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Diana

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  • Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dr. David R. Hawkins
    • Narrated By Dr. David R. Hawkins
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (250)

    The publication of Power vs. Force by Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., reveals to the general public secret information heretofore only shared by the author with certain Nobelists and world leaders. Analyzing the basic nature of human thought and consciousness itself, the author makes available to everyone the key to penetrating the last barrier to the advancement of civilization and science and resolving the most crucial of all human dilemmas.

    Paul says: "Great book, good audiobook...."
    "Interesting information that needs a pro-Narrator"
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    People are becoming more interested in Consciousness and are reading books related to this topic. Power vs Force is a very interesting book, well-written, with findings, sources, and interpretations concentrated without excess wordiness.

    And, after listening to many Audible books that used professional narrators, I got a bit spoiled and have expectations of enunciation, interesting inflection, and no hissing "S" sounds. Some author-read books come out fantastic - like William Shatner's autobiography, or Tom Campbell's My Big TOE trilogy. Others are okay. And some seem to undermine the author's work, like this audiobook.

    I hope this book will be read by a professional Narrator. It is simply too important to be cast aside because listeners can't abide the author's own reading. If the author had been standing at a podium, reading this book in front of an audience, he would have lost the audience. At times he sounds bored or as if he isn't paying attention to the meaning of the words he is reading but is reading automatically.

    With a deep gravelly voice that maintains a slurred monotone, broken only at times with the hissing of words that end in "S" letters, despite my intense interest in the words, I had difficulty getting the meaning of the words due to distraction and frustration. Only by the 20th chapter had I gotten used to the author's voice.

    Yet, I am going to listen to this audiobook at least one more time. The information and findings are fascinating. With the number of people who have been posting feedback with frustration on the reading voice, I hope this book will be re-read professionally and given a greater and more positive exposure to many people. It's a valuable work by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elvenquest

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anil Gupta, Richard Pinot
    • Narrated By Stephen Mangan, Alistair McGowan, Sophie Winkleman
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Stephen Mangan stars as fantasy novelist Sam, who is whisked off to a Tolkien-style parallel universe by a noble elf, a sexy warrior princess and a feisty dwarf called Dean. It seems that Sam's dog is 'The Chosen One' destined to save 'Lower Earth' from the evil Lord Darkness (Alistair McGowan).

    Wendy says: "Elvenquest"
    "Okay, sometimes British humor doesn't translate ."
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    Sometimes humor doesn't work for everyone, and I am not certain why. This series had good reviews, but didn't make me laugh.

    BBC makes some really good shows, so most of the time quality writing, acting and production is going to be the result. Yet, there may be cultural differences, or maybe it's just that humor is not going to appeal to everyone everytime.

    It was okay . . . but not worth getting the next episode

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    Luke Skywalker's game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he's a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there's no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot--and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there's no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.

    Amazon Customer says: "Adventurers with Daddy Issues"
    "Entertaining sci-fi story with great narrator"
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    I bought this audiobook strictly because I appreciate Kevin Hearne's work in the Iron Druid series . . . which has interesting plots, characters, historic research, and best of all wit and humor. Of course, I've seen the Star Wars movies, but haven't bought any other Star Wars books. And, I've been a life long science fiction reader, noticing that recent science fiction has become better with scientific details that enrich the reading experience.

    This story was good, but maybe I've become spoiled with the attention to detail that authors like Ben Aaronovitch, Stephen W Bennett, Andy Weir, and Larry Correia put into their writing. As a reader (listener) I enjoy surprising details that spice up a story and build the different world. There were some here, but not enough - and I've become spoiled by other writing that raises my expectations for imaginative details.

    Kevin Hearne's strength in his writing is the interaction between characters, which was the biggest weakness in Stephen W. Bennett's Koban series. Kevin Hearne is fantastic with his observations of subtleties under a spoken conversation - the expressions, motivations, and underlying emotions between humans - and in this book, with non-humans too - his writing shines when there is such interaction between characters. Thus, the main characters Kevin Hearne introduces have depth and are interesting, if they are main characters. Some interesting mention of other types of environments and characters were left 2-D, unexpanded.

    The story plot moves forward nicely, not twisty, but adventurous. The narration is fantastic and the sound effects are fun and appropriate to the story.

    It's great family-friendly entertainment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Koban Universe 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (92)

    Here are four stories derived from the same universe as the Koban series. Listening to the series is not required to understand and enjoy these stand-alone tales.Australian Krall: A fully gene-enhanced Kobani woman finds herself trapped in total darkness and underground, pursued by hundreds of slavering, semi-sentient, maniacally aggressive, and hungry aliens. Walk with her on the dark side!

    Amazon Customer says: "Collection of stories mssing from the main books"
    "Adventurous revisit to the Koban Universe"
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    After reading the Koban Universe series to date, I hadn't bought this little audiobook, the description didn't attract me. But, now I did and it is a lot of fun to revisit the same characters and settings. I hope there are other longer books in the works, and this was to just give the readers a little something in the meantime.

    It was great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 852hz Solfeggio Meditation: Awaken Your Intuition and Connect with Your Inner Light

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Glenn Harrold, Ali Calderwood
    • Narrated By Glenn Harrold
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (81)

    This is one of a series of meditation recordings by Glenn Harrold and Ali Calderwood, which are based upon the ancient solfeggio musical scale. Each note in this scale has specific healing properties. This recording resonates to a frequency of 852hz and is associated with the colour of indigo and the element of light. Glenn Harrold's acclaimed vocal delivery and guided meditation combined with Ali Calderwood's deep and moving soundscapes tuned to 852hz combine to create a powerful meditation recording.

