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Elder Statesman Doctor

Elder Statesman Doctor

ratings
60
REVIEWS
11
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
32

  • How to Become a Psychic: : Everyone Has the Power

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By David McCready
    • Narrated By Theo Chalmers
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The ability to read minds, to know the future, to see what others cannot all these things and more come with the power we all have within us. That is according to world-renown psychic David McCready.Watch as McCready explains about his own abilities and how we can all become psychic. Is this a real human source of higher being? Is this our destiny? Or is it something we have lost touch with because of the material world and society we have created?

    Elder Statesman Doctor says: "Not At All What the Title Claims!"
    "Not At All What the Title Claims!"
    Overall

    At this point of writing I'm about 3/4's through the book, and it has NOTHING to do with the title! The first 50 minutes or more are an interview with a guy who claims to be psychic, but he doesn't talk AT ALL about how to become one. He talks about his own views of the universe which I'll say sound about 80% correct from my own extensive readings and experiences, but nothing about "how to " at all. Following that is a completely different interview about a woman who does paintings of angles etc., again, nothing about how to develop these abilities, only their own stories. Very Disappointing. I wanted a manual on how to actually become or get to be a psychic.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bethenny Frankel
    • Narrated By Bethenny Frankel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (132)

    Bethenny Frankel's no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is personality won over countless fans, and made her a nationally best-selling author and the star of her own hit Bravo show Bethenny Getting Married? Now Bethenny opens up and shares the obstacles she overcame and the great success she has enjoyed while discovering how to approach life from “A Place of Yes”.

    jen says: "What is your tolerance level?"
    "Just couldn't stand it !"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found her voice very annoying for several reasons. First of all she talks too fast for my liking, maybe because she is from NYC, although I know a lot of people from there who don't talk all that fast, Secondly she starts off with a whole bunch of negatives and it seems for 20 minutes or more that she's never going to get to anything positive or anything having to do with a "yes," and Thirdly, her voice / personality seems annoying in the way she presents things and ties them together. I listened for over 30 minutes and just got sick of it. Maybe she gets better later, but I will not listen more to find out, there are too many other better books out there ! !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Student Is Ready the Master Will Appear

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jean Luc Lafitte
    • Narrated By Jean Luc Lafitte
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Have you ever felt like you had one foot in heaven and the other on the Earth? What would you do if this actually happened? This audiobook has come to you at the right time in your life because you have downloaded it. Is it a coincidence? Or is it because you are now ready to walk a new path in your life, one that many dare not tread because it leads to the master within all of us? At 39, Jean Luc Lafitte had an experience that was to change the course of his life. It was to challenge his very existence and start him on a path from which many do not return.

    Elder Statesman Doctor says: "Some Good info, some misunderstanding basis"
    "Some Good info, some misunderstanding basis"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really liked this book to start with, it has a lot of good fairly accurate info about life after death in it (based on what I know from reading dozens of books about life between lives and near death experiences), but is has a fatal flaw.

    The flaw is, it was written by someone who has not yet cleared his mind from the stupid underlying paradigm given out by the various christian churches, who basically want you to fear a Lucifer or devil creature so you will run from him into their arms (and donate to their churches). Unfortunately the author has not risen quite high enough in his understanding to see that if there were a Lucifer, he would be doing God's Will, as there is nothing else he can do. Everything created is a part of God, so if there is a satan, he would also exist to do what God wants him to do, which may be to tempt us and to give us something to struggle against to strengthen ourselves.

    But God is all love, so there cannot be any truly 'evil' forces at work, all hardships come to us to teach us lessons, there are no real and absolute dark forces or evil beings, only less evolved souls who have not yet learned and developed compassion for others. Other than this, he tells a good story and makes multiple important and interesting points.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Max Lucado
    • Narrated By Daniel Butler
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons for fear.They're talking layoffs at work, slowdowns in the economy, flare-ups in the Middle East, turnovers at headquarters, downturns in the housing market, upswings in global warming. The plague of our day, terrorism, begins with the word terror. Fear, it seems, has taken up a 100-year lease on the building next door and set up shop. Can you imagine your life without fear?

