless ever present consciousness. This may be possible for an introverted middle aged man without children and battling depression but for a parent with three young children, it is not a realistic endeavor, especially when your attention is mostly toward others and when you need to plan the daily activities of four or five people.
    I much prefer the Book of Secrets by Deepak Chopra. He treats the ego has a integral part of our human self, not as an enemy that has to be suppressed into nothingness. According to Chopra, spirituality is a layered process, not a quick (and unlikely) fix to all human pathologies.

    Eckhart Tolle has my admiration for making us aware of the nature of the human ego and for reminding us to live in the present but like any good thing, it has to be done with a certain measure. Brought too far, these teachings defeat their purpose.

    33 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the best-selling author of Kafka on the Shore comes this rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running and the integral impact both have made on his life. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami's four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Settings range from Tokyo, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston, among young women who outpace him.

    Rick says: "It is what it says it is"
    "Me I and Myself"

    Even with two "I" in the title, I did not expect this book to be such and egocentric piece of writing. The entire book is all about countless "I", "me" and "my". It is well written but provides no interesting information about running. Also, the author seemed slightly depressed.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jim Norton
    • Narrated By Jim Norton

    Comedian Jim Norton is dirty...really dirty...the kind of dirty that makes The Aristocrats look like a knock-knock joke. Fortunately for him, his kind of dirty humor has earned him the distinction of being third microphone on the immensely popular Opie & Anthony syndicated radio show. In Happy Endings, Jim brings his raw, hilarious, and offensively honest comedy to AudibleĀ® listeners.

    christina onorio says: "Jim Uncensored"
    "Happy Endings for a sad author"

    If it wasn't for the implicit violence toward women I would just feel sorry for this guy. He can be funny for a little while - if you like self-deprecatory or toilet humor - but down the road he has become so used to telling brutal jokes about women that he appears to have become desensitized, something that hopefully will not happen to his listeners. Try David Sedaris instead.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Brokeback Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Annie Proulx
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands, come together when they're working as sheepherder and camp tender one summer on a range above the tree line. At first, sharing an isolated tent, the attraction is casual, inevitable, but something deeper catches them that summer.

    JR says: "Finally! Someone gets it."
    "A masterpiece, nothing less"

    If any story can be called a masterpiece, this one deserves the title. Every word of the story has meaning, every phrase crafted and the whole is more haunting and disturbing than anything I have ever read or listened to. Ultimately, I think I have become a better person for listening to this (even after seeing the movie)

    Open your mind and prepare to be changed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "You have to be a science-fiction afficionado"

    I only occasionnally read science fiction books and this one will not make me read the genre more often. Not a bad book but it seems that is was overly stretched and would make a better material for a short novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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