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Diana

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  • Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Dosa
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (69)

    Oscar the cat has a very special skill. An otherwise ordinary cat—he'd sooner give you his back or a sideways glance than curl up on your lap—Oscar has the uncanny ability to predict when people are about to die. Adopted by staff members at Steere House nursing home when he was a kitten, the three year-old cat has presided over the deaths of more than twenty-five nursing home residents thus far.

    Chelsea says: "Very -touching"
    "Human lives connected by an extraordinary cat"
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    Dr Dosa writes of his experiences in a care facility for people with dementia, and Oscar the cat threads in and out of the lives of the patients, their families, and the staff. He has taken on, somehow, the responsibility of being with the patient as their life comes to an end, and his presence has comforted their family members during the vigil at the end.

    The stories are meaningful, and Oscar's behavior is mysterious and wonderful.

    While Dr. Dosa was telling of the people with dementia, and his own health problems, I kept remembering another audio book I listened to by another doctor, called GRAIN BRAIN, where the author/doctor made almost miraculous improvements in people's health by having them remove grains, or grain related products from their diet.

    How many people will be able to avoid dementia, thus the effect on their families as well, by being aware of the hidden inflammation in their brains, nervous systems, organs, digestive system, and joints caused by all the wheat, gluten, etc. in our food system?

    In Grain Brain, the doctor told of even abnormal behaviors, such as nervous tics, or outburts, being caused by grain or grain-related products - people who were on pharmaceutical products of all kinds were able to be weaned off of them because once they stopped eating foods that caused negative effects, they got better. Sometimes amazingly quickly.

    Since a great many people with some genetic heritage from Europe are negatively affected by grains, if you read Dr. Dosa's book about Oscar's role in the final days of people with dementia, please consider then reading GRAIN BRAIN as well, while the effects of dementia are still fresh in your mind. The emotional devastation of watching a person lose their memory, as Dr Dosa shares, as well as the physical and financial toll it takes on caregivers and family is terrible. That it may be preventable with simple dietary changes is tragic if people don't know that.

    Making Rounds with Oscar is a moving book, well told, and because it tells us how hard it is to have a person lose their memories, it will hopefully motivate people to learn that it is possible to prevent some of this with nutrition and elimination of certain foods (GRAIN BRAIN, as well as other books on the effects of food on the brain and body)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Luck Hank: Prince of Suck

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven Campbell
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    An increasingly crippled Hank struggles to keep the various factions of Belvaille in check after the collapse of the Colmarian Confederation. Hank, as Supreme Kommilaire and Secretary of City, has several hundred police to try to maintain order among the millions of inhabitants on the space station while simultaneously preparing for Belvaille's first ever election.

    matt says: "Ol' Hank Strikes Again!!!!"
    "Excellent Narration made this worth listening to"
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    Well, the first 2 books were funnier. And, at least very interesting characters weren't getting killed off. And, there is an opening for another sequel. But, the writing has to come from the heart, and this book didn't have whatever the first 2 had. But, the narration made it worthwhile, and it was a busy story . . . entertaining at the very least, just for the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tears of the Giraffe: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (533)

    Now engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe must contend with the hostility of her fianci's unscrupulous maid, who quickly begins plotting the disintegration of the arrangement. Then an American woman asks for help to learn the truth behind her son's disappearance in Africa, and Mma Ramotswe has all the troubles she can handle.

    Barbara says: "A tender tale, sweetly told"
    "Enter a world of respectful and kind humans"
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    The books we read or listen to have an effect on us, and when I've had enough of crass or greedy behavior, I need to escape to comedy or a story where people are decent. This fit the bill.

    The story is interesting, and the writing is subtle and sophisticated in its observations of human behavior.

    The narrator is excellent and makes the story come alive.

    After listening to Alexander McCall Smith's books, I feel much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Myth: Programs 1-6

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers
    • Narrated By Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (561)

    An exhilarating journey into the mind and spirit of a remarkable man, a legendary teacher, and a masterful storyteller, conducted by TV journalist Bill Moyers for their acclaimed PBS series.

    Lucas says: "A series that changed my life"
    "Skimming human history and the meaning of life"
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    I loved listening to this conversation between two thoughtful and wise people, one who asked great questions, and the other who gave such interesting answers.

    When people have gotten old, and have spent their lives examining ideas and had time to think about what they have learned - and then share the good stuff . . . I want to hear the distillation from their brains.

    These six conversations were so fun to listen to. Obviously, skimming through human history in about six hours isn't going to make for deep study, but it does make for fantastic fly-on-the-wall listening as two great minds interact.

    A special and unique experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (453)

    From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. 'The terror of being found out.' For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work.

