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Diana

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  • The Horse in My Garage and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Patrick F. McManus
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    The Horse in My Garage and Other Stories is a hilarious addition to Patrick F. McManus’s existing work in humor. The author weighs in on his childhood, everyday life, and outdoor tales with his typical exaggerated commentary that will elicit a belly laugh from all types of listeners. Read about the antics of Patrick’s friends Rancid Crabtree and Retch Sweeney in such stories as “Shaping Up for the Hunt” and “Bear Hunters”, and much more!

    Diana says: "The Most Laughs from McManus' books despite flaws"
    "The Most Laughs from McManus' books despite flaws"
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    This audio book by Patrick McManus generated the most laughs throughout than any of the other books of his that I've listened to.

    However, even though the Introduction explained that this compilation came from a stack of unpublished stories, and that some of the stories would be similar to previously published stories, there was still what appeared to be a serious flaw in editing or proofreading. Yes, some stories were recognizable, although told differently - showing how an writer can use different takes on the same concept. However, I was baffled to hear what seemed to be the same story twice in this audio book.

    After listening to a number of Patrick McManus' books narrated by Norman Dietz, in the voice of an older man, slightly gravelly, it was a bit disconcerting to hear these stories, some of which seem to be told in the format of a man recalling his youth, told in the voice of a younger man. While Sean Pratt did an admirable job, with good timing to get the laughs, his voice has such clarity and lacks age, so it was sometimes a strange fit.

    I really enjoyed the fire watcher article and the story about making a history film documentary on a low budget. Of course, the rest of the characters were just as enjoyable as ever.

    Lots of laughs were evenly scattered throughout, and much appreciated too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clean: A Mindspace Investigations Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alex Hughes
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (477)

    I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars. My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it - real scary.

    Lisa says: "Some good, Some annoying!"
    "Bleak, could have used more imagery. some humor?"
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    I went ahead and bought book 1 and 2 in a 2-fer sale, and although I finished book 1 a few weeks ago, book 2 is still set aside.

    Some series improve with each book, and I hope that will be the case with this series . . . there are interesting ideas and the plot makes sense . . . I guess the authors that can slip some humor into the story line are more fun to read . . . there were a few bits of humor here and there in the storyline, but as bleak and dreary as the main character's life is portrayed, this story needed more humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It's a Wonderful Afterlife Volume 2: Further Adventures into the Flipside

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Richard Martini
    • Narrated By Richard Martini
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Volume Two includes interviews with hypnotherapists, scientists like Gary Schwartz and others, transcripts from LBL sessions, and controversial "conversations" with people who are no longer on the planet. The author explores his own unconventional journey to this research, and includes a between life session of his own. Extensively researched, breathtaking in scope, It's a Wonderful Afterlife takes the reader on a wild ride, across the yellow brick road, into the Great Beyond.

    Diana says: "A light-hearted interesting Consciousness book"
    "A light-hearted interesting Consciousness book"
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    Richard Martini continues his casual discussion of Consciousness as seen through his experiences with friends, or their past life hypnotic regressions, or by what experts have to say. I like the conversational tone and easy going manner.

    Some of the Consciousness-related books delve deeply into philosophy or physics and the books by Richard Martini give me a breather and some fun. I'm still struggling to understand some of the harder books, and won't review one until I finish it, and despair that I'll ever finish or understand (slightly) some of the tough Consciousness exploring books with all the speed of light, protons or electrons going through 2 holes, and discussion of space and time . . .

    It's a Wonderful Afterlife's 2 books, and the Flipside book before that, are a pleasure and easy reads and remind me what got me curious about the whole subject of a consciousness beyond our brain matter. Richard Martini has lots of stories, and connections, and it's fun listening to him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It's A Wonderful Afterlife Volume One: Further Adventures in the Flipside

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Richard Martini
    • Narrated By Richard Martini
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    It's a Wonderful Afterlife: Further Adventures into the Flipside takes a quantum leap forward into the afterlife, includes interviews with scientists discussing the source of consciousness, compares near death experiences (NDE) with between life sessions (LBL), and includes interviews with people who claim to be speaking from the afterlife. There are new between life sessions with astounding claims of contact with the afterlife, with experiencing God and understanding life's journey.

    elan says: "Insightful treatment of a dynamic subject"
    "A casual, friendly, conversational Afterlife book"
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    I like the casual conversational way Richard Martini narrates this book about paranormal experiences, the reality that is beyond the physical senses, and the continued Consciousness that survives beyond the body.

    Okay, it's so casual that if he flubs a sentence, he just stops and re-reads it. No professional editing here. But, that's okay. It's not like I've got a lot of people in my life I can talk to about these things, so I just imagine that I'm actually having someone talk to me about past lives, life between lives, consciousness that continues, the evolution that appears to be going on from life to life, the groups, and what experts have to share.

