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Diana

Antelope Valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 104 reviews
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  • 265 titles in library
  • 152 purchased in 2014
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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
    (456)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (203)

    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.

    Greg says: "Good book – poor narrator"
    "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.

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  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (302)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "This is why I love books . . . a special find here"
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    People who don't read miss out. I almost missed out on this one due to the slow start of the story, but thankfully the book gained momentum after about half an hour or so, picking up more with each chapter.

    Peals of laughter from deep in my chest, lumps in my throat, sometimes tears in my eyes that were left from laughter or some emotion that was brought forth from the writing.

    In the movie Avatar, there is saying "I see you" and this is something that the author brought forth in this book again and again. We see humanity, with faults and gifts, angry, kind, childish, witty, mean, or compassionate. We see humanity through the various people described, observed, or met in this road trip, and especially in the unfolding of one character and the evolution of the other.

    I started out knowing this was a fictional book, but midway couldn't help doing an internet search just to make sure. Because I hoped it was not. But, it is.

    I hope the sequel will be put on Audible too. A book to bring forth the best in the reader as we are given moments to contemplate, be thoughtful, and maybe come out at the end of this book a little better for the experience.

    The funny parts were really funny too. I love it when an author can make me laugh.

    Excellent and perfect narration.

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  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (519)

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Tad Davis says: "Delightfully silly"
    "Enjoyable - especially liked discussion afterward"
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    This was fun to listen to, but what was great too was the discussion afterward with the Professor of Theater who discussed Oscar Wilde, his work, his life, and how this play fit with society and people's ideas in that era.

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  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11306)
    Performance
    (8180)
    Story
    (8185)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Looking forward to this series - great story"
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    Well, I clicked the "Series" word under the author's name and checked out the list of the books to come, and skipped to the last book listed, Book 15, and read a review there that makes me feel that this is a series that will be fun to listen to and shows promise with a good evolution of character.

    The first book in a series is not always the best, but this book shows me that this is going to be enjoyable. The ratings average of over 4.5 usually means I'm not going to be wasting my time either.

    Off to Book 2 . . .


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  • Terminal World

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (423)

    Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different---and rigidly enforced---level of technology. Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue.

    DAVID says: "This ain't your fathers Alastair Reynolds"
    "Far future bleak survival with non-tech zones"
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    I guess this could make for a good movie, or series, because there is something of an epic here. The author has a brilliant technical and physical imagination, and has done a good job of thinking out what the various effects would be for certain technical or physical situations and it's a lot of fun being surprised by the results detailed in the story.

    However, after a stint of reading author Larry Correia's books, this book seems lackluster in imagery and creating visual descriptions, characters and scenery. Terminal World seems to be a "B" effort instead of an "A" simply because there is so much lacking in sensual imagery. It's more like looking at a detailed blueprint than at the actual work of architecture - the beautiful building.

    The story does start off slowly, and because it is a bleak future survival story, I often stopped and went off to another book for fun then returned to this one. (While highly technical, this is a book low in humor, and I just prefer books that have either wit, sarcasm, or a skewed viewpoint to spice things up) In the latter half of this book there was a more hopeful storyline and I was able to complete the rest of this book - and the latter part of the book was better than the first.

    The narrator spoke quickly, almost too staccato in delivery, but had a clear and understandable intonation. Various narrators have different "accents" they can call on, and I was a little perplexed at the choices of a French and Jamaican-like accent for a few characters in a future that is at least 5000 years from now . . . but . . . okay. There are some narrators that excel at changing voices from character to character, and there are some narrators that excel at reading clearly. I think reading clearly is the strong point here and nice try with throwing in a couple of accents here and there.

    I'm sure there are technically-minded people who will love this book and appreciate it, but I'm giving myself a virtual gold star for at least finishing it.





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  • Protected by the Light: The Complete Book of Psychic Self-Defense

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dr. Bruce Goldberg
    • Narrated By James Killavey
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Are you being psychically attacked? Yes! Every day you are exposed to negative forces in the environment from cynical people, malicious people, media advertisements, noise pollution and many other sources. These psychic attacks can cause neuroses, physical illness, bad luck - even accidents. Another ten percent of these psychic attacks are due to metaphysical sources, such as black magic, demonic spirits, poltergeists and energy vampires. This is the first comprehensive guide to diagnosing, treating and preventing psychic attacks.

    Diana says: "Narration is strangely mechanical and distracting"
    "Narration is strangely mechanical and distracting"
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    I am interested in this information but so distracted by the strange narration that I cannot listen to this audio book anymore. I don't think I got past the first chapter. I did slide forward and listen to a few seconds of future chapters and think I would be interested in this information that is not widely available so will get the regular book version.

