As I do not write many reviews, the fact of this writing is surprising even me! That being said, I felt compelled to write as this book was so wonderful, I had to share with like-minded readers.I have read Jon's books and enjoyed them all very much. But this one stands out. Perhaps because of the storyline....hospice....always a delicate and sensitive subject. But even more-so, Jon's experiences with what I would call Clinical Depression and his open and honest portrayal of this devastating disease meant so very much to me. I, too, have Clinical Depression and have struggled to deal with its enveloping presence over many years. The loss of Robin Williams only deepened its hold on me and the occurrences increased as a result.Hearing Jon's personal thoughts and descriptions as his depression began to take hold and deepened were like a script from my life and I feared for him.But somehow his healing.....a result of his experiences with the dying and a good deal more with Izzy's incredible feats.....were a calming and reassuring balm for me. I will look upon my furred creatures with far more depth and understanding as a result.And if I "go there" again, I will hold onto my beasties and thank the Universe even more than I already do for their loving attention and devotion.Thank you, Jon, for it all.
Tom Stechschulte, as always, was perfect for the narrator. His utterly masculine but soft and gentle voice, helped to deepen the listener's emotional involvement in the storyline. He is one of my favorites!
I have been curious about NDE's since Raymond Moody's first book came out in the mid-70's. Indeed, I believe I had an NDE in 1985 but that is another story entirely.
This book is just about the best one I have experienced so far on NDE's (and I have gone through quite a few). The narratives are presented simply, personally and almost matter-of-factly without drama or with an effort to influence one's beliefs. As stated, there is no prejudiced view such as to "Christianity is the only way" as is, unfortunately, the theme in several NDE books. Non-religious but certainly a spiritual vein which appeals to many of us. I listened over a period of days and when the epilogue arrived I was somewhat deflated as I had been enjoying these stories so much.
Excellent narration by Simon Whistler! Sensitive yet with just the right emphasis when needed. Will be looking for more audios narrated by this talented professional.
I heartily recommend this book for the NDE "seeker" who wants to gather more information and muddle it through one's own mind and consciousness to find wisdom.
A definite winner.
Intelligent, thoughtful, memorable,
The most amazing reaction to this rather lengthy listen was it held my interest! Indeed, at every opportunity, I looked forward to getting back to the story presented. I am not familiar with Greg Bear's work but will certainly be scanning his additional writings. Although I am not a scientist, I found the scientific explanations entirely plausible and were certainly entertaining. Then the mix of spirituality, personal growth and a reasonably believable story were just too much to ignore!
Very good read. I recommend this highly for those who have a spiritual bent as well as those who are fascinated with gathering knowledge and thoughtful wisdom.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Amongst all the many books I have listened to on Audible, "Calculating God" has got to be at the top or near to it when it comes to pure unadulterated pleasure! This book not only has an abundance of intelligent and scientific considerations but interweaves a generous STORY in and out. I loved the wonder of the main character....always thinking, considering, meditating.....on the important things of this life.....and the secondary, the aliens, were believable and not fearsome beings as SF often depicts them as.
What more can I say about how much I enjoyed this book? Just about the time I thought the end (of the story) was near, a totally unexpected "hook" was thrown and we were, once again, thrown into a cauldron of expectation, excitement and perhaps a bit of fear!
This one has it all........I strongly recommend this to anyone with a curious and hungry mind. Doesn't hurt if you also are plagued with the old lifelong search for meaning and "what if's" about God and the universe either.
A strong plus!
Fantastic is a word I use sparingly but in this case, there is no other word to describe this wonderful listening experience.
Rare it is that I can find a book that pushes me intellectually and still provides writing that is superb and addictive. But it was in this little book that I found my match.
Do not go into this work of sci-fi believing it will be an action-packed thriller. It is but also, it is not. No Bruce Willis. No car crashes. Only what your mind can imagine as the earth is battered and bruised by its meeting with the Cloud. Still, imagination can be a wild ride indeed.
Loved the storyline. As the end grew near, a twist develops I didn't see coming (good!) and the epilogue was especially delicious. I decamped from my CD player smiling with delight at the satisfaction of having experienced an exceptional "read."
Excellent writing. Narration was absolutely perfect even with all the accent variations. Well thought out, Mr Klaff. Excellently performed!
Delighted I found this book. My eyes are still twinkling with the memory.
Obviously exuberantly recommended!
I have always had a curiosity about survivor stories. What does one need to know to survive? What does one really need? Consequently I have read a whole lot of books of this ilk. But this one was different.
