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Wherever You Go There You Are | [Jon Kabat-Zinn]

Wherever You Go There You Are

Warmth, humor, anecdotes, and poems make up this inspirational guide to a revolutionary new way of being, seeing, and living. Dr. Kabat Zinn has taught this two thousand year old Buddhist method of relaxation to thousands. Let this be your guide to mindfulness meditation in everyday life.
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Warmth, humor, anecdotes, and poems make up this inspirational guide to a revolutionary new way of being, seeing, and living. Exploring principles and practices of mindfulness, Dr. Kabat Zinn has taught this two thousand year old Buddhist method of relaxation to thousands. Learn how to capture the present, to live fully in the moment and reduce anxiety, achieve inner peace, and enrich the quality of life. Let this be your guide to mindfulness meditation in everyday life.

©1994 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.; (P)1994 Audio Renaissance Tapes, A Division of Cassette Productions Unlimited, Inc.

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    Gary Berlin, Germany 12-24-12
    Gary Berlin, Germany 12-24-12
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    "5 stars without the offensive music"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No because the terrible, frequent musical "interludes" distract from & ruin the narration.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jon Kabat-Zinn again?

    Yes but only if I knew in advance that his other audiobooks were not similarly affected.


    What didn’t you like about Jon Kabat-Zinn’s performance?

    He is a fine narrator but badly let down by this production.


    Do you think Wherever You Go There You Are needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it stands up on its own.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy S. Prien Foster City, California United States 05-25-12
    Peggy S. Prien Foster City, California United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "GET RID OF THE MUSIC"
    What made the experience of listening to Wherever You Go There You Are the most enjoyable?

    Content


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    DITCH THE MUSIC. and Give me a REFUND.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Handlowiec 10-24-13
    Handlowiec 10-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Buy the written book instead"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    What could Jon Kabat-Zinn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Speaks very mono-tone.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not purchase any audible book that Jon narrates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    H. Y. khan bay area 05-08-13
    H. Y. khan bay area 05-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "good material, boring narration"
    What did you like best about Wherever You Go There You Are? What did you like least?

    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.


    Has Wherever You Go There You Are turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jon Kabat-Zinn?

    anyone


    Any additional comments?

    just look up jon kabat-zinn on youtube. MUCH better content when he's lectures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Montreal, QC, Canada 03-04-13
    cristina Montreal, QC, Canada 03-04-13 Member Since 2011

    Can't live without audio books! My eyes thank the inventor:-))

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    "Walking Meditation Rules!"
    What did you love best about Wherever You Go There You Are?

    the little background music is very relaxing & the meditation descriptions


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

    mindfulness is letting go and living the moment.


    Any additional comments?

    I'e started working on being mindful with my household chores. It's tougher than I thought!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim MONTICELLO, IOWA, United States 12-19-12
    Tim MONTICELLO, IOWA, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great start in meditation"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wherever You Go There You Are to be better than the print version?

    Don't know. I think the audio gets you more relax to meditate


    Any additional comments?

    It's a very easy listen. I would recommend it if you are looking into meditation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve newport beach, ca, United States 11-12-12
    Steve newport beach, ca, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "When will the Authors learn? Hire a narrator"
    Would you try another book from Jon Kabat-Zinn and/or Jon Kabat-Zinn?

    Yes if he was not narrating


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Completely. It was hard to take it Seriously


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    The music was a little distracting, but it was only there in the transitions from chapters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Anne Mong Cramer Spring Mills, PA USA 08-13-12
    Mary Anne Mong Cramer Spring Mills, PA USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great message, but grab a cup of coffee first."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wherever You Go There You Are to be better than the print version?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sigrun Stavanger, Norway 07-24-12
    sigrun Stavanger, Norway 07-24-12 Member Since 2012

    reader & writer

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    "Finding peace"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jewell Chuckey, TN, United States 05-14-12
    Jewell Chuckey, TN, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2012

    I love to listen to to everything from self-help books to Clive Cussler.

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    "Monotone"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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