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Uncle Mike

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  • Ending the Pursuit of Happiness: A Zen Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Barry Magid
    • Narrated By Joe O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    This new book from Zen teacher, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and critical favorite, Barry Magid, inspires us to outgrow the impossible pursuit of happiness, and instead make peace with the perfection of the way things are. Including ourselves! Using wryly gentle prose, Magid invites readers to consider the notion that our certainty that we are broken may be turning our pursuit of happiness into a source of more suffering.

    Richard Seeley says: "Disappointing"
    "Very fine book, very poor reading"
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    If you could sum up Ending the Pursuit of Happiness in three words, what would they be?

    A Zen primer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joe O'Neill’s performances?

    No. I found both his voice, manner of delivery, frequent stumbling over words and frequent mispronunciations most distracting. ("Shun-ree Suzuki" or "Sessions" for sesshins). Not to mention what seems to be the odd paragraph or two suddenly sounding as if it were recorded in a completely different studio. A somewhat amateurish production. Too bad, a stye book's content is useful, insightful stuff.


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