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Diana

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  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Naoki Higashida
    • Narrated By Tom Picasso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (842)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (752)

    Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, The Reason I Jumpis a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

    Janice says: "Cracking the code"
    "Viewing ourselves from a different angle . . ."
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    It's taken me a week to digest Naoki's ideas. First, the book is amazing. There were a couple of moments when I felt tears come, and others that made me laugh out loud. But, mostly there was wonderment.

    How articulate, how perceptive, how beautifully observant he is.

    What most struck me is how Naoki described thoughts, he observed that most people think in a linear fashion, and store and access memories that way. He said his memories are stored like in a pool (it's been a week so I don't remember the exact words, just the concept) - and that's why he forgets things he's been told over and over again.

    Also, at thirteen years old Naoki was talking about how most people relate to things because they are *in* Time and Space. Which, I assumed, meant that his consciousness had access to, or maybe more identified with?, a viewpoint that is outside of Time and Space?

    Naoki's observations on Time and Space, which is one perception or way to experience reality, were fascinating.

    I am glad that I heard this book, and feel it expanded my mind. It definitely touched my heart too.

    0 of 0 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
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    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.

    Croydon Kemp says: "Mind Blowing"
    "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.

    0 of 0 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
    (3330)
    Performance
    (3125)
    Story
    (3120)

    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.




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  • You're It!: On Hiding, Seeking, and Being Found

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alan Watts
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (396)

    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
  • Alan Watts Teaches Meditation

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Alan Watts
    • Narrated By Alan Watts
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Alan Watts has become known as the West's foremost interpreter of Eastern thought, and one of the most original philosophers of this century. Fortunately for us, he is also witty, articulate, insightful, very entertaining, and a pleasure to listen to. More from Watts.

    Karen says: "It's good, but..."
    "A Teacher teaches . . . about meditation"
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    Alan Watts is a recent discovery for me, and surely at the right time for me.

    Meditation has been a struggle for me. My perception of meditation has changed for the better from this short audiobook. Breaking aspects of meditation into components and their possible effects or usage makes sense and helps me as a student trying to learn a new skill by myself. The light undertone throughout his discussion is helpful.

    The internet has made it possible for me to find some very good Teachers and Alan Watts is a real find. I am still listening to another audio book that is a compilation of various lectures he made, and it too is really enjoyable.

    Alan Watts' voice is *positive* and energetic - it's fun to listen to him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11687)
    Performance
    (10897)
    Story
    (10907)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Today's blast from the past . . . fun listening"
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    I didn't realize there were so many iconic memory triggers in my life. The story line is average and the characters are good - nothing spectacular - YET, this audiobook was a lot of fun, and it just kept getting better as it went.

    The strength of this story is in the great detailed references tucked into the characters' journey (a virtual roadtrip plot in the version of a quest/competition.) I didn't know I had so much trivia tucked away in my brain cells and having these cells *poked* was fun.

    And . . Max Headroom! Wil Wheaton does an awesome Max Headroom!

    I was in the mood for something light and distracting and was hoping this book would work. It was better than expected.

    5 stars, just for all the happiness it brought as the story unfolded. It changed my perception of the past . . . made it brighter somehow.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Path: One Man's Quest on the Only Path There Is

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By J. Donald Walters
    • Narrated By J. Donald Walters
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The Path is a fascinating story of one man's search for the truth. J. Donald Walters (also known as Swami Kriyananda) recounts how as a young man he examined and discarded as false many of the promises offered by modern society. Eventually his searching brought him to the door of one of the spiritual giants of this century, Paramhansa Yogananda. The Path offers a wealth of practical and inspirational wisdom. Indeed, it holds for those seeking it the transforming power of a spiritual classic.

    Diana says: "40 minutes in, and still in his childhood . . ."
    "40 minutes in, and still in his childhood . . ."
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    Spiritual-, metaphysical-, and consciousness-related books interest me. I'd read some negative reviews on this book, so held off. But, thought I'd give it a try now.