    MJ says: "Tried and True"
    "A waste of money unless you are a christian !"
    Overall
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    This book should bear a label (and I fault Audible for the lack of it) warning: only for christians who literally believe many of the fables found in the Bible!
    This book would be a total turn off for anyone who is: a) Jewish, b) Muslim, c) Buddhist, d) Zoroastrian,
    e) atheist, f) Hindu, g) Jain, h) Universalist, i) non-Dualist, etc. It repeatedly talks about Jesus as the only way to God, gives inaccurate and incorrect info about Him as if He was ever actually separate from God, talks as a man does who has "studied" the bible all his life but never actually investigated it.

    In other words, he says things that are outrageously incorrect. For example, he speaks of a quote from the book of Matthew as if Matthew himself said it. Apparently he has never actually studied ABOUT the Bible, or he would know it was written 70 to 100 years after Jesus's death, and he would know that Matthew was written up by an unknown author, who most likely never even met Jesus in the flesh, and wrote it based on the then still existant stories of Jesus, some of which were likely already inaccurate due to the way people telling each other stories they heard from someone else have a tendency to unconsciously alter them in the telling.

    Aside from that, it pushes the idea that everything depends on believing in Jesus, which is basically a repulsive concept to people who also or alternatively believe in Buddha, Mohammed, Zoroaster, Meher Baba, Baha' u' llah, or any of multiple other high spiritual Masters who may have been fully in Union with or One with God.

    Audible.com should issue a warning on all books like this that preach only to the christian community. I have probably wasted money on a dozen books that say nothing about being for christians only and give no indication that they are other than scientific or therapeutic books and do not advertise they are methods of spreading a particular religions philosophy.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Prefect

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1239)
    Performance
    (990)
    Story
    (989)

    Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that left 900 people dead, a crime that appalls even a hardened cop like Dreyfus.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Best yet of the Revelation Space series"
    "Somewhat disappointing and out of order"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Only somewhat. There were a lot of good parts but there was also some significant weakness in some of the structure. Specifically there were multiple times when things went wrong for the 'good guys' in unrealistic ways. For example, a doctor going in to see a dangerous criminal patient with no guards to back him up, or when people are taken hostage by someone, but apparently the entire police authority does not have any automatic processes that would notice or detect this is happening in a much more technologically advanced society than ours. Or the lack of ability in a police operating theater for a surgeon to just speak up and immediately request security to rush to where he is for protection or to apprehend the criminal!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Multiple moments of anxiety and suspense.


    What about John Lee???s performance did you like?

    Excellent voice control, captures differences in voice for different characters well.


    Did The Prefect inspire you to do anything?

    not really


    Any additional comments?

    Audible screwed up the placement of this as part of a series. They have it listed as #5 in the series. It SHOULD BE # 1, or listed as a prequel, as all the action in this occurs Before the action in Volumes 1 through 4 !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2053)
    Performance
    (1712)
    Story
    (1727)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Un-Freaking-Believablely Fabulous!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Pushing Ice?

    The truly accurate character depictions and the feel of reality of the emotions conveyed. This is a Fabulous book that not only fascinates and uplifts you, it makes you want to be a better human being yourself. It just doesn't get any better than this!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bella Lind, the 'hero' of the book. She is an accurate depiction of what a human being can truly be, both complicated and angry at times, yet able to rise above her own interests and selfish concerns to help her fellow men (and women).


    What about John Lee???s performance did you like?

    Spot on! Excellent intonation, excellent simulation of a woman's voice and a Russian accent. You could really feel the differences between the characters by the way he altered his voice for the different people portrayed.


