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Barry Cahill OBrien

Spokane WA
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  • Francis of Assisi

  • By: The Great Courses, Ronald B. Herzman, William R. Cook
  • Narrated by: Ronald B. Herzman, William R. Cook
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

These 12 lectures by Professors Cook and Herzman will give you a rounded, fully informed introduction to the luminous Francis of Assisi and will tell the intellectually and spiritually rewarding story of how his influence has glowed across the centuries.Just who was Assisi? Despite his continuing influence and the fairly ample writings about him that date from his own time, Francis remains somewhat elusive in history. Yet these lectures expertly unlock two sources that are the most revealing and plentiful-written narratives of Francis's life and the images created for Franciscan churches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Jonathan Homrighausen on 08-15-13

Sadly misses the impact of faith

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Reviewed: 10-07-17

Good history. Totally misses the spiritual impact of Francis and his unshakable faith in christ which guided Francis to do so much of his work

  • Annihilation of Caste

  • An Undelivered Speech 1936
  • By: B. R. Ambedkar
  • Narrated by: Dr Sagar Arya
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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    4 out of 5 stars 20
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    4 out of 5 stars 20

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar (1891-1956) was one of the most extraordinary figures in the history of India. He was born in poor circumstances as an Untouchable - high castes regarded physical contact with Untouchables as polluting and condemned them to do the dirtiest of jobs, sweeping and the collection of human detritus. But Dr. Ambedkar's natural ability and determination (and some good fortune) enabled him to rise above caste prejudice and become one of the founding fathers of modern India.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant insight by a n amazing man

  • By Barry Cahill OBrien on 09-29-17

Brilliant insight by a n amazing man

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Reviewed: 09-29-17

This contains some of the most brilliant thinking on what it means to be outcast in a world that tries to butter over it. A truly brilliant work that everyone should read.

  • Five Obstacles to Meditation

  • By: Eknath Easwaran
  • Narrated by: Eknath Easwaran
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Easwaran the meditation teacher gives insights into strengthening the mind and the body to help overcome common problems during meditation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great visionry

  • By Barry Cahill OBrien on 09-29-17

Great visionry

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Reviewed: 09-29-17

Great man, and very insightful comments. Remember he grew up at the time of the Raj, so can be forgiven for being a bit opinionated on understanding of others, as he correctly points out everyone has an opinion of reality and not a truth.

  • India - Culture Smart!

  • By: Becky Stephen
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

India is in transition. Since the publication of Culture Smart's first guide to India in 2003, the nation has been transformed from a developing third-world country into the world's fastest growing economy. This completely new and up-to-date volume by American author Becky Stephen is unrivalled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Bad, but a bit stereotypical

  • By Barry Cahill OBrien on 09-29-17

Not Bad, but a bit stereotypical

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Reviewed: 09-29-17

Liked most of it. A bit preachy and misses the point on alcoholism and other social evils by pretending they don't exist in the culture. A little heavy on the security (I never was robbed in India but a number of times in Europe)

  • The Dhammapada

  • By: Eknath Easwaran
  • Narrated by: Paul Bazely
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
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    5 out of 5 stars 292
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    5 out of 5 stars 293

Dhammapada means "the path of dharma", the path of harmony and righteousness that anyone can follow to reach the highest good. This classic Buddhist scripture is a collection of vivid, practical verses gathered from direct disciples who wanted to preserve what they had heard from the Buddha himself. Easwaran's translation of this classic Buddhist text is the best-selling translation in the US.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audio doesn’t include full book

  • By Montgomery on 01-25-18

Good introduction to the Buddha

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Reviewed: 09-13-17

This is a great introduction to the teaching of the Buddha from a person who has great insight. Too bad a lot of Buddhist monks don't follow his lead.

  • Passage Meditation - A Complete Spiritual Practice

  • Train Your Mind and Find a Life That Fulfills
  • By: Eknath Easwaran
  • Narrated by: Paul Bazely
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
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    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Easwaran's classic manual is a unique source of practical spiritual support for new and experienced meditators and gives all the instruction needed to establish a vibrant meditation practice and keep it going. In passage meditation you focus attention on passages, or texts, drawn from all the world's sacred traditions. You choose the passages that appeal to you, so this universal method stays fresh and inspiring, prompting you to live out your highest ideals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time to start meditation

  • By At Large on 04-30-17

Great introduction to Passage Meditation

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Reviewed: 09-07-17

If passage meditation is right for you this is a great reference. For other types of meditation it contains some interesting information as all meditation leads to the same end.

  • The Leadership Challenge

  • How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations, Fifth Edition
  • By: Barry Z. Posner, James M. Kouzes
  • Narrated by: Barry Posner, James Kouzes, Sean Pratt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 444

The 25th anniversary edition of the best-selling business classic, revised and updated. For more than 25 years, The Leadership Challenge has been the most trusted source on becoming a better leader, selling more than two million copies in over 20 languages since its first publication. Based on Kouzes and Posner’s extensive research, this all-new edition casts their enduring work in context for today’s world, proving how leadership is a relationship that must be nurtured, and most importantly, learned.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, too many stories

  • By Joseph Ivy on 02-06-13

excellent summary

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Reviewed: 06-24-17

excellent summary about what is important to pratice for better leadership. worth sticking to the end

  • Jaya

  • A Retelling of the Mahabharata
  • By: Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik
  • Narrated by: Devdutt Pattanaik, Dramanon Theater
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

In this enthralling retelling of India’s greatest epic - the Mahabharata, originally known as Jaya - Devdutt Pattanaik seamlessly weaves into a single narrative plots from the Sanskrit classic as well as its many folk and regional variants, including the Pandavani of Chattisgarh, Gondhal of Maharashtra, Terukkuttu of Tamil Nadu, and Yakshagana of Karnataka.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shanti, SHanti, Shanti

  • By S.Palan on 12-16-11

Good book with excellent commentary.

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Reviewed: 06-14-17

Good introduction into the important book of such a large part of the world's population

  • Great World Religions: Hinduism

  • By: Mark W. Muesse, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark W. Muesse
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

In this 12-lecture series, you'll encounter a religion that is perhaps the most diverse of all; one that worships more gods and goddesses than any other, and one that rejects the notion that there is only one path to the divine. These lectures provide a window into the roots of, perhaps, all religions. You'll explore the course of Hinduism's 5,000-year journey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An important introduction into Hinduism

  • By Jacobus on 05-09-14

Great introduction for the non Hindu.

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Reviewed: 06-04-17

This is a great introduction but does not reflect the belief of the born hindu

  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers

  • Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
  • By: Katherine Boo
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,486

Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Antidote for Shantaram

  • By Dr. on 06-14-12

A little too depressing

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Reviewed: 05-24-17

having spent a little time with the poor in India living in the small homes a lot of this story is accurate but the author leaves out a lot of the simple joy that also exists all be it brief. I found these people to posess a wicked sense of humor. unfortunately alcoholism is also a real scourge in these areas leaving a lot of wo men who do not drink for the most part to do most of the work which in India is a double burden