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  • Healing Our Violence Through the Journey of Centering Prayer

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr, Thomas Keating
    • Narrated By Richard Rohr, Thomas Keating
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Two internationally known spiritual guides explore integrating our inner and outer journeys. They challenge us to confront our inner and social violence and bring it to healing and transformation in a sacred and ecumenical context. Rohr and Keating each give insights on awakening to God's friendship, coming to know God and ourselves, growing in love through centering prayer, facing evil around us and our demons within us as well as opening our deep selves to divine therapy which heals our wounds.

    Jide's Mom says: "Outstanding! No violence needed to appreciate this"
    "Little new to learn"
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    OK, the speakers are giants, the material is solid. At the same time, for any seasoned practitioner of Christian prayer, meditation, Krishna consciousness, yoga or Sufism - there is precious little new to learn here. I like other presentations from Fr. Richard Rohr much much more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Becoming Whole: Jung's Equation for Realizing God

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Leslie Stein
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    A thrilling exploration of how Carl Jung found the equation for realizing the divine through personal consciousness. In 1951, Carl Jung published what he considered the highest synthesis and exposition of the transformation of Self and the discovery of the divine in one of his latest and most difficult works, Aion. The equation’s complexity and uncharacteristic elements of mysticism have caused it to fall by the wayside in traditional Jungian and psychological analysis. No major work has tackled this fascinating concept until now.

    Adi says: "I thought the readers need to know pronunciation?"
    "I thought the readers need to know pronunciation?"
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    The book is fascinating. Parallels and some polemic with the Sufi, Kabbala and Indian mysticism and philosophy are presented, which makes it interesting for any explorer. What surprised me was that Audible produced a book with a reader who mispronounces even the name of the book! You have to be prepared to endure the whole book with the name of Jung pronounced as "young" and many other non-English names and words tortured into caricatures. Well, at least it is an audio-book, presumably better than computer-read. I am grateful for that.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Journey of Adam Kadmon: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Leslie Stein
    • Narrated By Dolph Amick
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Roaming India in 1939 and the early 1940s, two flawed but extraordinary men latch onto each other with shocking consequences as each follows an ill-fated quest for “enlightenment.” Moses, a Polish Jew, is fleeing both the Nazis and his own failed marriage; Sahadeva, an itinerant Hindu monk, is trying to resolve his crisis of religious belief. Both men find themselves embroiled in hardship, shame, and chaos, stumbling into scandal and ultimately tragedy.

    Adi says: "a dynamic book of blind ends"
    "a dynamic book of blind ends"
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    Certainly, a dynamic and absorbing book. What I miss is a single act of kindness or a single positive character that is not thwarted or wind up dead or mangled. Does it have to be so negative and gruesome? I admired the other book by Leslie Stein on the Jung's formula for "Becoming Whole" but here even Jung appears in a rather unappealing light. Is it meant to be some combination of Kafka and Jung? Or did the author consider that one more chapter with resolutions and keys would already make it pedestrian? I wouldn't share that apprehension. Obviously, Ms. Leslie Stein must have not been able to find a likable experience in her travel(s) to India, but there is hardly anything, anyone or anywhere inspiring in the book's descriptions. I expected a more cathartic denouement in a text by a notable and learned Jungian scholar. Perhaps, I could benefit to see some Jungian decipherment here and would be glad to improve my opinion (and mark).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Rock
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    Improving the performance of your employees involves one of the hardest challenges in the known universe: changing the way they think. In constant demand as a coach, speaker, and consultant to companies around the world, David Rock has proven that the secret to leading people (and living and working with them) is found in the space between their ears. "If people are being paid to think," he writes, "isn't it time the business world found out what the thing doing the work, the brain, is all about?"

    Adi says: "revolutionary"
    "revolutionary"
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    Accomplish more by speaking less. Which questions will switch on the speaker's own capacity to understand and find a practical solution? By asking about their thinking you help them get out of the harried victim mode into a more transcendent clarity vision.

