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  • The Plot to Destroy Democracy

  • How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West
  • By: Malcolm Nance, Rob Reiner - foreword
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 622

In the greatest intelligence operation in the history of the world, Donald Trump was made president of the United States with the assistance of a foreign power. For the first time, The Plot to Destroy Democracy reveals the dramatic story of how blackmail, espionage, assassination, and psychological warfare were used by Vladimir Putin and his spy agencies to steal the 2016 US election. It will show how Russia and its fifth column allies tried to flip the cornerstones of democracy in order to reengineer the world political order that kept most of the world free since since 1945....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OH NOOOO

  • By Becky on 07-18-18

Not Your "Run-of-the-Mill" Anti-Trump Book

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

The Plot to Destroy Democracy is a well-written book that is well-researched and clearly documents the multi-faceted approach that Vladimir Putin has taken to undermine democracies throughout the western world. It clearly shows that Putin's Cyber Warfare Campaign led by the GRU is stirring up Racism, Nationalism, anti-immigration and anti-Islam through the use of sophisticated Social Media tools that led to the recent indictments of 12 GRU officers. Although I knew that the GRU was involved in influencing the election of 2016, I had no idea of the depth and breadth of their reach. This is truly an eye-opening book that is well worth the 12 hour investment in your time.

  • Why Buddhism Is True

  • The Science and Philosophy of Enlightenment
  • By: Robert Wright
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,682

From one of America's greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness. In Why Buddhism Is True, Wright leads listeners on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than a beginner's guide...

  • By Rugger Burke on 09-12-17

Weak on Science; Okay on Philosophy

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

I really wanted to like this book but it was not a book I would recommend to people who are looking for a book on Buddhism and Science. I agree with many of the authors' conclusions but is was not compelling and little of what was said was new or interesting. If you are considering a book on the subject of Science and Buddhism, then please consider "The Science of Enlightenment" by Shinzen Young. Shinzen is far more accomplished as a meditator and he is truly gifted in terms of articulation. I also found "Buddha's Brain" by Rick Hanson to be far more interesting in terms of Neuroscience and the benefits of Insight Meditation. The reader was really bland and did not do the book any favors.

33 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • Bringing Home the Dharma

  • Awakening Right Where You Are
  • By: Jack Kornfield, Daniel J. Siegel MD (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Jack Kornfield, Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316

If you want to find inner peace and wisdom, you don't need to move to an ashram or monastery. Your life, just as it is, is the perfect place to be. Jack Kornfield, one of America's most respected Buddhist teachers, shares this and other key lessons gleaned from more than 40 years of committed study and practice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Louise on 07-12-15

Not Read by Jack Kornfield

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-18-17

I love Jack Kornfield. I have read a number of his books and have recommended "A Path With Heart" to more people than I can remember. That said, I cannot recommend this book for several reasons. First, only the introduction is read by Jack Kornfield. In spiritual books, it is so important to have the right voice, otherwise, it can come across as preachy, condescending or phony. If this had been read by Jack, I might have liked it, but this was painful to listen to. He also quotes the concept known as RAIN, which was coined by Tara Brach, without giving her credit. If you are looking for a good book by Jack, stick with "A Path With Heart" or "After the Ecstasy, The Laundry". There's nothing new here and not worth the time to listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Coming Clean

  • By: Kimberly Rae Miller
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Rae Miller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,271

Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a tidy apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. You would never guess that Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspapers, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room - the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding. In this moving coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her rat-infested home and her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's Like a Car Wreck...

  • By Elisabeth on 02-09-14

A Nice Memoir on Growing Up Shamed

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

Reviewed: 12-10-15

I got this book because I wanted to understand what my wife had gone through in her childhood as the daughter of a hoarder. It was so interesting to see the similarities and differences in how they coped with growing up in the home of a hoarder. The book is mostly sad and I felt this exasperation for peoples inability to see their life for what it was. It was not an uplifting book by any stretch of the imagination. It was sad and pitiful. I think the book was written before it was ready to be completed. The message is lacking. From a spiritual perspective, I kept waiting for the family to discover God, or realize that stuff is stuff, to have a Zen moment of discovering the ultimate cleanse of Zero or silence.

  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

  • A History of Nazi Germany
  • By: William L. Shirer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 57 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,701

Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Held my interest for 57 hours and 13 minutes

  • By Jonnie on 11-08-10

Should be Required Reading For Everyone

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

Reviewed: 06-02-15

It is hard to believe that World War 2 happened only 70 years ago! My father was in Holland and had SS Soldiers living in his house during the war. This book was a marathon book in terms of length, but I was never bored for an instant. The book is so well written and informative. I was really impressed with the detail provided on the Rise of Hitler and what a monster he was. It is hard to believe these atrocities really happened. I felt so sad for humanity as I read this book. I couldn't help but wonder how I would have acted if I had been alive at this time. Would I have had the courage to stand up to Hitler? Would I have deluded myself about what was really going on? Trust me, this is a book that will impact your life. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich still looms in our collective memory and it must not be forgotten!

