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The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself | [Michael A. Singer]

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.
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Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.

©2007 Shanti Publications, Inc. (P)2011 Tantor

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"Read this book carefully and you will get more than a glimpse of eternity." (Deepak Chopra)

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    Lea Gladewater, TX, United States 12-16-11
    Lea Gladewater, TX, United States 12-16-11 Member Since 2013

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    "Fabulous!"

    Okay, I love Tolle, Dyer, Chodron, Chopra, Ruiz, Byron Katie, and many others, and that won't change. But for the clearest explanation of how to disregard that 'nut' running commentary in my head, this book wins hands down. It is funny, I mean oh so, 'oh my goodness of course' belly laugh funny, and sensible and simple. I love simple. If you really want to understand who 'you' are...the real you behind the insanity, this is a great book. I found the narrator to be fine, not perfect but I had no problem listening to him. Listened all the way through first day and started over.

    137 of 143 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Prattsville, AR, United States 01-12-12
    Mary Prattsville, AR, United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Finding your authentic self"
    What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

    Peter Berkrot's performance is soul searching, but at the same time allows me to laugh at the


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

    Probably should have been listened to in one sitting, but definitely one that I will listen to a second time.


    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy Wasilla, AK, United States 10-21-12
    Peggy Wasilla, AK, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Changed my Life!"

    I have listened to this book about 8 times. Everytime I re-listen I hear something new.
    It has chaged my life and given me freedom. Thank you Michael Singer for sharing this wonderful way of living.

    44 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Norine Bellevue, wa, United States 11-30-12
    Norine Bellevue, wa, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Inspirational and worth striving towards!"

    This spiritual book taught me to detach more and to let go, which isn't new to me, but it's presented in a different way. I love it!
    The only criticism I have is with the narrator. He tended to drop the volume of his voice on the last word of the sentence. I'd have to go back and listen again to get the one word.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Sallie Ukiah, CA, United States 09-21-12
    Sallie Ukiah, CA, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I loved this book"
    What did you love best about The Untethered Soul?

    I listened to this book over and over. There is a sense of peace and surrender that comes over me after I finish a chapter.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Untethered Soul?

    Quieting the mind chatter.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Berkrot – was your favorite?

    It gets really good at chapter 14 and beyond


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    lean back and let it pass through you.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep this book handy. You will refer to it over and over again.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    michael roswell, Georgia, United States 09-09-12
    michael roswell, Georgia, United States 09-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A straightforward solid spiritual guide"

    Listen to the narrator for yourself. I found the narration good and the reader had appropriate deference and sensitivity to the content. I did not agree with the harsh judgements regarding the narrator, it was fine for me.

    This book feels like a good distillation of the many books I have read on Buddhism, positive psychology and just good ways to live fully. I recommend this for anyone who feels blocked in life.

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    Anna Madison, Wisconsin, United States 03-24-14
    Anna Madison, Wisconsin, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing Content, Awful Sound"
    What did you love best about The Untethered Soul?

    Amazing content. The book really ties together a lot of spiritual concepts and just says it how it is. I've read a lot in this genre and am hearing things elucidated like never before. I LOVE the description of the energy waves and the Dao as well as the description of the stuck energy in the heart. I've experienced this phenomenon in Vipassana meditation but it was never explained as plainly/nicely as this.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Berkrot?

    Peter's voice is fine, but he starts each sentence with a burst and then trails off at the end of each sentence. I'm listening on quality Beats speakers so it's not my system. The result is that the volume has to be turned up louder to hear the end of the sentence, and it makes the beginning part way too loud. To the mixing/mastering engineer: please USE A COMPRESSOR! It's maddening.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sabine California US 01-16-12
    Sabine California US 01-16-12 Member Since 2008

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    "my favorite book right now! perfect timing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Untethered Soul to be better than the print version?

    I run my own business so actual book reading is quite a luxury and one I rarely have time for... I drive quite a bit so thats where I do my best listening to audio books... as I find driving a little boring my audio books make it a pleasure...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    hehe I think regarding this book... um me :)


    Which character ??? as performed by Peter Berkrot ??? was your favorite?

    there were no characters but Peter Berkrot is a great narrator!


    What insight do you think you???ll apply from The Untethered Soul?

    oh gosh too many to list... and Im still listening so Im sure there will be more...


    Any additional comments?

    this was one of those perfect timing books, not sure why I even bought it... purely on the snippet and liking the narrators voice (that is really important to me)... it is an artform and not everyone can do it.

    This is one of my all time favorite audios so far... and I listen to a lot of them. A great start to 2012!

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Trevor Holly, MI, United States 02-28-13
    Trevor Holly, MI, United States 02-28-13
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    "Great topic, poorly explained"
    Would you try another book from Michael A. Singer and/or Peter Berkrot?

    No


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure


    What didn’t you like about Peter Berkrot’s performance?

