tall, first you must be short . . . to be happy, first you must be sad . . . (or something like that . . . )
I had heard so often and read so many times recommendations and references to the book of wisdoms by Lao Tzu. So, I was pleased to find it on Audible. And listened to it right away.
But, since I've been listening to a number of books on the topics of meditation, mindfulness, and some touching on consciousness . . . too many of the books have had Zen or Buddhism leanings or teachings inserted or running through as a thread and I have sincerely come to dislike those strange little short stories where someone usually asks "But, What does it mean Master?" (of course, there never is an answer given because we are supposed to figure it out ourselves . . . )
The great reviews have always come from people who can meditate. If I ever get good at meditating, maybe these sayings will resonate with me. At this point I'm not, so they don't.
There were some British references I didn't "get" in this radio comedy - and I think I laughed out loud only twice for the whole listen.
There was a lot of clever over-the-top humor written throughout. I suppose that was a laugh track being used, because I rarely agreed with the laughter supplied.
Still, I admire well-delivered clever and witty remarks, and there were some - but not enough to buy the next download.
I hope I can return this audiobook - I've struggled through almost 4.5 hours of it, hoping that the story would kick in and get my interest - but it's not happening. And, it is a 19 hour book and I have no interest in investing any more time into this.
The main character is so 2-dimensional that it is hard to have any empathy with him. The story is dark and the descriptions of scenery and events and people just need something . . . more . . . to be interesting.
I see that this book got many awards - maybe the good stuff comes further into the story - but no more for me thank-you-very-much. Not every book works for every reader / listener, and in this case, it just didn't work out. Even the much praised multi-cast reading is just okay.
For 4.5 hours of time, not much has happened of any interest in this story, and there's no point in going further.
Funny, "Brilliant!", clever . . .
If you are feeling stressed, or are bored, or need some laughs and entertainment . . . and "get" British humor (which isn't that different after all)
this is one way to brighten your day . . .
I got the series, from 1 to 4, but it looks like there might be some individual episodes available as extras. Found a Christmas special that sounds like it wasn't in the series . . . so fun continues for a little bit more.
Great writing . . . excellent acting . . . funny . . . made me laugh out loud quite a few times
I'd been wanting to listen to this book, but so many of the Consciousness study books bog me down with physics, philosophy, or science and I have quite a few that I am having to go back to again and again and still haven't finished because I either can't comprehend them or they are eye-glazers.
Thankfully, DMT The Spirit Molecule is written in an easy-to-understand narrative style. Of course, like many of the "left-brain" MD or PhD authors, the first few hours of the audio book are spent laying out a scientific and educational foundation on the topic to be covered. Defining terms, giving the history, and current state of things . . . then getting to what happened in their own work.
As with other books I've read by researchers, there is a lot of bureaucracy and some politics involved with studies done in areas at the edge of the accepted norm, and it is amazing any meaningful research ever gets done to push the "cutting-edge" out further. The frustration translated to me, the reader/listener. And, it is a similar theme to Candace Pert's book Molecules of Emotion, another book called The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz, and Science Set Free by Rupert Sheldrake.
The experiences the DMT injected volunteers related upon "return" were interesting. I had heard descriptions before of some of the entities, but never of "spider people" - yet the day after I finished the book I saw a photograph of some ancient rock art and there was one of the entity types I had previously heard of, and which were mentioned in this book, AND there were some drawings of entities that could be called spider people.
The narrator made this book easy to listen to. And the writing was great, with a human touch and interesting personal reflections. Unlike some of the other scientifically-written Consciousness-related books I've bought I was able to finish this in 2 days, because the writing is so interesting and understandable, while other books have languished for months.
Because I am awaiting the next Iron Druid book, the comparison to Iron Druid got me to buy this book. About 3 hours in, having to go back and relisten to parts I had missed because I started to daydream or nod off . . . I give up.
The writing is plain - lacking in surprising details - barely a fleshed out story outline.
