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John Campbell

Winnipeg, Canada | Member Since 2003

  • 7 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 435 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • My Big TOE: Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas W . Campbell
    • Narrated By Thomas W. Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    My Big TOE: Awakening, written by a nuclear physicist in the language of contemporary culture, unifies science and philosophy, physics and metaphysics, mind and matter, purpose and meaning, the normal and the paranormal. The entirety of human experience (mind, body, and spirit) including both our objective and subjective worlds is brought together under one seamless scientific understanding.

    Michael says: "What a Trip (but to where?)"
    "When you are ready, this book is mind-blowing."

    This was the book that gave me the final push beyond the obvious objective reality we all live in. There is so much more to life and existence, and ironically that knowledge and the awakening that arises from that knowledge makes objective reality a lot more fun and productive.

    Tom Campbell is giving us insights into the game - the big picture. How you play is up to you. This book is for everyone, but not just anytime. You have to be prepared to expand your horizons - suspend your prejudices and beliefs.

    There is a ton of material on the web from Tom Campbell. He isn't selling anything. He is very generous with his teaching on the web.Explore there to see if this book makes sense for you right now.

    Personally I love Tom Campbell's narration and humor, but watching his videos online will give you an idea if it works for you. As one reviewer said, this book is not sufficient to understand Tom Campbell's Big Toe - his theory of everything. That is not a valid criticism in my mind. Tom Campbell just wants to get started on giving people the background so that each of us can develop our own, personal big toe.

    Whether we recognize it or not, we all carry in our heads a theory of everything, which guides our thoughts, actions and intents. Tom Campbell simply wants to help each of us expand that theory. For me, he has blown up my previous theory of everything and I intend to spend the rest of my life expanding and developing my own, personal Big Toe.

    Thank you Tom - I look forward to your narration of the next two books. And BTW - Tom Campbell is not relation, as far as I know. I have never met the man, although I certainly would like to.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jay L. Garfield

    What is the meaning of life?It's a question every thoughtful person has pondered at one time or another. Indeed, it may be the biggest question of all-at once profound and universal, but also deeply personal.We want to understand the world in which we live, but we also want to understand how to make our own lives as meaningful as possible; to know not only why we're living, but that we're doing it with intention, purpose, and ethical commitment.

    George says: "Thoughtful, Evenhanded, Precise, and Well Spoken"
    "The Biggest Question in Life Explored Brilliantly"

    Jay L. Garfield is a wise and thoughtful guide to the philosophical exploration of the greatest question in life. Just what is the meaning of life?

    He discusses the meaning of the question in the first place and then goes on to discuss a broad range of philosophers and traditions as he helps us understand the different approaches. I was impressed with the course right from the beginning and that positive impression only grew as I listened to the entire course.

    Jay Garfield is passionate, humble, and respectful in his teaching. He covers a broad range of thinkers and links them nicely. He paints a broad landscape of the majesty of philosophy when it helps us explore the meaning of our individual and social human experience.

    The course was not short and it covered a lot of material, but the pace was excellent. I learned a great deal, but would be happy to hear a lot more of Jay Garfield. A great Audible program for anyone interested in the big picture of human life - highly recommended. Jay Garfield is a brilliant teacher who shares his passion as much as his knowledge.

    This would be a great course for anyone wanting to dip their toe into philosophy. I expect that it would encourage many to plunge in after that first dip.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"

    This is another book that benefits so much from a wonderful reading performance and Joe Barret delivers - does he ever. Like some people, I found the book is a little slow to get started. I am not sure if it is the story itself, or the narration. Owen Meany's voice is intense at the beginning, but it is not long before you cannot imagine Owen Meany's words delivered in any other way. Joe Barret becomes Owen Meany - among many other fine characters.

    This is a story that inspires you to contemplate the wonder of our lives. There are political comments sprinkled throughout, but I cannot imagine being so parochial as to be put off by them. Statecraft is all madness. Forgive those who may prattle on a bit regarding one side or the other. Enjoy the story and the characters. They transcend such puny concerns as politics. Owen Meany puts many things in perspective and so will this magical performance of a book worth reading and rereading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kristen Johnston
    • Narrated By Kristen Johnston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir that is outrageous, moving, sweet, tragic, and heartbreakingly honest. Guts is a true triumph - a memoir that manages to be as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs, yet as hilarious and witty as David Sedaris.