    Fluctuation in voice to add dramatic effect caused volume to fade too low to hear at times. Too much attempt at dramatization.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Any book on the topic of consciousness will have a couple of useful nuggets and this book was no different. Just hard to stay interested between the literary style and narration.


    Any additional comments?

    The Power of Now may be advanced and take great concentration, but I found it much clearer and that it did a phenomenal job of explaining the topic. I recommend that book instead.

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Brigham 07-02-14
    Brigham 07-02-14
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    "Quiet Insight"
    What did you like best about The Untethered Soul? What did you like least?

    The single greatest element of this book was the "Allegory of the House." Essentially, one will gain greater insight into the concepts shared after having progressed through the book up to the Allegory itself. However, I feel the Allegory itself could serve as a stand-alone. I kept waiting for the book to give more credit to divine intervention. While this is not for everyone, many people relate to this concept. The author does bring this point around in its own chapter near the final points of the book. If the God themes aren't for you, you'll be ok. If the God themes are your thing, you'll also be just fine.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story did nothing, if not to help you find that other people are experiencing the same inner nuance you are. For instance, the author, at the very beginning, relates to the reader by admitting that he has tried to tell the voice in his head to 'Shut Up.' This relatively regular theme of intermittent candor is refreshing.


    Did Peter Berkrot do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I think Peter did a respectable job. My concern with his reading of this work lies solely in his volume level. Sporadic is the best word for it. At times, his volume is normal, and easily received, While other times, when he seems to be attempting to do the author justice, he lowers his voice for dramatic effect. More than a few times I struggled to comprehend what he had said, forcing me to rewind the audio and re-listen. I'm not sure what this does for my stats on the mobile app but I was concerned. ;^)


    Was The Untethered Soul worth the listening time?

    Yes.


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    7/15/14
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    "Soul Food"
    What made the experience of listening to The Untethered Soul the most enjoyable?

    The concept of ones self.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Myself


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

    No but I will


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

    I did!


    Any additional comments?

    I feel I understand myself much more and I have a new out look in life. This book is truly life changing. I have shared this book with my friends and family and everyone loves it and cant wait to share it as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    2/13/15
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    "One of the best I've purchased."

    I've listened to more than 50 audio books on spirituality, Buddhism, enlightenment, awakening etc., and this is the first time I've felt compelled to write a review.
    The author offers many great metaphors and stories to help the listener really understand the concepts discussed. I can already see how easy it 'could be' to change my behaviour, my perception and my experience of the life that flows through and around me - concepts I'm looking forward to playing with from this moment on.
    In summary then, this audiobook offers many of the concepts and ideas that others do, but in a way that helps the listener to think about how he / she can apply them in a practical way to day-to-day life situations, and in turn step that much closer towards awakening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SD
    10/20/14
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    "Getting rid of that voice!"
    Would you listen to The Untethered Soul again? Why?

    I have listened twice and keep going back for reinforcement.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It really helped me to shut up that constant chatter, as an over thinker? I now understand that it wasn't over thinkimg but the voice/chatter in my mind overtaking.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Berkrot – was your favourite?

    Easy to listen to and follow - good sense of humour helped


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You couldn't


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for anyone who wants to be able to shut up that chatter and really think!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    7/28/15
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    "Life Changing"

    This is the first book I have read that made a distinction between the voices in your head (internal dialogue) versus the impartial observer.

    Through many examples the book explains how to separate your thought processes from yourself. The challenge is to see and separate while understanding your transient role in this universe.

    I chuckled quite a bit in some parts and scratched my head in other parts.

    Definitely a book to listen to over and over again. Like its guidance to seek happiness in everything I shall be returning to this book to try to gain more of the knowledge it seeks to impart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jayne
    7/16/15
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    "Excellent..."

    Highly recommended, this book from start to finish had me wanting to hear more... will be listening again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ingrid Thompson
    7/4/15
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    "Inside Your Mind"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Untethered Soul to be better than the print version?

    Easier to sit back and fully focus on the information especially when you are on long journeys or lie back and relax before bed


    What other book might you compare The Untethered Soul to, and why?

    A Course in Miracles
    But Untethered Soul should be read first. Clearing your mind first then
    A Course in Miracles to charter your course in life


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

    Both actually


    Any additional comments?

    It just made you more aware of yourself

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard S. White
    3/19/15
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    "Exquisite"

    The best spiritual book I've ever read. So simple, so elegant and so revealing. Guidance to enlightenment. Thank you and God bless you x

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    3/12/15
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    "Straight to the point"

    Exceeded my expectations. Really interesting, non preachy and absolutely recommend to all. Will have to re read as there was so much to take in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charity
    3/9/15
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    "Brilliant"

    One of the best, books I have read. A truth so profound it speaks to your core.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Erum
    2/2/15
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    "amazing book"

    This book was definitely worth reading it changed my whole view on life itself. It makes me grow as a person and love life as it is. I will highly recommend reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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