©1994 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.; (P)1994 Audio Renaissance Tapes, A Division of Cassette Productions Unlimited, Inc.
i love jon kabat-zinn, and love listening to him speak. this however, was him reading his own book. in a very voring monotonous tone.
just look up jon kabat-zinn on youtube. MUCH better content when he's lectures.
Yes if he was not narrating
Completely. It was hard to take it Seriously
The music was a little distracting, but it was only there in the transitions from chapters
While I think Jon Kabat-Zinn's message is critically important to our health and well being in this wild and crazy world. I did however, find the narration so calm and soothing that I had trouble staying focused. I found myself leaving the "moment" he quietly murmured about, and thinking about all the nagging things on my to do list. It was solid evidence that I REALLY need this book, but I have to be present in the moment to HEAR the book if I am to learn anything. I upped the narration speed on my Kindle a bit and it helped. Worth the listen, but maybe in small "moments" instead of your long commute.
I hated the background music. Very distracting which detracted from the content. Made the performance "busy"
Yes. Kabat-Zinn is the grandfather of the mindfulness movement. While this is a little heavy on theory and light on practice, I still found it helpful to know more about mindfulness.
The fact that he basically started the mindfulness movement in the West.
A couple of meditation practices.
Some reviewers have commented on the music. Annoying? Yes. 30 years ago? Yes. But I didn't find that it detracted from the message or book significantly. It did get a little loud between chapters, and lasted a little too long (though quieter), but I could always understand him.
And I disagree that a narrator should have been hired. Kabat-Zinn has a soft, quiet voice, but I found that it added sincerity to the message considering his pedigree with the movement.
I'm from a small town in the Midwest USA. Mentions of things like meditation, Buddha, yoga etc were always associated with laziness, misguided idealism, and drugged hippies. This was extremely unfortunate for me since these practices have been proven beneficial for thousands of years and I've only recently allowed myself to tap into this mindful way of living. The good news is that Kabat-zinn speaks our language. Straight forward and non "new agey", he brings the fundamentals of mindful life into a perspective that's easily understood and accepted by folks like me who were raised on hard work, cynicism, and skepticism. This book is a perfect Intro to mindfulness and what it means to wake up to life. I'm confident my grandparents had a great handle on mindfulness without using the same vocabulary. This book bridges the gap between East and West.
This is an easy to listen to self help audio book with some good tips for the meditation journey. It's pretty simple so good for beginners. I found it helpful to listen to when I have insomnia and it helps still my mind when I can't sleep. Recommend.
No because the terrible, frequent musical "interludes" distract from & ruin the narration.
Yes but only if I knew in advance that his other audiobooks were not similarly affected.
He is a fine narrator but badly let down by this production.
No, it stands up on its own.
It might seem churlish to focus so much on the bad music given Kabat-Zinn's otherwise profound teachings on mindfulness but the music really did completely ruin this audiobook for me. It's the worst sort of cheap, synthy, badly recorded, "mystical" rubbish that mars so many works on meditation and the like. It comes at the beginning and end of every section of the book; is overlaid on top of the narration for minutes at a time, altogether taking up at least a quarter of the running time; and is completely at odds with the voice of Kabat-Zinn and the character of his work, at least for me. In the end, I gave up listening to the last hour of it. Kabat-Zinn's work on mindfulness is the most lucid and illuminating I've yet come across but unless you're very good at filtering out background noise, I unfortunately have to recommend avoiding this one.
the Audible version of this book is blighted by the horrendously loud new age music that accompanies Jon's narration. i am a big fan of his work but this is unlistenable. it's so loud in parts that you cannot hear what he is saying, and is completely distracting from something that is largely about being focussed. it's a bizarre concept and an absolute disaster. i'm going to get my money back and buy the kindle version instead.
i have rated the "story" as 1 because i cannot hear it
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