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Diana

Antelope Valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Amy Alkon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
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    We live in a world that's very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us through this this miasma of modern manners, syndicated columnist Amy Alkon - The Advice Goddess - gives us a new set of manners for our 21st-century lives.

    Melinda says: "F-ing Funny and Factual"
    "Smart behavior and response in today's world"
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    Author Amy Alkon has done her homework by reading and referencing a number of books or studies on human behavior, the brain, social studies and psychology and that makes this book an intelligent observation on human beings today.

    We live in a very different society than a generation ago, and thus there is need for a re-frame of what is considered to be considerate or inconsiderate behavior. With humor, directness, and great examples this book covers behaviors we experience today and some optional responses.

    Amy Alkon covers many relevant topics, from what is to be done about cell phones, tipping, parking, or how to respond to invitations by email. That was expected and I learned more than I thought I would. What I didn't expect, and found helpful were when Amy wrote about how to best help people. How to respond when a someone says they have cancer. How friends can network to help a friend. How even though we can not give a homeless person "three hots and a cot" we can still do something small to make their day better.

    Funny throughout, this is a guidebook for life where big cities and technology have both brought people together and isolated them. Compassion, respect, intelligence, and at times courage to do what it takes to correct selfish and inconsiderate behavior are illustrated throughout.

    This would be an excellent book to be assigned reading in school to help young people have better life skills. And for people who remember phones that had a spinning disk on front to dial numbers, this book is a great way to keep up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kybalion: A Study of Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By The Three Intiates
    • Narrated By Mitch Horowitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
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    He was the father of the occult, the founder of astrology, the discoverer of alchemy. He was Hermes Trismegistus, and as the scribe of the gods of ancient Egypt, he possessed all divine knowledge... which he passed on to humanity, though only those who have been tutored in its wonders can fully understand it.In this extraordinary 1912 book, three secret initiates to his teachings - who remain anonymous to this day - share their insight with all who seek to understand the mysterious underpinnings of the universe and our relationship with it.

    Diana says: "Big bites of ancient (now age?) wisdom to chew on"
    "Big bites of ancient (now age?) wisdom to chew on"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5248)
    Performance
    (4748)
    Story
    (4760)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "steampunk Harry Potter meets The Expendables in"
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    an alternate history timeline . . .

    . . . which are basically all the things I thought I wouldn't be attracted to in a book. Yet, after doing some recent Audible listening to some sci-fi greats I had read years ago, such as Frank Herbert's Dune and Robert Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, I would put the Grimnoir trilogy right up there with the great classics. It is that well written.

    Larry Correia does a great job of imagery. At times I wonder if he played out portions of some of the scenery described, like tossing down into the air and spraying red liquid in order to describe the little details that fill in the senses of vision, sound, smell, and feel. Not only is the plot creative and unpredictable, but the environmental and character details filled in make the story rich and delight the imaginary senses.

    I must be getting desensitized to violence because there's a whole lot of action with swords, guns, explosions, or simple brute strength killing and there was a time when I wouldn't have been able to handle the descriptions of gore or brutality. At times, while listening, I backed up and wondered what it is about humans that violence is acceptable as entertainment.

    "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clarke

    Some fascinating concepts thrown into this trilogy are "thought forms", "intent", "dimensions", "vortexes", and, of course, an alternate historical time line. There's an interesting undertheme of magic is a form of physics and the ending of the third book set up greater exploration in that direction, should other books follow.

    In Dune, at the start of every chapter,was an interesting excerpt from various "books" written by the wife of Maud'dib, Princess Irulan. It was a good mechanism to both frame and fill out the description of the world and times the story was set in.

    In the Grimnoir trilogy this idea was used very well and did a lot to explain the alternate timeline's world. Most were quotes by famous historical figures known today, but written differently as characters in the alternate timeline. Some were hilarious advertisements "excerpted" from "magazines."

    After reading just the first book of Monster Hunters, I moved on to the Grimnoir Chronicles based on the reviews. There is definitely an improvement on the writing and I especially appreciate the more subtle and sophisticated approach to the romantic side of the book. Also, the characters are much more diverse and complex.

