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Diana

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  • The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (620)

    For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high-tech brain scans devised by physicists. Now what was once solely the province of science fiction has become a startling reality. Recording memories, telepathy, videotaping our dreams, mind control, avatars, and telekinesis are not only possible; they already exist.

    Gary says: "More breadth than depth"
    ""The brain is a machine" might be a limiting view"
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    Some very interesting developments in the exploration and understanding of the human brain. Some of the applications of what is learned is great for people with disabilities. Other applications can enhance human bodies. Some applications can be frighteningly used to extract information or to control. Taking in the patterns across a number of brains for the same information is an interesting way to understand how to read (or send) information (the mechanistic version of telepathy or teleportation)

    However, after listening to other Audible books about scientific exploration and consciousness, there is an impression of science in black-in-white from most of this book while there is already science in full color. Or, science in a box, while some scientists have already ventured beyond in-the-box thinking.

    Surprisingly, the double-slit experiment was better explained near the end of the Audible book by Jim B. Tucker, Return to Life instead of here, by a physicist. The significance of the double-slit experiment to Consciousness was beautifully applied in Jim Tucker's second to last chapter. In Michio Kaku's book The Future of Mind, consciousness is defined simply and is very limited. In another Audible book, My Big TOE author Tom Campbell describes Consciousness in a much broader definition across a trilogy of books, and goes beyond a Physical Matter Reality to describe how PMR is one of many such subsets of a greater Non-Physical Matter Reality, or NPMR.

    There are a number of scientists and authors who have spent decades studying Consciousness in a way that goes beyond the brain material that resides in the skull. After being exposed to their books, it feels like looking backward to have listened to this book.

    Eben Alexander's book Proof of Heaven does much to refute the very limited consciousness and brain viewpoints espoused in this book by Michio Kaku, And in the audio cd set Seeking Heaven, also with Eben Alexander's input, there are some gracefully and powerfully articulated viewpoints on scientists who are missing the big picture with their mechanistic views on consciousness.

    This book seemed so restricted and dismissive in some points of the very real work of scientists researching what materialistic mechanistic reductionist scientists won't deign to examine. Rupert Sheldrakes' audio book Science Set Free would be another I would like to recommend as an examination of this problem in science where skeptical or dismissive scientists limit what they will consider. Other Audible audio books that illustrate science that has been limited or controlled by another factor, money interests, are Salt,Sugar, Fat and The Big Fat Surprise.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Koban Universe 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (89)

    Here are four stories derived from the same universe as the Koban series. Listening to the series is not required to understand and enjoy these stand-alone tales.Australian Krall: A fully gene-enhanced Kobani woman finds herself trapped in total darkness and underground, pursued by hundreds of slavering, semi-sentient, maniacally aggressive, and hungry aliens. Walk with her on the dark side!

    Amazon Customer says: "Collection of stories mssing from the main books"
    "Adventurous revisit to the Koban Universe"
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    After reading the Koban Universe series to date, I hadn't bought this little audiobook, the description didn't attract me. But, now I did and it is a lot of fun to revisit the same characters and settings. I hope there are other longer books in the works, and this was to just give the readers a little something in the meantime.

    It was great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 852hz Solfeggio Meditation: Awaken Your Intuition and Connect with Your Inner Light

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Glenn Harrold, Ali Calderwood
    • Narrated By Glenn Harrold
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (81)

    This is one of a series of meditation recordings by Glenn Harrold and Ali Calderwood, which are based upon the ancient solfeggio musical scale. Each note in this scale has specific healing properties. This recording resonates to a frequency of 852hz and is associated with the colour of indigo and the element of light. Glenn Harrold's acclaimed vocal delivery and guided meditation combined with Ali Calderwood's deep and moving soundscapes tuned to 852hz combine to create a powerful meditation recording.

    Karen says: "One of my favorite in the series"
    "Beautiful - woman singer's voice is a nice touch"
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    This is a really good guided meditation, and after having listened to quite a few of these, I realize we go through phases with them. Sometimes they do sound a bit alike. The very nice touch of the beautiful woman's voice that comes in from time to time makes this guided meditation different and I really enjoy how it serves as a lovely accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DMT and the Soul of Prophecy: A New Science of Spiritual Revelation in the Hebrew Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Rick Strassman, MD
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Carefully examining the concept of prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, he characterizes a "prophetic state of consciousness" and explains how it may share biological and metaphysical mechanisms with the DMT effect. Examining medieval commentaries on the Hebrew Bible, Strassman reveals how Jewish metaphysics provides a top-down model for both the prophetic and DMT states, a model he calls "theoneurology."

    Diana says: "The Old Testament . . . and DMT tie-ins . . . meh"
    "The Old Testament . . . and DMT tie-ins . . . meh"
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    Up front, I want to say that I used to be very religious and spent a lot of my time listening to the Bible be taught to me "Chapter by Chapter, and Verse by Verse" - at least 10 years of my life was very devoted to spending my time this way.

