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  • Out of My Mind

  • By: Alan Arkin
  • Narrated by: Alan Arkin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,862
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,227

In this Audible Original “mini-memoir”, the Academy Award-winning star of Little Miss Sunshine and Argo looks back on his life as a series of philosophical turning points, learning experiences, and a-ha moments. Drawn from a collection of seemingly inexplicable stories and encounters from Arkin's 84 years on this planet, Out of My Mind is a candid, relatable and delightfully irreverent take on how one man went searching for meaning and ended up discovering himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing journey into Alan's self!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-09-18

unexpectedly good

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I had zero reservations on the content of this book. I was pleasantly surprised to discover a very entertaining book.

  • The Shallows

  • What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
  • By: Nicholas Carr
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 879
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 656
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 650

Weaving insights from philosophy, neuroscience, and history into a rich narrative, The Shallows explains how the Internet is rerouting our neural pathways, replacing the subtle mind of the book reader with the distracted mind of the screen watcher. A gripping story of human transformation played out against a backdrop of technological upheaval, The Shallows will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its true.

  • By Joseph on 05-26-14

slow start but great finish

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-18

I choose the read after a recommendation from a YouTube video regarding long term memory and it's conception from short term. That being said I wasn't entirely interested in the subject matter as a whole. However once delving in to the contents and the external stimulations effects on bio-chemical & neuro-psychological configuration I was captivated. I began to lose attention in the detailed account of typewriters and so forth but found value in the over all piece.

  • It's Business Time

  • Adapting a Corporate Path for Freemasonry
  • By: Robert H. Johnson, Jon T. Ruark
  • Narrated by: Jared Stanley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Just because Freemasonry isn't inherently a business doesn’t mean the organization can’t benefit from industry-proven best organizational practices. It's Business Time lays out these modern concepts and their relevance to Freemasonry in an easy-to-understand guide. The work explores and adapts each concept for use across the organization, regardless of leadership level. If utilized appropriately, these concepts can be a powerful force multiplier in enabling Lodges to succeed in the modern era. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Resource for Freemason's

  • By Anonymous User on 08-10-18

Great ideas for a great start!

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

I was really looking forward to this! The performance was solid and upbeat. I wished it would've expanded more deeply into the practical applications of each methodology touched on. An introduction and brief 10k ft. view of each left me with a vague over view that felt more like a round table discussion than a detailed break down of a workable practice. Over all, I enjoyed the book & would recommend to those interested in the subject matter.

  • DMT and the Soul of Prophecy

  • A New Science of Spiritual Revelation in the Hebrew Bible
  • By: Rick Strassman MD
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

Carefully examining the concept of prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, he characterizes a "prophetic state of consciousness" and explains how it may share biological and metaphysical mechanisms with the DMT effect. Examining medieval commentaries on the Hebrew Bible, Strassman reveals how Jewish metaphysics provides a top-down model for both the prophetic and DMT states, a model he calls "theoneurology."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Give it 5 chapters before you give up

  • By Victoria on 07-11-16

heavy with citations

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-18

I really enjoyed this listen. forewarning, it's heavy on citations and cross references. This has a rich academic feel so those are looking for a fiction filled, psychedelic posed storyline, you won't find it here. It however did assist in my personal research and answered many questions.

  • The Doctrine and Ritual of High Magic

  • A New Translation
  • By: Eliphas Lévi, John Michael Greer - translator, Mark Anthony Mikituk - translator
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Filling a huge gap in our spiritual culture, here - at last - is a comprehensive and elegant translation of the 1854 French masterwork of occult philosophy. The Doctrine and Ritual of High Magic reignited the esoteric spiritual search in the West and led to the emergence of Madame Blavatsky, Manly P. Hall, and the New Age revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A performance tour de force!

  • By Brian Allen on 06-29-17

A great read for the urban occultist.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-18

I enjoy all things Levi, MPH, etc. this fell right line line with my studies. it was worth the time and would listen again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Collection of Writings Related to Occult, Esoteric, Rosicrucian and Hermetic Literature, Including Freemasonry, the Kabbalah, the Tarot, Alchemy and Theosophy Volume 1

  • By: Manly P. Hall, William Butler Yeats, Helena P. Blavatsky, and others
  • Narrated by: Michael Strader, Sandra Brautigam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

This is a collection of 18 essays on a variety of occult-themed topics, covering the full spectrum of classic esoteric and related subjects, which include hermeticism, alchemy, magic, the Kabbalah, ancient wisdom and philosophy, the Tarot, Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, Theosophy and spiritualism, by some of the most notable and prominent names in the history of those subjects.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Can’t believe I made it through

  • By Tim Taggett on 07-11-18

left me wanting more

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-18

I really enjoy listening to this book. Each essay left me wanting more. I hope that there are more Collective essays to listen to in the future. definitely worth your time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Demon-Haunted World

  • Science as a Candle in the Dark
  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Seth MacFarlane
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544

How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don't understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cary's new career

  • By DT on 09-05-17

Glad I gave it a go

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-18

I'm particularly inclined in esoterics and physics but this read gave me a well balanced dose of skepticism. I felt like it's important in manufacturing my critical thinking skills and while not as easy to swallow was well received. I did get slightly bored with the details of tbe witch trials but did serve its purpose. worthy of the time spent.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,310
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,202

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Another Brown Classic

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

I have yet to find a D. Brown novel I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. I very much appreciate his style and the performance of Audible narration. If you've listened or read any of the otber works and were satisfied then add this one to the list. Travel Light.

  • The Philosophy of Masonry in Five Parts

  • Foundations of Freemasonry Series
  • By: Roscoe Pound
  • Narrated by: Adam Hanin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Pound begins his discourse with an examination of what he deems to be the four major systems of Masonic philosophy. Two of these are intellectual systems: First that of Preston, whose key word is Knowledge; second, that of Krause, whose key word is Morals. Two of these are spiritual systems: First that of Oliver, whose key word is Tradition; and second, that of Pike, whose key word is Symbolism.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • more for existing masons then those with curiosity

  • By Michael on 06-02-16

Great insight in to great thinkers!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

I got a lot out of those particular reading. It's not really an introduction or for beginners book. I've been a MM for a while now and the insight that was organized and presented was well thought out. In my opinion this would be great to suggest to the MM who's already study up some or has a firm grasp as to the administrative, history and terminology of the fraternity. I truely enjoyed this, so much so that I sat for its entirety. definitely deserves a second listen in time once reflected upon.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,236
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197,758

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Worth every min.

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

Reviewed: 08-19-17

This will become one of my favorite reads. I'm floored and didn't was it to end. I'm now a fam of the author. if you're looking for a good book, you've just found one! a must read!