    There's a broad range of topics covered here, and because many of the stories related are peoples own personal past life hypnotic regressions, or interactions, much was new and thus interesting.

    I like these books, but do wish the photos were in a pdf, they sound interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures in the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By William Buhlman
    • Narrated By Arika Rapson
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Adventures in the Afterlife is a powerful journey of spiritual awakening; a bold quest for answers and enlightenment. The old assumptions of heaven are confronted and an expansive new vision of our continuing life is presented. After being diagnosed with cancer, William Buhlman, author of Adventures Beyond the Body, pursued answers to the mysteries of our existence after death. Confronting his mortality, he experienced profound insights into what lies beyond our physical body.

    Amazon Customer says: "William Buhlman as Always..."
    "A linear narrative format helps explain Afterlife"
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    William Buhlman's other books, his youtube or podcast interviews and talks, and his How To Have an Out of Body cd series have made me already familiar with his work. So, I wasn't sure what to think when he announced he was making a fictional book.

    But, after reading and listening to Adventures in the Afterlife, I "get it." Many of the experiences he has previously talked about are in here. And, like many other authors or teachers or experiencers of OBE in a greater reality usually not perceived by many people, the stories shared were previously offered in bits and pieces. By writing this book, William Buhlman was able to share various experiences in a linear fashion. This makes things a bit easier to grasp. Not that his experience was linear, but by this type of presentation, the "other side" was introduced in a more organized fashion.

    If you enjoy this book, be sure to read the books by Robert Monroe, Richard Martini, Michael Newton, Annie Kagan, Elisa Medhus, Gary Zukav, Eben Alexander, Brian Weiss, and if you want to dig deeper, want to "pop the hood, and see how it works" then read Tom Campbell - all these authors are on Audible.

    The great thing abut Adventures in the Afterlife is that it works to introduce people new to the concept of a greater reality, and also serves to make sense of all the bits and pieces people have heard from OBE experiences.

    Interesting listening, mind-expanding concepts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter Allison
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (323)

    Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!

    D. says: "Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!"
    "Humorous behind-the-scene look at safari guiding"
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    This isn't a laugh-out-loud all the way through the book type of humor, but it is a memoir done by a man who has made quite a few questionable decisions around wild animals, yet lived to tell his tales. And, he is humble enough to tell stories where he has been in quite a pickle. He is probably more expert with animals than he leads readers to believe, or one of the luckiest men on the planet. The humor comes from the stories that he tells at his own expense, a quiet, keen and gentle observation of animals and of humanity.

    The circle of life that is so obvious to people who live with wild animals was a bit of a shock to me, the births, seasons, and death of animals that come and go through the pages. Some of the animals with names, who had years of interaction with the safari guides, had personalities that are recalled and treasured by Peter Allison and made an impact on me. I am so glad that they are recalled in a book and that I could know them just a little.

    For anyone who enjoys animals, even if it just our domesticated dogs and cats, this memoir will be fun reading. For people-watchers, this book is just as fun since the people who came to take part in a safari came from all over the world, and Peter Allison described their traits or quirks with as keen an eye as he described wild animals.

    If you are pretty certain that you'll never be able to go on a safari in your lifetime, then reading this book is going to bring you very close to the experience. Without the bug bites, mice, dirt, heat, and snakes and large predators.

    And, not being an adrenaline junky, it was interesting to see the way a brave person thinks - both in deciding to do something I would never do, and then seeing how he managed to survive, and then look back on it with self-deprecating humor.

    Peter Allison has had a lot of exciting adventures in his life. I'm glad he shared them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strange Stones

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter Hessler
    • Narrated By George Backman
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
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    Full of unforgettable figures and an unrelenting spirit of adventure, Strange Stones is a far-ranging, thought-provoking collection of Peter Hessler’s best reportage - a dazzling display of the powerful storytelling, shrewd cultural insight, and warm sense of humor that are the trademarks of his work. Over the last decade, as a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of three books, Peter Hessler has lived in Asia and the United States, writing as both native and knowledgeable outsider in these two very different regions.

    Katherine says: "funny, entertaining"
    "Armchair journeys and expat living in China / USA"
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    This series of experiences shared in one book are a very enjoyable way to learn about China and some of the Chinese people encountered at a time when there is a great change in their country.

    The narration is Fantastic! because George Backman speaks the Chinese names in Chinese, so it is a fascinating listen to hear a sentence start off in English, break into the Chinese name pronounced authentically, and resume in English.

    Peter Hessler lived in China many years, speaks the language, and lived in neighborhoods where he was the only foreigner. His experiences with neighbors, businesses, authorities, and with other non-Chinese people living, working or studying in China are really interesting and sometimes funny and poignant.

