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Jes

Hobart, IN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Goleman, the Dalai Lama
    • Narrated By Ed Levin
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    Buddhist philosophy tells us that all personal unhappiness and interpersonal conflict lie in the "three poisons": craving, anger, and delusion. With new high-tech devices, scientists can peer inside the brain centers that calm the inner storms of rage and fear. They also can demonstrate that awareness-training strategies such as meditation strengthen emotional stability - and greatly enhance our positive moods.

    Shannon says: "Right Brain/ Left Brain"
    "A great look into emotions"
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    Yes, the title of the book is ‘Destructive Emotions’, but it’s also a look at all emotions. Here a panel talks with the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan teachers about work they’re doing to help people control their negative emotions. They look at what causes destructive emotions and how different cultures deal with them when they arise. People say that Buddhist monks are not the ideal people to talk to about emotions. They are wrong and this book proves it. It’s a great followup to Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stars, Like Dust

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Biron Farrell was young and naïve, but he was growing up fast. A radiation bomb planted in his dorm room changed him from an innocent student at the University of Earth to a marked man, fleeing desperately from an unknown assassin. He soon discovers that, many light-years away, his father has been murdered. Stunned, grief-stricken, and outraged, Biron is determined to uncover the reasons behind his father's death.

    Scifi says: "Classic 1950's boyhood scifi"
    "Another good story by Isaac Asimov"
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    Here is another great story by Isaac Asimov that goes along with the ‘Caves of Steel’ series. I can also see why Gene Roddenberry consulted him regarding Star Trek.

    The story is a straightforward one where a young man is almost killed and begin his adventure. From there the story follows the character through synchronicity events until ultimately the end. In some ways this story reminds me of the ‘Mote In God’s Eye’. I won’t ruin it for you, but like ‘Robots of Dawn’ it will keep you guessing to the very end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New Self

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Fifteen years after his number-one New York Times best seller, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, Deepak Chopra revisits "the forgotten miracle" - the body's infinite capacity for change and renewal. You cannot take advantage of this miracle, Chopra says, unless you are willing to completely reinvent your body, transforming it from a material object to a dynamic, flowing process.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Wonderful Source of Knowledge..."
    "Want to open your mind, read this"
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    I’ve read so many books on our shadow selves. Here the author takes his own book about realizing your shadow self and takes it to on eliminating the shadow self. There are, so many books on this subject and because we don’t have decades to meditate as the Buddhist do we need to read books. While reading this book I started to see and apply the lessons from the book ‘The Five Elements of Effective Thinking’.

    If you want to help yourself in every area in your life then this book will get you started. Remember that this is a journey and your are a ‘Do it yourself project’ . Only you can keep moving yourself forward and only you can decide to keep going. You will have many teachers and lessons along the way. Here is one that will help you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Spock

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leonard Nimoy
    • Narrated By Leonard Nimoy
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    Best known to the world as the actor who created the legendary Mr. Spock in the cult television series that launched the Star Trek phenomenon, Leonard Nimoy has written the definitive Star Trek memoir. In this long-awaited autobiography, Nimoy opens up to his fans in ways the Vulcan never could.

    Mika says: "Excellent."
    "A great history of an American Icon"
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    I grew up watching Star Trek and I never knew the backstory behind Spock or any other character. All I knew was that Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner hated each other or that is what people said. The truth is that neither hated each other. If you read this book you’ll see this and if you read what people who worked on Star Trek said. They say that what is here is as close to the truth as we can get.

    If you want to know how Spock came to be and how he led to Data later you need to read this book. The biggest thing I got from this book was what I’ve read in many books: decided what you want! Once you know what you want you need to keep working on it even when you think it’s complete. For me this book tells me that synchronicity is greatest force in your life if you're open to it. By following synchronicity will keep you open to many idea’s and will help lead you forward.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Elements of Effective Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Edward B. Burger, Michael Starbird
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren't a special breed--they just use their minds differently.

    Jose says: "Thinking that could leads to change"
    "Goes great with Failing Forward"
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    For those of you that have read John C. Maxwell’s book Failing Forward you’ll find this the perfect complementary book to go along with it. I like the five steps they come up with here and I see how they tie in with the books ‘Eat that frog’ and ‘Flight Plan’.

    As I listened to this book I see how it applies to my life right now. I’ve been working on a business idea that I come up with an idea and then I set it aside where later I will look at it again. Here I will change what I originally came up with and it’s better. By the time I trademarked it and put in my patents I got through without issues.

    By going through the steps in this book I have begun to further develop my business idea’s. Now on my next idea I just put something down and look at it for what’s wrong then I change it.

    I really can’t tell you more without ruining it. You need to approach this book with an open mind and with the willingness to change what you perceive as the only way to do something. If you drop these preconceived notions you will learn a lot more and benefit more from reading this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Valerie Estelle Frankel
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Game of Thrones fans watch in delight as the epic battle of Lannister and Stark entangles the Seven Kingdoms. But only the sharpest notice how these houses echo Lancaster and York in the War of the Roses. Druids, Catholics, and even Zoroastrians wander through Westeros, reframing their religions for a new world of fantasy. But how medieval is Westeros? Did lady knights and pirates really battle across Europe? The audiobook Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones explores all this and more, from the echoes of history to the symbols and omens our beloved characters.

    J. Quigley says: "Reference book, not for listening to"
    "A great insight into this book series"
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    Years ago my mother would take notes while reading books to keep track of thoughts as the book progresses. She can figure out how a story ends before anything is revealed by the author. I tried this concerning the Game of Thrones series, but I gave it up. Here are all those notes and it’s in a nice format.