    I have no idea who this man is, but also have no idea who most of the authors whose books I read. So, I thought I'd ignore the negative comments and see for myself.

    40 minutes into this audiobook we are *still* in his childhood and I have no idea WHATSOEVER what this man has accomplished and has to contribute to the edification of me or anybody else.

    Perhaps he has a brilliant observation that I would be interested in. But how long will I have to wait to get to it? Maybe he should have started with that and then gone into his detailed personal history afterwards for anyone who is interested. As a footnote. Or an Appendix. Maybe the linear approach is not the best for all books. We all have a childhood and most childhoods can be summed up in 30 seconds.

    I skipped forward a bit to see if it gets better, but gave up. Nothing interesting.

    At the same time I bought a couple audiobooks with Alan Watts speaking. The total opposite. Alan Watts talks about ideas, life, and makes brilliant observations that make for "light bulb" moments as I listen. I feel enlightened and expanded listening to Alan Watts share his thoughts.

    After 40 minutes of this audiobook I was wondering when I was going to find out what this man has to share - any Insights?, Observations?, Experiences?

    Perhaps they are in this audiobook, but I prefer books that GET TO THE POINT. Maybe this book is one where I should be enjoying the journey and not focus on the destination, but so far it's a boring trip, and I'm going no further.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Koban: Rise of the Kobani: Koban, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (179)

    The Kobani use captured Krall ships to return to Human Space. They seek expert training for their genetically modified fighters, modern weapons and new medical technology. There's a possible block to this help in the form of death penalty laws of the Planetary Union, prohibiting gene modifications of humans. A holdover from the Gene War, which nearly extinguished humanity. A perilous descent through a war torn planet's space defenses is a first step.

    Ron says: "Human genetic upgrades galore, Good Book"
    "Loved the speculative applications of Sci/Bio/Tech"
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    Really interesting series. Book 3 leaves off with a feeling that there will be a Book 4.

    Still miss those great sound effects from revised narration of Book 1. And especially in the middle of this book, where there was a lot of dialogue between humans, wished that more accents or perhaps regional distinctions in speech patterns were used. When there planets that were colonized by Japanese, or West Africans, or Russians, or Europe, or planets with names like New Glasgow, or Norwegian names, for example, there could have been more usage of regional accents to keep characters distinct for the listener. And, the aliens in Book 1 had such interesting speech. At one point in Book 3, the narration got so bland that one of the Krall aliens sounded just like Captain Mirukami. The sound effects of Book 1 would have helped keep characters distinctive.

    The interesting usage of science, genetics, and physics via the technology along with some creative twists make this series worth reading. The strength of this series is the imaginative use of futuristic tech and the creative worlds and settings. Medium strength is plot. The weakness is in the often juvenile banter between characters that are highly intelligent and strong minded and that once a character has a certain set of personality traits, that is where they stay. The same few quirks are not enough to make a character. They could be deeper, maybe a bit flawed, and thus show change and growth. They aren't quite as shallow as a cardboard cutout, but not quite 3-D either.

    Still, this is a very exciting series. Not perfect, but even in imperfection a lot better read than most.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Koban: The Mark of Koban, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (386)

    Already faster and more powerful than the last 17 species that they have destroyed or subjugated, the Krall have set their sights on humankind. After testing humans on their future home world of Koban and finding them worthy opponents, the Krall start a war of slow extermination with the rest of humanity. The war is intended to last generations as they apply their own version of "natural selection" to cull their weaker warriors in combat, purifying the Krall gene pool with their finest warriors for breeding.

    Douglas says: "One of the best stories in a long time"
    "The "science" in Science Fiction plus great plot"
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    This is an exciting series. Not perfect, but really interesting because a lot of thought has been put into technical and biological innovations and human ingenuity.