  • Tattoos on the Heart

  • The Power of Boundless Compassion
  • By: Gregory Boyle
  • Narrated by: Gregory Boyle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,402
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,203
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,201

As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compassion is God

  • By Jay on 02-08-14

Powerful Wisdom from a Gandhi-like Sage

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

Reviewed: 04-23-15

This is one of the best books available on Audible! I loved this book so much that I have bought copies for all my friends and family. Tattoos on the Heart will make you laugh, cry and everything in between. I am so grateful to Father Boyle for writing this book. We all have our prejudices and people that we see as less important. This book makes you pause and consider that those nameless people might live lives that are just as important as ours. The Wisdom that is revealed in these pages rivals anything written in any religeous tradition.

  • The New Jim Crow

  • Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
  • By: Michelle Alexander
  • Narrated by: Karen Chilton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,384

In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals, today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An essential read. A horrifying reality.

  • By Jeremy on 04-28-12

The New Jim Crow is The New Uncle Tom's Cabin

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

Reviewed: 01-15-15

If you could sum up The New Jim Crow in three words, what would they be?

Call to Action

What other book might you compare The New Jim Crow to and why?

While not nearly as well-written as Uncle Tom's Cabin, I think it has the potential to have a similar impact. This book does a similar job of getting the message out there and clearly articulates the root of the problem.

What does Karen Chilton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I didn't really think that Karen added anything to the experience, but she didn't detract from it either. It was a fine performance.

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

No, I found that this was a book that I wanted to let sink into my awareness and consider all the implications. It is not a novel of escape but rather something that leads to a gradual awakening to the plight of our minorities.

Any additional comments?

It is widely understood that "The War on Drugs", and "Three Strikes Your Out" have only been successful if you consider being the Country with the Largest Prison Population as a Success. This book addresses the underlying racism that is a dark secret of the unequal enforcement of Drug Laws in America. I found myself horrified by things I only suspected.

  • The Razor's Edge

  • By: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

The Great War changed everything and the years following it were tumultuous - most of all for those who lived the war first-hand. Maugham himself is a character in this novel of self-discovery and search for meaning, but the protagonist is a character named Larry. Battered physically and spiritually by the war, Larry's physical wounds heal, but his spirit is changed almost beyond recognition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book changed the way I look at life.

  • By Dave on 04-07-09

Not a "Timeless" Classic

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

Reviewed: 12-08-14

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

I found the book to be a bit of a bore and the perspective that the author took to describe the main charactor was not ideal. The spiritual journey is a personal one and the view should be from an internal perspective. That would have been far more insightful and enjoyable than this spectators view.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I could totally relate to Larry and his spiritual quest, but as I said above, it would have been a better book told through "his" perspective instead of the author's.

Have you listened to any of Michael Page’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I thought that Michael Page did an outstanding job on this performance.

Did The Razor's Edge inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

This book was probably more interesting when it was first published. Now we are all so familier with the religions of the East, namely Hinduism and Buddhism, the book is quite dated. There are a few good lines and it is quality writing, but were it published today, I doubt it would be nearly as popular.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Grain Brain

  • The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers
  • By: David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,290

Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Family history of Alzheimers? Read this!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-19-13

More News on the Negative Effects of Glutton

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

Reviewed: 09-17-14

What did you love best about Grain Brain?

It presents all the latest research into the impacts of a High-Carb low-fat diet on the Human Brain

What did you like best about this story?

N/A

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

It felt like it was being read as an "Info-Commercial". I had a hard time believing what was being presented because it was presented with a Salesy Tone

Any additional comments?

The book is probably best absorbed in hard-copy or Kindle. I was very distracted by the performance and I ended up buying the book because I wanted to be able to reference all the data presented and the charts that are not provided in the Audible edition. If you are short for time, it is worth hearing, but be prepared for a painful auditory experience.

  • The Testament of Mary

  • By: Colm Toibin
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,377

Meryl Streep’s performance of Colm Tóibín's acclaimed portrait of Mary is hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “an ideal audiobook,” presenting the three-time Academy Award-winner in “yet another great role.” Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary presents Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it"; nor that the "group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye," were holy disciples. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone, in a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • from a non believer...

  • By Taormina60 on 09-27-13

Not Mary

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A more insightful representation of Mary with the wisdom, insight and love that we know she personified.

Has The Testament of Mary turned you off from other books in this genre?

Probably. I can't believe the positive reviews this book has received. It makes me very skeptical.

What three words best describe Meryl Streep’s voice?

Good enough.

What character would you cut from The Testament of Mary?

Mary

28 of 48 people found this review helpful