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Jonathan

Teacher; writer; poet.

Ormond Beach, FL, United States

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  • Inspiration for Your Day: Poems and Messages to Lift Your Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Ilchi Lee
    • Narrated By Edwin Kim, Peter Thomas, Shondra Jepperson
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
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    Sometimes, we all need a little boost in our outlook on the world around us and giving ourselves positive daily messages can deepen our understanding of life’s mysteries. This compilation of spoken messages and poems is an ideal companion for daily meditation practice. You can listen to the messages in succession, or one at a time.Ilchi Lee’s messages and poems communicate the sublime wisdom that speaks to the inherent greatness in each one of us.

    Jonathan says: "These poems will elevate your spirit."
    "These poems will elevate your spirit."
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    What did you love best about Inspiration for Your Day?

    I knew nothing about Ilchi Lee's marvelous insight and outstandingly beautiful poetry until I downloaded this book. Apart from the poems themselves which bring a depth of mind and peace to your soul, the whole production is set to a superbly chosen musical background, and for the price is an outstanding buy. I intend to send this jewel of an audio book to as many of my friends as I can afford. The poems are original, and wonderfully spiritually strengthening, as well as being soothing and peaceful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inspiration for Your Day?

    To me all the poems were wonderful; but the one I particularly liked was untitled.
    I have transcribed it. Here it is:
    * * * * * * * * * *
    I know you;
    Do not cringe so!/Now get up and run.You can do it.
    One single failure is not your all./Cast your dreams with all your might.
    Do not cower so...The sadness you hold inside is no big deal.
    ~ Water under the bridge ~
    Open your heart wide/And show me your truth.
    Your infinite possibilities and dreams./Showing the real you,/
    Whom I see.
    Do not shrivel so;/For I do not care for it/.If you lack a dream,
    Let me be your dream./
    I know you./You hold inside vast possibilities and dreams,/
    And limitless love./ You can do it./You have warmth in your heart./

    I am your soul./ I am your soul.

    * * * * * * * * * *


    Which scene was your favorite?

    As I said above, the poem that I felt most inspired by was this untitled one:
    "I am your soul." if you like....but ALL the poems are beautiful.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. It is wonderful for one sitting. I have listened to all these poems at least ten to 15 times. I listen to them almost every day. They are so marvelously rich, deep and calm.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe that these poems reflects basic beliefs of the Eastern understanding of a holistic universe. That is, that life is a journey which culminates in becoming one again with the One, and holds the understanding of new life in reincarnation.
    As a Christian, I believe that the divine has a ‘personal’ element and is exemplified in Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Therefore, in some way, there is to be a personal resurrection, as opposed to a reincarnation.
    But I also believe that these two beliefs, at a deeper level, which I do not fully understand, do not contradict one another. To my mind, as a Christian, the beauty of the Creation in its scientific, cosmological sense as Illchi Lee sees it, complements the deep mystical understanding of Jesus Christ and His teachings.
    However, to Christians who understand their beliefs in strict fundamentalist ways - and that they are exclusive - these poems may not be so joyful as I personally feel them to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raise Your Energy & Increase Your Motivation

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Glenn Harrold
    • Narrated By Glenn Harrold
    Overall
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    Overcome stress and anxiety and build your self motivation with this superb high quality energy and motivation hypnosis title and by Glenn Harrold. Feeling more motivated and energised can help you at home, work and in many areas of your daily life. Raise Your Energy & Motivation has been designed to empower and motivate you and give you energy and inspiration by using the vast power of your own mind. This recording will help you in a safe and natural way, free of any harmful side effects.

    Huttunen Pasi J says: "Works for me :)"
    "A very positive motivational experience."
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    What did you love best about Raise Your Energy & Increase Your Motivation?

    Glenn Harrold knows what he is talking about and does a very good job. His voice is firm and inspiring in itself. I like listening to this one shortly after waking up and my cup of tea.Rule Britannia!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Raise Your Energy & Increase Your Motivation?

