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Simone N.

writer/poet/film maker/critic/journalist/nobody

Missoula, MT, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Pirate Latitudes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (548)

    The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease - or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.

    Eva Gannon says: "Perhaps An Early Work?"
    "Pirates inspire with this story."
    Overall

    I've listened to this over and over. It is absolutely marvelous. Still rough, as it was no-doubt a second to the last draft, since it was found under his bed after his death, but absolutely riveting and worth numerous re-listens of some of the great action sections, like when the Privateers are attacked by a Giant Squid. There is a tremendous amount of historical information that is just as intriguing. I am a pirate enthusiast now! If you like story telling, this is for you!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Mandala of the Enlightened Feminine

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tsultrim Allione
    • Narrated By Tsultrim Allione
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    The Tibetan Buddhist tradition carries carries exotic tales about fearless female "sky dancers" or "wisdom dakinis" who dance in limitless space and act as messengers, guides, and protectors. These five dakinis manifest the feminine wisdom energy, bringing strength, power, and transformation to our lives.

    michelle says: "timely"
    "Powerful, Brilliant and Assessable."
    Overall

    I believe that this book is an absolute must-- a treasure box-- for any spiritually inclined woman, much less any practicing Buddhist of any gender--- or anyone wanting to know what it is to practice (Tibetan) Buddhism. or even anyone who wants to hear an absolutely engrossing story!
    what empowerment this teaching is! what wisdom so generously passed to us as if it were a simple fairy tale-- that tale that is the one you may have sought since childhood...finally the fairy tale... that is true.
    In full disclosure, I became friends with Lama Tsultrim in the 70's long before she was widely recognized .. in the West, anyway. (we've only been in touch a few times over the years, but I'll see her soon in Colorado at her Dharma center... I hope!) I realize now that the Tibetans were "on to her," long before we were. But I can tell you what the epiphany of her greatness still is in my memory's eye: Tsultrim was the ONLY woman, that the great 20th century Beat poet, Allen Ginsberg, ever bowed to... every time they passed, he bowed... again and again. Tsultrim was simply polite & frienly in return and maybe a little amused... I don't know that because never spoke with her about it... but I did know immediately, after having worked for Allen for almost a decade, that when he bowed to this woman, this woman was someone very very special. He was right about that.
    Get this book, it is in her voice, a treat upon a treat.. what a gift and how essential esp. to women everywhere.
    Powerful, Brilliant and Assessable.
    Simone Lazzeri Ellis (Denchen Lhamo)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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