Joyful Mind Teachings
Well, obviously the author since she is sharing her thoughts and experiences.
No - and this was a lot of fun to listen to. The various accents she used as part of the narrative were done well (at least they fit their stereotypes) and the delivery was good for the funny parts, with good comedic timing. There were some smile inducing sections, and a couple of laughs.
Bend it Like Beck-I-AM (under some twisted cutlery)
This is an interesting book, somewhat similar to other books that include past lives, Near Death Experiences, Out of Body experiences, descriptions of the astral and beyond, karma, universal laws, auras, and pretty much anything that a skeptical materialist "pure" scientist wouldn't deign to investigate.
The teleportation portion is fascinating. The description one person made before teleporting of sensing the vast connective net all around made me recall another description in another Audible book of a person describing the same type of net and sense of Oneness as well as in other previously read descriptions of something called Indra's Net. It is interesting to read various authors, who are writing about paranormal experiences, and see strong similarities between their own or their subjects' experiences.
Each chapter has its own focus, and after describing and explaining and sharing the concept and experiences the author has had of a particular paranormal experience, he is kind and generous enough to share the wording of a self-hypnosis session that the "reader" or Audible listener can use to create their own session. In the wording, there are also suggestions to use New Age music to fill the silent pauses, such as "play New Age music for 3 minutes" before saying the next phrase. I think it is very thoughtful of Dr. Goldberg to supply the wording for the do-it-yourself readers. I'd read a snarky review about the "play New Age music . . . " phrase and just want to offer my opinion that it was a nice extra added to the already substantially informative book.
For those who don't want to create their own hypnotic sessions, there are some already made by Dr. Goldberg at his website. (Which needs to be updated - it still offers cassette tapes!) It's a good thing the actual hypnotic sessions aren't included within the book since many people listen to Audible books while doing things . . . like driving. I've bought some of the hypnotic sessions done by Dr. Goldberg and they are good - found them at the mp3 section of Amazon as a download.
The narrator was just okay. Too many words were mispronounced and after a while it was a little annoying. Didn't anybody listen to this book before it was made available or wasn't there an editor or producer who paid attention to this? Doesn't the reader have a dictionary? Has he honestly never heard these words before?
The information is good - some new and unique information to me - and I've read a lot of books in this area.
Jon Ronson is a very good reporter. His in-depth short stories are written, and read, with a sly and wry sense of humor. It is amazing how deep he delves into some stories, and how long he takes for some stories - months and years.
I wouldn't have been interested in most of the topics he chose to cover, but learned things that are kept out of mainstream media and that are good to know. Most reporters wouldn't be able to take the time it takes to do the stories Jon Ronson does.
There were a few laugh out loud moments in this audiobook, but for the most part the stories were captivating and fascinating.
Sometimes choosing an audible book to listen to is akin to choosing a meal from a menu. Something heavy and substantial? Something nutritious and good for me? Something delicious but fun?
This is a delicious but fun book.
If you just want some light reading, with some mystery and adventure, but with humanity and wit . . . this will work.
There are a couple of very good stories and a couple of very bad stories - which I ended up skipping because the poor quality was so annoying - especially the cliche romance style one - that one was just awful.
There were quite a few just average stories that I kept listening to, hoping for the author to kick into gear, but arriving disappointedly to an ending with the realization that hopes for creative ingenuity were wasted.
It must be hard to put together a collection of short stories from various authors. Perhaps an author or two will agree to participate and simply go to a file folder and pull out a story that was done in the past and dust it off and send it in response to a request for a short story - maybe it never got published for the exact reason that it needed more work. Certainly a few stories in this collection were not worthy of even a "C+" in a Creative Writing class.
The couple of good stories that were very good almost made up for the others. Excellent and tight writing. Hopefully introducing interesting characters and concepts for a longer book or series.
This is a good way to learn. Because speaking out loud in response to the questions is required, a person might prefer to do this at home alone, or in a car. I'm doing outdoor chores, so the horses and chickens and goats are all learning Spanish with me.
I bought the series, so this review is for the entire series. 5 Stars!
work as opposed to the masterful artistry of the Grimnoir Chronicles trilogy.
This book had a slow start and it took a while to get the characters in place. Reading this shortly after Hard Magic, Spellbound, and Warbound, the Grimnoir trilogy was a letdown.
The powerful imagery that provided descriptions for the imagination in the Grimnoir books - the virtual scenes, sounds, smells and tastes - weren't in this book and the characters ranged from about 5 to 8 on a scale of 1 to 10 in complexity wheras they were generally from 7 to 10 in the Grimnoir books. The imagery and characters in the Grimnoir books were well-developed, described, and complex with good and negative traits and after raising the bar, the Dead Six characters were just average and basic stereotype characters.