    Megan says: "You'll never look at public shaming the same way"
    "Jon Ronson sees and shows our Selves"
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    Jon Ronson sees and explains people in society very well. Usually he shines a light on individuals who have had an effect on society. This time we look at how society has had an effect on individuals.

    The internet has made the effect of behavior and opinion transact rapidly. The very real damage that has been either self-inflicted or inflicted by other individuals or groups of people who opine on one issue or incident has been examined via several lives that have been affected through the internet - which has made communications rapid worldwide and the cascading effects instantaneous and public.

    There are serious consequences and lives have been damaged. Yet Jon manages, once again, to convey irony and humor and manages to lighten the heaviness without insulting or damaging anyone further.

    The narration, as usual, is outstanding, and the stories are considered and make one think.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    Overall
    (5480)
    Performance
    (3844)
    Story
    (3878)

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Joanna says: "A quest for dreams come true"
    "Simple, good for a family car trip - not too silly"
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    Based on what looked like 4.5 stars, and of course, I forgot that the great reviews are on the first page and the not-so-great reviews are on the following pages . . . I spent my time listening to this book . . . wondering what was so great about it.

    I reached the end and realized I had just listened to a basic story, and there was no spiritual deep meaning beyond what would be normal to a story . . . dreams that come true etc etc.

    I should have read the second page of reviews and saved time. Basically it's a fairy tale that an adult can listen to, and kids too because it's clean without being silly. So, it's good for a family car trip, but maybe an adult wouldn't want to pick this over other books otherwise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4655)
    Performance
    (4262)
    Story
    (4256)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Janice says: "What does it mean to be human?"
    "Every 100 books, you find a really good one . . ."
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    This story is well written and wonderfully narrated. The plot, the detail, and the reading . . . if something distracted me for any reason, I would go back so as not to miss anything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Application of Impossible Things: A Near-Death Experience in Iraq

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Natalie Sudman
    • Narrated By Jena Petterson
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    This is an amazing true story of a female civilian employee of the Army Corps of Engineers in Basrah and Nasiriyah, Iraq. She was riding in a truck with men when a roadside bomb destroyed the vehicle. Her body was so severely damaged that there was no possible way she could live. She vividly recounts her near-death experience when she went out of her body, to the spirit world.

    Diana says: "Articulate and analytical Consciousness experience"
    "Articulate and analytical Consciousness experience"
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    This Near Death Experience is different than most, maybe a little more "technical" in the observations. It would still be interesting for a new reader of this topic, but the people who have read more books about expanded Consciousness, including Out of Body Experiences, will pick up on more of the shared and in-common details related here. So, in a way, this might be on a more advanced level in terms of describing a NDE.

    This is actually great for people who are interested in the intersection of expanded consciousness along with interests in physics, dimensions, time, entities-beings-personalities, the Self experiencing this lifetime, and the part elsewhere . . .

    William Buhlman's book Adventures In the Afterlife, and Robert Monroe's trilogy are a fantastic way to get ready for Natalie Sudman's book if you haven't done much reading in this genre. Natalie's recollections are sophisticated, detailed, and perhaps baffling to someone new to the idea of expanded consciousness and reality. I've read a lot in this topic area, and there are parts I had trouble with and this is a book I will have to listen to at least once more to improve understanding.

    Along with Tom Campbell's My Big TOE trilogy, Natalie Sudman's Application of Impossible Things would be in a category of "popping the hood and seeing how it works" books on expanded Consciousness and the human experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ultimate Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert Monroe
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (21)

    In 1958, a successful businessman named Robert Monroe began to have experiences that drastically altered his life. Unpredictably, and without his willing it, Monroe found himself leaving his physical body to travel via a "second body" to locales far removed from the physical and spiritual realities of his life. He was inhabiting a place unbounded by life or death. Out of the Body and Far Journeys.

    Diana says: "Some wisdom, updates, reflections, looking forward"
    "Some wisdom, updates, reflections, looking forward"
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    First off, just want to mention that the Narrator, Kevin Pierce, is so good at his job that it is easy to not notice how professional he is. And, the editor too. I always notice when an audiobook has flaws, and when the production is so smooth, it is easy to take it for granted. Kevin Pierce pays attention to what he is reading, so his voice is a perfect presentation of the sentence written. And, whoever edited this audiobook was paying attention too. It's smooth listening, and there are no annoying errors to distract from the listening.

    I have the actual book Ultimate Journey. I thought I had read it, but was often surprised while listening to the audiobook because it was as if I was hearing something new.

    I love listening to wise old people who have had time to think about what they have learned. In this final book of Robert Monroe's trilogy, he has had time to explore further, and updates us on previous explorations - the people or entities and places he has revisited - and what he has learned since.

