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  • Cultivating Happiness

  • By: Dalai Lama
  • Narrated by: Dalai Lama
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Happiness can be achieved through training the mind...Generally speaking, one begins by identifying those factors which lead to happiness and those factors which lead to suffering. Having done this, one then sets about gradually eliminating those factors which lead to suffering and cultivating those which lead to happiness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Available on You Tube

  • By SmartShopper on 02-04-19

Available on You Tube

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-19

Audible should give this Away for free! This is a speech that the Dalai Lama Gave in Vancouver Canada. It is quite short but of course charming and is available on YouTube.

  • 28 Days

  • Moments in Black History That Changed the World
  • By: Charles R. Smith
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

The 28 days of Black History Month are commemorated with descriptions of the men, women, and events that have been vital in defining our understanding of African American history. From Crispus Attucks to Barack Obama, Harriet Tubman to Malcolm X, Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe, the entries move chronologically from 1770 to the present and encompass all walks of life, from the armed forces and performing arts through sports and civil rights activism.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rhyming story of well known Black heroes

  • By SmartShopper on 12-26-18

Rhyming story of well known Black heroes

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I was hoping there would be lesser known figures in this children’s book. It was enjoyable and nice review of 28 well known courageous people.

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  • Who Are You?

  • The Path of Self-Inquiry
  • By: Gangaji
  • Narrated by: Gangaji
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

In Who Are You?, American-born spiritual teacher Gangaji spells out the bedrock principles of self-inquiry, a cluster of no-nonsense concepts that reveal how to effortlessly step outside limited psychological conditioning and mental constructs into the freedom, expansiveness, and peace of your own true nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed this listen immensely!

  • By Patrick on 02-28-16

Recommend Diamond in Your Pocket

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-18

I listened to Diamond in Your Pocket first. It was the words I needed. I am grateful. Truly a revelation and was the equivalent of a black and white flat world filling to 3-D with every color imaginable. Being a cult survivor prevents me from trusting any guru so my journey has continued with many teachers. Gangaji, Jack Kornfield, and several other Eastern thought teachers have joined George Eloitt, Victor Hugo, Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf, Jesus, e.e. cummings, and so many others who helped me on my way.

Ram Das, how I wish you had not espoused LSD, which was too mixed an experience to be included in my journey. I might have been Hindi or Buddhist and skipped the cult 😀. Nah, I’m grateful for every step of my journey even the very dark parts. At least I learned, eventually, that the answers are only inside us, each and all.

But I digress... This very short book might have 1 1/2 new ways to say old ideas that were not expressed in the Diamond book and repeats many others that were expressed the same way in the Diamond book. I was hoping for something worthy of a whole new book. Maybe the Diamond book was written after this book?

  • Forgiveness Meditation

  • By: Jack Kornfield
  • Narrated by: Jack Kornfield
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

If you've been hurt by another person - or by your own inner judge and jury - you've probably figured out that it's impossible to forgive through sheer will or intention. True healing, teaches Jack Kornfield, comes naturally with the opening of insight, understanding and release. In this guided session, you'll learn to germinate forgiveness and move out of pain, fear, and confusion even if you've been struggling with your situation for years.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Way too short Not recommended

  • By SmartShopper on 09-07-18

Way too short Not recommended

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Too short to be of much benefit. Makes me sad that it’s being sold. Sounds True and Jack are usually much better. Disappointing.

  • Spiritual Healing

  • A Guided Meditation to Heal Your Mind, Body and Soul
  • By: Glenn Harrold FBSCH Dip C.H.
  • Narrated by: Glenn Harrold FBSCH Dip C.H.
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

This powerful meditation recording by best-selling self-help author Glenn Harrold has been designed to help you heal your spiritual energy body of imprints and blocks. Each and every one of us has an invisible energy field that surrounds us and which is alive with information. Trained visionaries, psychics and Shaman can see this subtle energy field which holds lots of information about you, both from this lifetime and your past lifetimes. Within this energetic field there can be blockages and imprints that hold you back and prevent you from reaching your potential.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Put a diehard INSOMNIAC to SLEEP

  • By Abby on 03-12-15

For me, Glenn was an acquired taste

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-18

I did not like this audiobook the first time I listened to it. I would have given it two stars throughout but I have trouble sleeping sometimes so gave it another go. I don’t see the universe the same way he does but I still find him helpful and sincere. Perhaps more sincere than other more “successful” practitioners/teachers of Buddhist thought.

