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Magnus Almgren

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Sandviken, Sweden | Member Since 2002

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  • Victorian Britain

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick N. Allitt
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (49)

    This series of 36 fascinating lectures is a chronological journey into the story of Victorian Britain, from the unexpected ascension to the throne of teenaged Princess Victoria in 1837 to her death in 1901 as the Boer War neared its end.Presented with all of Victoria's strengths and foibles left intact by an award-winning teacher and author, the lectures invite you to reflect on both the positive and negative aspects of her reign.

    Dulce says: "Very good introductory course"
    "36 fascinating lectures - it's true!"
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    Just a brilliant and informative set of lectures.
    I've listened to it twice, just because it was so interesting.
    Covers a lot of different things in Victorian society, each having a lecture of it's own.
    I'd love to have a sequel covering Britain until today by the same lecturer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Naked Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (417)

    On the beautiful Outer World planet of Solaria, a handful of human colonists lead a hermitlike existence, their every need attended to by their faithful robot servants. To this strange and provocative planet comes Detective Elijah Baley, sent from the streets of New York with his positronic partner, the robot R. Daneel Olivaw, to solve an incredible murder that has rocked Solaria to its foundations.

    Mark says: "Science Fiction at it's best"
    "Another classic"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Naked Sun the most enjoyable?

    Very good reading


    What other book might you compare The Naked Sun to and why?

    Caves of steel (fisrt book in a series)


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

    Wonder in another planet


    Any additional comments?

    as most good science fiction - a sense of wonder

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between: Living with the Tibetan Book of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert Thurman
    • Narrated By Robert Thurman
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    Robert Thurman illuminates the Tibetan Book of the Dead with up-to-date insights for modern audiences. For centuries, this text has been read aloud to the dying, who Buddhist masters say are capable of hearing up to three days after clinical death, as a guide through the tumultuous and often terrifying process of dissolution. Now, in Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between, Professor Robert Thurman demystifies this esoteric teaching and reveals the Tibetan view of dying.

    John says: "Excellent!"
    "Well worth listening for old/young hippies"
    Overall

    If you ever found the Tibetan Book of the Dead interesting or useful, this one is for you. Contemporary, without leaving the origin, explanatory, explainig and recommending parallell concepts in our own cultural paradigm, without leaving his context.
    If you ever had some things that you did not quite come to terms with during acid, this might me healing for you. It was for me.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Shunryu Suzuki
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (212)

    Shunryu Suzuki was a direct spiritual descendant of the renowned 13th-century Zen master Dogen, and his hugely influential Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind ranks with the great classics of Zen literature. Suzuki's clear, coherent translation of ancient beliefs and principles miraculously leaves all the subtleties of Zen intact, while adapting the language to modern sensibilities.

    David says: "superb"
    "Great listening"
    Overall

    If you like Zen, this is a must. Chapters like "Beginner's mind" can give you something for a lifetime. Peter Coyote's reading is masterful.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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