    His writing is still beautiful, matter-of-fact, and rich in good advice, observations, reflections, and wisdom.

    The trilogy is a treasure for someone interested in why we are here.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Domain Expeditionary Force Rescue Mission

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lawrence Spencer
    • Narrated By Kendra Hoffman
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Army Air Force nurse Matilda MacElroy interviewed the pilot of the UFO that crashed at Roswell, NM, in 1947, who revealed that 3,000 members of "The Domain" were attacked and captured by forces of the Old Empire in 5965 BCE. They were given amnesia and sent to Earth to live as humans. The Domain Force deployed a mission to contact and recover these lost personnel from Earth. Amnesia/thought-control mechanisms are installed around Earth to ensure that it remains a secret prison planet under the control of the Brothers of The Serpent.

    Jordan Muheisen says: "Mind boggling"
    "Like North Korea from Outer Space . . ."
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    The narrator is fantastic - a lovely voice. Unfortunately, the narrative has a lot of repetition from the previous book. The entire book's format is presented as a debriefing of an entity who managed to escape a long term trap, thus the story line is very heavy on information in the format of indoctrination. I ended up having to relisten to the back end of the book a couple of times since I either fell asleep or started to daydream about other things.

    What I couldn't decide was if this book was most heavy on bureaucracy, military, religion, or intelligence propaganda. The syrupy references to their far away ("benevolent") leader and their ("superior") organizational system reminded me of how people of North Korea speak of their leader and country, always heavy on the loving praise - as if their very existence depends on correct and expected devotion and praise.

    The disdain for the "undesirables" inhabiting human bodies and disregard for Earth is creepy. The message is that pretty much anyone on Earth wasn't wanted in the rest of the Universe and were dumped because they were either criminals or non-conformists and free-thinkers. The disparaging attitude toward inhabitants of this "Prison Planet" is similar to the attitude toward natives when North America was first explored, had missionaries and soldiers come in, then settlers take over.

    This could be an entertaining few hours if you imagine you are in a classroom with the narrator in some uniform with a long wooden pointer, telling you what the history of the situation is, what the current situation is, what is correct to believe, what is planned, and how wonderful their side is (even though they can't figure out how to fix things and plan on leaving their workers trapped, have no regard for current occupants of Earth - unless some want to join them - and no regard for Earth - except for possible use in their invasion of more distant sites.)

    The undercurrent threading throughout is set to appeal for people who want to think of themselves as "special" and want to identify themselves as one of the missing and trapped entities. Belonging and believing appeals to some, so it might work.

    There is poor or no editing on this audiobook - was it too much trouble to actually listen to the "finished" audiobook before releasing it? Repeating sentences overlap where the reader stopped and restarted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alien Interview: Reader's Edition

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lawrence Spencer
    • Narrated By Lyanne Greystoke
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Copies of two letters, Top Secret military transcripts, and notes from the late Matilda O'Donnell MacElroy, an Army Air Force nurse at the Roswell Army Air Field 509th Bomb Group in 1947. In her letters she asserts that the transcripts are an exact recording of a series of interviews she conducted with an extraterrestrial being as part of her official duty as a flight nurse in the U.S. Army Air Force. During July and August she interviewed a saucer pilot who crashed near Roswell, New Mexico on July 8, 1947.

    dorota says: "Captivating and eye opening."
    "I don't know, but I bought the next book . . ."
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    Recent book purchases have had a thread of out-of-body-experiences popping up in the story line, and it happened in this book. Near the beginning, the nurse who is in telepathic conversation with the alien being recovered from the well-known Roswell UFO incident is told that she is going to be out of her body, and suddenly she was, experiencing a view of the room from above.

    This was to give her an understanding that the body is a vessel containing an immortal being. Then, the alien being proceeded to explain how it's own body is just a doll-like tool, about Earth and galactic history, biology, science, control of beings, an invasion of Earth by "the Empire" and subsequent removal and takeover of Earth by "the Domain" the group the alien belongs to.

    It's a fascinating story, and I've bought the second book, looked up the author, read the website, and also, by doing an internet search, found a pdf file letter by Bill Ryan of Project Camelot / Project Avalon stating that this is a hoax, with ideas rooted in Scientology, pointing out some discrepancies based on words not used in earlier times, and stating that the author has painted himself in a corner by presenting this as true.

    While listening to this book, I recalled a youtube video done by Jim Humble, titled The Story of Earth, and it was about how he played a part in selecting Earth to be a Prison Planet. Also, related to Scientology, reincarnation, past lives, and ancient high technology, and also controversial to some people.

    Many works of fiction are based on partial truths, and if I only look at this as a brilliant work of fiction I can feel secure that I am not gullible. The writing is brilliant, creative, imaginative, and meaningful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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