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michael

roswell, Georgia, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael A. Singer
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (992)
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    Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.

    Lea says: "Fabulous!"
    "A straightforward solid spiritual guide"
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    Listen to the narrator for yourself. I found the narration good and the reader had appropriate deference and sensitivity to the content. I did not agree with the harsh judgements regarding the narrator, it was fine for me.

    This book feels like a good distillation of the many books I have read on Buddhism, positive psychology and just good ways to live fully. I recommend this for anyone who feels blocked in life.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1305)
    Performance
    (1164)
    Story
    (1153)

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    "one of the top audible books I've listened to"
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    this book left me with so many things to think about: the absurd danger of of ego, the evil effectiveness of repeating false(and bizzare) notions until no one questions whether they are true or not. I also found many similarities between the leaders of scientology and dictatorships like North Korea or Mao's China, and the soviet union. These guys seem to have the complete dictatorship package: fear, intimidation, ruthless execution of ideology and the Big Lie repetition.

    Perhaps the hardest thing to understand was the clear pattern of pathological lying throughout Hubbard's life, most were easy to verify as false:
    -he was a war hero(not)
    -science fiction scenarios explaining the founding of the human race going back billions of years. These scenarios were very similar to his science fiction books...(did his followers take note of this before plunging in?)
    -bigoted philosophical views on gays and jews which were eliminated later for PR reasons(yet the true feelings still seem to remain)

    The most obvious evidence his religion might not be all he proposed was Hubbard himself: -Hubbard was clearly and admittedly very unhealthy, overweight, palsied, stained teeth from constant chain smoking, heavy drinking and was witnessed having violent unexplainable outburst of rage.

    These are not the signs of someone who transcended disease and achieved "clear". He did not seem at all an example of what he proposed. He seemed by all accounts, a broken and sick man who never had a very good grasp of reality, and who progressively lost touch with it to the point of paranoia...

    the book seemed balanced and well researched and Wright seemed to bend over backwards to show balance by inserting the churches reaction to each assertion(which was always to deny) and cited where he got his research repeatedly...it seemed transparent and I would have not finished it if I felt he had some kind of agenda...I don't like to read those kind of books

    ...this was a chilling and great read with greater implications than just scientology and its followers..but about how we as humans fill our voids with strange and dangerous notions without checking the source out enough, and paying the price.(virtually every top tier leader has "escaped" or been purged, then trashed by the church).

    why do they still get recruits?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1482)
    Performance
    (1333)
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    (1325)

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Charles says: "Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E."
    "My first experience with the man vs mythology"
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    Jesus has become such an untouchable, unquestioned, lightning rod of a figure that any honest look at his life without the stench of agenda(for or against) seems almost an impossible task. The threat of Blasphemy, or the ax to grind from a bad religious experience, and the effect of our very cynical times all taint an honest look at a man who was different, who was enlightened, who may even be much of what is forced down our(christian) throats to believe. Aslan does a good job following his curiosity vs any pre-determined conclusion(jesus is god or Jesus is a myth) by turning stones and reporting what he finds...what he finds reaches no definitive conclusions and as you might expect, most of what he finds is contradictory and confusing, but it's rarely dull. Through common sense and due diligence to pull the best possible historical portrait of Jesus, Alsan adds missing human dimension that puts this man in his time and in his place in history....a human being struggling as all of us do, to struggle for what he believes in, a person who makes mistakes, who tries to do the right thing, but also does not always succeed.

    Reading this book has made Jesus more interesting and real to me now, not a mythical, pasted over, untouchable revised version that seems so fairytale like. I have no doubt he was an inspiring, brave, enlightened figure that faced a brutal Nazi-like roman empire with courage and profound depth right up to his death...and possibly beyond.

