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Nathan O'Hara

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  • Life After Death: The Burden of Proof

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Shishir Kurup
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (70)
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    (70)

    Deepak Chopra has touched millions of readers and listeners by demystifying our deepest spiritual concerns while retaining their poetry and wonder. Now he turns to the most profound mystery: What happens after we die? Is this a question we were not meant to answer, a riddle whose solution the universe keeps to itself? Chopra tells us there is abundant evidence that "the world beyond" is not separated from this world by an impassable wall; in fact, a single reality embraces all worlds, all times and places.

    Nagesh says: "Thought provoking book"
    "Disappointing"
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    I guess I was looking for something rigorous. I'm not that familiar with Dr. Chopra's body of work, in fact this is the first (and last) book of his I will read. If you want a text on Hindu theology on the afterlife, etc., this would probably meet your expectations. I am sorry to have spent the credit on this one, but at least now I know what Deepak Chopra is all about.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4794)
    Performance
    (2531)
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    (2576)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Inspiring and Informative"
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    Would you listen to Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen again? Why?

    Yes, I very well might listen again to review the insights and scientific findings on why we run and how to do so efficiently and without injury.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Caballo's final talk before the race. It was right on the mark, and quite moving for me.


    If you could give Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen a new subtitle, what would it be?

    How Long Distance Running Could Change the World


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Lieberman
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
    (176)
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    (180)

    In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman - chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field - gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning this paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease.

    Gary says: "Humans are dynamic not static"
    "False Advertising"
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    Would you try another book from Daniel Lieberman and/or Sean Runnette?

    NO


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Lieberman again?

    NO


    What three words best describe Sean Runnette’s performance?

    I didn't notice, because I was too disappointed with the content of the book.


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

    HELL NO!


    Any additional comments?

    This book should have been titled "The Paleo-Diet: Eat Like Your Ancestors." I really thought this would be something informative, but it's Expando-Publishing at its worst in my opinion. The contents of the book could have been expressed in one sentence, then explicated in a few more. Waste of time and money IMHO.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bag of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2414)
    Performance
    (1016)
    Story
    (1022)

    Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

    Amazon Customer says: "My Favorite King Novel"
    "Tragic and Beautiful"
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    Any additional comments?

    Stephen King is a master of the written word, and Bag of Bones is one of my favorites in his portfolio. I love how Mr. King uses the horror genre to speak to the deep human issues. Bag of Bones, like most of his novels, has both depth and suspense, and I always end up "haunted" by the scenes and ideas he transmits, thinking about them for a long time after I finish the book. The only problem is that, once I pick up a SK novel, I am unable to put it down until the end. That's why I love SK in the audio format - it allows me to keep reading no matter what else I'm doing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phenomenology of Spirit

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By G. W. F. Hegel, A. V. Miller (translator), J. N. Findlay
    • Narrated By David DeVries
    Overall
    (16)
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    (12)
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    (13)

    Perhaps one of the most revolutionary works of philosophy ever presented, The Phenomenology of Spirit is Hegel's 1807 work that is in numerous ways extraordinary. A myriad of topics are discussed, and explained in such a harmoniously complex way that the method has been termed Hegelian dialectic. Ultimately, the work as a whole is a remarkable study of the mind's growth from its direct awareness to scientific philosophy, proving to be a difficult yet highly influential and enduring work.

    Jaded Buddha says: "I've got some good news and some bad news"
    "Incomprehensible to Me"
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    Would you try another book from the authors and/or David DeVries?

    For some reason I can't get through the first half hour with any comprehension of what the author/reader is saying. I probably should be embarrassed to say this, but to me this is basically just a lot of words loosely strung together. I find my mind wandering almost right away. Actually I hold a doctorate degree and can usually read pretty dense material. Either the translation is not very good, or Hegel is way above my level, or this basically is nonsense posing as intellectualism. I give up for now - maybe later.


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Well, he could make a clear point and then cite evidence and/or logic to back up the point.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't know. I don't think I could have done any better with the material. It did drone on, so maybe the reader could have used more inflection and emphasis to keep the listener awake or alert us to key points.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Phenomenology of Spirit?

    Serious abridgement down to core issues.


