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Ben

Strathfield, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Being in Light

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Marianne Williamson
    • Narrated By Marianne Williamson
    Overall
    (132)
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    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    Marianne Williamson lectures throughout the world on A Course in Miracles, a self-study system of spiritual psychotherapy contained in three books. She teaches the basic principles of the Course and discusses their application to daily life. On Being in Light, Marianne encourages you to get in touch with your inner self by developing a profound understanding of concepts such as self-forgiveness, self-esteem, your authentic nature, vulnerability, spiritual enlightenment, and much more.

    Jean says: "Being in Light by Marianne Williamson"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Never dull. This is a very practical hands on spiritual summary of the Course in Miracles, a really amazing psychological review of Christian spiritual principles. When you listen to it, you know it's good, and right and works.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin Franklin: The Founding Fathers Series

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By Encyclopaedia Britannica
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Though they had different backgrounds, skills, and ideas, the Founding Fathers came together to forge a new nation and persevered against the odds to achieve America's independence. In this edition, the editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica examine the life and multiple talents of Benjamin Franklin.

    Ben says: "OK, but I prefer his Autobiography"
    "OK, but I prefer his Autobiography"
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    Any additional comments?

    As a curious Australian, I have only fairly recently discovered how interesting early American history is. This overview is quick and helpful but I found Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography (not an Encyclopedia Britannica publication as far as I know) to be more generally interesting, and a better place for the novice to start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adams & Jefferson: The Founding Fathers Series

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 23 mins)
    • By Encyclopaedia Britannica
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Though they had different backgrounds, skills, and ideas, the Founding Fathers came together to forge a new nation and persevered against the odds to achieve America's independence. In this edition, the editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica examine the life and contributions of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

    Ben says: "Good quick overview"
    "Good quick overview"
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    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    As a curious Australian, I found this overview of Adams and Jefferson quick and helpful. I found Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography (not an Encyclopedia Britannica publication as far as I know) to be more generally interesting, and a better place for the novice to start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
    Overall
    (3053)
    Performance
    (2530)
    Story
    (2544)

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    "I don't normally read/listen to stuff like this!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    Ann Patchett's open and humourous story of her life and love life is refreshingly frank, brutally honest, sincere, and so understandable that it got me in even though it's not by type of genre. The poignant ending was well written.


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

    Her narration gives excellent emphasis and clarity.


    Any additional comments?

    A nice freebie

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Perkins
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1982)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (549)

    "Economic hit men," John Perkins writes, "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder."

    Robert P. says: "Excellent Story for people have traveled"
    "Economic Warfare US Style- Beggar Thy Neighbour"
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    Would you listen to Confessions of an Economic Hitman again? Why?

    Yes. Because it accurately exposes what the USA really gets up to in the world. This is much more important to listen to than all the sanitised rubbish in the popular press.


    What three words best describe Brian Emerson’s voice?

    Good but a little too negative, a tad grating at times.


    If you could give Confessions of an Economic Hitman a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Come into my parlour said the international banking spider to the 3rd world country fly.


    Any additional comments?

    An interesting and fairly erudite introduction to the real world of international relations. Perkins pulls no punches and it is an easy book to listen to. His writing style is reasonable, not grand, but after all this is non-fiction.Economic warfare has an interesting entry on Wikipedia under Unrestricted Warfare, a 1999 book by 2 Chinese colonels. The colonels however have reinvented the wheel, as the USA has been doing this for decades and are grand masters of this game. He indicates they learnt the trade from the English who were doing it to the original 13 US colonies, though with less subtle means. International vampirism is alive and well.We all know that banks like to give people more credit card limits than they can afford- they like to keep them desperate and poor, so multinational firms and banks do to entire countries. They bluff them into biting off more than they can chew, on credit and then choking on it. This is an ongoing cycle and Perkins new book Hoodwinked carries the story on to the GFC and the beggaring of Iceland etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3758)
    Performance
    (2339)
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    (2356)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Mind blowing"
    Overall

    What can I say? You don't understand history if you don't understand Genghis. Particularly you don't know Middle Age to Modern, Asian, Indian or Islamic history, the history of ideas and inventions, how fate saved Japan (similar to how the Spanish Armada was dashed). Did the West eventually stop his successors? More likely the black plague did.
    This is a wonderful book indeed, based on some recently discovered archeological records (Secret Histories), since the Soviets left Mongolia. A stimulating and exciting tale, with plenty of variety.
    Highly recommended.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Eden Diet: You Can Eat Treats, Enjoy Your Food, and Lose Weight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Rita M. Hancock
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (0)
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    (0)

    According to Rita Hancock, author of The Eden Diet, you can have your chocolate cake and eat it, too…and still lose weight and stay healthy without going on a diet. Dr. Rita Hancock has years of professional expertise in the field of nutrition and in guiding women to eat properly, lose weight, and live a healthier, happier lifestyle. Permanently.

    Kathryn says: "Awful, Awful, Awful"
    "Fairly extreme spiritual views"
    Overall

    If you like TV evangelism etc this could be the right book for you. Read carefully about it before purchase as it is a niche product.
    The author, a doctor, was a compulsive eater who basically realised she was eating for no real reason, certainly not hunger, and used spiritual belief and prayer to turn herself around.
    Not for everyone, but ideal for those looking for something in this niche genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 50 Success Classics

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Butler-Bowden
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Discover the books that have already enriched millions. This unabridged guide to the literature of prosperity and motivation surveys 50 of the all-time classics, giving you their key ideas, insights, and applications, everything you need to know to start benefiting from these legendary works.

    jbgirl says: "Best Valued Audiobook I've Bought"
    "Nice succint summaries"
    Overall

    Good summaries of many significant books. This quickly allowed me to learn a lot of interesting things from many books and later focus on a few of far greater relevance to my personal needs. It greatly exceeded my expectations. Great value. I found his earthy voice quite expressive and easy to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Self-Hypnosis Diet: Use the Power of Your Mind to Make Any Diet Work for You

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Steven Gurgevich
    • Narrated By Steven Gurgevich
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (36)

    What's missing from the hundreds of diets on the market to help us achieve healthier bodies? "The most important element," teaches Dr. Steven Gurgevich, "is not in the body, but in your mind." As a key member of Dr. Andrew Weil's physician's training program, Dr. Gurgevich has brought hypnosis to the forefront of modern medicine.

    Carl says: "Outstanding!"
    "Very good"
    Overall

    The author is highly qualified and is also a very good hypnotist. (Having seen 2 hypnotists in years gone by for smoking cessation, I can comment from experience). He is very soothing and consistent, calm and methodical, has a clear game plan (though he does not road map that, it is obvious enough).
    He does pin point a number of common issues which cause emotional eating and systematically deals with each of them.
    I'd guess this is as good as it gets.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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