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Jonathan

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  • The Art of Mindful Living: How to Bring Love, Compassion, and Inner Peace into Your Daily Life

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Narrated By Thich Nhat Hanh
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Recorded during an intimate family retreat, The Art of Mindful Living presents Thich Nhat Hanh's practical, traditional gathas (teachings) that join ancient meditation practice with the challenges of the modern world. It includes step-by-step guides to meditation, breathing exercises, contemplation, and communication, opening our hearts and minds to the joyous wonder of tranquility and love.

    Jonathan says: "Good message, recording awful"
    "Good message, recording awful"
    Overall

    The message thay gives is great (you can read about the content elsewhere). As for the audiobook quality itself, it's awful. Thay does a good job of repeating himself when his accent might have been unclear, but the audio quality is terrible. It was recorded during a lecture, so there's a lot of background noise (coughs, sneezes, people moving about), and the microphone wasn't in the right place. All-in-all it makes it hard to listen to. You can listen to it, but I found it a struggle.

    36 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind in the Willows

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kenneth Grahame
    • Narrated By Terry Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    "...there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." So says Rat, as he welcomes the lonely Mole to the community of the River. Whether messing about in boats, touring in Toad's motorcar, or simply relaxing at home, Mole, Rat, Otter, Toad, and Badger demonstrate the honorable human characteristics of kindness, patience, and tolerance toward all that have made this classic tale beloved by generations since it was first published in 1908.

    Richard says: "Timeless Classic, Inspired Reading"
    "Wonderful book, wonderful reading"
    Overall

    I sampled all the audiobooks on Audible to see which reading my kids would like best, and I picked this one, and I'm glad I did. Terry Jones does a fantastic job at giving each character his own voice; the other narrators hardly did so, or didn't even try. The extra characterization and the intonation made this a really great book for my kids to listen to.

    I don't recommend it for younger kids because of the complicated language and words the author used. A lot of the story went over the head of my 6 year old, though my 9 year old understood most of it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Way of the Peaceful Warrior

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dan Millman
    • Narrated By Dan Millman
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Dan Millman is a world-class athlete who is haunted by a vague sense of dissatisfaction with everyday life. Then one night, unable to sleep, Dan goes for a walk and meets an old man named Socrates. The peaceful warrior guides Dan on a spiritual odyssey that leads toward a confrontation that will either deliver or destroy him.

    Patrick says: "100% embarrassed to say this..."
    "Great reading of a great book"
    Overall

    The content of this book is reviewed well elsewhere. Suffice it to say, from me, that it's a great book, and it may well change your life.

    The audio recording is excellent. It's read by the author himself, and thus makes the story even more personal as it is about him. It's like he's telling you about himself, and in a way, he is. The fidelity of the recording is very good.

    Definitely worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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