I particularly enjoyed the introspective thoughts..."stream of consciousness" thoughts that constantly run through this woman's mind. Thoughts of her children and humanity in general. Concerns for her beloved animals. Thoughts of her inadequacies to create and maintain a relatively comfortable nitch for herself and her animals in circumstances that befall them all when she is cut off from what appears to have been a holocaust of death and destruction beyond imagination.
For that is the book.....this lone woman finding herself in circumstances not planned for and in a very precarious position. The book is talk.....her thoughts......her sorrows.......her contemplations of what to do. Like I said, this one was different.
Ms Mazur's voice is somewhat solemn but under the circumstances, this fits somehow.
This was probably the first book I've listened to that took a good five days to complete. Reason was the sadness of it all.....also because the reader's voice was so depressed sounding. As for taking that much time, I consider this a "difficult read" as I am an enormous animal lover and the death of many such cut me to the core. I found myself getting too depressed if I listened to the story too long. I had to put it down for awhile and come back when I felt I was somewhat stronger. It is very sad. If you are seriously depressed already, you might want to look elsewhere.
I recommend this book highly but with warning ahead of time.....animals die and are killed and the lady is beyond consolation with it all.
A difficult read but oh how personal it was! This felt like a real WOMAN who "finds herself" only after she has to decide to go on and through all the losses and difficulties, she is still determined to win in this very precarious existence.
I doubt that I could have done better with this subject or the situation. Bravo! You made me think!
This book had much positivity to it insofar as the use of SSRI's for Depression and Anxiety. As a proponent of such medications, the writer's "Pro's" list was much appreciated and I intend to share this with someone I know who would benefit.
However, I found two things incredibly distracting throughout listening to this book and will share here:
1. The author is narrating her own book. While this is normally not a problem, this is obviously a rather young woman and her voice does not distill the same confidence one would experience had she a more mature voice. Although her writing is acceptable (although certainly not that of a professional writer), her youth is also betrayed by the level of her writing expertise.
2. I was only able to complete listening up until the 4th track of the 2nd CD. This was because the writing become rather "preachy" in regards to her Christian beliefs and this, along with the distraction of her lack of life experience, was more than I was willing to listen to. Although I regard myself as deeply Spiritual and have specific and hard-learned beliefs myself, I was not willing to be preached to towards the end.
That being said, the information regarding the good things about taking Prozac and other SSRI's was both welcome and encouraging for all who suffer the pain of Depression and Anxiety.
Every positive thing has already been written about this fantastic book....well, just about. All I can add is it is rare for me to finish a book and be SMILING as well as wanting MORE!
Also, it is absolutely amazing to me that a man could have written such a book more about women than his own gender. What an interesting man that must be!
Heartily and strongly recommend this book. The BEST I have listened to via Audible, the library or any other source in some years. Heartwarming, funny as all get out and so very true about what surprises life has for us.........
I was first attracted to this storyline because I have been a lifelong animal lover. After moving to the country over 20 years ago, I branched out and acquired a small flock of chickens and, over the years, many a rooster. Originally intended for merely egg production, these critters became a delightful addition to my menagerie. I eventually learned how funny, entertaining and sweet chickens/roosters can be! So, naturally, this story attracted me.
But this is much more than "just another animal story." It is an insightful and sensitive story of how animals can teach us humans about what life is truly about....the "now" element.....as well as being a part of something truly worthwhile in this life.
With laugh-out-loud humor and abject honesty about his thoughts and experiences, Mr. McGrory has woven a precious and heart-warming story of the unexpected ways we grow and learn through the most unexpected mentors.....yes....even a rooster can teach us a bit.
Johnny Heller's narration was impeccable (as always) and his sound effects and child voice impersonations were truly delightful. His youthful voice was just perfect to depict a young man coming to terms with maturity and the joy of discovery.
Thank you Buddy. A good boy.
Ushikawa (sp?) as the unattractive private detective wasn't totally one-dimensional as were the major characters, i.e., boring! Ushikawa was extremely intelligent and perceptive and had a surprising empathy. Wish he had been a larger part of the story and disliked intensely what happened to him!
One of the major characters, Tengo, was amazingly naive and clueless (despite being a "brilliant" mathematician and writer). His ignorance and inability to "get it" began to be frustrating after awhile. Didn't care about him.
Have been listening to audio books for twenty years but never have I experienced such a long story! Still, the construction held my attention over several days of intermittent listening and I'm glad I did it.
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