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

    There were several moments in the book that moved me, and despite being a man, it actually brought me to tears at the end, and nearly so at several junctures prior to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've ever liked Science Fiction, read this! I am blown away. This is BETTER Than Arthur C. Clarke. Part way into it I thought it might be similar to Rendezvous with Rama, but as it got towards the end, it far surpassed even the entire Rama trilogy, and all in one book. This is Amazing! Get it ! ! ! 10 stars! One of the best books I've ever read! (And I've read thousands.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joel Fuhrman
    • Narrated By Joel Fuhrman
    Overall
    (725)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (527)

    When Mehmet Oz has a patient whose life depends on losing weight, he calls on Joel Fuhrman, M.D. In Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Dr. Fuhrman offers his healthy, effective, and scientifically proven plan for shedding radical amounts of weight quickly, and keeping it off.

    Joseph says: "The facts of what's healthy, and what's killing us"
    "The Best of Nutritional Science"
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    Would you listen to Eat to Live again? Why?

    Yes, in fact I've listened to it a couple of times and physically read it 4 times! It is the absolute best summary of what is currently known in nutritional science today. The back of the book has over 1,000 scientific references so you can double check what the author says and see that it is indeed based on science, not just his opinion. I have personally gone back to the original research articles in several instances and especially in those areas which sounded the most different from previous info I had heard or read, and checked out the reliability of his statements. He proved to be true in every instance! In fact, in a couple of cases his explanation of what the study found was better than the abstract of the original article itself. This author has true intellectual and scientific integrity.


    What other book might you compare Eat to Live to and why?

    The China Study, as it's written by a Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry and is very solidly scientifically based, and comes to basically the same conclusions about what foods are best for humans to eat, and what should be avoided, and why.


    What about Joel Fuhrman???s performance did you like?

    He has a very friendly congenial sounding voice and is easy to relate to.


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

    When I first read this book (after checking out a few sources to be sure of its accuracy), I felt like jumping for joy! I had found the ultimate prize among nutritional books. Prior to reading this I was probably one of the leading authorities on foods, nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals and herbs and why they were good for you. After reading this my knowledge base was expanded Considerably, far more than I would have thought possible. This is the cat's meow of books on what to eat and why it's good for you, with clear explanations, and examples of people's health improving (not just losing weight) from many annoying chronic health conditions.


    Any additional comments?

    If you care about your health, and especially if you have any chronic health conditions (CAD, diabetes, arthritis, RA, sarcoidosis, etc.) read this book, at a minimum it will (if you follow the dietary and lifestyle changes it advocates) make you feel much better, and be able to function at a higher level!

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Things That Steal Your Joy: Overcoming the Obstacles to Your Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Joyce Meyer
    • Narrated By Joyce Meyer
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (55)

    Internationally known teacher and author Joyce Meyer affirms that God's plan for you is to enjoy life to the fullest; all of life, every day of life. Through inspiring passages from Scripture and words of wisdom mined from her ministry and her own experiences, she shows you how to find joy and keep it. In her honest and straightforward style, she points out the seven things that can steal your happiness and instructs you in how to replace them with God's truth and love.

    Shelley says: "Bible-based teaching w/humor"
    "Too bible based!"
    Overall

    I love and believe in God, however, I am intelligent enough to know the bible is full of inaccuracies and contradictory statements (as well as some uplifting and wonderful ones also). Because of this I look for more universal truths and more open mindedness towards other religions and beliefs. To me this was too intimately tied to the bible and just not open minded enough.

    Perhaps the worst part was her frequent references to the "Devil," and how to overcome him! As if there really is such a fictitious character. The devil referred to in the bible is a 'straw man,' or a metaphor for the bad things people do. There is no Actual being that is the devil. A long and thoughtful meditation on this even without reference to the many other revealed works and sayings of God (as can be found in most other religions' sacred books) will reveal this to you, as, if God is everything, then the 'devil' must also be a part of God. Therefore the devil is an aspect of God that may be tempting you, in order to help you build strength and charaacter. This book is not deeply spiritual and does not reflect that, but seems to fall into the relatively elementary trap of thinking the devil is a real being!