    So, as Rick Strassman's book brings up this or that verse, it's old familiar territory for me. But, it's like going back to a house you grew up in - it's smaller than you remember.

    The DMT experiences recounted by the test subjects, still fresh in my mind since I had just listened to DMT: The Spirit Molecule 5 days earlier, were attached to various verses in the Hebrew Bible (or the "Old Testament"), and the significance wasn't that much of an "aha!" for me and I must be missing the deep personal connection Rick Strassman is getting from putting these verses together with his research.

    About halfway through the book, I couldn't stand it anymore and purchased some comedies, like a palate cleanser, just to get some fun back into my brain. Then I got Graham Hancock's book Supernatural - which heavily references Rick Strassman's research work as presented in DMT: The Spirit Molecule and does an excellent job in finding similarities and patterns throughout human history of humans experiencing and interacting with similar places and entities - although the names may change from fairies to aliens. Supernatural is a superb and brilliant work and is a fascinating listen.

    And, yesterday I picked up where I left off in this new Rick Strassman book, back to old and sometimes contradictory biblical verses, and it was not a good listen.

    After listening to Graham Hancock's brilliant observation of patterns of similarity in Supernatural as humans interacted throughout our evolutional history with other dimensions and entitites, this latest work by Rick Strassman paled and seemed to be missing something.

    I really enjoyed DMT: The Spirit Molecule. But, not this book. Maybe I am not the right audience for this book . . . it was tough for Rick Strassman to pierce the force field of resentment toward religion that I now have. I realized I have a belief system in place that religion is limiting and controlling and as I listened to these old verses again, that belief system only got strengthened. And, I am trying not to operate under belief systems, so this book made me feel negative emotions - in particular . . . annoyed and irritated . . . and not at all did I feel as if I was learning anything interesting or new.

    Plus, the narrator has a nice clear voice, but it sounded like a reading of a textbook or the voice used in those old films at school.

    Sorry, this book is a "2" out of "5", but because I shouldn't let my personal negative feelings toward religion affect the rating, I am bumping it to a "3" all around.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Graham Hancock
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (57)
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    Less than fifty thousand years ago mankind had no art, no religion, no sophisticated symbolism, no innovative thinking. Then, in a dramatic and electrifying change, described by scientists as "the greatest riddle in human history," all the skills and qualities that we value most highly in ourselves appeared already fully formed, as though bestowed on us by hidden powers.

    bill mclaughlin says: "LISTENED TO THIS BOOK OVER AND OVER"
    "Snakes on a (dimensional) plane . . . and others"
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    I recently listened to Rick Strassman's, MD, book DMT: The Spirit Molcule and Graham Hancock's book Supernatural heavily references Rick Strassman's research throughout the book. And, because I had listened to John Keel's book Flying Saucer to the Center of Your Mind, it was a very enjoyable experience to listen to Graham Hancock tie together many similarities in human tales of fairies and such and current ufo abduction experiences.

    Also, his observations and gathered information on human dna is fascinating.

    But, most interesting of all were the similarities of humans experiencing the same places and entities throughout time, as is evidenced by ancient rock art all the way up to the reports by inner explorers upon their return after experiencing DMT.

    And snakes . . . lots of snakes reported . . . symbolic?

    Nicely narrated, this book was a fascinating listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Harry's Game: The Complete Series 1 & 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Andy Hamilton
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    It's not easy being Satan - thrown out of heaven by a vengeful, white-haired God merely for daring to voice the concerns of middle management and condemned for all eternity to listen to Edith Piaf and Elvis Presley. Still, there are new arrivals to welcome - the Professor, an atheist whose unerring optimism is a nasty blow, and Thomas, chairman of a privatised water company (so vile that Judas Iscariot starts calling him the Guv'nor).

    Mary says: "From Gary to Scumspawn in two easy seasons"
    "Clever humor but not laugh-out-loud humor"
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    There were some British references I didn't "get" in this radio comedy - and I think I laughed out loud only twice for the whole listen.

    There was a lot of clever over-the-top humor written throughout. I suppose that was a laugh track being used, because I rarely agreed with the laughter supplied.

    Still, I admire well-delivered clever and witty remarks, and there were some - but not enough to buy the next download.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5797)
    Performance
    (5203)
    Story
    (5233)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Something is missing, main character is unengaging"
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    I hope I can return this audiobook - I've struggled through almost 4.5 hours of it, hoping that the story would kick in and get my interest - but it's not happening. And, it is a 19 hour book and I have no interest in investing any more time into this.

    The main character is so 2-dimensional that it is hard to have any empathy with him. The story is dark and the descriptions of scenery and events and people just need something . . . more . . . to be interesting.

    I see that this book got many awards - maybe the good stuff comes further into the story - but no more for me thank-you-very-much. Not every book works for every reader / listener, and in this case, it just didn't work out. Even the much praised multi-cast reading is just okay.

    For 4.5 hours of time, not much has happened of any interest in this story, and there's no point in going further.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By AudioGO Ltd
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (432)

    Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the fourth series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. By John Finnemore (The News Quiz, Mitchell & Webb).

