I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, reflecting on how to become better at what I do. I read about mindfulness, enjoy learning about brain based research on cognition, and I like thinking about issues like free will, systems of approach and activation, social constructs, and all that sort of good stuff where we have to figure out how to fit in and move about as we relate to others and to the self. So I do a lot of thinking on these topics, but what actions have I taken to become better at what I do? The Five Elements of Effective Thinking is a short, well read, well thought out book. It provides practical advice that you can use to help activate new ways of thinking that could shift your perspective, which in turn could produce more favorable outcomes for you. That’s the key here- change starts with a shift in perspective.
This was one of my first Audible books, and I loved it. I found Julia Sweeney’s performance to be more than entertaining- I laughed and smiled most of the way through, thinking this person is brilliant, but it was clearly not all fun and games for her to come to her decision- to let go of God. How could it be? If you are interested in the spiritual, you should listen to this audio book, especially if your instinct is to push up against the title, not because I think you should be converted one way or the other, but because it’s that good. I feel we need to do more than just listen to what others think about when it comes these matters, we need to try to deeply understand their points of view in order to fully understand our own. This is well worth two hours of your time.
It’s where he goes and where he takes you through his journey that makes this book so good. This is a must read, unlike other books, which are good, maybe great, but where the ideas are so clear and well structured that you don’t really need to read them, because you “get it” before reading it. This is a book to be experienced- that’s what makes it good. I can’t explain it any other way. “So it goes!”
Faulkner can be tough to read, though I don’t think this book is particularly challenging. I would start with Light in August if you were going to read/listen to Faulkner for the first time. It’s a well-crafted story from start to finish, where the words dance off the pages, leaving you in awe of Faulkner’s ability to stitch them together to create a pallet of delightful imagery and sound, which transports you to this realm, like it or not. Will Patton is a master at his craft; I’m talking high-level master, well beyond first or second degree. I couldn’t stop myself from telling others about his voicing, his accents, because I couldn’t believe it was one person reading this book aloud, which he does with grace and impeccable timing. This is a must listen! Highly, highly recommended!
What a great story. Fahrenheit 451 is a classic that stands the test of time. This short review is for the book read by Christopher Hurt. For some reason I can no longer find this version when I search for it on Audible. It includes an Afterword by Ray Bradbury. Mr. Bradbury is a master storyteller, and Mr. Hurt’s reading is excellent.
This is simply a terrific, well-read story from start to finish. I have no interest in seeing the movie after listening to this book. I have a clear visual representation in my mind about what I experienced as a listener- I can still picture many of the scenes when I think about them. This is a creative sci-fi thriller with coming of age overtones (not a coming of age story in the traditional sense), where wisdom unfolds in such a way that you experience it in your past and present and it pushes you think about the future. Definitely worth your time- the postscript by Orson Scott Card at the end was an additional treat.
It’s a terrific book about the absurdity of bureaucratic authority in conflict with the personal. I think it was brilliant for its time, but it does feel dated, despite the universal themes explored. There is a lot to like about this, including the unique structure of the story, but there was something off in the reading for me. While I think Jay O. Sanders is an excellent reader with an excellent voice, his voice changes, especially during many of the comedic moments, were often strained, as I’m sure was the intention, but it didn’t work for me. In those moments, I wished for a hard copy of the book instead.
This is a valuable course; it’s thorough and covers a lot of information, guiding the listener through varying stages of meditation, highlighting the purpose of each technique and clarifying how letting go is really about connecting. The reader does a good job with pace, tone, and with using a “just right” level of attachment as he reads, which is important for this genre. If you are interested in this subject matter, this audio book is a worthwhile addition to your library.
This audio book made me feel as if I was there, in the story, experiencing it. The reading by Alan Cumming is amazing! I was transported by this version of Macbeth. I’ve always loved this play, but while listening to this, I wanted to learn more about it and wanted to experience other works of Shakespeare in this style. This is not to be missed. It’s a real treat!
This is good listen while you do something like iron your shirts or fold your laundry. Worth a few cents for sure, but don’t spend a credit on this. Well read and worth the hour. Don’t miss the ending.
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