    The strange pronunciation of words, with words ending in a higher intonation at the end when normally there would be a downward intonation, the mechanical speaking rhythm, and weirdness of speech made it very difficult to focus on what was being said.

    Doesn't anyone check (Editor?) (Producer?) on the narrator's work? One bad narrator can have a negative effect on an author's years of hard work.

    Right at the beginning of this book there was a story of a client in the Los Angeles area, in the "San Francisco Valley" . . . hmmmm. Should that have been read as the "San Fernando Valley?"

    I try to be understanding and flexible about narration, but this is so bad that I cannot get the information I am interested in. At least not in audio form.

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  • Astral Travel: Your Guide to Understanding Astral Projection and the Effective and Safe Astral Travel Techniques

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By Bowe Packer
    • Narrated By Chris Brinkley
    Overall
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    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This practical guide is designed for those that might not really understand the astral travel and how it works and are looking to learn safe, effective and easy methods to astral projection. Believe it or not, there are safe and effective methods for out-of-body experiences. And I give them all to you within this guide. You will finally learn how to: Safely and effectively astral travel. Let's face it, if we don't know the methods and techniques to have safe astral travel then how can we expect to feel confident to feel safe with out-of-body experiences.

    Diana says: "Be prepared to take on new Beliefs and Rituals"
    "Be prepared to take on new Beliefs and Rituals"
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    WOW . . . . What I remember from this book: You can ask protection or ask blessings in a ritual form from some of these entities (I didn't take notes): God, Jesus, Ra, Isis, Thor, Odin, Angel Raphael, Angel Michael, Mother Mary, and probably more. Some of these entities are in charge of various cardinal points and in some of the asking you must hold your palm either down or to the side and move your arm either down or across your chest to make a symbolic cross motion. (Longer up and down if you are a Christian)

    You can mix salt with water (measurements given) and put it in a spray bottle and stand in the 5.4 Foot "exact" circle and turn around spraying the bottle, but make sure when you stop you are facing East (or was that north? or west? . . . I should have taken notes. There was something about North . . . I think Odin was in the North and was in charge of protection of the night entities or was that Ra in his fiery chariot crossing the sky? . . . )

    Is a person supposed to use up the whole spray bottle of salty water? If so, what if the bottle runs out when you facing the wrong direction?

    Important: You shouldn't Astral Travel if you are on a metal spring bed.

    Back to the 5.4 FOOT exact diameter circle. Since there are 12 inches in a foot - does the ".4" refer to 4 inches or forty percent of 12 inches? . . . it's hard to be *exact* without knowing that answer. There is a 50 percent probability that the protection circle could be made not exact depending on the answer.

    In all the books I've read about astral travel, the unseen dimensions, consciousness exploration, etc . . . this has the most layers of one person's personal belief systems and rituals overlaid throughout.

    I think there is an audience for this book - there are people who believe in and give their power over to named entities and find comfort in rituals and rules and association with Names and magic-ness.

    But for those people who are exploring the Greater Reality, seeking an understanding of why we are here and what *here* is, this book may feel like a step back and rather restrictive. The people who are Inner Explorers have also broken the bonds of belief systems and there is a lot of bondage to Names and belief in *their* power in this book.

    If you are seeking rituals and protective invocations and circles . . . this book is for you.

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  • The Workings of Energy in the Human Energy Field: A Psychic's Perspective

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Zorica Gojkovic
    • Narrated By Melanie Avalon
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The Workings of Energy in the Human Energy Field: A Psychic's Perspective is a short explanation of how energy works in the human energy field, the human aura, as seen by a psychic. Before there is matter, there is energy. The energy in the human energy field is the cause of the reality the person experiences. When a person knows how this energy works, he has an explanation of why his life is the way it is, and he has the key to how to make it different, if he so chooses.

    Diana says: "Can anything be *too* positive and loving?"
    "Can anything be *too* positive and loving?"
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    At the end of this short audio book there is mention that the author got an English degree and wrote something about the evolution of consciousness and something about physics was mentioned as being part of the research and topic. While listening to this short audio book I was sincerely wishing there was a bit more meat to it and less sizzle. Some inclusion of that research into physics that was mentioned might have helped. Perhaps another book in the future along that line would be nice.

    Maybe part of the evolution of consciousness is that New Age-y types are starting to read more about physics and Scientist types are starting to see how consciousness is part of physics. And, as in a Venn Diagram, there is an intersection where Consciousness and Physics are *observed* (ha!) together and both types of people are reading the same books.

    In other Audible books I've listened to recently, published in 2013 or 2014 on past lives, or Near Death Experiences, or Out of Body Travel, etc, some type of reference to physics-related descriptions keep cropping up. Some authors devote at least one or more insightful chapters to physics in these books. The cross-leakage between Spirituality and Science is becoming more evident. This Audible book is firmly inside the Spirituality circle only. It is a very Love-and-Light and New Age sweetness work.

