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  • Refuge Recovery

  • A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction
  • By: Noah Levine
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Viewing addiction as cravings in the mind and body, Noah Levine shows how a path of meditative awareness can alleviate those desires and ease suffering. Refuge Recovery includes daily meditation practices, written investigations that explore the causes and conditions of our addictions, and advice and inspiration for finding or creating a community to help you heal and awaken. Practical yet compassionate, Levine's successful Refuge Recovery system is designed for anyone interested in a non-theistic approach to recovery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Avoid the audio version at all costs

  • By savapdx on 08-28-18

Avoid the audio version at all costs

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I had read the other reviews criticizing the audio version of this and since I had left my copy of the physical book elsewhere ages ago and just wanted to listen to one chapter to discuss with someone. I had an Audible credit and thought that it would also be great to have the meditations in the back of the book in audio format. I have read folks having issues with the pronunciations, but having been with a lot of folks who have their introduction to Buddhism just through Refuge, I'm used to hearing things pronounced in all sorts of ways, with all the usual 'not sure If this is right'. I figured, it'd be great if they did tend to that detail, but I really can't answer to that, because I could not get that far into the recording. The narrator uses a tone that I can only describe as "slick". It felt so incongruous with the text, that I had to stop listening. As far as using the meditations in the back, alas, that does not work here. The narrator simply reads off the script of the meditations. In the written text, after the guided statements, the text says "PAUSE"... which the narrator simply reads the word "pause" and continues on. I understand that maybe it might make sense to package meditations separately or something, but without those being usable and the narration being too grating, I wound up deleting this book. I have not done this with any other audio books. I always enjoy a great narrator, but I've listened to mediocre tellings of good books many times; this is the first time a narration interfered with my ability to continue listening .

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