    Speaking of romance . . .in the Grimnoir Chronicles the phrase "Alright then" was the entire sex scene at the end of the chapter. The writers, director, and producers of the BBC Torchwood TV series could make better shows just using that method.

    Looking for a pleasant diversion after buying some "educational" and "self-improvement" books, I wanted to reward myself with the first Grimnoir Chronicle book. But it was so good that I bought the second. Then the third. Such amazing writing! I felt guilty for spending so much time on fun books . . .

    And, of course, Bronson Pinchot is an awesome narrator. Awesome.

    The last book left off in such a way that the story was completed, yet there is a possibility that another adventure is possible. If the author is able to keep up to the high writing standards established, I hope there are more Grimnoir Chronicle books to come.

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  • Buck Johnson: Dragon Wrangler

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Wyatt McLaren
    • Narrated By Joe Roark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
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    Buck Johnson, along with his slow-moving and slow-thinking sidekick Skeeter Evans, currently plies his trade as a dragon wrangler on Terul and is busting out a bunch of dracs for the repulsive Terullian Karposh. But when an unruly Red Kraken throws Buck, events take an unexpected turn.

    William says: "Mr Mclaren takes us on a wild and hilarious ride."
    "Horse trainers can relate - great sci-fi twists"
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    If you've ever worked with horses, or cowboy types, then this would be a lot of fun. If you haven't, but enjoy westerns and sci-fi, you'd still have fun reading (listening to) this short story.

    It does seem like it would be Chapter 1 of a longer book, but it can stand on its own too.

    Very imaginative descriptions of dragons and what it would be like to work with them. There's a lot of thought that came up with interesting details, like being smacked by the wings, or the nose and lip piercings for the reins . . . very creative writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Astral Projection: Hypnosis Induced Astral Travel Techniques

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By Craig Beck
    • Narrated By Craig Beck
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (76)
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    Astral projection occurs when you consciously separate your soul or astral body from your physical body. Your consciousness goes with the astral body. The difference between this and an out-of body experience is that astral projection leaves the body with an conscious intent and can last as long as you want it to. When you astral travel, your body is left behind in the physical world, functioning as normally as it would otherwise.

    rosangela says: "much more than I expected"
    "Guided Meditation at the end is clean and easy"
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    Most OBE authors stress that in order to achieve an OBE or astral experience continuous practice or application of techniques should be done everyday for a period of weeks or months.

    Thus, I like to have a variety of guided meditations to choose from. I like Craig Becks 39 minute hypnosis induction because after the spoken part in the beginning, it's just sounds the rest of the time until the end. The sound effects behind his spoken induction are good. No interruptions with talking when you aren't expecting it.

    The first chapters of the audio book explain OBE or astral travel in a basic and clean way.

    I have other books to read for longer descriptions and where people can share their experiences at length (Monroe or Buhlman, etc.) and this one is perfect for a clean and quick approach.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bird Sense: What It's Like to Be a Bird

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tim Birkhead
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
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    What is it like to be a swift, flying at over one hundred kilometres an hour? Or a kiwi, plodding flightlessly among the humid undergrowth in the pitch dark of a New Zealand night? And what is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings, and how does its brain improvise? Bird Sense addresses questions like these and many more, by describing the senses of birds that enable them to interpret their environment and to interact with each other.

    Alessandro says: "If you did not love birds before you will!"
    "Beautifully written and narrated science of birds"
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    This book was more scientific than I expected, but surprisingly entertaining.

    The author has a beautiful writing style and uses words artfully. A wry sense of humor dotted the scientific information but the keen observations of birds, surroundings, and even other scientists made this book very enjoyable.

    The narrator's voice is wonderful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Beginner's Guide to Out-of-Body Experiences: 5 Steps to Astral Projection for Personal Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jill Ammon-Wexler
    • Narrated By Arika Rapson
    Overall
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    Many call out-of-body (OBE) experiences "astral projections" because of the unusual perceptive nature of these experiences. But there's more than metaphysics involved in OBE. Serious scientists are interested in this phenomena, and it has been studied by both the USA and Russia. The book provides proven step-by-step methods to help you safely expand your conscious awareness beyond the limits of your physical self.

    Vinny says: "A great audio-book on the subject of OOBE's"
    "Clean and Concise explanations of OBE"
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    This one book explains much about OBE and consciousness.