    If a person is feeling down and looking for encouragement, wisdom, and knowledge of the energy body and what they can do to avoid or clear up negativity and for a beautiful loving Affirmation to use for protection and confidence . . . this will be a good choice.

    The narrator's young and sincere voice fit this book perfectly.

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  • My Son and the Afterlife: Conversations from the Other Side

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Elisa Medhus
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Dr. Elisa Medhus never believed in life after death. As an accomplished physi­cian, she placed her faith in science. All of that changed after her son Erik took his own life and then reached out from the other side. Intimate, heartbreaking, and illuminating, this audiobook takes listeners on an incredible journey from grief and skepticism to healing and belief. Based on Medhus's wildly popular blog, Channeling Erik, My Son and the Afterlife provides answers to the most universal questions of being human.

    Diana says: "Consciousness, Reality, Why are we here"
    "Consciousness, Reality, Why are we here"
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    Open-minded skeptics will find this informative.

    Elisa Medhus stated at the beginning of this book that after her son's death she read and researched books about the afterlife.

    She specifically mentioned Tom Campbell's work, which I also find useful. (He is the author of the My Big TOE trilogy and has over 200 youtube videos to learn from)

    The format of the book seems to be in chapters that are on a particular topic to do with what happens after death, or some aspect of reality beyond what most people are familiar with.

    Within the chapters are transcripts of basically three people: the author, a "translator" (a medium who can see and converse with her son) and her son.

    The questions the author brings to the many sessions are very good questions. Some of the follow up questions are perfect. I've read books to do with Consciousness and the construct of reality, why we are here, past lives, reincarnation, near death experiences, out of body travel to the astral and beyond, and some physics or science books related to these subjects, and have had some of these same questions. I'm so glad to have found this book and get quite a few questions answered.

    The last portion of the book answered some pretty important questions people often have - such as what about animals, plants, rocks - do they have consciousness or souls - what about God? - what about Jesus? - what about other famous enlightened people - Budda? Gandhi? others? what about angels - more really interesting information about animals (like our pets who can be with us through various lives and even multiple times in one lifetime) and also about those that endure suffering - and what about suffering people? what about these physics theories? what about telepathy? or that tunnel? or what about people who believe this or that or nothing at all?

    Sometimes the chattiness of the transcribed conversations did get a tad annoying, but it was a whole lot better than stuffy science wording. So, unless the target audience is conservative scientists who need to open up their limiting belief systems, the book is just fine. The foul language didn't upset me and was simply true to the transcripts.

    Mentioned at least twice in this book was the 3-dimensional net like system on the "other side" with interesting comments about that.

    Excellent and informative.

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  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1578)
    Performance
    (1487)
    Story
    (1495)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "Top notch plot - continuation with great new ideas"
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    This series is so exciting. The author's imagination and deft ability to describe action and visuals make each book fun to experience. And,the writing is tight.

    What creative descriptions, done so smoothly that the exciting story flows with bends, twists, and deeper layers added to previously introduced characters.

    I'm glad to have reached the last of this series, although it is left off in a "to be continued" ending with two characters ending the book with a conversation alluding to a plan they are working on.

    I didn't mean to read the past few books in a row, in a self-indulgent binge, but they are like potato chips . . . can't eat/read just one.

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  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3553)
    Performance
    (3293)
    Story
    (3301)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Sandi says: "What A Shock..."
    "Great writing that gets even better with each book"
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    This is not a book series I would have ever imagined I would be interested in - the covers and the concept - monsters, guns, good vs evil via imperfect but brave people . . . I was too snobby for this kind of book series . . . but no more.

    The Monster Hunters International series is way too fun. The writing, the imagery, the intricate plots that manage to play out over time in the series of books . . . I'm glad I read the reviews and decided to give the first book a try, and then eventually come back to the second and continue on from there.

    Some of the "educational" type of books I get on Audible take work and thinking and concentration. Fun books are a reward. Larry Correia's books are a lot of fun . . . yet I am still baffled that I am able to handle these books. When television commercials for scary movies would start I would quickly change the channel. Perhaps it is the undercurrent of humor and humanity and the viewpoint of heroism that makes even the *scary monsters* in these stories easier to handle. (Plus there's no creepy music like in the movie trailers)

    Sometimes I wish more characters were a bit deeper with added descriptions and personality flaws. The mastery Larry Correia shows in describing settings or action or plot could be applied a little more to giving characters more dimension. Some of the British authors I've read earlier this year were outstanding at giving characters finer definition with a few nuanced words.

    The humor and self-deprecating wit laced throughout take the edge off the scary monster parts. The author's writing tightens up with each book. The narrator makes it fun and even throws in some sounds that made me laugh out loud.

    A fun diversion from real life. A tad addicting.

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