    Karen says: "One of my favorite in the series"
    "Beautiful - woman singer's voice is a nice touch"
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    This is a really good guided meditation, and after having listened to quite a few of these, I realize we go through phases with them. Sometimes they do sound a bit alike. The very nice touch of the beautiful woman's voice that comes in from time to time makes this guided meditation different and I really enjoy how it serves as a lovely accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DMT and the Soul of Prophecy: A New Science of Spiritual Revelation in the Hebrew Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Rick Strassman, MD
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Carefully examining the concept of prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, he characterizes a "prophetic state of consciousness" and explains how it may share biological and metaphysical mechanisms with the DMT effect. Examining medieval commentaries on the Hebrew Bible, Strassman reveals how Jewish metaphysics provides a top-down model for both the prophetic and DMT states, a model he calls "theoneurology."

    Diana says: "The Old Testament . . . and DMT tie-ins . . . meh"
    "The Old Testament . . . and DMT tie-ins . . . meh"
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    Up front, I want to say that I used to be very religious and spent a lot of my time listening to the Bible be taught to me "Chapter by Chapter, and Verse by Verse" - at least 10 years of my life was very devoted to spending my time this way.

    So, as Rick Strassman's book brings up this or that verse, it's old familiar territory for me. But, it's like going back to a house you grew up in - it's smaller than you remember.

    The DMT experiences recounted by the test subjects, still fresh in my mind since I had just listened to DMT: The Spirit Molecule 5 days earlier, were attached to various verses in the Hebrew Bible (or the "Old Testament"), and the significance wasn't that much of an "aha!" for me and I must be missing the deep personal connection Rick Strassman is getting from putting these verses together with his research.

    About halfway through the book, I couldn't stand it anymore and purchased some comedies, like a palate cleanser, just to get some fun back into my brain. Then I got Graham Hancock's book Supernatural - which heavily references Rick Strassman's research work as presented in DMT: The Spirit Molecule and does an excellent job in finding similarities and patterns throughout human history of humans experiencing and interacting with similar places and entities - although the names may change from fairies to aliens. Supernatural is a superb and brilliant work and is a fascinating listen.

    And, yesterday I picked up where I left off in this new Rick Strassman book, back to old and sometimes contradictory biblical verses, and it was not a good listen.

    After listening to Graham Hancock's brilliant observation of patterns of similarity in Supernatural as humans interacted throughout our evolutional history with other dimensions and entitites, this latest work by Rick Strassman paled and seemed to be missing something.

    I really enjoyed DMT: The Spirit Molecule. But, not this book. Maybe I am not the right audience for this book . . . it was tough for Rick Strassman to pierce the force field of resentment toward religion that I now have. I realized I have a belief system in place that religion is limiting and controlling and as I listened to these old verses again, that belief system only got strengthened. And, I am trying not to operate under belief systems, so this book made me feel negative emotions - in particular . . . annoyed and irritated . . . and not at all did I feel as if I was learning anything interesting or new.

    Plus, the narrator has a nice clear voice, but it sounded like a reading of a textbook or the voice used in those old films at school.

    Sorry, this book is a "2" out of "5", but because I shouldn't let my personal negative feelings toward religion affect the rating, I am bumping it to a "3" all around.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Graham Hancock
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Less than fifty thousand years ago mankind had no art, no religion, no sophisticated symbolism, no innovative thinking. Then, in a dramatic and electrifying change, described by scientists as "the greatest riddle in human history," all the skills and qualities that we value most highly in ourselves appeared already fully formed, as though bestowed on us by hidden powers.

    bill mclaughlin says: "LISTENED TO THIS BOOK OVER AND OVER"
    "Snakes on a (dimensional) plane . . . and others"
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    I recently listened to Rick Strassman's, MD, book DMT: The Spirit Molcule and Graham Hancock's book Supernatural heavily references Rick Strassman's research throughout the book. And, because I had listened to John Keel's book Flying Saucer to the Center of Your Mind, it was a very enjoyable experience to listen to Graham Hancock tie together many similarities in human tales of fairies and such and current ufo abduction experiences.

    Also, his observations and gathered information on human dna is fascinating.

    But, most interesting of all were the similarities of humans experiencing the same places and entities throughout time, as is evidenced by ancient rock art all the way up to the reports by inner explorers upon their return after experiencing DMT.

    And snakes . . . lots of snakes reported . . . symbolic?

    Nicely narrated, this book was a fascinating listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Harry's Game: The Complete Series 1 & 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Andy Hamilton
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    It's not easy being Satan - thrown out of heaven by a vengeful, white-haired God merely for daring to voice the concerns of middle management and condemned for all eternity to listen to Edith Piaf and Elvis Presley. Still, there are new arrivals to welcome - the Professor, an atheist whose unerring optimism is a nasty blow, and Thomas, chairman of a privatised water company (so vile that Judas Iscariot starts calling him the Guv'nor).

    Mary says: "From Gary to Scumspawn in two easy seasons"
    "Clever humor but not laugh-out-loud humor"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5835)
    Performance
    (5237)
    Story
    (5268)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Something is missing, main character is unengaging"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By AudioGO Ltd
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (449)

    Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the fourth series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. By John Finnemore (The News Quiz, Mitchell & Webb).

    Mary says: "Laugh out loud"
    "Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha . . . Ha Ha . . ."
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    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rick Strassman
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (276)

    From 1990 to 1995, Dr. Rick Strassman conducted U.S. government–approved and funded clinical research at the University of New Mexico in which he injected 60 volunteers with DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known. His detailed account of those sessions is an extraordinarily riveting inquiry into the nature of the human mind and the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. DMT, a plant-derived chemical found in the psychedelic Amazon brew ayahuasca, is also manufactured by the human brain.

    Evan says: "A must-have for anyone interested in anything."
    "Scientific study induced Consciousness experience"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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