In Monster Hunters' first book the female love interest and interactions felt like they were written by a 14 year old, and in the Grimnoir trilogy there was a noticeable change toward a more sophisticated and complex interaction between men and women. The inner thoughts were also much more interesting and showed conflicts and personal agendas. In Dead Six, inner thoughts were predictable and basic. And, the one of the more explicitly written "love scenes" made me burst out with laughter. Back to the teenage boy writer - so cliche.
Bronson Pinchot is awesome as a narrator, but some of the foreign accents were a little off - and there were a few times when it sounded like he forgot which character used which speech pattern. And, the soft spoken helpless female voices . . . in real life women don't talk like that . . . and sometimes I ran the whispery spoken female sentences through my head the way real women talk and wondered why the choice was made to use such a speech pattern - why not let the women talk like they've got some backbone or brains.
The "free" first chapter of book two is a good marketing technique and it did make me want to buy the next book.
It was a good story, and an exciting diversion from educational books or boring work, but for me it was a "lowering of the bar" after the Grimnoir books.
Enjoyable and educational memoir, maybe a little longer and more personal than usual.
With people in the early remote viewing program getting older, it is good to clarify individual experiences, straighten out misconceptions, and to make sure the history of the remote viewing program is as accurate as possible.
This is not a book that will teach remote viewing, yet one can not help learning something along the way.
People who do Search and Rescue might be interested in the second half of the book.
an understanding of horse behavior and needs.
Mark Rashid is a good writer and deftly shares numerous training methods and problem solving solutions within memorable stories. The stories make for a good teaching method, making the ideas easier to remember and apply.
The pdf file of illustrations that are in the written book is a generous addition to the audio book and I downloaded, opened, and enjoyed all the illustrations first before listening to the book. As he told the stories, the drawing that went with it was easily remembered.
The original chapters of the first edition of the book, written some years ago, were read, then followed with commentary by Mark Rashid as he reconsidered his original training ideas. Most of the time he simply added more that he had learned in the meantime, and a few times he had changed his mind about a method and explained why and what he now chose as a better method. We all change over time and I like the way he chose to edit this book.
I don't like sad stories, but although there are some moving memories shared, they are meaningful and precious and not heart-breaking. There are a few hilarious moments shared too.
More people seem to be getting aware of better ways to treat and be with animals and it is trainers who are in the best position to further this evolution. Well, the "good" trainers, at least.
Mark Rashid's books are a contribution to humanity's evolution and awareness.
Graceful narration. Well done all around.
This is almost two books in one. The first part is the memoir of an astronaut, starting from a childhood ranch life in West Texas and then going on to education and career as a Navy pilot, test pilot and making career moves toward the Apollo astronaut program. Dr Mitchell is a good writer and there were portions of his recollections where I felt moved.
Dr Mitchell is also a concise writer - in that he doesn't say in 100 words what can be said in 20. So, when I got to the second part of his book, where Dr Mitchell shared what he had learned in his Inner Explorations, I was challenged to keep up and felt like there was smoke coming out of my ears.
As a layperson (no doctorate in any of the Sciences) who is interested in Consciousness, I've been reading and listening to scientists in various fields, mostly physics or medical, who have spent years gathering and studying data on that which might be considered paranormal, or metaphysical, or non-physical, or spiritual.
Tom Campbell, Rupert Sheldrake, Bruce Lipton, Dean Radin, William Tiller, Russell Targ, Hal Putoff, Eben Alexander, Brian Weiss, Michael Newton, Fred Alan Wolf . . . and more, but that's all that comes to mind off the cuff.
I hadn't realized how "dumbed down" their information had been until I listened to Dr. Edgar Mitchell's work. The authors/speakers I had previously been learning from explained more expansively and more step-by-step. Also, for those who had Audible books, the books were 8 to 20+ hours long. Dr. Mitchell covers a greater range of subjects in the same field but in half of what is already a short audiobook.
Dr. Mitchells' metaphysical explorations, data-gathering and conclusions seem to be done first-hand not just a compilation of other's work and data. The information presented is a distillation, thus the brevity and compact nature of his presentation.
If a "mainstream science" thinker is getting their first contact with the information provided by Dr. Mitchell, I understand the few negative reviews as they may be recoiling from ideas that some still mock or fear to touch - if only to preserve their funding or jobs or belief system.
If books being published are any indication, there are more and more scientists pushing outward the boundaries of science. Bold pioneers of thought, these are the scientists that make a difference for humanity.
I'm going to go back periodically to the second half of Dr. Edgar Mitchell's book, and hopefully with more study and application and time I will have a greater understanding of his distilled wisdom, insights, and theories.
This book covers a lot of territory - consciousness, dimensions, physics, science, nature, natural law (Universe, Earth, Human), behavior, mental abilities, responsibility, integrity, and much more.
For someone interested in spiritual development, there's food for thought here. Strangely, I wasn't expecting so much that is relevant today in physics and science to be part of ancient teachings. Interesting.
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