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Buddhism for Busy People Audiobook
Buddhism for Busy People
Written by: 
David Michie
Narrated by: 
Nicholas Bell
Buddhism for Busy People Audiobook

Buddhism for Busy People

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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling introduction to Buddhism. Includes Bonus Meditation CD. Every once in a while you come across an extraordinary book with the power to change your life. Buddhism For Busy People is one such book.

What does it take to be happy? We've all asked ourselves this question at some point, but few of us have found the path to lasting fulfillment.

David Michie thought he had achieved his life's goals - the high level job, the expensive city apartment, the luxury car, great holidays...but a small voice was telling him he wasn't really happy. A chance remark from a naturopath sent him to his local Buddhist centre. There, he began the most important journey of his life.

In this simple, beautifully written book, David Michie opens the door to the core teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. With wry, self-deprecating humour, he shows us how he began to incorporate Buddhist practices into his daily life. He explains how he came to understand the difference between the temporary pleasures of ordinary life, and the profound sense of well-being and heart-felt serenity that comes from connecting with our inner nature.

©2008 David Michie; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing

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    Karen White City, Saskatchewan, Canada 04-14-10
    Karen White City, Saskatchewan, Canada 04-14-10
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    "Buddhism for Beginners, too"

    A nice primer as narrated by an Englishman, with a sonorous voice and lovely accent. I enjoyed the fact that the author mixed personal anectodal material with the philosophy of Buddhism. Nicely done.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Blake Denver, CO, USA 03-27-10
    David Blake Denver, CO, USA 03-27-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Embarrassing Ego Trip"

    The author is far more focused on boasting about his success in PR and marketing than he is on providing insights into Buddhism (which here is really just a Western take on Tibetan Buddhism.) He repeatedly describes his guru's eyes as "twinkling" and his smile as "mischievous". This kind of cliched drivel belongs on no one's bookshelf or ipod. Don't waste the credit or time.

    21 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Rena Alisa Los Gatos, CA, US 09-27-13
    Rena Alisa Los Gatos, CA, US 09-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "perdictable"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Buddhism for Busy People to be better than the print version?

    For once, here is an author who can do a good job reading his own book.
    Much of the content was predictable, but I still learned -- or reaffirmed -- the main lesson.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-24-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Great introduction"

    This book will get you started and leaves you hungry for more. well written and easy to grasp.

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    DEBORAH 05-23-16
    DEBORAH 05-23-16
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    "Very well written."

    L have listened to this book over and over. It has a great perspective for someone just learning about Buddhism.
    The meditation techniques are easy to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jrg5963 05-21-16
    jrg5963 05-21-16 Member Since 2005
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    "Effectuve review"

    Enjoyed using this as a review and possibly a book to recommend to others wanting to investigate Buddhism teachings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TZaal 02-20-16
    TZaal 02-20-16

    Good or bad, One's "Perception" often affects his/her own life experience.

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    "Great read, easy to follow,"
    Would you try another book from David Michie and/or Nicholas Bell?

    yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Buddhism for Busy People?

    the content was easy to follow in mostly laypersons terms.


    Do you think Buddhism for Busy People needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No but the Dalli Lama's cat books would be nice to have in audio format


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JOHN KRAINSKI 07-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Delivered on the Title...plus some Nonsense"
    What did you like best about Buddhism for Busy People? What did you like least?

    This book delivered on the title. I'm a "busy person" from the U.S.A...I was looking for a distillation of the key concepts of Buddhism for a Westerner, and that's what I found here. I could relate to his stories about achieving what he thought would make him happy, but finding he was still the same person, regardless of his success or failures on those achievements. Much of what he discusses is related to tried-and-true Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which he acknowledges to his credit. However, he completely lost me when he started talking about past-lives regression and, no kidding, even mentioned "ghosts". While this may be legitimate Buddhism, to a modern intellect, this just sounds plain silly, and (I claim) is totally unnecessary to the understanding and practice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Buddhism for Busy People?

