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  • The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ross King
    • Narrated By Tristan Layton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    While the Civil War raged in America, another very different revolution was beginning to take shape across the Atlantic, in the studios of Paris. The artists who would make Impressionism the most popular art form in history were showing their first paintings amid scorn and derision from the French artistic establishment. Indeed, no artistic movement has ever been, at its inception, quite so controversial.

    Stephen says: "A marvelous book"
    "Interesting from an historical perspective"
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    The Judgment of Paris is a good book with very interesting views of the general historical layout in which these events took place, what the painters did and why. Where it falls short is in it's lack of immediacy and intimacy. It's a little dry. That said, I do recommend it. What it has to teach is worth while and I have a new appreciation for some of the artists involved.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Practical Mysticism

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Evelyn Underhill
    • Narrated By Marni Green
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    In Practical Mysticism, Evelyn Underhill distills the essential (and comprehensible) steps that comprise the process of achieving mystical understanding. Though she uses the pantheon of Christian mystics as her guide, her methodology transcends any particular faith and offers a common sense approach to self-improvement and enhanced awareness.

    Greg Davis says: "Narrator's voice doesn't fit"
    "Narration will drive you mad. It's ironic but true"
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    I'm about half way through this book and while I think it has some good things to say the narrator has one cadence and only one cadence. She never pauses, and she reads complicated passes too quickly to give you time to process and think on them. It's a bit like listening to a computer read to you. In a book like this where the nuances of voice and pause make all the difference it'll drive you mad. Perhaps it's intended and the mystic should have a quiet enough mind to handle it. Fair enough, but life itself can challenge you on this daily. No need to listen to this book for that experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Resurrecting Jesus: Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs)
    • By Adyashanti
    • Narrated By Adyashanti
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    The life of Jesus offers each one of us a map to the direct realization of our eternal and divine nature. On Resurrecting Jesus, Adyashanti excavates the deep, mythic underpinnings of the Gospels to show how we can all find in the story of Jesus the spark for our own spiritual unfolding. Jesus crossed all of the boundary lines that separated the people of his time because he viewed the world from the perspective of what unites us, not what divides us.

    Gina Lake says: "Review of Resurrecting Jesus"
    "Outstanding Interpretation of the Bible"
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    This is one of the few books (particularly in audio) that interprets the New Testament of the Bible from a Christian Mystic's point of view. The messages are profound and current even though the Mystics are older than the Bible. I liked Resurrecting Jesus a lot better than "Falling Into Grace" also by Adyashanti.

    There's only one book on this subject that I have found more profound: "Why Jesus Taught Reincarnation" By Dr. Herb Puryear. Unfortunately it is not available in audio. "Resurrecting Jesus", however, is a much easier read (listen) because it is less about making a solid intellectual case for the understanding of Jesus's teaching and more about the spirituality of it.

    Enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Picasso: Creator and Destroyer

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    This landmark biography penetrates the barriers of legend to bring to full and intimate life a man whose burning passions - for painting, women, and ideas - were matched by a compulsion to invent reality in his life no less than in his art. Here is the tragic story of a man who, from his teenage passion for a gypsy boy to the chilling bitterness and betrayals of his old age, was unable to love and was driven to dominate and humiliate the women - and men - who fell under his hypnotic spell.

    Greg says: "Fairly well written but depressing"
    "Fairly well written but depressing"
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    This book is well written in that it is informative and insightful of the painter's life. However, beware that Picasso himself led the life of an over indulged child who never grew up. He was perhaps the first pop-star. I had a hard time getting through it, sort of like reading about Justin Beiber in that in retrospect of his life his actions become predictable and pathetic and his mission is not about art but only about himself. He embodied so much of what is wrong in society and much of art today. I've seen good paintings by him in person and wanted to look fairly at what he brought to the table: Seems like a net loss to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, 'Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer'

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Anne-Marie O'Connor
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Lady in Gold, considered an unforgettable masterpiece, one of the 20th century's most recognizable paintings, made headlines all over the world when Ronald Lauder bought it for $135 million a century after Klimt, the most famous Austrian painter of his time, completed the society portrait. Anne-Marie O'Connor, writer for the Washington Post, formerly of the Los Angeles Times, tells the galvanizing story of the Lady in Gold, Adele Bloch-Bauer, a dazzling Viennese Jewish society figure.

    michael says: "This audio allows you feel this art history"
    "Very little on Klimt."
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    This is a disjointed story. There's a fair amount of history in here, enough different interests for a few different books. Very little on Klimt and what went into the painting from an artistic standpoint. As an artist myself, I found this book lacking. We all know the painting is brilliant, but we want to know what it was like to be Klimt and paint it. I recommend, "Van Gogh, The Life" by Steven Naifeh and Gregory Smith. That is an outstanding book on an equally great artist.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Jesus: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

    christina m. groetzinger says: "Interesting Listening Experience"
    "Entertaining but also O'Reilly's interpretations"
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    It's not all history. O'Reilly makes several of his interpretations on the meaning written in the Bible in this book. One in particular that I didn't like was on Jesus's conversation in John 3. I think it's an entertaining, well written book, just with some of Bill's interpretations of meaning within the Bible. I'd still recommend listing to it if you're interested in Jesus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Good story, good detail."
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    I don't read a lot of fiction but this story kept me engaged, not on the edge of my seat but engaged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • There Is a River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Thomas Sugrue
    • Narrated By David Hartley Margolin
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    The myriad of topics covered include holistic health and natural remedies for both common and rare illnesses; spiritual growth subjects such as meditation, prayer, and reincarnation; and world events both past, present, and future. In addition, this audiobook includes the famous "philosophy section," which covers our origin, purpose, and destiny on earth.

