Analyzing the basic nature of human thought and consciousness itself, the author makes available to everyone the key to penetrating the last barrier to the advancement of civilization and science and resolving the most crucial of all human dilemmas: how to instantly determine the truth or falsehood of any statement or supposed fact.
All human endeavors have the common goal of understanding or influencing human experience. To this end, man has developed numerous descriptive and analytical disciplines: morality, philosophy, psychology, and so on. Regardless of what branch of inquiry one starts from (philosophy, political theory, theology) all avenues of investigation eventually converge at a common meeting point: the quest for an organized understanding of the nature of pure consciousness.
To explain that which is simple can be difficult indeed. Much of this book is devoted to the process of making the simple obvious. If we can understand even one simple thing in depth, we will have greatly expanded our capacity for comprehending the nature of the universe and life itself.
© and (P)2006 The Institute for Spiritual Research, Inc., dba Veritas Publishing
"A beautiful gift of writing...[You] spread joy, love, and compassion through what you write. The fruit of these three is peace." (Mother Teresa)
I'm sure that the contents of the book are as exciting as everyone has made it out to be. Unfortunately, I thought that I would take a break from reading and listen to the audio version of this book. What a huge mistake! I cannot get through 20 minutes of this guy's droning voice and emotionless reading. Therefore: until he gets someone exciting to read his book for him (John De Lancie comes to mind) then I will have to deal with the hard cover version. I would be able to listen to a third grader attempt to read this book than deal with Hawkins for yet another miserable chapter.. Wake up people, just because you're accomplished authors doesn't mean you know how to read!!
No inflection in his voice, no emotion, just droning on and on. It makes me wonder whether he actually wrote the material.
Sit down and read the book and take notes, you won't be able to absorb the material through hearing it.
It is a pity that a book that has such an interesting subject was read by the author himself instead of a professional reader.
He had a monotonous voice and slurred his words and as a result I couldn't listen to it till the end.
Instead I looked at the book itself.
The idea behind some of the book was explained in a far more interesting way by Dr. Wayne Dyer in His book
Dr Wayne Dyer or someone else who can read well
If new research shows relevant additional information I think there should be a follow up book
deep and meaningful
thinking about everyday emotions in terms of their power over individuaals and how they resonate between people
he speaks TOO FAST!!!! Way too fast!
Neither laugh or cry, but it was inspirational and absorbing.
highly recommended, even if you have to listen to it repeatedly - or at half speed.
The audio version was wonderful but I am happy that I also have the electronic version so that I can more easily review lists and charts.
The book was so interesting that I wanted to read it in one sitting and I am now a better person after reading it.
Today our society is cluttered with trivial pointless noise throughout our day to day lives that distracts most of us from obtaining knowledge of truth, and the things that are of true substance and nourishment for our minds. The ideas, and concepts discussed were fascinating and I feel that every person could benefit from them. Despite the fact that it is not narrated by Morgan Freeman or James Earl Jones this book has beneficial information and terrific food for thought. Don't judge a book by it cover, or a audible book by its narrator. Give it a fair shake, and get past the first 45 minutes which is the introductory to the principles and concepts discussed throughout the book.
OMG !!!! The narrator (author) is THE WORST I have ever heard. I am only about 1 hour into listening to this book. I find the topic interesting but Dr Hawkins reads the book like he has never read it before. It sounds like he is often ignoring the punctuation. Pausing between words at strange times and running sentences together at others.
HE TALKS LIKE HE HAS A MOUTH FULL OF MASKED PEAS (or saliva).
He has an especially difficult time saying the word "Et cetera" which he pronounces as "eshhesha".
Why? Why? Why? Why didn't someone tell this man that he sounds so terrible?
All that being said. I will probably buy the book to read. And, I hope I can finish listening to this audible book. But, I find my self getting very frustrated starting and stopping, rewinding to try and understand what he said/meant.
To bad there is not a way to "return unused portions" for a full or partial refund. I would definitely return this one.
The WORST narrator i have ever heard.
I was quite anxious to read this book, but finally gave it up. The narration is so bad that even if I could understand what he was saying, I just couldn't focus.
This man should not be reading his own book. I will have to buy the Kindle version.
First I must say Dr.David R.Hawkins should have passed on to a more experienced narrator. It felt like he was holding onto something to tightly,as this was a precious works. I'm just saying a more experienced narrator with the ability to put a more spirited spring into this book would have been more enjoyable, The context and the information in this book was able to hold my attention. Even though I was drifting away at times. I wanted to hear more of Dr. Hawkins knowledge of the meaning of Power vs Force as it pertains to personal growth, overcoming obstacles such as addiction.and striving to become more awakened people.
I'm an easy to please person. Some of the Audible books that I've read and received poor user ratings based on quality of the reading and I enjoyed them anyways. This was definitely not one of those times.
I could not understand anything the author/reader had to say. In addition, his voice actually made my skin crawl. I could not get passed the 2nd chapter.
I would not recommend this book unless they put a new audio out with a different reader. The woman who announces each chapter would be a much better choice.
Listen to the Authoritarians
I almost didn't buy this yesterday because of the scathing reviews of Dr. Hawkins' reading...
I'm glad I followed my gut on this one and purchased it. I listen to my audiobooks on my iPhone at triple speed with Audible's app. I can consume voraciously this way. For this book, I had to slow it down to 2x speed not because of Dr. Hawkins' reading but because the information is so dense. But at three times and twice the speed I had no trouble understanding him. I'm just sensing a lot of snobbery in the other reviews.
The information is mind blowing. It's all I can think about and I'm only on Chapter 3. Good luck!
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