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chessjunkie

"A good book is the best contentment has"

Washington DC | Member Since 2014

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  • 28 reviews
  • 89 ratings
  • 169 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015
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  • You Are Now Less Dumb: How to Conquer Mob Mentality, How to Buy Happiness, and All the Other Ways to Outsmart Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David McRaney
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (469)

    You Are Now Less Dumb is grounded in the idea that we all believe ourselves to be objective observers of reality - except we’re not. But that's okay, because our delusions keep us sane. Expanding on this premise, McRaney provides eye-opening analyses of 15 more ways we fool ourselves every day. This smart and highly entertaining audiobook will be wowing listeners for years to come.

    PHIL says: "Much like "You Are Not So Smart""
    "I am less dumb, thanks!"
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    Where does You Are Now Less Dumb rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it is among the best nonfiction books, funny, smart and well written.


    What other book might you compare You Are Now Less Dumb to and why?

    Anything by Malcolm Gladwell.


    What does Don Hagen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Amazing voice, amazing narration. The book is funny and the man helps to convey that.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You are now less dumb, congratulations...


    Any additional comments?

    Well done.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Not for Happiness: A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Do you practise meditation because you want to feel good? Or to help you relax and be "happy"? Then frankly, according to Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, you are far better off having a full-body massage than trying to practise the Dharma. Genuine spiritual practice, not least the Ngndro preliminaries, will not bring the kind of comfort and ease most worldly people crave. Quite the opposite, in fact.

    chessjunkie says: "D.J. Khyentse is the Real Deal"
    "D.J. Khyentse is the Real Deal"
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    Would you listen to Not for Happiness again? Why?

    I would, it is a frank and clear discussion of Buddhist practice


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    Edoardo was terrific as always.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I needed to take some pauses to digest the info.


    Any additional comments?

    Great author. Great narrator. Great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Shunryu Suzuki
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (237)

    Shunryu Suzuki was a direct spiritual descendant of the renowned 13th-century Zen master Dogen, and his hugely influential Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind ranks with the great classics of Zen literature. Suzuki's clear, coherent translation of ancient beliefs and principles miraculously leaves all the subtleties of Zen intact, while adapting the language to modern sensibilities.

    David says: "superb"
    "Just sit on a mat."
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    What made the experience of listening to Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind the most enjoyable?

    The author encourages the listener to meditate, without expectation. This is nice because too much ritual and too many rules can become spiritual obstacles.


    What other book might you compare Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind to and why?

    Maybe the "Art of Power," by Thick Nhat Hanh, in that they are both about how to be in the moment.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Coyote’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, i do not know.


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

    It did not make me laugh or cry. It made me want to meditate more - which may be better than laughing or crying.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice, short, clear and useful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Makes You Not a Buddhist

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
    • Narrated By Tom Pile
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Tibetan Buddhist master Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, one of the most creative and innovative lamas teaching today, throws down the gauntlet to the Buddhist world, challenging common misconceptions, stereotypes, and fantasies. With wit and irony, Khysentse urges readers to move beyond the superficial trappings of Buddhism - beyond the romance with beads, incense, or exotic robes - straight to the heart of what the Buddha taught.

    Pete says: "A Very Profound Teaching"
    "Keeping it real, Buddhist."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of What Makes You Not a Buddhist to be better than the print version?

    I don't know, don't have the print version. Loved the narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    D.J. Khyentse was absolutely fabulous. He is clear in presenting his ideas and considers himself a "fanatical Buddhist," and explains that violence has never played a part in propagating Buddhism. But says that Buddhism is more than meditation and vegetarianism. This is nice, since so much of Buddhist doctrine, ideas and thoughts has been westernized for various reasons.


    What does Tom Pile bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tom Pile brings gravity to this work. His voice is clear and almost forceful. He helps to convey clarity and passion.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?


    "its all about right view, people!"
    the Four Seals:
    all things are impairment
    all emotions are pain
    all phenomena are illusory
    enlightenment (nirvana) is beyond concepts


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book. This book is designed to clarify what Buddhism is, and not how to practice it. There are no tools on how to meditate, eat or be. It simply explains the four seals and why D.J. Khyentse believes they clearly separate Buddhism from other "religions," (fyi, the author doesn't consider Buddhism a religion.)

    D.J. Khyentse is very funny. It makes this book a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Calculated Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Anne Charnock
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (125)

    Big business is booming and state institutions are thriving thanks to advances in genetic engineering, which have produced a compliant population free from addictions. Violent crime is now a rarity. Mayhew McCline, a major corporation that analyzes global trends, has hired a genius: Jayna. A brilliant mathematical modeler, she has the ability to produce accurate predictions that are both good for the world and good for the bottom line. Her latest coup: finding a link between northeasterly winds and violent crime.

    Loretta Franklin says: "Very nice book"
    "Couldn't Get Into It"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Couldn't say. Maybe a more patient person? Maybe a more inquisitive person? Maybe no one? Maybe someone who gave it a higher rating?


    Has A Calculated Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Probably not.


    What three words best describe Susan Duerden’s performance?

