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Rob

Fayetteville, NC, United States

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  • Swallow The Happy Pill: Secrets To True Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Beck
    • Narrated By Craig Beck
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    "I just want to be happy," a simple goal expressed as though it were the very least we could expect of life. Some phrase it differently, and some attach requirement or specifics to the statement by pre-deciding how happiness must be packaged. Nonetheless it sounds so reasonable an expectation and yet for some reason so many people spend an entire lifetime unable to reach or even discover the first step on the path to this universal desire. Many believe that this illusive state would be possible if they could only win the lottery, inherit great wealth....

    Grant says: "Happy I listened."
    "A thought-provoking approach to abstract topics"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Swallow The Happy Pill in three words, what would they be?

    "Happiness is a choice" (author's words). I "tend to agree" (my words).


    What did you like best about this story?

    That my happiness should not be dependent upon group conformance or other people's expectations. That's not an excuse to be callous or withdrawn, but rather to realize that my own emotional well-being cannot be tied to the acceptance of me by other people.


    What aspect of Craig Beck’s performance would you have changed?

    I have two other titles from Craig Beck and there is some obvious duplication. Repetitive concepts are OK, but using the same illustrative analogies can be tedious for the listener. Since the author has to provide context, I skip through the spots that I've heard before. That's my reason for a three star rating on performance. As a narrator, Craig Beck is very enjoyable to listen to, has a fast pace, and the British accent is a nice touch.


    What did you learn from Swallow The Happy Pill that you would use in your daily life?

    Happiness comes from the inside, and the quest for status, money, or other forms of recognition are only temporary forms of pleasure or satisfaction. I need to be happy now, and not wait for some condition or other external dependency. It's all about perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    There are a couple of reviewers that were somewhat offended because the author tends to question religious dogma. This is true, but it's not limited to a single religion and he spends as much time examining atheism as with Christianity. But if you have a very strong personal belief system, and cannot get past some reasonably objective criticism (of all faiths) then you would probably be happier with a different selection.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Infinite Quest: Develop Your Psychic Intuition to Take Charge of Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By John Edward
    • Narrated By John Edward
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (158)

    Internationally acclaimed psychic medium and best-selling author John Edward has captivated audiences worldwide with his unique abilities to connect people with loved ones who have crossed over to the Other Side. Now in this groundbreaking book, John takes you on an infinite quest to develop your own psychic intuition as a powerful tool for taking charge of your life.

    John says: "Best on the subject of Psychic Awareness"
    "Incredibly shallow approach and a waste of time"
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    What disappointed you about Infinite Quest?

    The repetitive themes revealed a lack of content and demonstrated a complete lack of depth on any particular topic, aside from the author's own self-promotion. The continual reminder to minimize one's ego would be sound advice to the author, which seems quite hypocritical.


    What was most disappointing about John Edward’s story?

    After you suffer through the first hour or two, the remainder of the audio book was an overview of different psychic techniques without a substantial treatment on any a given topic. There certainly are better sources for a contrast and comparison of various psychic techniques. Most of the information is watered-down dribble.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His attempt to be conversational and charasmatic was awful. Audible should have used a different narrator. And the occasional use of profanity did not emphasize a point but would tend to detract from the presentation.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Infinite Quest?

    It was twice as long as it should have been. The degree of repetition was unbearable. The author's desire to be


    Any additional comments?

    If the author had any substantial understanding or experience with the topics, you would never know by listening to this audiobook.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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