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  • The Middle Way: The Story of Buddhism

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jinananda
    • Narrated By David Timson, Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (21)

    General interest in Buddhism has never been higher. The story and teachings of a man who lived 2,500 years ago have a special resonance for us today, perhaps because he taught a way of life that was not based on belief in a creator god but rather on personal experience. "Test my words for yourself," he said. But what lies behind those distinctive images of the Buddha, seated with unshakeable poise, with eyes half-closed and a slight smile? Jinananda, a Western-born Buddhist, divides the subject into the Three Jewels....

    Brandon says: "Rocking..."
    "Rocking..."
    Overall

    I've got a lot of audible books on Buddhism. So far this has been my favorite one, and have listened to it numerous times. Lot's of information and told in a very easy way to listen to. The voice they used for Gotama Buddha is now burned into my brain as the voice of Gotama Buddha.

    Check it out, it's totally worth it.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (2262)
    Performance
    (2016)
    Story
    (2034)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "Claw back?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I stopped buying stock when I noticed my TD Ameritrade was always coming back with with a price higher a moment after I put in the order, especially when it happened on a stock that hadn't moved in days. This book did an amazing job at explaining what was going on that was making me feel like I was being directly ripped off. I hope there is a groundswell of anger and these financial institutions feel some pain for intentionally selling out their customers to HFTraders.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9966)
    Performance
    (7440)
    Story
    (7480)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Lot's of detail"
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    This was like hearing a Tom Clancy novel about magic, the research that went into this made the book very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage of Sense and Soul: Integrating Science and Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Ken Wilber
    • Narrated By Denis deBoisblanc
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Science and religion have always been considered mutually exclusive concepts, but are they really? Philosopher Ken Wilber shows how we might begin to think about science and religion in ways that allow for their reconciliation, on terms acceptable to both camps.

    Paul Patterson says: "Toward Integrity in Science and Religion"
    "How many ways?"
    Overall

    I can read some pretty technical and boring things and manage to keep myself pretty entertained. Listening to this, I wanted to put my hand in a rat trap, just to break up the monotony.

    He makes some interesting observations, maybe worth suffering through if only for the information. His vision of "great chain" and "four quadrants" are pretty empty ideas, but he relies on them with a blind faith rivaling any I've seen. He also spent about $5,000 bucks repeating 10 of the same 50cent words. If you pick at random any place on this book, I?m sure if you wait 10 seconds you?ll hear the word ?modernity?.

    This could have been done in 30 minutes just as well, or better really. The spends most of the time, just clarifying the same idea, over and over. This became an exercise in Wilber chasing his own "paradigm" like a tail, never really able to articulate it in a way that works. I'd rather listen to my ex-girlfriend talk for 5 hours about her dreams, where she's shopping with somebody that is her friend, but "like, wasn't my friend... you know?"

    6 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Awakening Compassion: Meditation Practices for Difficult Times

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Pema Chodron
    • Narrated By Pema Chodron
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (64)

    For over 800 years, Tibetan Buddhists have used lojong (literally, "mind training") to transform difficulties into insights, and conflict into genuine communication. Lojong practice uses a special meditation technique and 59 written maxims - a treasury of practical wisdom that inspires everyday awareness. Awakening Compassion is the first audio retreat on the practice of lojong taught by Pema Chödrön, the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun and best-selling author.

    Tammy says: "Pema Is A Hidden Treasure"
    "Loved it."
    Overall

    A funny teaching on Tonglen. If you don't know what Tonglen is, learn. It will change your life (no guarantee). This is a great source to learn Tonglen. If you don't want to spend the money on this particular book, because you aren't sure what Tonglen is. Research it, and then come back and get this book. Or don't. Also check out Pema Chodrons book on Audible.com called Good Medicine.

    22 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • The Dharma Bums

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Two young men are engraged in a passionate search for Dharma, or Truth. Their pursuit of the Zen way takes them climbing into the high Sierras to seek the lesson of solitude - a lesson that has a hard time surviving their forays into the pagan groves of San Francisco's Bohemia with its marathon wine-drinking bouts, poetry jam sessions, and similar nonascetic pastimes. More Kerouac.

    Susan says: "Kerouac enchants..."
    "Dharma Hmmm."
    Overall

    I never read any Kerouac, but been familiar with the name since I was a kid. To be honest this book is more or less entertaining, and I was glad I heard it but wouldn't of wanted to of read it. If you have any sort of Buddhist study in your past, Kerouac's mild distortion of Buddhism and self-aggrandizing will kind of turn you off. If you are not familiar with Buddhism, you won't notice it at all.

    On its own merit, this is a mediocre book and no longer very relevant. In its time, I'm sure it was ground breaking and launched many people towards the philosophies or religions of the East.

    It is worth getting, but more just to get Kerouac off your 'have to read list' and realize you were never missing much.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful

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