    Anyone that loves or just watches/reads the Game of Thrones this book ties all the threads together. Yet, it doesn’t reveal how it ends, but it does give you an idea of how it will end. We are still waiting on the last two books after all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Isaiah Effect: Decoding the Lost Science of Prayer and Prophecy

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Gregg Braden
    • Narrated By Gregg Braden
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    The Great Isaiah Scroll: does it hold the secrets to changing your life? In Jerusalem, within the Shrine of the Book Museum, resides the Great Isaiah Scroll - the most precious artifact of the Dead Sea Scrolls. So valuable is this scripture that extraordinary measures have been taken to safeguard it against any natural disaster or act of war. Gregg Braden investigates this ancient Essene scripture - to reveal a set of inner tools capable of altering the destiny of human civilization.

    Alicia says: "Lost understandings finally surface"
    "What is missing from the Bible"
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    When the dead sea scrolls were discovered and the translation began there was much fan fair. Now today people believe that these scrolls are just beginning to be translated when they’ve been being translated since 1947. Here the book or scroll of Isaiah is the most complete and gives us the most detailed information. This reminds me of so many other prophecies of the future, but these are more accurate.

    In this book we learn that with all prophecies can be changed we just have to change. There is a prophecy of World War III, but this can’t be allowed to happen because this is a time of awakening. All literature from the past show that each time we get to this point War comes and stops it.

    You really need to read this book to tie together what all the spiritual sages of our time and the past sages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercises as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness - being awake and fully aware. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness.

    A. Kaestner says: "Excellent all around. Quality content and narratio"
    "A great accumulation of meditation instructions"
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    Here the author talks you through basic and complex meditations. Unlike other books that talk about the meditations, here they are. At the end of the book the author has put a lot of meditation with each one being labeled for use when you need it. I recommend this book just for these meditations along with the wisdom contained with it. I would also recommend that the publisher include a PDF of all meditations be included or people buy the Kindle version to get them rather than searching all over the Internet for them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Message of the Sphinx: A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval
    • Narrated By Nick Ullett
    Overall
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    Sophisticated computer techniques are beginning to unravel the riddles posed by Egypt's great monuments of stone. Now this tour de force of historic and scientific detective work provides a startling new vision of mankind's true history.

    Klaus says: "a bit contrived"
    "Great scholarly work"
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    Unlike Graham's previous book where there was no opening stated purpose of the book. This book probably because of the second author starts out with a stated purpose. Why are people fighting any in depth studies of the Sphinx? The same is true of all these great works called the seven wonders of the world which is off anyways. I believe there is over a 100 wonders that should be listed. We haven’t even begun to look at what was talked about in the Fingerprints of the Gods and the Source Field Investigations.

    The big question is that all books ask that look into the past is: ‘Why are people scared to relook at everything with fresh eyes?’ No one can tell us how any of these great works were done and why we're not talking about the the ones in India, Russia, the US, Africa and throughout Asia. Those in true power must be really scared of the truth which they know will eventually happen no matter what they do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
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    (98)
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    As elegant as his best selling How to Know God and as practical as his phenomenal The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, this groundbreaking new book from Deepak Chopra contains a dramatic premise: Not only are everyday coincidences meaningful, they actually provide us with glimpses of the field of infinite possibilities that lies at the heart of all things. By gaining access to this wellspring of creation, we can literally rewrite our destinies in any way we wish.

    Ulrich says: "Fulfills my desires of an excellent audio book"
    "A great book that fits in any spiritual path"
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    When I first heard Deepak Chopra I didn’t like what he had to say or like the book at all! Then years later I was led to another of his books by what can be described as ‘Spirit’. I listened and realized that he was teaching the same thing as SO many other authors that people are ignoring. I’ve read Edgar Casey, Mike Dooley, Wayne Dyer, and many more. I’ve did Buddhist training for 7 years and left it because the path wasn’t working for me at that time. Now I understand that we have to do this at times. Like in the book ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ and the work of Jack Kornfield you can’t attach to a ‘teacher’ or ‘path’. I read this book and did the exercises and I will keep using the exercises as I move forward, but not as in using dogma.

    I’ve enjoyed this book and it would be nice if there was a PDF with all the meditations on it to make it easier to do them later rather than looking them up on the Internet! This would make this book perfect as it is!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Autobiography of a Yogi

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paramhansa Yogananda
    • Narrated By Swami Kriyananda
    Overall
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    Followers of many religious traditions have come to recognize Autobiography of a Yogi as a masterpiece of spiritual literature. Yet, for all its depth, it is full of gentle humor, lively stories, and practical common sense. Now, with this audiobook, the 1946 edition is again available, with all its inherent power, just as the great master of yoga first presented it.

    Andrew says: "Wisdom; Knowledge; Humbling."
    "This is a lot of wisdom in one book"
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    I see why Steve Jobs liked this book. Steve wanted to be a spiritual Yogi or leader of people. In many ways he was and he got his wish in some ways. I liked the book learning about India Vedic training in the form of Yogi. The wisdom built into this book goes long with Deepak Chopra's work, Mike Dooley and many others. It’s well worth anyone reading the previous author’s work. I will not ruin it for you, but you should read it. I will say that by the halfway point you will understand why Steve Jobs liked it. Plus you will understand the simple wisdom contained within it. The sound is a little off as it goes loud to quiet quite suddenly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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