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Jennifer

Alexandria, VA, USA

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  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dai Sijie
    • Narrated By B.D. Wong
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (91)

    From within the hopelessness and terror of China's Cultural Revolution, Dai Sijie has fashioned a beguiling and unexpected story about the resilience of the human spirit, the wonder of romantic awakening, and the magical power of storytelling. "An unexpected miracle," raves the Los Angeles Times Book Review, "a delicate, and often hilarious, tale."

    Yicheng says: "Excellent!"
    "lovely listen"
    Overall

    This book made a perfect audiobook. We listened to it while painting one weekend. Colorful story and great narration. It's not going to end up as required college reading, but nevertheless opens people up to a world about which most of us are completely clueless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3805)
    Performance
    (1150)
    Story
    (1196)

    Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.

    Caitlin says: "Great audiobook!"
    "Dreadful Narration"
    Overall

    I have to agree that Michael York has a negative effect on the audiobooks he narrates. I first came across his read of Brave New World. I never finished it because his voice was like nails down a chalkboard. It has forever colored my impression of that story. Anytime I come across the word "soma" I hear his voice and it just grates and grates on my nerves. His female characters are particularly annoying.

    I was so disappointed when I recognized his voice on this audiobook. So much for getting myself geared up for the movie.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Healing Mantras: Sacred Chants from India

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Shri Anandi Ma, Shri Dileepji Pathak
    • Narrated By Shri Anandi Ma, Shri Dileepji Pathak
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    The yogic healing arts of India - a tradition that dates back at least 5,000 years - postulate that all illness is the result of a disturbance in the prana, or human energy field. On Healing Mantras, Shri Anandi Ma, respected master of the Kundalini Maha Yoga lineage, chants three mantras said to reestablish balance specifically on the level of the prana.

    Wendy says: "Powerful meditation tool"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I was very excited to download mantras, so I could chant along. One major problem: they don't tell you the words or syllables associated with the mantras. They also don't tell you what the mantras mean.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart, The Writers of The Daily Show
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart
    Overall
    (3731)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (657)

    Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government.

    Connie says: "Runs hot and cold..but when it's hot...it's hot"
    "awesome"
    Overall

    The audiobook is not exactly like the print edition. Worth getting both. They each contain little bits that aren't in the other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yoga Chant: Opening the Heart Center Through Chanting and Flow Yoga

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Shiva Rea
    • Narrated By Shiva Rea, Jai Uttal, Ben Leinbach
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    The journey of all yogas, in every tradition, leads us to a single destination: an open and loving heart connected to the Source. On Yoga Chant, instructor Shiva Rea - with acclaimed world music artist Jai Uttal and musician Ben Leinbach - guides you into a transformative "inner yoga" practice of the heart.

    Julia says: "Some Information"
    "for experienced yogis"
    Overall

    This is a well produced audio program, with wonderful music and good pacing. Shiva Rea's voice is quite soothing. For basic postures and meditation, this book works well, but I find that she has trouble describing more complicated or less commonly taught postures. She often uses sanskrit terms exclusively.

    Even as a yoga teacher myself, I found that sometimes I wasn't sure what she was explaining, and would have to rewind and listen again. Having said that, I'd get another of her book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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