    The fantastic sound effects of the revised narration of Book 1 are missed. The banter between characters is still the weak point of the book, but the innovative uses of science, genetics, and tech stuff makes up for areas the author can improve on. Also, maybe the author can do less repeating and explaining of what has happened before or what is happening now and give the readers some credit for having some intelligence. It really drags down what should be an action scene to insert so many lengthy explanations and reminders.

    With regard to narration, the "acting" was very good. But, mis-pronounced words could have been caught by an editor - for example - the word "envelop" (to surround, like the atmosphere of a planet) was pronounced "envelope." But, this seems to happen too often in audiobooks and hopefully at some point someone will care enough to insert some type of editing or quality control in the creation process of audiobooks.

    And, it is strange to have characters from Book 1 lose their accent (like Thad going from an old gruff tough military man with a tinge of Eastern European or Russian accent in Book 1 to a younger man with a bland American accent in Book 2) In Book 2, too many characters without accents or distinct inflections in on a consistent basis made it harder to tell who was talking. Sometimes everyone started to sound the same. In Book 1 it was a lot easier to distinguish between characters.

    Yet, the story is so interesting, the concepts and surroundings and broad scope so fascinating that this is an audiobook that is hard to turn off. I'm looking forward to Book 3.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Koban, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Patrick Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (525)

    We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

    Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

    Richard says: "Well Developed Story Line, Well Developed World!"
    "Exciting and smart, great sound effects"
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    This is, apparently, a re-done audio version after too much negative feedback on the previous narration of book 1. And, it's excellent. I love the sound effects and especially the speech of the aliens.

    The story is exciting and manages to convey danger and death without having to go into great detail on gore . . . which is what some other authors seem to specialize in. Thankfully, the specialization in this story line is of human inventiveness when in a pinch.

    Like the recent book The Martian, this story kept me interested and amazed at how much science and tech know-how could be squeezed into a story line and only make things better.

    I didn't hear the previous version of narration to make a comparison, but this version's narration is good. My only wish is that there wasn't so much "chuckling" as people spoke. I never hear people chuckling in real life, and this book was full of it. Also, the "banter" written into the story line was the weakest part and felt awkward and often immature - which didn't fit since it was often between characters that had Ph.D's or were leaders.

    I'm already some hours into book 2, and have already bought book 3. Unfortunately, in Book 2, there is a voice change on one major character, Thad, who in Book 1 is introduced as a former Colonel of some other earth colony world, and speaks with an accent tinged of Eastern Europe or Russia. In Book 2, the character Thad suddenly has the voice of a much younger man with an American type of accent. (Note, as of this date, there *are* three books in the series, but if you click "Series" you will only see two books. Click the author's name to find the third book in the series) Also, in Book 2, there are apparently none of the great sound effects (so far at 6.5 hours in) that were in Book 1.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Luck Hank: Basketful of Crap, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Steven Campbell
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    Hank was a dying breed on the space station Belvaille. The criminal gangs that had once made their homes there were forced out by the corporations that had taken over since the facility became an Independent Protectorate. Instead of the gentlemanly gang wars that had once dominated the scene, and made Hank's services prized as a negotiator, the city was now plagued by the clash of corporate armies using heavy weapons. Even tanks roamed the streets regularly.

    Michael says: "Let the good times roll!"
    "Great Sci-Fi humor and action - lots of fun"
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    I love writing that can make me laugh. There's one scene written in this book that had me laughing really hard (Hank in the space shuttle going to meet the general.) The rest of the book is pretty even throughout with wry humor, wisecracks, and Hank's continuous self-deprecating viewpoints. It's awesome that Steven Campbell can keep up a high rate of humor throughout the book.

    The narration is good, and most characters are identifiable by voice, although the narrator is a bit limited in variety in comparison to Fisher Stevens or Bronson Pinchot. Liam Owen is perfect as the voice of Hank, with dry wit, snarky, sarcastic and long-suffering tones modulating Hank's speech and inner voice.

    It's a book that manages to be funny and still have an interesting and inventive plot and pretty good action scenes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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