The narration by the author is great, and I felt myself drawn in and engaged by her experiences. If you ever thought about becoming a writer, this book is inspiring and also provides some good tips.
If you're ready to deepen your existing spirituality or feel you have put yourself through enough suffering and want to better understand yourself, this could be one of the most important books you'll ever read. I found the chapter on the pain body (ego) fascinating. The book overall is not preachy, gives good examples, is of the scientific mind, and embodies the direction we should all strive towards in order to evolve. I've listened over and over, and find something new to learn every time- a sign of a good transformative book.
The spiritual teachings in this book are phenomenal, but the listen is a bit flat and hard to follow for long periods of time. I prefer Eckhart Tolle's "New Earth."
The three-person narrative was done well by both the writing and the performers, and the characters were well developed. I just thought the story was lacking, and a little too out there to be believable, even though I'm a fan of the paranormal. It's such a long book, and written well enough to keep my interest until the very end, but it was a mild interest, and I wasn't thrilled to re-listen as I usually am with a really good book.
I was intrigued by the whole "vampire in plain sight" angle, but found myself not caring much about the characters. The romance was a bit too much- I know this from the number of times I felt my eyes roll. I know this book probably helped sparked the whole sexy vampire genre, and give it credit for changing our perceptions on vampires, but overall, I felt both the story and the characters lacked the depth and complexity found in other books of this genre (i.e. Harry Potter, Hunger Games- which I loved even though I'm forty).
I don't usually go for this genre, but I was won over from the very beginning. The characters are vivid, the writing is creatively descriptive and witty (without being flowery). The performance was spot on and endearing. The story had a powerful message, as all good stories do. I would recommend this book to anyone- an easy, enjoyable listen!
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