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Sean

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Mooresville, NC, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Thank You Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    • Narrated By Gary Vaynerchuk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (453)

    The Thank You Economy is about something big, something greater than any single revolutionary platform. It isn't some abstract concept or wacky business strategy—it's real, and every one of us is doing business in it every day, whether we choose to recognize it or not. It's the way we communicate, the way we buy and sell, the way businesses and consumers interact online and offline.

    Scott says: "Gary is fun, but the book is a bit shallow"
    "This one is just "okay"..."
    Overall

    With all due respect to Gary Vaynerchuk, who I think is a visionary and about 24-48 months ahead of the business world as far as innovation goes... this book needs more meat. Yes, there are business examples, yes, there are some interesting and funny stories... but it just didn't recapture the magic of "Crush It" which is certainly the type of book Gary CAN do, and which I rate 5.5 stars on a 5 star scale. I hope during the time he is writing his next book refocuses his attention on the few projects he wants to do well (to include his next book), because the result of spreading himself too thin could definitely be seen and felt while I was listening to this book. Sorry, but I gotta give this book a paz.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (347)

    From multiple New York Times best-selling author, neuroscientist, and "new atheist" Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the 30 percent of Americans who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds.

    Tanyush says: "A lot of insights, great performance"
    "I don't completely agree. BUT THAT SAID..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Waking Up the most enjoyable?

    BOTH spiritual folks AND skeptics need to read this book.The skeptics need to acknowledge the elephant in the room that there is a real phenomenon of expanded consciousness that needs to be studied from a scientific perspective before being dismissed out of hand. And the spiritual folks who don't understand the potential science of "spiritual" consciousness and who think science is an enemy of a spiritual expansion of consciousness... those folks ALSO need this gentle slap to the back of the head. Because spirituality is actually closer to science than it is religion.The reason I love this book is that... as a formerly religious guy who left religion for the contemplative approach to spirituality, I was able to meditate myself into an experience of a complete endogenous 5MeO DMT flush in my brain that catalyzed the dramatic consciousness shift we typically call "spiritual enlightenment". It changed my life. So I'm a completely spiritual guy who is coming into scientific understanding of spirituality from the spiritual side. Sam is simply coming from the other direction, but into the same arena where science meets "spirituality", and they actually coexist happily.While I'm not sure if I agree with Sam that free will is entirely an illusion, I really respect Sam for his open mindedness as a scientist to start to acknowledge something that science has ignored for years out of fear of how to deal with it; subjective experience and subjective data. Subjective experience as seen through a malleable mind is what creates our entire human existence. Therefore the sciences of explaining humanity and our universe should start reflecting this truth, and Sam addresses that elephant in the room eloquently and honestly. Simply put, we DON'T have all the answers to the expanded conscious existence that seems to be beyond the regular operation of brain that we call "spiritual" and that has spawned every major religion on the planet. And it IS rather ridiculous when the religious or new age woo-woo folks start making leaps into trying to link to the quantum sciences to explain their crazy theories about God or consciousness and the phenomenon of consciousness expansion beyond the regular operation of the Default Mode Network in the brain. But there IS something beyond the DMN. We CAN change our brain rhythms and form and function of the brain (and thus consciousness) through our conscious will. That is empirical fact as it has been presented via peer reviewed published studies on plasticity. So we simply need to admit we're at a place where we can neither prove nor disprove how consciousness and shifts in consciousness work, and move to understand the phenomenon with careful and skeptical study on the matter.Yay for Sam! Great book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed Sam's no-nonsense perspective.


    What about Sam Harris’s performance did you like?

    His honesty and open mindedness in discussing what lies beyond waking consciousness from a scientific perspective.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The film tag line for this book should be; "...written by an intellectual bad-ass."


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure who needs this book more; the religiously atheist folks who deny any potential for non-local consciousness out of hand before even considering the data... or the religiously woo-woo spiritual folks who have no clue that science is focusing in on the things we call "spiritual" and is actually suggesting there is a scientific basis for some of the phenomena we call "spiritual" (but with caveats attached which can help us understand our "spiritual" existence better).

    30 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rhonda Byrne
    • Narrated By Rhonda Byrne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3869)
    Performance
    (1291)
    Story
    (1306)

    It has been passed down through the ages, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money. Fragments of this Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. In this audiobook you will discover the Secret, and you will learn how to have, do, or be anything you want.

    Elisabeth says: "Good for an intro to the Law of Attraction"
    "This is the biggest sham of something much deeper"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about The Secret?

    The shortsightedness of the metaphysics theories, and the complete misunderstanding of consciousness science.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Bagavhad Gita


    What character would you cut from The Secret?

    The author.


    Any additional comments?

    Rhonda Byrne said on a radio show that the tsunami victims in Indonesia in 2004 brought it on themselves...? Enough said.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Arbinger Institute
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    Through an intriguing story of parents struggling with their troubled children and with their own personal problems, The Anatomy of Peace shows how to get past the preconceived ideas and self-justifying reactions that keep us from seeing the world clearly and dealing with it effectively.

    Colleen says: "Everyone Should Read This Book"
    "This had a ton of fake 5 star reviews at Amazon..."
    Overall

    ...which I didn't know were fake until I downloaded this thing and choked my way through listening to it. (Seriously, go read the 5 star reviews there - 100 of them all sounding like this is the best book ever written, and upon closer inspection, obviously a vast majority of them are fiction - you will agree if you listen to this book). So removing the fact that I was upset that those ratings caused me to buy this thing and waste a credit... my honest review... is that the book itself is a 2 star pretentious pile of poop... with an entirely too long parable that doesn't even come close to delivering on its promises... and that its insights are lackluster and freshman philosophy-ish at best. Download this thing if you hate money, and have absolutely nothing else to listen to. Honestly, I'd rather go talk to a stranger at McDonald's than listen to this thing. And I will never get those hours of my life back. So sad. :-(

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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