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  • 7 reviews
  • 17 ratings
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  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • The Power of Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

    Kosmas says: "I'm so glad I got this book!"
    "Mandatory reading"

    If you are at all interested in who you are, you must read (or listen to) this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jesus Rediscovered

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Muggeridge
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson

    In addition to being one of the most important literary figures of the 20-century, Malcolm Muggeridge is an authentic Christian mystic. Though openly admitting he is not a theologian, his life embodies a deep and wonderful communion with God. This work includes his thoughts and reflections upon the Christian religion. It represents, in his words, "a sustained effort of one aging, 20-century mind to give expression to a deep dissatisfaction with prevailing contemporary values and assumptions, and an abiding sense, ever more overwhelming in its intensity, that there is an alternative - an alternative that was first propounded 2,000 years ago near the Sea of Galilee, was fulfilled on the hill called Golgotha and in the events that followed and, despite all the villainies and ups-and-downs of history, has been the glory of 2,000 years of Christendom."

    Alan Rither says: "Muggeridge Rediscovered"
    "Different but good"

    I loved this book. It's a bit different though - the author has some pretty unusual views on what being a Christian is, he's in the mystic camp for sure (which is just fine in my view). The book is a collation of speeches, essays and lectures, with some bits that were written to lay out a topic specifically for the book. The narrator has a very posh, old fashioned British accent and reads the work as if it was his own - I thought it was great, but if posh is not your scene it might not be that enjoyable - listen to a sample before you buy. Also, the author has some very strong opinions and these are often expounded a bit too far, and there is quite a bit of repetition on some topics.
    Great listen overall

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Karen Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From one of the world's leading writers on religion and the highly acclaimed author of the best-selling A History of God, The Battle for God, and The Spiral Staircase, comes a major new work: a chronicle of one of the most important intellectual revolutions in world history and its relevance to our own time.

    Laura says: "Fills in the blanks"
    "An excellent piece of work"

    A great, concise history of our religious traditions covering China, India, Israel and Greece. I found the balance of presentation of fact and analysis perfect, there is no forced agenda here, and there is more than enough room for your own thought and conclusions. There is no doubt much more to be read concerning this topic, and the reader is left with enough knowledge to pursue any further investigations they may want to.
    The book is an epic listen, and if your purposes are informational then it’s a great bet. If you are more inclined to study the material I would suggest the printed version, (as I will be purchasing) mainly for notes and also for what must be a massive bibliography.
    The work is read by the author and she does a fantastic job, even paced and well spoken.
    I'll be spending more time with this book.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Anne Lamott
    • Narrated By Anne Lamott

    What does it take to be a writer? What does it mean to live a writer's life? This instruction book gives the answers to these questions, ranging through all aspects of writing - from faith, love, and grace to pain, jealousy, and fear.

    Colin says: "Wonderfully honest and funny"
    "Wonderfully honest and funny"

    When I first heard her reading style, I thought, "Oh no, this is going to be the audio equivalent of eating a box of chalk – dry, tasteless and really hard to get down". But, as it turned out, she's really funny in a monotone kind of way and has some useful, straight advice.
    I like her perspective on writing.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte's Web

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By E.B. White
    • Narrated By E.B. White, George Plimpton

    Since its publication in 1952, Charlotte's Web has become one of America's best-loved children's books. For fifty years, this timeless story of the pig named Wilbur and the wise spider named Charlotte who saved him has continued to warm the hearts of readers everywhere. This 1953 Newbery Honor Book comes to life in a delightful unabridged recording, read lovingly by the author himself.

    Richard says: "Some book"
    "Dry, like eating flour"

    This may be a great story, but its presentation here is untenable. The author reads the work and does a very bad job. There is no life in the story. It's a pity though, with such talented narrators available, that it should have turned out this way. The author should stick to authorship and leave narration to someone more gifted.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Gnostic Gospels

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver

    The Gnostic Gospels provides engaging listening for those seeking a broader perspective on the early development of Christianity. Author and noted scholar Elaine Pagels suggests that Christianity could have developed quite differently if Gnostic texts had become part of the Christian canon.

    Colin says: "A must-read"
    "A must-read"

    There is so much to know about Christ, the origins of the Christian faith, and how it turned out the way it has.
    Unfortunately for a great many reasons the contents of these and probably many other texts have been hidden from the world for hundreds of years and its great to have these particular ones set out so well in their greater context.

    This book introduces and suggests things that most Christians (or anyone for that matter) would never consider a possibility, enhances many pieces of understanding and severely challenges others.
    There's no new religion here, but the one you had is supplied with some interesting additions!

    Dr Pagels' extensive subject knowledge of the texts of the Nag Hammadi library as well as other historical, political and religious sources, brings up some key questions and facts, attempts to answer them in light of a far wider body of evidence and leaves the reader wanting to continue the study...
    Which is possibly the best thing a book like this can do

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Czech in 40 Minutes: Learn to speak Czech in minutes with Collins

    • UNABRIDGED (36 mins)
    • By Collins
    • Narrated By Collins

    With Prague and Eastern Europe becoming an ever popular destination,this download provides the perfect opportunity to hear and practise Czech before you go. The phrases are kept short and simple so that by listening two or three times, you can pick up the essentials of the Czech language.

    Colin says: "Effective Introduction"
    "Effective Introduction"

    Great little book to get you going in Czech. I found it very well presented and easy to follow. This is a survival guide though, no theory etc, don't expect to be speaking more than broken Czech after using this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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