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GGuerard

GGuerard

Puget Sound, WA USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Living a Life of Inner Peace

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (36)

    Living a Life of Inner Peace is a recording of one of Eckhart's most moving, transformative talks. The talk is relaxed and funny, and he conveys his message through stories and insightful observation. Eckhart makes us laugh at ourselves, while helping us break through habitual thinking to discover the eternal presence of the Now.

    Troy says: "Light and fun"
    "One of My Favorites"
    Overall

    This is one of my favorite audible downloads. I've listened to it several times. If you liked Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now" and his teaching, you will enjoy this recording. He is talking to the audience rather than reading a book. It is full of insights, practical examples, and humor. Eckhart Tolle's common-man personality comes through.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jake Adelstein
    • Narrated By Jake Adelstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (126)

    At 19, Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. What he got was a life of crime reporting at the prestigious Yomiuri Shinbun. For 12 years of 80-hour workweeks, he covered the seedy side of Japan, where extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption are as familiar as ramen noodles and sake.

    Steven says: "Memoir, crime story and travelogue in one package"
    "This audio book was a "page turner""
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    What did you love best about Tokyo Vice?

    I enjoyed this book. Adelstein reads the book and you really feel like you are privy to his inside story. Good narration and interesting look at the under world of Japan, a country often touted as the "safest" country in the world.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tokyo Vice?

    How Jake changed over the years from the fresh out of college, enthusiastic gaijin reporter to a tired, weathered oyaji with his own red badge of courage. The entire book kept my attention and wanting to keep listening.


    What does Jake Adelstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was telling his own story. I felt like he was confiding in me with his personal experiences, thoughts, and feelings.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    --the dark side of humanity.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the author can find peace after all he has seen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Lady: A Romance of the Far Future

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    In the 7th millennium, humans have spread throughout the galaxy and govern most of the inhabited planets. Leonardo, Our Humble Hero and purple-blooded Bjornn of the planet Benitarus II, is sent as an expert appraiser to the Claiborne Art Gallery on the mostly-human planet of Far London. Leonardo's enhanced ultraviolet and infrared vision are ideal traits for assessment and authentication of artwork, and he immediately catches the attention of an aging Far London collector.

    GGuerard says: "Very creative Sci-fi"
    "Very creative Sci-fi"
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    If you could sum up The Dark Lady in three words, what would they be?

    Creative, entertaining, memorable.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book about 30 years ago and still remeber enjoying reading it. The main character is a very non-humanoid alien which makes it a creative and intriguing read/listen. The performance is well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: From Here to Infinity: An Exploration of Science Fiction Literature

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael D. C. Drout
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (107)

    The best science fiction asks essential questions: What does it mean to be human? Are we alone in the universe, and what does it mean if we're not? Esteemed professor Michael D. C. Drout traces the history of science fiction in this series of stimulating lectures. From Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to today's cutting- edge authors, Drout offers a compelling analysis of the genre, including a look at the golden age of science fiction, New Wave writers, and contemporary trends in the field.

    Timothy says: "Nerdy? Probably... Enjoyable? Yes"
    "Michael Drout is entertaining and informative!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Modern Scholar to be better than the print version?

    Audio is excellent--great speaker/lecturer!


    What other book might you compare The Modern Scholar to and why?

    I have several of his lecture series and like all of the lectures by Michael Drout. He is an excellent speaker--informative and entertaining. His voice is easy to listen to and challenges the listener to think. Check out a preview. If you are a science fiction reader you will find this lecture series informative and may give you some ideas for other books to read. If you are a Tolkien or Fantasy fan, I recommend his Tolkien and Fantasy lecture series.


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Feels like he is speaking to me. Very down to earth and enjoyable to listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to several of M. Drout's Modern Scholar Lecture Series. They all have something to learn. Learn and be entertained by an amazing speaker at the same time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3283)
    Performance
    (1308)
    Story
    (1280)

    To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

    annhere says: "AWE INSPIRING!"
    "First Audible book I purchased!"
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    Would you listen to The Power of Now again? Why?

    I have listened & read to this book several times since 2001 when I first joined Audible and bought this book. It continues to guide and encourage me through life. Maybe he is picking up more of a North American English accent. This book is timeless. There are only a handful of books that I have listened to or read more than once. I also enjoyed Tolle's "Practing the Power of Now" and "The Art of Presence".
    In the book, Eckhart answers questions that I might have asked, some down to earth answers backed with his own experience and that of known teachers.


    What other book might you compare The Power of Now to and why?

    Other similare books I recomment are Pema Chodron's "Getting Unstuck", Byron Katie's "Loving What Is", Adyashanti's "Falling Into Grace". They all deal with coming to terms with "what is" , self acceptance and acceptance of others, being in the now; of getting out of ego control and the "story" in your head. On a spiritual growth vein, I can also recommend Scott Peck's "The Road Less Traveled" which I have read 3 times since the 1980's and listened to twice.


    What about Eckhart Tolle’s performance did you like?

    He has a calm voice. It may take a little getting used to his monotone and accent, but the material is worth it. It is interesting that Eckhart's aceent seems less pronounced over the years since this audio book was produced. If you here him speak there is a noticable difference.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Unstuck: Breaking Your Habitual Patterns and Encountering Naked Reality

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Pema Chodron
    • Narrated By Pema Chodron
    Overall
    (841)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (272)

    On Getting Unstuck, Pema Chodron introduces a rare Tibetan teaching she received from her teacher, Dzigar Kontrul Rinpoche, and one that has become critical to her practice. Here, she unveils the mystery of an ineffable quality; a "pre-emotional" feeling that arises in us, brings us discomfort, and causes us to react by escaping the discomfort, often with harmful habits. With Getting Unstuck, she offers us a first look at "both the itch and the scratch": what Tibetan Buddhists call shenpa.

    J. Becker says: "Don't Need A Crowbar"
    "My favorite Pema audio!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    "Getting Unstuck" is a good descriptive title. This helped me on my path to appreciate the now and accept what is. The audio quality if very good. I have listened to this audio at least 5 times this year. It was helpful in a difficult time and continues to inspire me. Good material and not limited. Pema talks with humor and candor. I believe this material would appeal to anyone and is not specific to Budhism. It took me to the next spiritual level in a non-religious way. If you listen while driving, just skip past the meditation part. Her material about "shenpa" is great!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Realizing the Power of Now: An In-Depth Retreat with Eckhart Tolle

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (94)

    Spoken simply, with his hallmark warmth, humor, and compassion, here is Eckhart's full presentation of a beautiful way to live.

    Anthony says: "Excellent Tolle"
    "Excellent for those who enjoyed"
    Overall

    I enjoy the teachings of Eckhart Tolle. In this book he give further understanding in living in the Now. He uses humor and everyday examples. A book for the "common man". I especially like the presentation which is that he is talking to the listener rather than reading the words of a book. One of my favorites!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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