The Pain Chronicles is one of the best books of any genre that I have read in quite a few years. It captivated me as well as any novel, and informed me about chronic pain in a way that made the issue at once human and scientific. I highly recommend this one, and I am pretty hard to please.
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.
Caballo's final talk before the race. It was right on the mark, and quite moving for me.
How Long Distance Running Could Change the World
I didn't notice, because I was too disappointed with the content of the book.
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.
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.
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.
Well, he could make a clear point and then cite evidence and/or logic to back up the point.
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.
Serious abridgement down to core issues.
I only read the audio version so I cannot compare the two.
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.
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.
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.
Perhaps someone seeking comfort more than truth.
I doubt it.
Yes, he really gave different voices to the characters.
Maybe the narrator - he didn't really add very much.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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