    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Newton
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    Overall
    (266)
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    (224)
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    Now considered a classic in the field, this remarkable book was the first to fully explore the mystery of life between lives. Journey of Souls presents the first-hand accounts of 29 people placed in a "superconscious" state of awareness using Dr. Michael Newton's groundbreaking techniques. This unique approach allows Dr. Newton to reach his subjects' hidden memories of life in the spirit world after physical death.

    John says: "Invaluable info - Horrible presentation"
    "Life Altering. Really."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Journey of Souls to be better than the print version?

    I only read the audio version so I cannot compare the two.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book and its sequels (Destiny of Souls and Memories of the Afterlife) literally changed my life, in terms of the way I perceive and respond to people and events.

    I happen to be a hypnotherapist, so I applied and was accepted to attend the Newton Institute's weeklong Life Between Lives (LBL) Hypnotherapy training shortly after reading the books. Having experienced this process directly, I will attest that the findings reported in these books are very real, and game changing in terms of our purpose here on Earth.

    For more information I would also recommend the film Flipside by Richard Martini.


    What three words best describe Peter Berkrot’s performance?

    Mr. Berkrot has a very nice voice. He sometimes doesn't get the inflection quite right, but the meaning is not lost. I'm used to listening to more accomplished readers of books by more well known authors, so it's hard to compare. No complaints - this is an excellent listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I put off reading this book for nearly 20 years, because I am such a skeptic about things metaphysical. I recommend you go ahead and give it a listen (or read) with an open mind, and even experience an LBL hypnotherapy session for yourself with a Newton Institute-certified practitioner. The implications of this information are tremendous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hello From Heaven!: A New Field of Research - After-Death Communication - Confirms That Life and Love Are Eternal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Bill Guggenheim, Judy Guggenheim
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (40)

    In this groundbreaking study of after-death communication experiences, authors Bill and Judy Guggenheim focus on the 12 major types of ADCs people report, the loving messages they receive, and the effects on the lives of those who have been contacted. They present persuasive evidence that ADCs are authentic contacts by deceased loved ones and discuss a few of the many far-reaching social and spiritual implications of their findings. During their 7 years of research, Bill and Judy Guggenheim interviewed 2,000 people from all over America

    Karen says: "A book to lift your spirit..."
    "Disappointing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Perhaps someone seeking comfort more than truth.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bill Guggenheim and Judy Guggenheim again?

    I doubt it.


    Did Kevin Foley do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, he really gave different voices to the characters.


    What character would you cut from Hello From Heaven!?

    Maybe the narrator - he didn't really add very much.


    Any additional comments?

    The many anecdotes were all pretty generic - that made the whole thing seem like a fabrication. Also, the orientation was strongly Christian, with lots of references to deceased loved ones being with Jesus, or angels, or Mary. Nothing against Christians (some of my best friends, etc.) but I wonder that no other religious denomination was represented in the authors' interviews. Sorry - this book just seemed to be a contrivance based on the authors' own beliefs, rather than objective investigation.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2626)
    Performance
    (1660)
    Story
    (1641)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Everyone Should Read This One!"
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    This book is chock full of great information about the specific benefits of exercise on the brain. It's a bit technical but I think it has to be to make its case. It's got me moving for sure! Get past the first chapter, and you'll find a LOT of great, helpful information about the WHY and how of exercise as applied to longevity and brain health. I do wish the reader could have gotten the correct pronunciation for "hypothalamus." This was the only flaw in an otherwise wonderful performance. I've read the book twice already and will probably read it a few more times to solidify all the information in my own brain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Gary Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3145)
    Performance
    (1910)
    Story
    (1909)

    Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!

    William says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Not That Great After All"
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    The other reviews I read made me think this would be full of great insights. I had to fast forward through the first part, which was a long, self-congratulatory interview with the author. The five languages were no big surprise - kind words, gift-giving, service, touching, and quality time. All five are good things to do for your loved ones. I'd call this a case of Expando Publishing - taking what should be a brochure or flyer and expanding it into a full length book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9981)
    Performance
    (7454)
    Story
    (7494)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Fabulous!"
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    I admit that I have loved tales of the mysterious - vampires, witches, and such - since I was very small. Ms. Harkness's tale is so well woven that its premises, fantastical as they are, are accepted without question (by this reader at least). I check back at least once a month to see whether the sequel is available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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