    Karen says: "Fascinating"
    "Profound Understanding of Christ's Teachings"
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    A came to know about Edgar Cayce through another book that is not available in audio format, "Why Jesus Taught Reincarnation" by Dr. Herbert Puryear, which is the most profound book on Christianity I have ever read. Much of Dr. Puryear's teaching is based upon the readings of Edgar Cayce, but unlike this book Puryear makes them very specific to the Bible and backs his assertions with the specific words of Jesus in the Bible, so I wanted to hear what he learned from Edgar Cayce more directly. I dislike saying it because it is still a very meaningful book, but "There Is a River" falls short of the importance of his spiritual teachings, and even of his medical readings. I believe Cayce was a legitimate prophet and that his teachings could change the world. How could thousands of people healed and given correct and specific medical and personal readings maintain a fraud? Not that it matters to me because his teaching is profound, but I think the evidence in favor of his legitimacy is overwhelmingly on his side—much more so than, say, Joseph Smith (who started the Mormon church) and look how large the Mormon church is today.

    There is much about Edgar Cayce's life in this book that I think is important because it shows that he was extraordinary in his gifts but also incredibly ordinary in every other way—poor, humble, perpetually lost like the rest of us. He always maintained a deep love for and belief in Jesus and, paradoxically, the orthodox Christian church. Though the author did a good job in letting us know Cayce, I get the feeling that knowing him in person was to love him deeply.

    Where the book falls short is in the relatively brief treatment it gives the most important part: his understanding of reincarnation and the teachings of Jesus. It's discussed primarily at the end of the book and in a different context entirely than the book. I would love to have listened to a much more in depth discussion of this section.

    In spite of the shortcomings, listen to this book. Then read Dr. Puryear's book. Together they will change your life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Diarmaid MacCulloch
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
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    (226)
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    Once in a generation, a historian will redefine his field, producing a book that demands to be read or heard - a product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill. Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity is such a book. Breathtaking in ambition, it ranges back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and covers the world, following the three main strands of the Christian faith.

    Celia says: "Generally quite good"
    "Too Much and Yet Too Little"
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    This book is extremely hard to follow. It is not really chronological and is too much information with too many players to present it in the manner in which the author does. Perhaps it would be better read than listened to . . . I'm not sure. I would not recommend this book. The parts in which I found tidbits of interest were just that, tidbits. The overall theme is that the history of Christianity is a history of power struggle and politics. While I am certain that is true it could be far more interestingly written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Spirituality: How to Live for Jesus Moment by Moment

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Francis A. Schaeffer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    True Spirituality is a treasure trove of wisdom for Christians trying to discover what true spirituality looks like in everyday life. What is spirituality and how is reflected in Christian living? This thoughtful classic is sure to impact you in growth to spiritual development.

    Meredith says: "Bravo! Incredibly Inspiring and Uplifting!"
    "Sincere but misguided"
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    I listened to this book in an attempt to prove wrong a "heretical" gospel I recently read. Bless Mr. Schaeffer in his sincerity for he and others are sincere, but the heretical gospel I read makes all the orthodox teachings seem wholly incomplete and profoundly misinterpreted. "True Spirituality" had great reviews by Christians. However, this book only made the orthodox interpretation of Christ's teachings and of the Bible seem pale and shallow. I've also listened to "Mere Christianity" by CS Lewis and others by the greatest teachers of the orthodox or mainstream interpretation of Christianity. I have gone to a Bible focussed church for the past year and a half. I have read or listened to dozens and dozens of books on Christianity by the liberal side and the conservative side. I have looked for the best teachers. As Jesus said, Matthew 7;7-8 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."

    After reading "Why Jesus Taught Reincarnation" by Dr. Herbert Puryear their teachings seem profoundly wrong. "Why Jesus Taught Reincarnation" uses the Bible itself to show what Jesus taught, not what the Romans who crucified him wanted you to believe. It answers the largest questions that for 1500 years have been left unanswered by mainstream Christianity. First, why would God forsake the literally billions of people who have lived and died and are living who never had the opportunity to hear the gospel? Second, why would a loving God allow so much discrepancy in the way we are born; that is, why are some born of extreme illness or poverty and in countries where Christianity isn't even allowed or taught while others are born into extreme privilege, comfort and health? Certainly, so that the ill can glorify God is not answer enough for the honest person, especially those who do not sit in the seat of privilege. What Christian would be okay with this interpretation? It's not what God and Jesus taught, and the Bible teaches otherwise too.

    Jesus is a great shepherd. He would never allow only a few to enter God's kingdom and still consider himself a "good shepherd". We are all the prodigal son, all of us; God wants us all back and that is his Biblical plan. If you really want to understand the "good news", the gospel, for "all" and for yourself read "Why Jesus Taught Reincarnation" by Dr. Puryear. You will see the light Biblically pointed out from the words of Jesus. God's plan, and our salvation are far more beautiful and loving than you have been led to believe.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records Audio Book

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Todeschi
    • Narrated By David Hartley Margolin
    Overall
    (210)
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    (161)
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    The best-selling Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records is read in its entirety by voice-talent David Hartley Margolin. The Akashic Records, also known as the Book of Life, are the storehouse of all information for every individual who has ever lived upon the earth, containing every word, deed, feeling, thought, and intent that ever occurred. Learn how you can tap into your records - your past lives, your present experiences, and your future - to create the life you desire now.

    Suzanna Davis says: "Just what I needed"
    "Insightful and Entertaining"
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    You should also read "Why Jesus Taught Reincarnation" by Dr. Herbert Puryear, the single best book on Christianity and reincarnation I have ever read. Much of his understanding of the Bible first came from the Akashic Records.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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