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  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Gripping! A fascinating/scary look at human nature"

    I debated on this one but gave it a shot, and I could barely break from it several hours later. This narrator does an excellent job of making this book as enticing as a suspenseful murder mystery. The material is excellent, and well arranged. The author uses sample cases to explain points and a finer understanding of details. She says 1 in 25 people are sociopaths, and then she describes them as they appear to themselves, to us, and their existence and effect on society as both the weirdo on the corner and the ruthless "successful" people in many walks of life that have left large marks on the history of humanity throughout time. Definitely worth the listen.

    31 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • When Pain is the Doorway: Awakening in the Most Difficult Circumstances

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Pema Chödrön
    • Narrated By Pema Chödrön

    What if the full sense of our aliveness were only to be found amidst our most challenging times and difficult experiences? In pain and crisis, teaches Pema Chödrön, there lies a hidden doorway to freedom that appears to us only when we're sure that there is no way out. In these intimate audio learning sessions, Pema Chödrön helps us distinguish the triggers or external events that we blame for our suffering from the deeper habitual patterns that feed our anger, fear, or sadness.

    CB says: "Pema not at her best here..."
    "Crucial topic. sound is fine."
    Where does When Pain is the Doorway rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This topic is basically 'Charnal ground practice' which is interacting with/coming to terms with one's own interactions with and reaction to death. There is discussion on approaches to death and how that applies to our experience of life. It is clear that Pema is coming to terms with this subject, and this talk reflects that more than other talks which may be more concretized in regards to information. I still found it highly valuable and enjoyable.This topic is fairly short and a specific guided meditation is not included, however techniques for working with the topic are discussed, as well as experiences and approaches of people working with it. This is a lecture with some very good question and answers at the end. This is not a full retreat and so does not have the lengthy discussion with multiple meditation sessions during the lecture.I find Pema very approachable as a listener due to her humility and complete honesty. This allows me to listen to not only what she is teaching, but how she embodies walking her spiritual path.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of When Pain is the Doorway?

    It is in the sample recording I believe. Pema describes a hospice worker helping someone who is terrified to die, and what seems to work is telling the person to 'rest in the space' between breaths when this person is having severe difficulty breathing. She also describes her own and other's experiences working Charnal ground practice, and views of life working it -- as a way of working 'things are falling apart'.

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

    I don't think a book would include her honest revelations 'I get panic attacks' that in some ways are so profound - she just accepts it like everything else. Those to me keep all the work and talks 'real'. I don't think that would make print in a polished book, yet it sets the ground for life's problems to be acceptable for anyone. I also find integrating this information easier listening to it versus reading it.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Death is the paintbrush of Life"

    Any additional comments?

    It's a short topic (about 2 hrs). It doesn't give all the answers but does spend time there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Sharon Moalem, Jonathan Prince
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    How did a deadly genetic disease help our ancestors survive the bubonic plagues of Europe? Was diabetes evolution's response to the last Ice Age? Will a visit to the tanning salon help bring down your cholesterol? Why do we age? Why are some people immune to HIV? Can your genes be turned on or off? Survival of the Sickest reveals the answers to these and many other questions as it unravels the amazing connections between evolution, disease, and human health today.

    Maurice says: "An Eye Opener"
    "Wonderful. Fascinating science told like a mystery"
    What did you love best about Survival of the Sickest?

    Very much enjoyed the content and the style of presentation. easy to follow with interesting theories.

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

    the narration was clear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kundalini Meditation: Guided Chakra Practices to Activate the Energy of Awakening

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Harijiwan Khalsa
    • Narrated By Harijiwan Khalsa

    For thousands of years, the yogic technology of kundalini was veiled in secrecy and passed only from master to chosen disciple. Today this sacred practice, known for it's ability to promote health, creativity and spiritual awareness, is alive and flourishing in yoga studios nationwide. Now Harijiwan Khalsa offers Kundalini Meditation, an audio program to help anyone tap into the power of this ancient tradition.

    Satminder says: "Powerful Stuff"
    "seriously? this guy is a joke. seriously."
    What would have made Kundalini Meditation better?

    this has NO information on kundalini. this guy doesn't know jack about chakras. as I listened, I kept thinking... is this guy for real?... then I was really sorry I wasted a credit on this. clearly he doesn't know ANYTHING.

    Has Kundalini Meditation turned you off from other books in this genre?

    fortunately I have experience with the genre long before running into this clown.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Harijiwan Khalsa’s performances?

    absolutely not. what a joke. the guy threw a bunch of letters into an eastern sounding name and thinks he knows something.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Kundalini Meditation?

    I would delete the WHOLE thing. oh wait, I already have.

    Any additional comments?

    this guy makes the whole genre look bad. the genre is legitimate, but this fool isn't.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek: Spock vs. Q (Adapted)

    • ORIGINAL (54 mins)
    • By Leonard Nimoy
    • Narrated By Leonard Nimoy, John de Lancie

    Ambassador Spock travels back in time to subtly warn Earth's inhabitants of impending doom while calling into question humanity's priorities. However, before the truth is told, the all-powerful being, Q, appears and reminds Spock that he is prohibited from interfering in Earth's history. Besides, Q doesn't see mankind as something worth saving.

    David says: "Very different Star Trek"
    "Fun verbal banter between two star trek greats."

    This is definitely a stage drama in front of a live audience; know it for what it is. As such, I found it remarkably entertaining. The skill and presence of both actors that made these two characters great is well expressed in this venue, as both are clearly having a tremendous time with the exchange. It is full of heart, wit and laughter. They play anachronistically, using the current global green issue as the form of the interaction, while incorporating many nuances from the series as tidbits to play off. I would agree it is definitely aimed at trekkers, and would be most appreciated by that crowd, but as such it is very enjoyable.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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