    John Campbell says: "Whiskey and cigarettes have never sounded so good."
    "Whiskey and cigarettes have never sounded so good."

    Or so smart and sexy.

    Kristen Johnston's voice is one that I could listen to for hours on end. As soon as I sampled this audiobook, I knew I had to get it. But as a serious and responsible adult, I passed it by for a few months to purchase the tofu and vegetables of my normal purchases - business, physics and philosophy etc.

    After one of my crappiest days in a long time, I decided it was time for an audiobook version of a cheeseburger, fries and a large chocolate shake. I immediately downloaded Guts and began listening.

    Oh no! This is so good and only four and a third hours long! I was captured by Kristen and her book in the first few seconds. This woman is smart as a whip, charming, funny and so expressive. It's a joy to listen to her performance.

    But performance doesn't really capture it - it's really an intimate conversation she has with us. Her voices were spot on and so entertaining. And boy can she write and tell a great story.

    This is a celebrity book, and an addiction book, but it is so much more - Guts is a very human story of a brave and good person. I found it very inspiring and so sweet, but very strong at the same time.

    Now Kristen - a small request - please write and perform more. I need more of this stuff - the world needs more of this. If you really want to get inspired Kristen, you could download The Complete Essays of Montaigne, the great essayist from the 16th century. I think you have the potential to be a great and entertaining essayist too. I could so listen to 49 hours and 39 minutes more of Kristen Johnston.

    In the meantime, I am looking forward to listening to Guts again with my wife on a road trip next weekend. This is why I subscribe to Audible. Kudos to everyone and I mean everyone involved - you too Schultz. Readers and listeners will understand.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "Haunting and Intelligent"

    I was intrigued by this book and the movie versions, but had not made the jump until it came up here.

    I was not disappointed. This is a beautifully written and intelligent story. I was drawn in right from the beginning. The narration is outstanding - although it is really a performance - it is more like a wonderful radio play. The story does end somewhat abruptly without a neat resolution - that is the intent - the story is thought provoking. I loved it, although it is also disturbing in parts. I agree with the reviewer who said it could have been written last week, apart from minor issues. These do not detract from the story at all. This book will be read for many, many years to come. It is a classic.

    This is Audible at its absolute best. This story will not be for everyone, but it deserves a very wide audience. Highly recommended.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Survival: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laurence Gonzales
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After her plane crashes, a 17-year-old girl spends 11 days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference?

    Betty says: "I'm not sure it can get better than this"
    "Beyond Wonderfull"

    This book is all about survival, life, the universe, and everything (with profound apologies to Douglas Adams). It is a moving meditation on what it is to be human and applies to all of our existence even though we usually ignore our mortality and the functioning of our minds. The adventures and misadventures Laurence Gonzales chronicles reveal our human condition better than anything I have ever read. This is not a simple adventure book so some may be disappointed. It is so much more. I understand Gonzales has another book along similar lines due out in September of 2008. I hope it come to Audible and I hope that Stefan Rudnicki narrates that one as well. He is brilliant. His narration of "On Intelligence" was excellent - his intelligent speech highlighted that book as well as this.

    Bravo Gonzales, Rudnicki and Audible - well done. Thank you!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bound in Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Monica Belle
    • Narrated By Betsy Garden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When university lecturer Hazel Jones takes the most popular of her female environmental-science students as a lodger she is expecting a procession of attractive men to follow. What she doesn't expect is Tiggy's diary to be left out every day. Knowing what her lodger gets up to, she is unable to resist reading it. It's not quite what she expects, and the revelations quickly lead her down a path she never expected to take.

    Paul says: "Witty, sexy satire"
    "Excellent all around"

    I can add little to the previous reviews - I agree with them all - a very enjoyable listen. The writing, characters and narration are wonderful. All I ask is for a lot more offerings from this author from Audible, with the same narrator. Truly intelligent erotica, scrimping on neither.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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