    It is quite involved and entails getting used to a special terminology. Applying it in life is even more challenging, because you will sound very much differently from what you usually are. But even a little application of David Rock's 6 steps seems to help me approach all relationships and human interactions in a much more effective way. It shows how to actually contribute to positive and natural solutions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2218)
    Performance
    (1852)
    Story
    (1832)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "transformative, clear, surprising"
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    Out of many self-improvement books out there, this is one of the most well presented, with lots of fascinating research and clear action guidelines.
    Dr. Kelly McGonigal is doing a superb job and Walter Dixon delivers it perfectly. I could not believe one can express quotation marks and other text format features by voice so clearly.
    Willpower can depleted, but can also be trained (5 min. of meditation, or even a little exercise inspires people to study more and watch less TV:-)
    Already re-listening it, and plan to re-listen till I memorize it:-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2819)
    Performance
    (2131)
    Story
    (2149)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "intellectually stimulating & highly entertaining"
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    I am wowed. How delightful are the speech modality changes, how refreshing is the intellectual challenge of the time paradoxes, how helpful the moral lessons - not just coined in aphorisms but enacted in life-size characters. In my middle age, I am happy to learn how to respond to stress in a dignified manner and how not to demean to react in whatever burlish way the environment has conditioned me. OSC - I am awed by you all the more, you never cease to gratify all the human needs, from my simple appetite for entertainment, to the need to think new thoughts, and all the way to the need to ever come closer to comprehend the Unlimited One. Thank you!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Rock
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1554)
    Performance
    (1153)
    Story
    (1133)

    Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

    Lindblad says: "An amazing insight to the brain"
    "Super-practical, instant results"
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    Lots of practical information on how to handle life:) When listening, I wished to note down most of the book, but fortunately, each scene (yes, the book is set like a drama) is followed by the "Surprises about the brain" and "Things to try" which both give a succinct summary of salient points and immediately doable exercises or tweaks. Excellent material. I am going to get myself David Rock's other book, "Quiet leadership", inspired by how he approaches effecting change in oneself and others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Self, False Self

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr
    • Narrated By Richard Rohr
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    Franciscan priest Richard Rohr feels that there is no more challenging spiritual issue than the “problem of the self". Most of contemporary spiritual teaching, he believes, is still trying to inspire and fortify the private self, the autonomous "I". Even much church work is trying to evangelize and sacramentalize what many would call "the false self." Basic transformation is not expected, but merely a new set of beliefs and practices or loyal membership in a new group.

    Steve Lee, Sr. says: "Eye-opening, beneficial"
    "Fountain of jewels to lighten your spiritual path"
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    Richard Rohr is brilliant as always in his discovering, enriching and blending to guide us to the mature spirituality. Adding insights from past and present thinkers Rohr provides us a path, with clear steps of growth, so we are not lost in the unlimited "in-between" but can relate to a task here and now.

    This audio FORMAT from Audible however, sucks sucks sucks x 1000. It gets stuck in the same place, I cannot play it on my favorite devices, I cannot normally skip 10 sec bacwards/forwards for relistening - it skips the whole chapter, it crashes my player, sections are just scratch noises -- o Lord, why can't they just give us an MP3 for our money??

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Stefan Rudnicki, Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (67)

    When 10-year-old Dinah Kirkham saw her father leave their Manchester home in the middle of the night, she asked when he would be back. “Soon,” he replied. But he never came back. On that night in 1829, John Kirkham laid the foundation of his daughter’s certainty that the only person Dinah could ever really trust was herself.

    Joan says: ""A Woman of Destiny""
    "informative and engaging"
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    Very inquisitive about different paths to God, or Truth, or Reality, I have been perplexed about Mormonism for some time. I am very glad there is a book like "Saints" by Orson Card to give an engaging narrative, with substantial historic veracity, not hiding anything that will strike a non-Mormon as dirty, and showing also the doctrine as a devout would see it. Bravo, dear Orson Card, you are always a victorious generous giver in all your many books I have read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet’s Father

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    We all know Shakespeare’s classic ghost story—the young prince Hamlet’s dead father appears to him, demanding vengeance upon Hamlet’s uncle Claudius, who has usurped the throne and, to add insult to injury, married Hamlet’s mother.

    Adi says: "makes sense"
    "makes sense"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hamlet’s Father the most enjoyable?

    Brilliant! Finally this strange old tragedy started make sense. Finally there is a certain "rhyme and reason" to the behavior of one of the most famous heroes in dramatic history - Hamlet. Till today it always baffled me, why Hamlet has been so wildly popular through the centuries. Probably it has been touching the same backstory in our subconcsious that OSCard tries to bring forward. Hearing it has been intellectually very satisfying, thank you!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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