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Rose Akers

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  • Social Security for the Suddenly Single

  • Social Security Retirement and Survivor Benefits for Divorcees
  • By: Jim Blankenship
  • Narrated by: K.M. Sayer
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
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    1 out of 5 stars 1
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    1 out of 5 stars 1

Divorcees have a tough job ahead of them as they try to understand what Social Security benefits may be available to them. This book provides a concise, easy-to-follow guide for divorcees to learn about Social Security benefits specifically for their situations.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Numbers numbers numbers

  • By Rose Akers on 01-09-19

Numbers numbers numbers

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Reviewed: 01-09-19

Difficult to listen to because of many numbers and formulas. You need an accountant's mind or pen and paper beside you while you listen. Other texts are more suitable for beginners. Beginners should buy the paper book. A .pdf cheat sheet might also help.

  • On Guerrilla Warfare

  • By: Mao Tse-Tung, Samuel B. Griffith
  • Narrated by: John Clickman
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

The book is written in the context of China's guerrilla war against Japanese occupiers; this conflict is mentioned often by Mao. In this book Mao discusses the differences between guerrilla and "orthodox" military forces, as well as how such forces can work together for a common goal. Other topics covered include propaganda and political concerns, the formation of guerrilla units, the qualities of a good guerrilla officer, discipline in a guerrilla army, and guerrilla bases.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marine Translates Mao

  • By Rose Akers on 12-05-18

Marine Translates Mao

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Reviewed: 12-05-18

Classic work. Brilliant translation by Brigadier General Samuel B. Griffiths. Accurate translation advances international awareness. Griffiths's commentary is invaluable.

  • Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life

  • A Former CIA Officer Reveals Safety and Survival Techniques to Keep You and Your Family Protected
  • By: Jason Hanson
  • Narrated by: Jason Hanson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 896
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 891

When Jason Hanson joined the CIA in 2003, he never imagined that the same tactics he used as a CIA officer for counterintelligence, surveillance, and protecting agency personnel would prove to be essential in every day civilian life. In addition to escaping handcuffs, picking locks, and spotting when someone is telling a lie, he can improvise a self-defense weapon, pack a perfect emergency kit, and disappear off the grid if necessary. He has also honed his "positive awareness" - a heightened sense of his surroundings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic, Practical and Useful Information

  • By Sara on 10-08-15

Outstanding

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Reviewed: 09-07-18

Jason Hanson's valuable contribution will save lives. This book is designed for everyone, not just tough guys. Profoundly changed my thinking and inspired immediate action.

  • Emotional Recovery from Workplace Mobbing

  • A Guide for Targets and Their Supports
  • By: Richard Schwindt
  • Narrated by: Chris Abernathy
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Richard shares how to manage the out of control emotions, anxiety, loss, and trauma of a mobbing experience. He offers advice about rebuilding relationships with family and loved ones. In addition, he examines the pitfalls of seeking help for this misunderstood phenomenon. This is a must listen for someone recovering from the nightmare that is workplace mobbing and for anyone watching a loved one struggle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent. Soulful. Well Researched

  • By Rose Akers on 06-20-18

Excellent. Soulful. Well Researched

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Reviewed: 06-20-18

Mobbing is a frightening trend. The author is a qualified professional who speaks from experience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Toltec Wisdom Exercises for Dreaming

  • By: Sergio Magaña
  • Narrated by: Sergio Magaña
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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    4 out of 5 stars 4
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    4 out of 5 stars 4

Sergio Magaña is one of the few spokespeople to share Mexico's ancient spiritual teachings with the rest of the world. A core element of these teachings, which have been closed to outsiders until now, is dreaming practices. In this audio program, Sergio guides the listener through three exercises, so that they can experience this powerful technique in their own life: Dream Planting for Healing and Abundance; Dream Planting for Healing Ancestral Patterns, Blood Line and Addictions; and Lucid Dreaming Night for Creating Your Destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! it worked!

  • By Rose Akers on 12-30-17

Wow! it worked!

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Reviewed: 12-30-17

What about Sergio Magaña’s performance did you like?
Engaging. Full of surprises.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Toltec Wisdom Exercises for Dreaming?
Exercises are highly effective. Dream plantings quickly succeeded. Audio actively supports lucid dreaming efforts.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Ching

  • The Book of Change
  • By: David Hinton
  • Narrated by: Tom Zingarelli
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

In a radically new translation and interpretation of the I Ching, David Hinton strips this ancient Chinese masterwork of the usual apparatus and discovers a deeply poetic and philosophical text. Teasing out an elegant vision of the cosmos as ever-changing yet harmonious, Hinton reveals the seed from which Chinese philosophy, poetry, and painting grew. Although it was and is widely used for divination, the I Ching is also a book of poetic philosophy, deeply valued by artists and intellectuals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The introduction is the best part...

