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maggie rose

Baton Rouge, LA, United States | Member Since 2007

  • 4 reviews
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  • 60 purchased in 2015

  • A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Janny Scott
    • Narrated By January LaVoy

    Barack Obama has written extensively about his father, but little is known about Stanley Ann Dunham, the fiercely independent woman who raised him, the person he credits for, as he says, "what is best in me." Here is the missing piece of the story.

    darswords says: "What a Woman!"
    "singularity can be a virtue"

    i have only just purchased this audiobook and am looking forward to listening to it. remarkable women are always worth hearing about. thanks to audible dot com for getting this book to us.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller

    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
    What did you love best about Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?

    stiller's perfect voice for this timeless thurber story, perfectly delivered. pure entertainment. thanks, audible.

    What does Ben Stiller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    his voice and his sense of humor

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Village Meditations

    • Abridged/Unabridged (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Jina van Hengel
    • Narrated By Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Jina van Hengel

    Join in meditations developed at one of the world's great meditation centers and gain ideal support for a daily mindfulness practice. Here are 4 authentic meditations from Plum Village, the celebrated Zen sanctuary and peace center founded by Thich Nhat Hanh in southern France. Hanh is a meditation master who Thomas Merton has described as "the Zen monk who sees beyond life and death." These inspiring guided meditations teach conscious breathing for calming the mind and cultivating joy, body appreciation and attunement practice, and how to transform your anger into seeds of kindness.

    Catherine says: "not for beginners"
    Any additional comments?

    words communicate and help us ... until they don't. in the practice of mindfulness, stillness matters far more than words. i found the forty minute bell track to be exceptionally helpful. the timing of the rings (and the beautiful sound itself) were a way for me to concentrate my breath and reach a deep level of relaxation. amazingly deep. this audio may not be for beginners since that first forty minute track is "only" a well-timed bell sound, but even if a beginner started with that track and confidently stayed with it for a week, i would bet that beginner would soon find him/herself to be an intermediate in mindfulness practice. and of course the final three tracks with sister jina van hengel's soothing voice and guiding words add greatly to the value of this audio. mindfulness is all about practice through attention and stillness. this audio is a definite aid in the practice of mindfulness. but in full disclosure, i must add that i am already a big fan of TNH. his teachings are simple but not simple-minded. for example, try living for a full ten minutes his statement "if you are at peace, at least there is peace somewhere" especially if there is any turmoil near at hand. see for yourself how paradoxical and difficult "simple" can be. but of course with practice, a peaceful state can be reached. this forty minute bell sound meditation, sans words, is a big help along the way. go for it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Allegory of the Cave

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown

    Plato's Allegory of the Cave is what many believe to be the foundation of Western Philosophy. It addresses what is visible and invisible, seen and observed versus intuited and imagined, and what is public versus private and just versus unjust. It also concerns the meaning and importance of education, the state of the soul, the conflict between truth and beauty, animal urges versus higher aspirations, knowledge versus ignorance, and on and on.

    Yvette Flores says: "Philisophy student"
    "solid and reliable"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    worth my time since the reader gave a context with which to place this classic work.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Plato? Why or why not?

    of course. philosophy starts with plato and it's smart to know foundational material.

    What three words best describe Deaver Brown’s voice?

    deep, clear, and well-paced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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