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T McKim

I am a male in my early 50's. At this point I only listen to non-fiction audiobooks, primarily those dealing with spirituality and self-improvement. Audiobooks have had a huge positive influence in my life over the past year!

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  • Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Transformative Power of Possibility

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ellen J. Langer
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
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    (32)
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    (18)
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    If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically? For more than 30 years, award-winning social psychologist Ellen Langer has studied this provocative question, and now has a conclusive answer: opening our minds to what's possible, instead of clinging to accepted notions about what's not, can lead to better health at any age.

    Optimize the Balance says: "More of the same"
    "Required reading for anyone over the age of 50"
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    Don't let the negative reviews keep you from reading this book. Readers with an open mind will be able to see the wisdom in these pages.
    The key points I took away: our medical system does not have all the answers (though many inside it believe they do) and our society leads us to believe in things that will adversely affect our health.
    But please do not judge the book on these bullets. The background information contained in this work provides enough information for the thinking person to seriously reconsider long held beliefs. While my headline indicates the book should be read by the middle aged and up, I encourage all adults to expose themselves to the ideas presented in Counterclockwise.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rick Strassman
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (237)

    From 1990 to 1995, Dr. Rick Strassman conducted U.S. government–approved and funded clinical research at the University of New Mexico in which he injected 60 volunteers with DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known. His detailed account of those sessions is an extraordinarily riveting inquiry into the nature of the human mind and the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. DMT, a plant-derived chemical found in the psychedelic Amazon brew ayahuasca, is also manufactured by the human brain.

    Evan says: "A must-have for anyone interested in anything."
    "Not what I was hoping for"
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    I purchased this book with the expectation that I would be exposed to a work focused on the experiences of those participating in the Doctor's study.
    While there certainly is some of that, the book goes into great detail about the science behind how the drug works and the logistics involved in setting up the study. This type of material might be interesting to some but it's not my cup of tea. Finishing the book become a chore.
    A high point for me: I was intrigued by the author's comments on alien abductions and how that phenomenon may be related to DMT.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Survival: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laurence Gonzales
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (222)

    After her plane crashes, a 17-year-old girl spends 11 days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference?

    Betty says: "I'm not sure it can get better than this"
    "Get this book if you are an outdoorsman (or woman)"
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    While not specific to outdoor pursuits, the lessons given in this book provide an insight into common mistakes made by people which land them in life threatening situations. The descriptions of the real life experiences are vivid and make for enthralling reading. Add to this the information on psychology presented herein and you've got a truly enlightening perspective on human behavior in extreme scenarios. I hope you never need to use what you learn from this book, but you will be better prepared if you have read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Geiger
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (3)
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    The Third Man Factor is an extraordinary account of how people at the very edge of death often sense an unseen presence beside them who encourages them to make one final effort to survive. This incorporeal being offers a feeling of hope, protection, and guidance, and leaves the person convinced he or she is not alone. There is a name for this phenomenon: It’s called the Third Man Factor.

    T McKim says: "Fascinating and Well Told"
    "Fascinating and Well Told"
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    This collection of recorded events is entertaining, enlightening and thought-provoking. The experiences are described in vivid detail, making it easy for the listener to imagine what the people involved lived through. Highly recommended for people with a taste for adventure and an open mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of the Immortal: Advanced Teachings from A Course in Miracles

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Gary Renard
    • Narrated By Gary Renard
    Overall
    (275)
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    (98)
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    (100)

    What if you could accelerate your spiritual progress so greatly that you would never have to "come back" to learn more lessons? Is it possible that a form of "advanced forgiveness", if fully understood and achieved, could bring you perfect peace? According to Gary Renard, all the instructions to transcend human suffering and dissolve the illusions of this world are contained in A Course in Miracles.

    David says: "Nicely done, easy listening"
    "It's all about Forgiveness"
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    This was not an easy listen but for me the effort required to get through the material was well worth the trouble.
    While I have never considered myself an atheist, I am not a religious person and in fact have been very resistant to anything even remotely associated with religious beliefs for many years. When this book was recommended to me I purchased it but nearly turned it off several times, my old habits taking over at the mention of heavenly beings materializing in the author's living room and the frequent mentions of Jesus.
    But I decided to stick to it and hear what Gary had to say. I am very glad I did.
    This book is all about Forgiveness, a concept that goes much deeper than I ever imagined. It turns out that forgiving those who have wronged you is at once one of the most selfish and selfless things you can do. The work you are asked to do is difficult, but those searching for inner peace could find this title very helpful. And you don't need to become a religious zealot to profit from the wisdom contained herein.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Long, Paul Perry
    • Narrated By Bob Dunsworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    Evidence of the Afterlife shares the firsthand accounts of people who have died and lived to tell about it. Through their work at the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, radiation oncologist Jeffrey Long and his wife, Jody, have gathered thousands of accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) from all over the world.

    geoff says: "comprehensive"
    "Stats at the Expense of Stories"
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    The author spends so much time telling the reader about the statistics that in my estimation the impactfulness of the stories is diminished. It's a good read but could have been a lot better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell
    • Narrated By Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell
    Overall
    (686)
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    (281)
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    Out of nowhere, like a fresh breeze in a marketplace crowded with advice on what to believe, comes Byron Katie and what she calls "The Work". In the midst of a normal life, Katie became increasingly depressed. Then one morning, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her, and now, in Loving What Is, you can discover the same freedom through The Work.

    Heather says: "simply amazing"
    "A Revelation"
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    Where does Loving What Is rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At or near the top of the list. And it will stay there.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Loving What Is?

    The interview with the woman whose husband had died and was subsequently denied custody of an adopted baby.


    What about Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell ’s performance did you like?

    Genuine. Passionate. Intimate.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    See above. It's tear jerking. I do not cry easily but had a serious lump in my throat while listening to that passage. The best part of all; it has a happy ending.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big fan of Louise Hay, Eckhart Tolle, Gary Renard and Wayne Dyer. After listening to Loving What Is, I am now placing Byron Katie in their class. Listening to the interaction between Katie and the people she counsels is riveting and uplifting. You will not soon forget this one.

    0 of 0 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
    (228)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (159)

    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"
    "Interesting material, don't care for the attitude"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. My friends are not into this topic. A person really needs to be open to the concepts of the psychic realm to get anything from it.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending fit well as a summary to the book.


    What aspect of John Edward’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance was fine. It was clear he is the author and is passionate about the material.


    Could you see Infinite Quest being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    I had never heard of John Edward prior to reading this book. John clearly knows the subject matter he presents. There is a lot of good information in here. I think anyone who is interested in developing his or her own psychic skills could benefit from the many suggestions contained herein.The big downside to this book for me was John railing against the "ego monster", then displaying his own to drive home a point. He lost a little credibility with me on that point, but to be fair I have been listening to other authors lately (e.g. Eckhart Tolle, Gary Renard) who have very strict viewpoints on ego control. Hope this helps and happy listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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