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Albatross

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  • Energy Anatomy

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Caroline Myss
    • Narrated By Caroline Myss
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (153)

    The spirit has an unlimited capacity for self-healing and divine connection. This enlightening recording teaches you to view your health through a spiritual-biological lens to see a new picture of how the human body heals. In 12 step-by-step sessions, Dr. Caroline Myss presents every phase of her groundbreaking work on energy medicine, including the "map" of your body's seven energy centers, its relationship to sacred texts and divine power, and principles of intuitive diagnosis.

    Marijo says: "A Great Roadmap for the Path"
    "Some wisdoms, but not gospel"
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    What did you like best about Energy Anatomy? What did you like least?

    While I found this an interesting listen, the more I went on, the more I found Myss to be less open-minded than one might expect of a person portraying herself as a guru. I particularly found her prejudices against body modification (in the less than drastic form of piercings) and against therapy to be dissuasive. I also felt that there were some contradictions in her preaching.That said, I listened through the whole thing and tried to remain open minded, and still gained some interesting thoughts and insights from the whole thing. Might be useful if you are interested in looking at your personal relationships in a different manner or deconstructing your own actions and thought process for introspection and insight.


    Would you recommend Energy Anatomy to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not necessarily. I'm hoping to eventually find a more relevant book as to what I'm looking for, but this wasn't all a bad read. It just wasn't what I was hoping for.


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

    This reading was taken from a workshop (though she is the only one who speaks), and I do think that format helped it, as she has down her emphasis and you definitely get the feeling from this that she is speaking directly to people present with her, not to a microphone. Which is very appropriate to the subject matter. I also feel that having the author's voice gives you a more authentic understanding of how she feels about what she is saying on topics, and in some cases this does serve to demonstrate a negative attitude.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (4293)
    Performance
    (3212)
    Story
    (3223)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "A Solid Character-Based Fantasy"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I enjoyed this listen. Due to the general clarity of the writing/reading, I was even able to keep up with what was going on (for the most part- I got a little foggy on the political connections in Glokta's investigations) in between listens that were a few weeks apart.


    What other book might you compare The Blade Itself to and why?

    Hmm, I guess there is not much that I would? At least not in whole. It has some of the tumultuous backstory and on-going moral character struggles you might liken to 'A Song of Ice and Fire', but (as of this first book anyway) is more focused and not quite so epic or expansive. It also contains the physical violence which marks that series, but delivers it in a more clipped manner.


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

    The voices were excellent, particularly that of Glokta. It really imparted a tremendous amounts to the characters and engaged my interest, as well as granting subtlety to their tones.


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

    I actually didn't emotionally resonate with the characters that much; that I guess would be one of my main hold outs with this story. I enjoyed the story and the characters, but I didn't really feel /with/ them a ton. I guess Logan was the closest I could somewhat connect with, because he 'shares' the most intimately in his internal dialog (at least from what I felt), but not to the degree I have been able to with other characters in other stories.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a really solid story, no doubt. I felt like it was just somewhat missing a particular spark which might have engaged me further, but that still lands it at a solid 4-something for me. The writing itself is very good and continually entertaining in a similar vein as Terry Pratchetts- though more weighty in context and not quite so flippant, which is all a matter of taste/appetite. I will be picking up the next in the series at some point in the future, but I'm not in a huge hurry just yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His Majesty's Dragon: Temeraire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1500)
    Performance
    (879)
    Story
    (885)

    When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon egg - fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle.

    Janet says: "Dragon Riders of Pern meet Master and Commander"
    "An interesting combination, but not very lively."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    While the premise of this series sounds riveting, and I had heard some good things, I actually found myself disappointed, all in all. There are a few neat parts, but somehow it felt fairly uneventful on the whole. And while I thought the narrator did an interesting job with Temeraire's voice, I don't think he lent much to what more active scenes did exist. It was however appropriate to the more Victorian aspects, in that most of the book read like the journal of a good-hearted but somewhat timid gentleman.

    Perhaps the series picks up further on, but as for now, this book didn't entertain me enough that I feel motivated to give the others a try any time soon.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Actually, though it pains me to say it, this story might benefit from the editing that a movie translation would give it. At least so far as timing and engagement goes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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