    On the plus side: stories I could relate about the propensity to believe the Next Big Thing (promotion, raise, romantic partner) will make you happy, understanding why it consistently doesn't, then offering a solution.


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

    I felt that the reader captured the author's voice very well.


    Could you see Buddhism for Busy People being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I would love to see someone make a good film about meditation, but I can't imagine how that would work out.


    Any additional comments?

    To my Humanist friends: This is worth a listen for a practical messages and information. Just mentally edit out the past-lives silliness ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Centennial, CO, United States 05-22-15
    Gail Centennial, CO, United States 05-22-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Beginning Buddhism"

    Great place to start for beginning Buddhism practices and meditation methods. Enjoyed it very much.

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    Mark Clulow 03-07-15
    Mark Clulow 03-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A wonderful reading of an inspirational book!"

    Very satisfied by this well-written, well-read book. Thank you for creating it! ^_^
    Made a recent long journey an absolute joy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Ms. Yvonne McCann
    7/10/16
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    "ok"

    worth a listen but nothing new. all very superficial stuff. Not bad by any means but quite average in content. I expected more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jakubik
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    3/22/16
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    "Best narration ever!"

    Bravo Nicholas Bell. Such a fantastic choice of a narrator - the perfect match. Nicholas just feels so natural in this. Of the 30 odd books I've amassed in my Audible account over the years this is the absolutely best "book / narrator" match hands down. Perfection!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle Dixon
    2/27/16
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    "Great - Different - Just The Job!"

    Just the sort of thing I was looking for. I wanted to learn about Buddhism and I have a lot of books to go through because I like learning from them. I also cant listen when I like because my illnesses won't allow it. So this was just the job!
    Great intro' and narrator but I did find that I had to listen in bite size chunks or it became a fraction monotonous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ms tanya bridgeman
    2/25/16
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    "Easy to follow. Good for novices!"

    This was a very easy listen. Explains the basic principles well and helped with linking theory to practice. Glad I purchased 😃

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PinkInk
    2/18/16
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    "Absolutely Brilliant"

    Really found it a great insight into how we can all incorporate Buddhism into our lives. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I will listen to it several times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phoebe
    Norfolk
    2/6/16
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    "Requires your full attention"

    I found I really needed to concentrate when listening to this audiobook. However, it is so beautifully narrated, and so much thought and care has clearly gone into its writing, that I felt it deserved my attention and I did feel that I was being a gift as I listened to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GRB
    11/4/15
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    "Well worth a listen !"

    Having listened to Elkhart Tolle, mark Williams and Goldstein amongst others I was not expecting anything new. However, this covers similar ground but offers another interesting point of view and was very engaging.

    Thoroughly enjoyed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. S. Black
    8/26/15
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    "Wouldn't recommend, would encourage elsewhere"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Forgetful, it was in the end, too happenstance and general for me.It never got gritty. This is pretty much much pandering to an audience that wants to hear this generalisation of mindfulness.A few too many easy anecdotes and timely life affirming cycles (good or bad) that i feel generally lead to what you would write if you were writing a book. However, it did serve as an introducion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MarkPT
    7/14/15
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    "A great story and introduction"

    My first book on Buddhism and it crosses over nicely into mindfulness and general life.

    Well read and easy to listen/follow - a great way to start improving your life. Felt it lagged a little at 3hrs in but generally a great listen- will definitely go back over the first few hours again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P. P. Sreenan
    6/10/15
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book written by David Michie or narrated by Nicholas Bell?

    Maybe


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    There were some good nuggets of Buddhist philosophy but the least interesting was time spent describing his own experience.


    What three words best describe Nicholas Bell’s voice?

    Soothing, pleasant, easy.


    What character would you cut from Buddhism for Busy People?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt misled by the title. To me it would have been more accurately described as a"A busy person's experience of encountering Buddhism". As such I was disappointed because I did not get what the title led me to believe I would.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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