The humor is off. I know I am expected to laugh or smile, but it falls flat and I just notice how it didn't work like it was supposed to.
The narration is fast, clipped, and constantly at a high energy pace. But, life isn't like that, there are moments when people are reflective, sad, moody, snarky, cunning, compassionate . . . and a good narrator changes the pacing to reflect that.
The story doesn't draw me in. Everything and everybody is too simple. Perhaps this is good enough as a children's story.
And, there just isn't the wit and cleverness of author Kevin Hearne of the Iron Druid series. No way. Unfortunately for this author, Benedict Jacka, I've just come off a series binge of Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant / River books - full of clever and surprising descriptions and observations and 3-D characters and interesting plot twists - and that's partly why this book is Soooo Boring. It's like going from an A-List to a B minus-List author.
And, unfortunately for this narrator, Gildart Jackson, I've just spent a week listening to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, (who one listener claimed they would be happy just listening to him read the phone book.) And, yes, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is an awesome narrator who can do a multitude of character voices and subtle nuance and can "act" out a scene and entertain listeners. So, now I have higher expectations of a narrator, and unfortunately for Gildart Jackson, I have Kobna Holdbrook-Smith fresh in my mind to make comparisons.
So, having bought this book with high expectations that weren't met, I sadly give up and move on. Waiting for the next Iron Druid book, and impatiently waiting for the next book featuring Peter Grant that is narrated by the awesome Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.
A surprisingly interesting coverage of the differences between introverts and extroverts, how our society works, and what each has to offer.
Sometimes I'll get an *educational* book and listen to it more out of a dutiful goal of wanting to improve a base of knowledge.
This book was fascinating and listening to it was an eager-for-the-next-bit experience. It is a book that could make a difference for individuals, as well as for schools, companies, and pretty much any group of people that need to interact with people, including families.
A nicely written short story, but I've gotten used to the Iron Druid narration by Luke Daniels, and it was hard to accept a different version of the characters.
The Iron Druid series' humor comes from Oberon, and Luke Daniels' talent at bringing humor through in his reading style was sorely missed, especially when Oberon was *talking* in this story.
This is a great audio series! I do feel guilty though. I had paperwork to do today and instead indulged in listening to this audiobook, simply doing menial chores so I could pay attention. This series isn't of books that can be listened to "in the background" because of the author's beautiful attention to details. Some of the audio books I listen to are not worth backing up to catch a paragraph or two that I may have missed, but the Peter Grant series of books are so intriguing that if there is an interruption or distraction, I go back and listen to sections again.
The narration is fan-tas-tic and is a huge part of what makes this a successful audio series. The wrong narrator could have left this series languishing. Plus, the production is professionally done, making the experience an enjoyable escape.
I finished this book in one day. I prefer to buy book series that are already completed, so am unfortunately going to have to wait for the next one. But, the first five books have been a lot of fun . . . I'm so looking forward to the next Peter Grant book.
This is such an entertaining series of books. Ben Aaronovitch's writing has a light and humorous undercurrent. The descriptive scenery, attention to detail, insightful observations, and brilliant conversations keep the listener's interest.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is wonderful with the distinctive character's voices and acting. There is no rote reading of a book here. The only flub up on the narration was in a past book with an odd American accent. But, I still rate Holdbrook-Smith as a 10 out of 10 narrator, very strong in acting ability and with a range of accents that still holds true when voicing conversations between a man and a woman. What awesome talent!
This is a wonderful book series that has been greatly enhanced by being matched with the perfect narrator.
Additionally, this is a professionally turned out audio series. I enjoy the musical interludes between chapters.
If a person is looking for an entertaining book series, with interesting plots and characters, with consistently clever ideas being tossed to the listener, the Peter Grant series is one I highly recommend.
A very enjoyable series, with an author gifted in observing and describing the details of our surroundings, of people, and in the weaving of intricate historical and societal threads.
The narrator is superb.
There is humor and heart throughout.
Professionally presented. An exceptional example of how entertaining an audiobook can be.
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