©1994 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.; (P)1994 Audio Renaissance Tapes, A Division of Cassette Productions Unlimited, Inc.
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 narrator was fine. what was so incredibly distracting was the MUSIC primarily at the beginning of the chapters/sections. I could not hear the narrator. It is extremely annoying, frustrating and so counter to the whole purpose of the book content. The MUSIC was so LOUD that it drowned out the narrator. Not only that, but the music itself was of such a type that it gives me the feeling that one gets when hearing someone run their fingernails down a chalkboard. It's awful. The only reason I put up with it (like I have a choice) is because I want to hear the content of the book. I will likely have to ALSO BUY the print or electronic print version so I can read it with my eyes and get the content. This is awful and people who purchased this should be refunded.
DITCH THE MUSIC. and Give me a REFUND.
No, Jon's narration is robotic. If you want to sleep then listen to this book. Frankly it was so much so I could gained very little from this book. When I was able to keep my attention on the robotic voice I did have some insight. I think the book is overall good, but really get another person to read it and re-publish the audio book.
Have another person narrate the book. Jon reads with no emotion, no emphasis any word or idea. I have tried to listen to this book many times. The last time was a flight and I fell into a deep sleep.
Speaks very mono-tone.
I would not purchase any audible book that Jon narrates.
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.
Can't live without audio books! My eyes thank the inventor:-))
the little background music is very relaxing & the meditation descriptions
mindfulness is letting go and living the moment.
I'e started working on being mindful with my household chores. It's tougher than I thought!
Don't know. I think the audio gets you more relax to meditate
It's a very easy listen. I would recommend it if you are looking into meditation.
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.
reader & writer
What I like the most about the work of Kabat-Zinn is the lack of mysticism, and the down-to-earth practical guidance he gives us throughout his writing.
I use this book as a reminder and source in my own everyday mindfulness praxis, it is informative and full of well tempered humor.
The only negative side to this production is that there are to few chapters in the audible version of the text.
I love to listen to to everything from self-help books to Clive Cussler.
I had a very hard time getting interested in the book because the narrator/author was monotone. He needs to stick to writing and let someone else do the talking.
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