    A memorable moment was when I was already deeply into the the recording and then Glenn Harrold says, "I am now going to count to three, and at three you will go ten times deeper down...!" - I was impressed. I was already "deep" - how much deeper could I go? But "ten times deeper!" - Well, I guess he was the guide and knew what he could do and what our minds are capable of. In short he inspired confidence and I felt amused at the same time.


    Have you listened to any of Glenn Harrold’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I have listened to several of his meditation recordings. They are all good. I think this one was slightly better because he spoke a little more slowly. In some of the others, while they are very good, he sometimes speaks a bit fast for my liking. But all the things I have heard from him have been good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Power Shot to Start Your Day.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are hesitating about buying this...like "Should I...?" "Shouldn't I....?" I recommend you should. It is good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Diary of a Nobody

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By George Grossmith, Weedon Grossmith
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (42)
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    The Diary of Nobody (1892) created a cultural icon, an English archetype. Anxious, accident-prone, occasionally waspish, Charles Pooter has come to epitomize English suburban life. His diary chronicles encounters with difficult tradesmen, the delights of home improvements, small parties, minor embarrassments, and problems with his troublesome son. The suburban world he inhabits is hilariously and painfully familiar in its small-mindedness and its essential decency.

    Virginia says: "Hilarious and Suprebly Read"
    "English classic performed very well."
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    Where does The Diary of a Nobody rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Diary of a Nobody is in a class of its own and I do not rank my books. It is amusing and true to its original form, which I first read in the traditional way 30 years ago.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Diary of a Nobody?

    The most memorable moment in Diary of a Nobody is when Pooter paints the bath red and gets into all kinds of subsequent trouble.
    I also liked it when Willie changed his name to Lupin, consequently shocking his father.


    Have you listened to any of Martin Jarvis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never listened to Martin Jarvis before, but he does this book 'perfectly' in my opinion.


    If you could rename The Diary of a Nobody, what would you call it?

    It is impossible to rename this book. The name is perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend anyone who has not read or listened to this book to get it; curl up on the sofa on a wet and miserable day, with lots of snacks and a nice fire, and get some free laughter therapy.
    This book belongs in the heart of 'everyman' (and woman).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The New Bible Cure for Depression and Anxiety

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Don Colbert
    • Narrated By Tim Lundeen
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    There is hope! You can overcome depression and anxiety. Do you suffer from depression or anxiety? In this concise, easy-to-listen-to audiobook, youll discover a wealth of information that will help you break free! Dr. Colbert has taken the confusion away from depression and anxiety and made them simple and easy to understand.

    Jonathan says: "A disappointment."
    "A disappointment."
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    What disappointed you about The New Bible Cure for Depression and Anxiety?

    I was expecting some sort of guidance and advice, but all I got and I was unable to listen to the whole recording) - was a list of what sounded like the side effects of pills printed on the labels of pharmacy medicines.I regret to say I got nothing whatever from this book; but it does not mean that YOU (the reader) may not get some good information. It is just my opinion.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Don Colbert again?

    No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Boring repetitive lists of "side effects" depending on what you eat and how you live your life.The narrator also read it in an "elevated enthusiastic way" as if the mysteries of the Universe were being awesomely solved.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The New Bible Cure for Depression and Anxiety?

    I only listened to half the audiobook and then gave up. I am unable to say. From what I heard, I would say the whole thing ought to be cut....I did not get up to any "New Bible Cure for Depression and Anxiety" and I certainly could not see it coming.


    Any additional comments?

    I do not wish to offend. This review is personal. Another listener may have been riveted by this audiobook; and I do not doubt Dr. Colbert's expertise or good will. It just wasn't the book for me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua: The Bible Experience

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By Inspired By Media Group
    • Narrated By Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, and others
    Overall
    (8)
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    (3)
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    Like never before, you can experience the beauty and life-changing power of the Bible. Unique among audio Bible productions, The Bible Experience is a captivating performance of the Bible presented by a stellar ensemble of today's top-name actors, musicians, clergy, directors, and award-winning producers. This historic production also features a cinematic musical score, unparalleled sound design, and the highest production values.

