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Andrew

Halifax, NS, Canada

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  • 203 titles in library
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  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3001)
    Performance
    (1797)
    Story
    (1804)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "An Incredible Novel"
    Overall

    Truly great books are centered about archetypal characters you can empathize with and genuinely feel for, and above all they need to tell a great story. The Power of One fits the bill. A genuinely awe-inspiring, powerful story, this is one book I'm ecstatic I bumped into... five stars!!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By James Arthur Ray
    • Narrated By James Arthur Ray
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Are you ready to transform your current thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions? Are you ready to shatter the illusion that it's not "spiritual" to want a fit body or financial wealth? Are you ready to create outrageous results in every single area of your life? You're in the right place. This practical, results-based audiobook will help you to push beyond your self-imposed limitations and show you how to get past all the reasons you think you can't have what you want.

    Vaughan says: "Great Work"
    "Provocative, Challenging, and Life Changing"
    Overall

    Harmonic Wealth is the finest book that James Ray has written to date -- it is his distilled wisdom presented in a very easy to listen to, and apply, manner. One of his greatest strenghts is reconciling the traditionally opposing worldviews of wealth and spirituality. His book is extremely accessible and full of profound wisdom, and it's fun to listen to the author present his thoughts on how to lead a great life. I would highly recommend this book to thoughtful individuals with an open mind who are interested in expansion and self-development, and creating tangible results in the real world. If you enjoy this book, I'd also recommend another Audible title by James Ray: Practical Spirituality.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rhonda Byrne
    • Narrated By Rhonda Byrne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3868)
    Performance
    (1291)
    Story
    (1306)

    It has been passed down through the ages, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money. Fragments of this Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. In this audiobook you will discover the Secret, and you will learn how to have, do, or be anything you want.

    Elisabeth says: "Good for an intro to the Law of Attraction"
    "Best Download in 3 Years!!"
    Overall

    I'm writing this review for the person out there who's heard about The Secret and is intrigued, but has read a few negative reviews of this book here or at Amazon, (wow it provokes a lot of strong emotion in people, which I'd argue is really good!!) Listening to this book in combination with watching the DVD has produced remarkable results in my own life and changed much of my outlook in a very positive way, (e.g. I’ve hit new ambitious fitness goals, feel rejuvenated and excited about life's possibilies and wonder, and remarkably doubled my professional income in 3 months). I'm very thankful that I stumbled into the audiobook version here this year, (didn’t know an audio version existed at the time). Side note: the actual book itself is excellent, but the real value in the audiobook version is quite frankly getting to hear Rhonda Byrne herself narrate, (what a remarkable woman!) In summary, I have gained tremendously from re-listening to this recording on a weekly basis. So if you’re intrigued, take a chance and listen to this book, I’m so fortunate that I did!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coffee Trader: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Liss
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    On the world's first commodities exchange, fortunes are won and lost in an instant. Miguel Lienzo, a sharp-witted trader in the city's close-knit community of Portuguese Jews, knows this only too well. Once among the city's most envied merchants, Miguel has lost everything in a sudden shift in the sugar markets. Now, impoverished and humiliated, living on the charity of his petty younger brother, Miguel must find a way to restore his wealth and reputation.

    Robert says: "Flawless!"
    "Exciting Historical Fiction"
    Overall

    From the first paragraph I was captivated by this book and its characters. Spent most of the weekend devoted to listening to the book, (I normally listen to a book of this length over 1-2 weeks), couldn't proverbially put it down!! If you enjoy historical fiction and intricate and esoteric plots that keep you reading, this is a great listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Desire of the Everlasting Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Thomas Cahill
    • Narrated By Brian F. O'Byrne
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    With the same lively narration and irresistible perceptions that characterize How the Irish Saved Civilization and The Gifts of the Jews, Cahill invites listeners into an ancient world to commune with some of the most influential people who ever lived.

    Victoria says: "for the layman..."
    "A Beautiful and Profound Book"
    Overall

    I write this review with a curious mixture of melancholy, satisfaction and happiness as I just completed listening to Desire of the Everlasting Hills -- and I'm frankly sorry I've completed the book. No series of sleep-inducing sermons, Cahill brings the great events, cultures and people of the New Testament and early Christian eras literally to life. Even the most hardened and cynical nihilist may find this book's tenets and interpretations difficult to dismiss. Many times while listening to the extraordinary stories of these great but very real people who were largely unbeknownst to me previously, I found myself overwhelmed by the profound humanity in the writing. Moreover, Cahill's portrait of Jesus -- a man I so often wish I truly knew -- was beyond description. My personal view is that those who are on the path of exploring their spirituality and working towards that perennially elusive state called self-actualization, may greatly benefit from reading this work. Intuitively imparting compelling non-dogmatic lessons and the corresponding actions (very relevant for all of us who shake our heads, wring our hands, and fret over our inability as one person to do anything about the vast scale of tragedies all around our troubled world), the author leaves us with exemplars who demonstrate by their actions what we can possibly do to make the world a better place. These are some of the things that I have taken from Cahill's wonderful book to date, and I intend to purchase a physical copy and return to it as a reference for many years to come.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo: Part I

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Fred Williams
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    Andrea says: "Amazing Story."
    "EXCELLENT!!"
    Overall

    What a book!! I've been listening to Monte Cristo every free moment I've had for the past two weeks, and I just managed to finish Part II this evening. I have been absolutely captivated by Dumas' incredible characters and truly compelling story and I feel truly privileged to have the opportunity of reading it. Can't wait to get my hands on Part III!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (2066)
    Performance
    (963)
    Story
    (955)

    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    Frank says: "Choice of Narrators"
    "Action Novel for the Thoughtful"
    Overall

    Originally intrigued by the movie Master and Commander, I was interested in listening to the book, and found that I very quickly loved listening. Knowing virtually nothing of ships or the navy, I found that O'Brian is such an incredible story-teller, that you somehow intuitively pick up on the details of the ship and focus instead on the action. The character development is just excellent and next thing you know you're swept along with the captivating story. The narrator is just excellent too -- you feel his enthusiasm for the novel in every sentence. All-in-all, this is fabulous book -- I can't wait to continue reading the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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