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ALPENA, MICHIGAN, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 5 reviews
  • 79 ratings
  • 579 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume 1: The Body

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joseph Goldstein
    • Narrated By Joseph Goldstein

    In the words of the Buddha, the four foundations of mindfulness (the four satipatthanas) are "the direct path for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of dukkha (suffering) and discontent, for acquiring the true method, for the realization of Nibbana." Within the quintessential discourse called the Satipatthana Sutta, we find the Buddha's seminal teachings about the practice of meditation.

    Robert says: "Not for beginners"
    "Not for beginners"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a review of the three "books" in this trilogy by J. Goldstein. What you have is a set of more then 40 lectures that take you step by step through the Satipatthana Sutta. Some focused lectures, analyze just a few words. Each lecture is 45-60 minutes long, and the audience for these lectures are students of meditation (mostly Vipassana meditation I think), some taking 7 day retreats and some 90 days. The material is at times very personal and advanced, and seems intended for students that have practiced at least 1-4 years. These lectures occurred over 3-4 years, and there is a mild amount of repetition of stories and examples in them. I did not find this repetition straining, as I listened to these lectures over a slow 4-6 month period and have revisited them. If you do not already have some experience in meditation, and practice, then much of what the lectures are about may not make sense to you. These lectures do not seem to me a place to start your study, but a place to deepen it. So if you are a beginner, put these three "book" in your wish list. Then take a class and practice for 1-4 years. A better book for beginners might be "the art of living" by W. Hart or any of the books by Pema Chodron. I am profoundly thankful the author and the group of students that made this amazing trilogy possible.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Leopard

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen, Pico Iyer (introduction)
    • Narrated By Peter Matthiessen

    In 1973, Peter Matthiessen and field biologist George Schaller traveled high into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and possibly glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard. Matthiessen, a student of Z en Buddhism, was also on a spiritual quest to find the Lama of Shey at the ancient shrine on Crystal Mountain. As the climb proceeds, Matthiessen charts his inner path as well as his outer one.

    Robert says: "Worth the wait"
    "Worth the wait"
    Any additional comments?

    I have waited 8 years for this book to come to audible. Having read the book sometime years ago. Imagine my fear at seeing the word " abridged. " How I hate that word, but thankfully I bought it. In the introduction I learned that "abridged," in this case, meant the author made cuts AND performed it himself. Amazing does not describe the smoky sound of a 90 plus year old man, telling the story of his 46 year old self. At times the smoke in the voice almost falls away, at other times you hear pages turning over his soft wispy rumble. And then OM!! The old man jumps on you and you laugh and laugh. When Peter says "kill the buddha." there is so much happiness and fun that you have almost no idea what he is talking about, but perhaps you want to know?The story itself is a trip into nepal, mixed with the life of the author at 46. The story is worth 1 credit, the performance is worth 5, and the strange juxtaposition of old voice and young man is worth at least 4. So you get a 10 credit value for 1. It was worth waiting for 8 years, and it is the first time I have found an abridged book to be better then the original ( with the exception of Moby Dick )

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan

    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike Kircher says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "You will learn so much"
    What did you love best about Thinking, Fast and Slow?

    This is very difficult material, and the Author takes YOU right into the story. Standing around the water cooler chatting with friends. Dan takes his time teaching you words, ideas, and making it all flow in a wonderful way that will allow time to digest as you learn

    What did you like best about this story?

    Dan constantly draws you into the book with actual examples. You become a test subject, and you participate in the research. This is painful at times, many times you don't want it to be real. But you experience it.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book calls into question just about everything you "know." My reaction was not extreme but the change from reading the book was.

    Any additional comments?

    There are many books in the brain science category now. This book, "brain rules", and "the brain that changes itself" are all 6 star books. This book is the most "difficult" and covers the most controversial topics. This book also comes with a PDF. That is mentioned about 20 times in the reading. I did not use the PDF, and the author goes over them verbally after each is mentioned. My brother used the PDF and found it very useful, but you can get by. Just wait and Dan will walk you through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tao Te Ching: A New English Version

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 43 mins)
    • By Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell
    • Narrated By Stephen Mitchell

    In 81 brief chapters, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, as well as a serene and generous spirit. It teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao: the basic principle of the universe.

    Jason says: "Wonderful translation and reading, but..."
    "Not Tao te ching"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Written with the formal Zen practitioner mind, but if you wish to read the tao te ching, you must find a different version. Jane English's, is the only other one I have read and would recommend it highly. As it is accurate

    What was most disappointing about Lao Tzu and Stephen Mitchell ’s story?

    The author "Zen"ed up the story. To much of the translator not enough Tao

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The author did depart from all other translators and use she, rather then he. I found this change to be wonderful and useful.

    Any additional comments?

    The book ends very VERY poorly. With some woman yelling at you about audio books and children. like being thrown in ice cold water. It hurts

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • I'm Here to Win: A World Champion's Advice for Peak Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Chris McCormack, Tim Vandehey
    • Narrated By Howard Brunner, Chris McCormack

    As the winner of the 2010 Ironman Championship in Kona, Hawaii, Chris "Macca" McCormack may be the world's greatest athlete. In I'm Here to Win, McCormack shares his story along with training tips and practical advice to help listeners develop their own routines, diet, exercise programs and race strategies. Chris McCormack has dedicated his life to training for - and winning - the Ironman World Championships, one of the most grueling tests of mental and physical endurance in the world.

    Brian says: "Great way to pass the miles..."
    "It takes an Ironman to finish"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Chris needed to focus more on racing and not his record in racing

    Would you ever listen to anything by Chris McCormack and Tim Vandehey again?

    No. The writing suffered from being in the first person, and came across very negative and preachy. Chapter after chapter the rant continued. And chapter after chapter he keeps telling you and telling you and telling you how great he is. To sum it up: he is great, and won a lot more then anyone else.

    Well, I came into the book with no Idea who Chris was. I learned that he is an amazing athlete, and in 3 sports! But the more I listen the less of an amazing person he became. I kept listening in the hopes that the main character would grow up a bit and learn something from his suffering/racing. I stopped reading about 4 hours in. Which would have put me somewhere in the bike part of the race.

    What character would you cut from I'm Here to Win?

    The ranting Chris.

    Any additional comments?

    If you are an age grouper. Or someone who wants positive motivation about the sports you love. Skip this book and find another. This book is about winning. And winning can only be shared by one man... Chris...

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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