I agree completely with Colin. This is a superb book, as are all of Karen Armstrong's works. But it is dense and requires complete concentration, preferably with a world map and a dictionary beside you. I bought the printed version after listening to this, and it's probably a better form to use.
I've long wanted to go to a retreat where Jack Kornfield offers his insights into meditation. This is almost as good. I return to it often, especially the fourth week's session. Great introduction to vipassana.
My husband and I love the short story format for long drive listens - they give us a chance to get up and stretch between stories. These stories were well written and (mostly) well read, interesting enough to keep us listening, and all with subtle little twists that made us laugh.
You'll never learn enough Turkish to survive in Turkey in just an hour or two. But listening to this will help familiarize you with the sound of the language and (if you're lucky) give you a few basic words. It would help to have a written script for those of us who are visual learners, and it would help to have the words repeated once or twice. Make sure you listen with good-quality headphones in a quiet place to get the nuances of pronunciation. Get this a couple of months before you come to Turkey and you might have a fighting chance/
Michael Crighton's latest is a spellbinding combination of quantum theory and medieval history. It's a good thing the subject matter is so compelling, because the writing stinks. Obviously written under extreme time constraints ("Where's the manuscript, Crighton - the contract says you were supposed to have it here by last Friday!"), the book could easily have taken 6 disks rather than 12 to record. When an author resorts to his female protagonist breathing "My hero!" to her rescuer, you know he didn't have time to think about what he was doing. The science doesn't hold water - it would take the entire electricity production of the Western world since the first generating station was built to run even one of the time machines. But if you can suspend disbelief and your critical faculties long enough (15 hrs., to be precise) you'll enjoy this thumping good tale. Perfect for a long, long drive.
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