  • By Acarya on 06-17-18

Unforgettable Delivery

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Reviewed: 09-15-17

If you could sum up I Ching in three words, what would they be?
Wild-eyed excellence

What did you like best about this story?
Poetic deluge, provides thunderbolts of insight, with a flash like lightening swift delivery of the 64 hexagrams. Energetic, unconventional, and thoroughly enjoyable.

What does Tom Zingarelli bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Soars above other more pedantic translations.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes. Liberates creativity. All possibilities are in your face.

Any additional comments?
Get it.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Sky Above, Great Wind

  • The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan
  • By: Kazuaki Tanahashi
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Ryokan (1758–1831) is, along with Dogen and Hakuin, one of the three giants of Zen in Japan. But unlike his two renowned colleagues, Ryokan was a societal dropout, living mostly as a hermit and a beggar. He was never head of a monastery or temple. He liked playing with children. He had no dharma heir. Even so, people recognized the depth of his realization, and he was sought out by people of all walks of life for the teaching to be experienced in just being around him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Great Fool

  • By Susie on 03-03-15

Excellent

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Reviewed: 07-27-16

Would you listen to Sky Above, Great Wind again? Why?

I'd listen to it a 100 times.

What other book might you compare Sky Above, Great Wind to and why?

The poetry is fresh, accessible and fun. But it is full Zen too… The audacity of the author is impossible to compare.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were several great scenes…such as picking lice off his clothes and affectionately putting them back again. I liked the poetic "romance" of the old man with the younger female which was mischievous, maddeningly austere, and just what you would think.

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

Yes, I did it in a sitting. Of course, two or three would be better. It IS poetry.

Any additional comments?

Get it.

  • Learn Spanish with Stories for Beginners

  • 10 Easy Short Stories with English Glossaries
  • By: Claudia Orea
  • Narrated by: Abel Franco, Lucia Bodas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

This book makes use of simple yet entertaining stories to help you learn Spanish. By covering a diverse range of grammar structures and vocabulary, and supplementing it with audio, you can improve your reading and writing skills, and even practice your listening and pronunciation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy to follow, great for beginners!

  • By Pax Her on 01-21-17

Not for Beginners

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-27-16

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

Yes, but it is NOT FOR BEGINNERS. The narrator reads very fast. He doesn't even take a breath between stories, much less say anything helpful like Chapter 1, Chapter 2, etc. There is an inadequate glossary but this is NOT A DUAL LANGUAGE BOOK. There is no full translation anywhere. You'll learn, but only if you are extremely self-determined and have a year or two of Spanish under your belt already.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Announce each chapter with a clear statement. Racing through the text with no demarcations whatsoever is a little strange. A full translation is required for beginners.

Would you be willing to try another one of Abel Franco and Lucia Bodas ’s performances?

I did like the performance but it was too fast for a beginner. Call the book intermediate and give the listener a clue what they are getting into.

Could you see Learn Spanish with Stories for Beginners being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No movie. Maybe a comic book in .pdf. That is actually a compliment. The stories cover good language topics.

Any additional comments?

Help! Try user testing the book with new Spanish learners before you rate it "beginner." You need an objective standard of what is a beginning text.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Confucius in 90 Minutes

  • By: Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
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    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 16

Confucius knew all about life and told us how to behave, but we can't find out precisely what he was up to. His well-meaning platitudes, quaint maxims, and quasi-enigmatic anecdotes combined to produce an ideal philosophy for civil servants. It would appear that his aim was to turn his pupils into good government officials, but his teachings succeeded beyond his wildest expectations, providing rules of conduct and spiritual fodder for more than two thousand years.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The author seems to dislike Confucius

  • By DMC on 06-07-06

Abysmal

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Reviewed: 04-10-16

What disappointed you about Confucius in 90 Minutes?

Author amuses himself by spoofing and ridiculing Confucius. Arrogant, haughty. Filled with crude Western prejudices. As a beginner myself, I prefer a fine translation to this debased British-style comedy routine.

What do you think your next listen will be?

More reliable and scholarly translation that allows me to learn about Confucius for myself.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No. Author needs advice on where to place his "little sticks."

  • Tao te Ching

  • By: Lao Tzu
  • Narrated by: Emma Topping
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Written around the 6th century BC by the sage Laozi and read by Emma Topping.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A quirky but worthwhile version

  • By Philo on 05-21-12

Marvelous Reading

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Reviewed: 04-06-16

Where does Tao te Ching rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Marvelous, evocative reading. True jewel, memorable. Can be listened to many times with fresh insight and delight.