    Not Susan's Fault?


    What character would you cut from A Calculated Life?

    Couldn't say.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4529)
    Performance
    (3904)
    Story
    (3883)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "An Introvert's Manifesto"
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    What made the experience of listening to Quiet the most enjoyable?

    I like the way the author approached her research. She revealed some interesting facts and misconceptions about introverts based in scientific research.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The science behind it.


    What does Kathe Mazur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kathe was good. She, like all narrators, helps you keep your hands free to do other things while listening.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That introverts are more sensitive to environmental stimuli.


    Any additional comments?

    This book just popular enough that everyone knows the title and few have read the book. People should actually read it. It is more than just the next hot thing. It is a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Minimalist

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Sam Siv
    • Narrated By Gayle Ambrielle Loflin
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    You're about to discover proven steps on how to become a minimalist and simplifying your life…This book contains proven steps and strategies on living a minimalist way of life and embracing the fact that less is more. This can serve as your guide on your journey towards minimalism and help you determine your purpose as to why you are assuming this lifestyle. Moreover, it helps you set your priorities and disregard certain habits or tangible things that weigh you down.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good info..."
    "Short, Sweet & Rings True"
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    If you could sum up Minimalist in three words, what would they be?

    simple. clear. quick.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Minimalist?

    applying minimalism to financial philosophy. nice.


    What about Gayle Ambrielle Loflin’s performance did you like?

    it was good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was short and even shorter that i listened on 1.5 speed.


    Any additional comments?

    A nice inexpensive book. I think I will listen again. It a great pep talk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    Power is one of the central issues in our lives. From work to personal relationships, the struggle for power plays a pivotal role and, more often than not, prevents us from attaining freedom and happiness. The bottom-line mentality in our culture seeps unnoticed into every other part of our lives. Thich Nhat Hanh illustrates how our current understanding of power leads us on a never-ending search for external markers like job title or salary.

    John says: "The Distilled Wisdom of a Happy Being"
    "The Power to Bring about Happiness"
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    If you could sum up The Art of Power in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful, logical, revolutionary


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Power?

    The way the author reframes the discussion about power is really meaningful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    no scenes. i like the references to meditation.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Art of Power?

    There is a lot of insight in this book. But the ability to control your mind is indeed the key to being happy, right now.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, awesome author. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jen Sincero
    • Narrated By Jen Sincero
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1242)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1123)

    Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good at times"
    "A Funny, Badass Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to You are a Badass the most enjoyable?

    Jen is very funny, honest and vulnerable. It is nice to have a fresh take on this new age self help stuff


    What other book might you compare You are a Badass to and why?

    I don't know


    What about Jen Sincero’s performance did you like?

    She is very cleaver and enthusiastic. Not all authors are good narrators, but Jen nailed it.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from You are a Badass?

    The part where she says watch how you think and talk about yourself. This is critically important.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, fun listen, well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg McKeown
    • Narrated By Greg McKeown
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (448)

    By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us. Essentialism is not one more thing - it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

    Jason Comely says: "Call me an "Essentialist""
    "Bravo!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book to anyone who is serious about living a life that reflects who they truly are


    What other book might you compare Essentialism to and why?

    Hum, there is nothing quite like it. Other business books are not as good because Essentialism is really a practice that the individual develops in order to live a more authentic life.


    Which character – as performed by Greg McKeown – was your favorite?

    Come one, y'all know there are no characters in this book. But Greg was a solid narrator.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Essentialism?

    I will apply the "less but better" mantra to my work and personal life.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is great for me because It really is about how to achieve the biggest bang for your efforts by finding the truly valuable things and focusing on them. The idea that 90+ percent of our opportunities, information, interactions are noise, are unimportant, are time wasters is really revolutionary in a world where so many of us are trying to figure out how to manage the deluge of nonsense (without first recognizing it as nonsense). Having this new perspective provides much needed clarity of purpose that should be valuable to any reader.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Husband's Regret: Unwanted, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Natasha Anders
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    Tall and thin, twenty-eight-year-old Bronwyn Palmer has become positively gaunt, a ghost of her former self. That self was - and still is - the wife of a rich, handsome executive with an ocean-view house and his own security staff. It was in that house, two years ago, that Bryce Palmer learned Bronwyn was pregnant with their first child. But Bryce’s rage over his impending fatherhood touched off a chain reaction of emotional and physical traumas that wounded them both.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Great sequal!"
    "Exactly like the first novel, but not as good"
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    Would you try another book from Natasha Anders and/or Justine Eyre?

    Probably not. I love Justine Eyre as a narrator.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Calculated Life


    What about Justine Eyre’s performance did you like?

    She is pretty awesome. Very passionate voice. It adds dimension to the characters


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope. Unless some awesome actors were in it.


    Any additional comments?

    The first novel in this series was a refreshing take on romance. But this story is based on a misunderstanding taken to the extreme. I also wondered why there is no mention of the heroin's family and why she didn't lean on them for support during rough times. The heroin is way to fragile for my taste. Even Cinderella didn't play the victim.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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