    With decades of her own professional research, along with information drawn from other authors and researchers of consciousness, the brain, and specifically the Out-of-Body experience, this one book very quickly and easily defines and describes the essential information to know.

    Because Jill Ammon-Wexler names and credits other researchers and authors as she describes various findings or techniques, this one book can give a reader a lead to other specific areas to be learned about by seeking out other authors or topics as well.

    For people who have already read many of the authors mentioned in this book, it is very handy to have summaries and comparisons side-by-side of various techniques or ideas in this short book.

    While I enjoy Robert Monroe's, William Buhlman's, Tom Campbell's, Robert Bruce's, and many other's OBE-related books, it is very handy to have the essential ideas distilled down to the main ideas that are needed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life and Death: A Past-Life Interview with Titanic's Designer

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By William Barnes, Frank Baranowski
    • Narrated By William Barnes, Frank Baranowski
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    By all accounts, Thomas Andrews, designer of the ill-fated Titanic, went down with the ship. How, then, could someone else know, not only the vivid and horrific details of what Andrews experienced that tragic night, but also, details of his entire life?

    Ryan says: "Facinating!!!"
    "Engineers & Mechanical & History types would enjoy"
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    . . . this story.

    At first, I was confused because I had heard a few past life regressions before and in those the interviewer (hypnotist or therapist) would just speak normal English. This interviewer took on some type of Irish accent and I wondered for a while what was going on.

    Apparently, there are two audio books. The first was an audio version of the book written about these regressions and the Titanic. That is not available at Audible although there are CDs for sale at Amazon. Reviews seem to indicate that there was a narrator for that book (~ 1999 or 2000???)

    This audio book is a followup to the previous book, with the actual hypnotic regressions (gripping!). Then follows some very interesting interviews with a variety of people ranging from childhood friends to Titanic researchers, including some science and history. There is also some discussion of other corroborating information that has come forth - technical, metal, physics, other past life remembering people who match up some details.

    There are a few spine-chilling or heart-in-the-throat moments as memories come forth (spoken as if he is there, in the present-tense) and the terribleness of what is seen is realized. All the people in steerage were locked in?

    For anyone who has ever been involved in the design or building portion of a project who has had to follow orders to cut back on safety or costs (despite much arguing to not compromise) there will be many moments of clarity and understanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
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    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Entertaining - lots of action"
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    This was a fun listen, and the author did pretty well in parts with details and character development. If a listener is a person who is interested in guns, or various weapons, or hand to hand fighting or groups of people in combat against monsters . . . this one book can fulfill a lot of that interest.

    I see the author started another series after this one, and it has really good reviews, so I'll skip the rest of this series and go to the next series.

    This book was very detailed on weapons and the boy meets girl stuff was very basic and predictable, but the book manages to be very entertaining. I'm not sure if it was meant to be somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but there were some laugh-out-loud parts for me - but not because the author had written something funny but because it was so "B-movie-ish" or kind of over-the-top in parts that I just had to shake my head and laugh.

    The author shows some talent in this book, so the next series, which reviews indicate is far better, has my interest.

    The narrator did a good job here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Holographic Web: Uncovering Our Hidden Connections to the Universe

    • ORIGINAL (26 mins)
    • By Alan Watts
    Overall
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    Performance
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    Have you ever seen an inch or touched an hour? In The Holographic Web, Alan Watts reveals how our idea of the "self" is no more than these abstract concepts - and how to untrain ourselves from thier limitations. Join this self-proclaimed "spiritual entertainer" for an intriguing investigation of the nature of consciousness.

    Debby B. says: "OK."
    "Stop, look and think . . . a different perspective"
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    I'm not sure what this lecture or speech is from, there was no reference information. There was background noise that was distracting - like water running out of a tap at times, moving noises, maybe some clattering type of noise like plates.

    There are longer Youtube videos of Alan Watts with better sound quality with better context. This seems to be an extract of a longer talk.

    However, this extract is meaningful. There are some interesting reflections and ideas shared in this, and it did add to or change my understanding and perceptions a bit.

    So, the ideas shared are valuable. The way they are communicated is poor, but I am glad that this talk (or extract) was preserved.

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