    The book also includes his move back to the US west, and readjustment to American society and people. Which is also an interesting point of view and also a bit humorous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Josh Hanagarne
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (211)

    At first glance, Josh Hanagarne seems an improbable librarian. He stands 6'7", competes in strongman contests, and was diagnosed in high school with Tourette's syndrome. But books are his first love - Josh's earliest memories involve fantastic adventures between the pages of Gulliver’s Travels and a passionate infatuation with Fern from Charlotte’s Web. Everything in Josh’s life - from his Mormon upbringing, to finally finding love, to learning to control his tics through lifting - circles back to a close connection with books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Something Different, Something Wonderful"
    "Funny, poignant, human, embarrassing, & triumphant"
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    There have been some great personal memoirs written lately by people who walk amongst us, not rich, famous, or powerful, but simply people who share their lives. In comparison to some autobiographies I've read written by famous people, I have to say that the regular folks who have written their stories have written better books. (Well, with the exception of William Shatner . . . he writes a pretty good memoir)

    Josh Hanagame writes gracefully and humbly of his life and sometimes it is painful to be with him as he shares less-than-graceful moments, but other times I burst out laughing, and felt twinges of pride and triumph for him too.

    Books give us a chance to squeeze more experiences and thoughts into one lifetime, and I feel enriched by what Josh shared of his life.

    The narration by Stephen R. Thorne is perfect - he has a kind voice with a quiet undertone of humanity and humor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Far Journeys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robert Monroe
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (29)

    The sequel to Monroe's Journey Out Of The Body is an amazing parapsychological odyssey that reflects a decade of research into the psychic realm beyond the known dimensions of physical reality.

    Diana says: "You are more than your physical body . . ."
    "You are more than your physical body . . ."
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    Far Journeys is the second of Robert Monroe's trilogy and is my favorite. I've read the actual book twice already but listening to the audio version is a real treat.

    Kevin Pierce is awesome as the narrator.

    Journeys Out of the Body was interesting, but described Robert Monroe's observations when he was still questioning his experiences. In Far Journeys, this second book, there is more about his out of body experiences and Robert Monroe is a good writer. Even though I've read this book before, his eloquent usage of words makes revisiting his book just as enjoyable as before. I'm looking forward to the audio version of the third book of the trilogy, Ultimate Journey.

    This single book had a tremendous impact on my life and beliefs. It was a catalyst in a mind expanding search for more information and changed the way I spend my time . . . this life.

    I'm not certain this book is for everyone, but if a person is looking for answers as to why we are here, who we are, what we can do in this lifetime . . . there were quite a few answers in here (for me, your mileage may vary.) And, the story that winds through these pages is simply amazing.

    It's another of many books that are becoming available these days about Consciousness beyond the brain matter contained in our skulls.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3617)
    Performance
    (3373)
    Story
    (3368)

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

    D says: "The third druid"
    "Witty, Funny, and Hip fantasy series"
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    Lots of smiles and laughs in this series. Especially fun are the current references tied to books, tv shows, and recent movies - such as Star Trek, Dr Who, even the most recent version of Sherlock for example. This last book had me racking my brain for where I had heard the name Jon Snow before . . . and the references are just part of the action or conversations and could easily slip by someone . . . for example someone who has no idea what a Dalek is (as used when describing a dress that flared out like a Dalek . . . )

    Luke Daniels is great as the narrator - I really enjoyed his narration of a book called 600 Hours of Edward - and didn't realize it was the same narrator until reading some feedback. He is very talented and has a broad range. The only accent I had question about was the Scandinavian or some type of Northern, Snowy region accent that sometimes sounded like an accent of Pakistan or India. But I love his version of the Irish Wolfhound Oberon. I know people have commented that it is somewhat Scooby-Doo-ish but it is perfect for the series.

    I'm really looking forward to more books in this series. They are written smart and manage to lighten the heart.




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're It!: On Hiding, Seeking, and Being Found

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alan Watts
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (434)

    Life is the ultimate game of hide and seek... and the good news is that you're it! With the combination of playful irreverence and penetrating insight that made him a legend in Western philosophy, Alan Watts investigates the surprisingly liberating concept of "the universe as play" found at the heart of Hinduism, Zen, and other wisdom traditions.

    Doc S. Hodges says: "A life changing look at ancient philosophy"
    "Powerful observations - expanded my mind"
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    This is a compilation of lectures that makes for easy listening in small bites. Definitely worth listening to repeatedly.

    Alan Watts' voice is full of a positive energy, so listening to him speak is somehow uplifting. But, it's the ideas and observations he shares that gave me "lightbulb moments" and changed my perception or point of view, a little.

    Little seeds were planted along the way as I listened and I wonder what will come of them. In a way, I wish this kind of audiobook was listened to by many people, but I know that I wouldn't have been interested in this ten years ago, and perhaps a person interested in Reality Shows or what the Kardashians' are wearing might not be interested in observations on life, consciousness, and humanity viewed as a whole or individually.

    I guess this is a perfect listen for someone interested in why we are here, who we are, what we can do, how we can do it . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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