    Alan Rither says: "If we think it's tough now..."
    "Outstanding production."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Joshua to be better than the print version?

    Yes. This audio version has excellent sound effects and the right ratio of music to words. The producers have chosen very talented readers to play the roles of Joshua, God; the army commanders and the kings against whom Joshua's army fought. The narrative is brilliant and the story one of the most exciting military campaigns in the Bible. Why, to my knowledge, a movie has not been made of this book of Joshua, mystifies me. It is excellent material. My wife, who listened to some of it with me, said that she "felt goosebumps" all over at certain times. Definitely the best and worth buying.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both Joshua and God were my favorite characters because the roles played in this recording bring out the strength of the warrior Joshua, without shame, before Almighty God. God's words are interpreted and spoken in a wise and measured manner, which makes a perfect contrast between the two.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything I have said above already covers how, to my mind, it is the narrators who bring this story to life in an exciting and brilliantly presented way.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Warriors of God.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it. It is one of the best audio-books from Audible I have (and I have 63). It will give you strength, comfort and encouragement especially if you are feeling in a down mood. It is very virile and exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kabbalah, Science, and the Meaning of Life: Because Your Life Has Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rabbi Michael Laitman
    • Narrated By Tony Kosinec
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
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    Kabbalah, Science, and the Meaning of Life traces the milestones of the evolution of science with which we are familiar, such as Newton's and Einstein's theories, but goes further to present the science of Kabbalah as the basis for understanding the hidden parts of reality that scientists are now discovering. While other sciences research the definable world around us, Kabbalah teaches us how the spontaneous changes occurring within us affect our surrounding reality.

    dwight says: "Your Life Has Meaning sums it up."
    "Outstanding."
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    Would you listen to Kabbalah, Science, and the Meaning of Life again? Why?

    I have already listened to it twice. If you have "been there", "done that," "been around the block" and searched for answers without finding them, I sincerely believe you should listen to this amazing exposition of Kabbalah.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kabbalah, Science, and the Meaning of Life?

    The whole thing...the whole audiobook is 'holistic' and hangs together. This came at the right time for me. I can only wish, with the greatest respect, the same for other prospective listeners.


    What does Tony Kosinec bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tony Kosinec reads the story in wonderful clear, beautifully paced style - He manages to convey, by his own clear understanding of this challenging subject, a "reality" and a freshness to the whole thing...Marvelous!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "A Whole New World!"


    Any additional comments?

    I am very grateful to have discovered this book. More: I THANK GOD I was led to this source of information.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Creating Affluence

    • UNABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra
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    The precursor to The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, this book explores the full meaning of "wealth consciousness" with clear and simple wisdom. According to author Deepak Chopra, "Affluence includes money but is not just money.

    Lyn says: "Keeps Getting Better!"
    "Another Deepak Chopra classic."
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    If you could sum up Creating Affluence in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, succinct, powerful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is not a book of fiction, therefore there are no characters; but there are many quotes from the wise and famous throughout the ages.


    What does Deepak Chopra bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Deepak Chopra reads this book eloquently. His intelligence and humor come through beautifully. He clearly knows exactly what he is talking about and where to put the emphasis on his words. His reading is more like music, than a lecture.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. This is a perfect book for one sitting because it is only 55 minutes long. However, there is a natural break that you can make in the narrative about half-way through, when Deepak changes from the 25 step method for raising our awareness, to a more detailed consideration of physics and the 'spiritual' dynamics of the sub-atomic world.I found it useful to make this break. On the other hand I also took my Mp3 player to the gym yesterday and listened to the recording from beginning to end, as I walked 2.8 miles on the treadmill. That exercise took exactly 55 minutes, so the talk fitted perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    I think, while not essential, it would help to be a little familiar with the subject matter and vocabulary ahead of time. - I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve the quality of their lives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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