I started listening to this book with no real expectations and was pleasantly surprised. I found the material discussed to be well explained, supported with research references, and balanced.
Even when going into topics which the author clearly did not agree with, and he clearly states this before the topics are discussed, he remained refreshingly very objective and provided a very balanced view with references of these topics.
I was looking for well researched information and found it.
I found this audiobook version of this great book.
This is a great source of information on Buddhist precepts & philosophy. It is delivered in a more traditional type language which can be a little harder to grasp and process so careful and slow listening is recommended. The narrator does a good job, though I would maybe have liked some more variation in his tone.
I would say this is a more "advanced beginner" type book where a lot of information is well explained, in addition, now we start building upon some fundamental concepts. If this is your first experience with Buddism, take your time, do not rush listening as there is a lot here.
Having a PDF version of some of the listings and interactions would be a great addition to this audiobook.
I found this book very informative on the industry of processed food. Making "something" people will buy and eat at the lowest cost possible. I was especially surprised the author was able to interview people and name names!
So many books of this type only list lists opinions from the author(s) and try to pass them on as factual which is nice, but not useful. This book goes the extra length by interviewing key industry people and explaining the research done and science behind processed food products
Naration was top notch, as I would expect from Scott Brick.
This is an essay (I hesitate to call it a book per say) about not doing what you know you should be. It is thought provoking if you can identify with this type of character trait. If you are not a procrastinator then you probably don't understand what message this essay is trying to convey.
For those who recognize themselves as procrastinators and "horizontal filers" it is worth a listen. It is short, and might just make you think of attacking your to-do list, even if it's not the top most important item on your list!
Dr. Kaku does a good job presenting the latest scientific experiments and research concerning the brain. There are some very good chapters explaining consciousness from a scientific perspective which I found quite insightful. This book is well organized, and maybe a little over simplified. To me it reads as a summary of research papers from the last 5 to 7 years or so. Overall educational for people not in the field.
To this there are some creative viewpoints added here and there to make this book feel somewhat more dynamic to listen to than dry information which is nice.
Narration was a bit flat, but appropriate for the subject matter.
Overall an okay book, may not age very well so if you are thinking of reading it I'd suggest to do it sooner rather than later.
I found Dr. Muesse did good work researching and explaining mindfulness. Each lecture was well presented with good use of vocals to keep the listener's attention.
I found the best part to be the first lecture of this series. The example given is unquestionably THE best example I've ever read or heard of the differences between an untrained (or distracted) mind, and a mind which routinely goes through mindfulness meditation and exercises. I can't say enough good about the first chapter. The following lectures buildup from there, I found myself hooked right from the start.
Also, of particular note is the acknowledgement that this course is Dr. Muesse's interpretation on the subject matter. I could see the great lengths the author went through to present the subject material in as an objective way as possible. For me this is a huge difference between one-sided self help books, and academic learning.
I would recommend this to people curious about what meditation is, and what in particular mindfulness meditation is. Then it's effect on a person's outlook and quality of life.
All in all this is one of the best introduction coarse on mindfulness I have had the opportunity to listen/read. Recommended!
This book is a light hearted and candid look at His Holiness the Dalai Lama during relatively recent very high profile events (and some lower key events, though still very important & informative, if not more so).
You can appreciate his putting into action what he says, and how he sees himself in world events. As a religious leader he attends events in which people seek his advice and the behind-the-scenes commentary in this book is very welcome to further understand some background stories at these events. Also very interesting is His Holiness' interest with western scientific methods to validate if what he says and believes holds true under scientific scrutiny by world leading scientists.
Narration is actually very good, at first I was taken aback by the different voices the narrator used, however after the initial surprise the reading flowed very well.
This is not really a book about in-depth Buddhist teaches and analysis, but rather a behind-the-scenes look following the Dalai Lama through some recent events.
I liked this book.
I enjoyed listening to this book. First, the narrator was a good choice. Second, the material presented was well researched and presented. The author & narrator manage to keep your interest even while laying out the groundwork on which they build from. The first few hours from many books of this type are a struggle to listen to, not this one.
The book is part instructive, and part inspirational which creates a good combination to actually MAKE you want go out and workout to see the benefits for yourself!
One of my best audiobook purchases.
A true classic.
I had never read the book, and see now why this book can still stand on it's own, and probably will for a very long time. The style of writing is a bit different in the varied way things & events are described which I learned a lot from.
The full cast performance, or half performance, was WAY below par. Either make a full cast production, or don't, but this half & half production was very confusing. Main narrator was excellent, but the constant mixing of him doing all the voices, and then going to a full cast was very distracting.
The premise of this book is using the internet seems to be changing our brain makeup, not necessarily for the better or worst.
Some parts were a bit drawn out, but overall I quite enjoyed listening to this book. First, the author goes through great pains to setup and create a comprehensive environment to explain his theory, and then goes on with supportive arguments, research, and citations. Of course some references seem to be cherry picked to support the author's point of view, but the fact these papers exist at all in creditable research should give pause to reflect on.
The biggest opponent I found to this book is the preconceived notions from the readers themselves before they start reading. It seems people either agree, or disagree, quite strongly with what is presented here with little basis on facts to support their subjective opinions.
I found the narration to be excellent, and recommend this book for those interrested.
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