  • The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

  • Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,826

Renowned storyteller Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure in which daemons, alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play parts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing differences from print text

  • By Damon D. Hickey on 10-24-17

Exciting prequel

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-18

Enjoyable but not as inspired as the original trilogy. I’m torn: reread the original or read the next installment. Since I read the original an injury allowed me a tremendous amount of time to read many classics: Les Miserables, Anna Kareninina, War and Peace, Middlemarch, lots of Virginia Woolf and many more. I have a higher bar for excellence now but I think I’d still give the original trilogy 4.9 stars with 5 stars for Harry Potter for children’s/teen’s literature.

  • Vipassana Meditation

  • Mindfulness and Lovingkindness
  • By: Jack Kornfield
  • Narrated by: Jack Kornfield
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Meditation instructor Jack Kornfield provides you with a clear and accessible introduction to mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation practice, two complementary essentials of Buddhist practice that amplify each other to enrich and expand every moment as well as your connection to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite Sounds True meditation so far

  • By Rob on 05-25-17

Short and sweet

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-17

Probably the most basic of introductions to Buddhism, mindfulness, and meditation. Enjoyable at any level and oh so soothing.

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  • Selected Shorts: Chivalry

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Christina Pickles
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Neil Gaiman's "Chivalry" performed by Christina Pickles. A delicious tale of an elderly British matron who buys the Holy Grail at a rummage sale. Selected Shorts is a weekly public radio show broadcast on over 130 stations to about 300,000 listeners. It is produced by Symphony Space and WNYC RADIO and distributed by Public Radio International. The radio show is recorded live at the popular New York City stage show which began in 1985 and still enjoys sell-out audiences today at the Peter Sharp Theater at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th Street in New York City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect little story

  • By SmartShopper on 08-03-17

Perfect little story

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-17

Delightful story read to a live audience. Short and lovely. Sounds like it was on a radio show. The only problem is that she speaks very loudly at times and inaudibly whispers at others which does not suit my situation. It's late.at night and my husband is sleeping. I'm using headphones, jumping out of my skin and loosing more hearing during those loud bits! Otherwise great performance.

  • Awakening Is Real

  • A Guide to the Deeper Dimensions of the Inner Journey
  • By: Jack Kornfield
  • Narrated by: Jack Kornfield
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

It might happen suddenly, like a flash of lightning. Or gradually, like raindrops filling a jar. Our universal and awakened nature, the Buddha taught, can emerge in calm or in crisis. And then, as our path deepens, we must learn to embody our vision as we navigate the unexpected turns of the mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Beauty From Jack Kornfield

  • By Sara on 06-17-14

Jack does it again!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-17

Jack Kornfield is always best before an audience as he is in this lecture series. This guy is my very favorite teacher of Buddhism in audiobooks. His humility and warmth come through in his very normal voice. I don't mind at all that he repeats his stories between his various audiobooks. They are like family stories to me now and like my mom, he remembers them differently sometimes, like her sometimes they are impossibly different but that's okay with me. Their function is to illustrate a point and that those stories do very well. I don't see the world just like Jack but I have learned a tremendous amount from him and even better by applying the teachings and principles, I have learned from myself and the experiences and every person who comes my way.

  • From Sand and Ash

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,178

As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood. Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such beauty in the darkest of times <3

  • By featherlashes on 12-04-16

Beautiful Story

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-17

Very well told story of an Italian family with Jewish and Catholic members split apart by WWII. Good character development and interesting history, told in a relatively short book. Absorbing.