Insightful, intriguing, uplifting
The reading is excellent, but the recording duplicates numerous times which is a little distracting. I believe the next to the last chapter was the worst. But still well worth the listen!
I still have a couple hours left and don't want to finish it. I kept hoping it would get better. The narration is fine, but the story seems contrived. I kept waiting for it to get better. Maybe I'll run out of better listens and finish it sometime.
Not at present.
Wish I could return it.
I enjoyed this book. Adelstein reads the book and you really feel like you are privy to his inside story. Good narration and interesting look at the under world of Japan, a country often touted as the "safest" country in the world.
How Jake changed over the years from the fresh out of college, enthusiastic gaijin reporter to a tired, weathered oyaji with his own red badge of courage. The entire book kept my attention and wanting to keep listening.
He was telling his own story. I felt like he was confiding in me with his personal experiences, thoughts, and feelings.
--the dark side of humanity.
I hope the author can find peace after all he has seen.
Creative, entertaining, memorable.
I read this book about 30 years ago and still remeber enjoying reading it. The main character is a very non-humanoid alien which makes it a creative and intriguing read/listen. The performance is well done!
Audio is excellent--great speaker/lecturer!
I have several of his lecture series and like all of the lectures by Michael Drout. He is an excellent speaker--informative and entertaining. His voice is easy to listen to and challenges the listener to think. Check out a preview. If you are a science fiction reader you will find this lecture series informative and may give you some ideas for other books to read. If you are a Tolkien or Fantasy fan, I recommend his Tolkien and Fantasy lecture series.
Feels like he is speaking to me. Very down to earth and enjoyable to listening.
I have listened to several of M. Drout's Modern Scholar Lecture Series. They all have something to learn. Learn and be entertained by an amazing speaker at the same time!
I have listened & read to this book several times since 2001 when I first joined Audible and bought this book. It continues to guide and encourage me through life. Maybe he is picking up more of a North American English accent. This book is timeless. There are only a handful of books that I have listened to or read more than once. I also enjoyed Tolle's "Practing the Power of Now" and "The Art of Presence".
In the book, Eckhart answers questions that I might have asked, some down to earth answers backed with his own experience and that of known teachers.
Other similare books I recomment are Pema Chodron's "Getting Unstuck", Byron Katie's "Loving What Is", Adyashanti's "Falling Into Grace". They all deal with coming to terms with "what is" , self acceptance and acceptance of others, being in the now; of getting out of ego control and the "story" in your head. On a spiritual growth vein, I can also recommend Scott Peck's "The Road Less Traveled" which I have read 3 times since the 1980's and listened to twice.
He has a calm voice. It may take a little getting used to his monotone and accent, but the material is worth it. It is interesting that Eckhart's aceent seems less pronounced over the years since this audio book was produced. If you here him speak there is a noticable difference.
"Getting Unstuck" is a good descriptive title. This helped me on my path to appreciate the now and accept what is. The audio quality if very good. I have listened to this audio at least 5 times this year. It was helpful in a difficult time and continues to inspire me. Good material and not limited. Pema talks with humor and candor. I believe this material would appeal to anyone and is not specific to Budhism. It took me to the next spiritual level in a non-religious way. If you listen while driving, just skip past the meditation part. Her material about "shenpa" is great!
This is one of my favorite audible downloads. I've listened to it several times. If you liked Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now" and his teaching, you will enjoy this recording. He is talking to the audience rather than reading a book. It is full of insights, practical examples, and humor. Eckhart Tolle's common-man personality comes through.
I enjoy the teachings of Eckhart Tolle. In this book he give further understanding in living in the Now. He uses humor and everyday examples. A book for the "common man". I especially like the presentation which is that he is talking to the listener rather than reading the words of a book. One of my favorites!
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