A great book which makes the consequences of war and life under colonial rule for ordinary people very real. The South African accent slips quite a bit, but not enough to be distracting.
As one reviewer noted, keep going beyond the first 10 minutes and you will have a great book. In a nutshell, a story of someone resistant to spirituality told in a humorous enough way that you want to hear more. I'm sure many listeners will find sections that make them laugh because they can relate to the situations in question. The 'clash' between real life and spirituality are unpacked brilliantly. Underneath the humour there are many insightful and serious messages. I found myself thinking long after listening... Great narrator.
Audible sales provide a great opportunity to try something new. After buying books on sale, I have often become a fan and bought others in the series or by the same author. This was not one of them. The editor's summary caught my eye and suggested a fascinating insight to the emotional and spiritual issues that crop up when dying. The book does deal with that but in a very superficial way. It felt like a teenage author writing for a young adult audience. Alternatively it may have been written by someone who had been through or encountered a situation that they had found difficult and decided to write it down and that it was a path of personal healing. Whatever the background, I doubt that many adult readers would gain any insights or be persuaded to adopt new ideas. I also felt that since 95% of the book involves male dialogue, a female narrator was a poor choice. She seemed to be grappling with the pitch and I found her a little monotone and not credible.
The book got many great reviews and I was looking forward to a story about covert operations in World War II. There were some interesting sections on the training of operatives, but it felt more like a romance in a wartime setting - with neither angle being developed in much depth. The story is a bit thin and predictable. I listened to the end because the narrator was really good .
Early in the book Pema Chodren tells you that the talk is not a prepared one. Compared to her other books, it does feel less fluent. However, her usual skill at explaining how buddhist concepts apply in everyday life - often with humour - is there. I suspect that this book is better listened to after being exposed to some of her other books and not as an introduction to her talks.
I knew almost nothing about Genghis Khan before listening to the book. After lsitening, the narrator/ story left me wondering why I didn't know more. As the story is told one waivers between awe at Khan's leadership ability comming from the background that he did, horror at some of the tactics and disbelief that his story is not a main theme of histry lessons. Fascinating listen.
The narrator has a voice that is very easy to listen to.
This a really good introduction to the subject. The narrator has a clear skill in making some of the complex cencepts of Buddhism (at least to a western mind) understandable. He is passionate about the subject, speaks clearly and his lectures have a good balance between 'story telling' and theory. I will be keeping this audiobook in my library to listen to again.
One of my first listens on audible. Many books down this one still has one on the best narrators and a great plot. Very worthwhile listening to.
I took a chance on this book in a sale. It was okay and some of the insights to Amish life were interesting. I felt cheated that the crime wasn't solved by the end of the book and that I had to buy the next one to get the answer - it wasn't good enough to merit buying the next book.
The narrator's voice is incredibly soothing and caring. After she encourages you to fix your favourite pillow in place and assures you that there is no judgment if you fall asleep whilst she is reading, it took me four days to listen to the entire (very short) book. The bedtime stories are not new, but they do take you back to a time when they mattered for many of us. Somewhere in between thinking that adults 'don't do this' and the alluring sense of feeling that all is okay, it is hard not to submit to sleep. Once listened to, I won't re-listen again too soon, but can't bring myself to delete the book from my library either!
Scientology is so often a topic of celebrity gossip that I paused before buying this book wondering whether it would be voyeuristic. I'm pleased that I went ahead with my inclination to buy it. The story - initially at least - provides some insight as to why scientology is attractive to followers. As the story unfolds one comes to understand that there is quite a divide between 'public' scientologists and those in the administration. As the author describes it, the inner circle of scientology is marked by a culture of conduct which is far from the advertised philosophy. It is marked by behaviour of obedience, control, oppression and disruption of family relationships which is difficult for many to understand why people would accept it. The strength of the book is that it helps those of us who believe that we would always reject attempts to undermine the values that we hold dear to understand that the potential to get hooked is there. Although the story is a little loose in places, it is a worthwhile listen.
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