    Mary says: "Laugh out loud"
    "Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha . . . Ha Ha . . ."
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    Funny, "Brilliant!", clever . . .

    If you are feeling stressed, or are bored, or need some laughs and entertainment . . . and "get" British humor (which isn't that different after all)

    this is one way to brighten your day . . .

    I got the series, from 1 to 4, but it looks like there might be some individual episodes available as extras. Found a Christmas special that sounds like it wasn't in the series . . . so fun continues for a little bit more.

    Great writing . . . excellent acting . . . funny . . . made me laugh out loud quite a few times

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rick Strassman
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (275)

    From 1990 to 1995, Dr. Rick Strassman conducted U.S. government–approved and funded clinical research at the University of New Mexico in which he injected 60 volunteers with DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known. His detailed account of those sessions is an extraordinarily riveting inquiry into the nature of the human mind and the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. DMT, a plant-derived chemical found in the psychedelic Amazon brew ayahuasca, is also manufactured by the human brain.

    Evan says: "A must-have for anyone interested in anything."
    "Scientific study induced Consciousness experience"
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    I'd been wanting to listen to this book, but so many of the Consciousness study books bog me down with physics, philosophy, or science and I have quite a few that I am having to go back to again and again and still haven't finished because I either can't comprehend them or they are eye-glazers.

    Thankfully, DMT The Spirit Molecule is written in an easy-to-understand narrative style. Of course, like many of the "left-brain" MD or PhD authors, the first few hours of the audio book are spent laying out a scientific and educational foundation on the topic to be covered. Defining terms, giving the history, and current state of things . . . then getting to what happened in their own work.

    As with other books I've read by researchers, there is a lot of bureaucracy and some politics involved with studies done in areas at the edge of the accepted norm, and it is amazing any meaningful research ever gets done to push the "cutting-edge" out further. The frustration translated to me, the reader/listener. And, it is a similar theme to Candace Pert's book Molecules of Emotion, another book called The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz, and Science Set Free by Rupert Sheldrake.

    The experiences the DMT injected volunteers related upon "return" were interesting. I had heard descriptions before of some of the entities, but never of "spider people" - yet the day after I finished the book I saw a photograph of some ancient rock art and there was one of the entity types I had previously heard of, and which were mentioned in this book, AND there were some drawings of entities that could be called spider people.

    The narrator made this book easy to listen to. And the writing was great, with a human touch and interesting personal reflections. Unlike some of the other scientifically-written Consciousness-related books I've bought I was able to finish this in 2 days, because the writing is so interesting and understandable, while other books have languished for months.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1038)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (948)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Jessica says: "Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom"
    "Flat humor, plain writing, narrator "reads" book"
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    Because I am awaiting the next Iron Druid book, the comparison to Iron Druid got me to buy this book. About 3 hours in, having to go back and relisten to parts I had missed because I started to daydream or nod off . . . I give up.

    The writing is plain - lacking in surprising details - barely a fleshed out story outline.

    The humor is off. I know I am expected to laugh or smile, but it falls flat and I just notice how it didn't work like it was supposed to.

    The narration is fast, clipped, and constantly at a high energy pace. But, life isn't like that, there are moments when people are reflective, sad, moody, snarky, cunning, compassionate . . . and a good narrator changes the pacing to reflect that.

    The story doesn't draw me in. Everything and everybody is too simple. Perhaps this is good enough as a children's story.

    And, there just isn't the wit and cleverness of author Kevin Hearne of the Iron Druid series. No way. Unfortunately for this author, Benedict Jacka, I've just come off a series binge of Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant / River books - full of clever and surprising descriptions and observations and 3-D characters and interesting plot twists - and that's partly why this book is Soooo Boring. It's like going from an A-List to a B minus-List author.

    And, unfortunately for this narrator, Gildart Jackson, I've just spent a week listening to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, (who one listener claimed they would be happy just listening to him read the phone book.) And, yes, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is an awesome narrator who can do a multitude of character voices and subtle nuance and can "act" out a scene and entertain listeners. So, now I have higher expectations of a narrator, and unfortunately for Gildart Jackson, I have Kobna Holdbrook-Smith fresh in my mind to make comparisons.

    So, having bought this book with high expectations that weren't met, I sadly give up and move on. Waiting for the next Iron Druid book, and impatiently waiting for the next book featuring Peter Grant that is narrated by the awesome Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4887)
    Performance
    (4210)
    Story
    (4183)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Kept my attention, pretty interesting explanations"
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    A surprisingly interesting coverage of the differences between introverts and extroverts, how our society works, and what each has to offer.

    Sometimes I'll get an *educational* book and listen to it more out of a dutiful goal of wanting to improve a base of knowledge.

    This book was fascinating and listening to it was an eager-for-the-next-bit experience. It is a book that could make a difference for individuals, as well as for schools, companies, and pretty much any group of people that need to interact with people, including families.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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