    Regardless of what image you believe; the mythical guy floating down from a cloud appearing like a roadside oil painting on black velvet or a buddha-like enlightened being with a transcendent message for all of humanity, this book will add dimension and depth to the man(or god)....your choice.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Ries
    • Narrated By Eric Ries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2014)
    Performance
    (1680)
    Story
    (1670)

    Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

    Taufiq says: "A great read!"
    "A good model for creative business thinking"
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    This book is valuable even if you are not starting a new company.The principals of developing minimally viable ideas and sending them out in a series of rolling experiments is a fantastic model for trying new things and avoiding analysis paralysis that keeps many of us on the fence dreaming and plotting but never seeing our best ideas happen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2600)
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    (1904)
    Story
    (1911)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Jennie says: "Unbelievably riveting!"
    "gripping freezing penguin eating tale"
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    fantastic story...and true. Maybe the best casting of voice and story I've listened after several hundred books..at the top of my list

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andrew Marr
    • Narrated By Andrew Marr, David Timson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
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    (75)
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    (77)

    From the earliest civilizations to the 21st century: a global journey through human history, published alongside a landmark BBC One television series. Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey, Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean.

    Tad Davis says: "Excellent introduction"
    "The world unfolds"
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    It hard not to have a fresh view of the world and culture around you after taking a 2 dozen hour ride from humanity as nomadic tribes to today's urbanized globalized world. You will know the meaning of "history repeats itself" as you will see the same struggles, fears, movements and behaviours today as you did 2000 years ago...the only difference now is we carry iphones and word travels a bit faster

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1290)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (646)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "amazing piece of history"
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    ...also gets a bit thick and feels like a history lesson....not that this is a bad thing. It shows an intimate look at how the medical profession becomes a professional high standard movement from what was a community of minimally trained "doctors" who administered bizarre and sometimes dangerous practices. It is more about turn of the century medicine more than the influenza epidemic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way We're Working Isn't Working: How Intense Focus and Frequent Renewal Fuel Great Performance

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tony Schwartz, Jean Gomes
    • Narrated By Tony Schwartz
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Demand is exceeding our capacity. The ethic of "more, bigger, faster" exacts a series of silent but pernicious costs at work, undermining our energy, focus, creativity, and passion. Nearly 75 percent of employees around the world feel disengaged at work every day. The Way We're Working Isn't Working offers a groundbreaking approach to reenergizing our lives so were both more satisfied and more productive, on the job and off.

    Kevin says: "Get More Sleep, Get More Done"
    "Manage your energy not your time"
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    I like Tony Schwartz's message in this and previous writings. His suggestions are spot on for our overworked, tired, hamster brained American workforce. The average worker works more and more hours and it is becoming the norm for companies to keep people in an almost continuous on-call state. There is little value in renewal, contemplation, space, healthy living and all those things that make humans effective through living a meaningful life. Make the changes in this book and you'll find the quality and impact of what you do triple, and the time you spend with your family and friends and doing things you like re-appear without guilt. You'll also also get over being called a wuss for taking an occasional power nap to keep your energy high late in the day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fine Line: How Design Strategies Are Shaping the Future of Business

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Hartmut Esslinger
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    With Esslinger's unique perspective, rich stories, and global mindset, A Fine Line explores business solutions that are environmentally sustainable and contribute to the future of a thriving and lasting global economy. The blending of design and business intelligence holds the key for shaping a sustainable competitive advantage in the rapidly evolving creative economy. A Fine Line equips business leaders with the necessary tools to thrive in tomorrow's world.

    Kenneth says: "Design as Strategy; Argument by Example"
    "Some good advice under layers of self promotion"
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    Beyond the multiple self promotions of essinger's firm Frog design, and layers of "only the best" platitudes there is useful advice, Esslinger's firm has been instrumental in many super successful products(like Macintosh). I would have enjoyed it a bit more with the ego tempered a bit and the advice given with a true spirit of helping readers more that flacking for frog...Frog is great, we know that already that is why we bought the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Rock
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1595)
    Performance
    (1182)
    Story
    (1160)

    Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

    Lindblad says: "An amazing insight to the brain"
    "insight on you & your brain"
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    If you could sum up Your Brain at Work in three words, what would they be?

    David Rock uses a stage metaphor which proves to be useful in understanding the way your brain addresses inside and outside realities. The main points of this book can be a the basis for a lifelong development of your


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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