    Read the Bhagavad Gita and see what Krishna said, read about Buddha's life and his sayings, and you will realize that the one and the same God repeatedly manifests on Earth in various forms and with slightly different messages, depending on people's development at the time, but He always gives the same loving message.

    So, the bottom line is, if you are a standard American christian, you will probably like this book, but for intellectuals, Buddhists, Hindu's, Muslims, Bahai's, and those with more knowledge of the true depths of spiritual knowledge (such as mystics and sufi's) this book may prove quite frustrating or impossible to listen to after too many references to imaginary characters like the 'devil!'

    3 of 50 people found this review helpful
  • Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dr. David R. Hawkins
    • Narrated By Dr. David R. Hawkins
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (224)

    The publication of Power vs. Force by Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., reveals to the general public secret information heretofore only shared by the author with certain Nobelists and world leaders. Analyzing the basic nature of human thought and consciousness itself, the author makes available to everyone the key to penetrating the last barrier to the advancement of civilization and science and resolving the most crucial of all human dilemmas.

    Greg says: "Good book – poor narrator"
    "Some good buried in horrible boredom !"
    Overall

    Dr. Dyer recommended this book. Perhaps if I read it in a physical form I'd appreciate it. It seems like there may be some interesting material in it, however, it is virtually impossible to get to. It starts out with a woman with an excellent narration voice reading it, then for what can only be assumed to be purely ego reasons, the author takes over, completely ruining it!!
    His voice and inflection are Perfect for using to teach people in a Speech or drama class Exactly How NOT to speak or narrate. He has a relatively deep sleep invoking voice made Much worse by the absolutely Perfect Monotone that is guaranteed to lose your attention.
    He also says at the beginning that he will simplify things verbally so everyone can understand his points. Then he goes out of his way to blow his own vocabulary horn to prove how many big words he knows. I am a physician with a very large vocabulary, and I understood every word he used, but he certainly did not try to do anything other than sound pedantic (and use words like that!) and every few sentences he would "name drop" another big word to prove how important his discoveries were.
    He really needs to have this book re-recorded with the woman's voice that started it, and to re-write it so that it is simplified, not in concept, but into using 'normal' vocabulary, rather than trying to show off how much like a professor he can sound.
    .
    I'm sorry, but I found this to be virtually worthless due to his totally boring voice making me fade out repeatedly every few minutes. It might serve as a great cure for insomnia for those needing that! Best wishes. Wish I could have gotten to the gems without sleeping through them!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Great Men of Genius, Part 3: Nikola Tesla

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Mike Daisey
    • Narrated By Mike Daisey
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Monologist Mike Daisey presents a dazzling new work: four "bio-logues" about megalomania and desire constructed from the interleaved life stories of Bertolt Brecht, P.T. Barnum, Nikola Tesla, and L. Ron Hubbard. Nikola Tesla was a mad genius, brilliant scientist, and visionary who sparred with Thomas Edison and died insane and penniless writing love sonnets to pigeons - after bringing the world electricity as we know it.

    Elder Statesman Doctor says: "Fantastic Story Telling !"
    "Fantastic Story Telling !"
    Overall

    I am deeply disappointed that someone else gave this a two star rating. I myself, when I first started listening, and realized this was a theatrical performance with the performer's own story interwoven in, was at first disappointed. I thought, what the hell is this? I want to hear an accurate biography, not some dummy's performance of some part of Tesla's life. However, as I listened, I discovered that Mike Daisey performance was MAGNIFICENT ! He is enthralling, and fascinating. His stories about his own life (in part) as well as about Nikola Tesla were all extremely well written and performed. I wish I had his story telling ability, as he can keep an audience eagerly waiting to hear what he has to say next. Now, rather than giving him a 1 or 2 star rating as I was considering in the first few minutes when I realized this is not a book, I am wishing I could give more than 5 stars to make up for the other guy (or gal) who may have had my reaction, and instead of listening on, may have quit before he realized how good this was. Definitely buy it, and listen. I'm now doing searches for more of his material, it was great!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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