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Khaled ElSherbini

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  • Turning Points in Middle Eastern History

  • By: Eamonn Gearon, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Eamonn Gearon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966

The Middle East is a critically important area of our world. And, with its current prominence in international affairs, media images of the Middle East reach us on a daily basis. Much media coverage, however, is incomplete at best, failing to take account of either the complexities or the historical background of this pivotal region. For most of us, the real story of the Middle East remains untold. What made this crucial geopolitical area what it is today?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As an Israeli, I knew so little about my region.

  • By Daniel M. on 09-15-17

Best coverage of Middle East History

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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: 10-24-17

As much as I love most of the great courses I’ve listened to, yet this course definitely ranks among the best.
Covering the history of the region from the founding of Islam till the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the course covers all the major events and turning points and how they affected the history of the region.

  • Muhammad

  • A Prophet for Our Time
  • By: Karen Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Karen Armstrong
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

From the best-selling author of Islam: A Short History comes an important addition to the Eminent Lives book series. A former Roman Catholic nun and winner of a Muslim Public Affairs Council Media Award, Karen Armstrong shows how Muhammad's life can teach us a great deal about our world. More is known about Muhammad than any other major religion founder, yet he remains mysterious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Karen Armstrong did justice with this biography

  • By Dr Naveed on 08-05-12

Balanced and thoughtful analysis of the Prophets life

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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: 04-26-17

Karen presents a well researched, balanced, deep, and thoughtful analysis of the life and the message of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him.

In our troubling times of struggle and human fraction, the message of the life of Muhammad is needed to unite and rekindle the brotherhood of the human race.

I would recommend muslims and non muslims alike to read this book in a state of peace and contemplation, to set aside their predisposed prejudices, and to open their hearts to the message of peace, love to all, and unconditional surrender to the divine.

Thank you Karen for this heart warming journey.

  • The Great Transformation

  • The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions
  • By: Karen Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Karen Armstrong
  • Length: 22 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

From one of the world's leading writers on religion and the highly acclaimed author of the best-selling A History of God, The Battle for God, and The Spiral Staircase, comes a major new work: a chronicle of one of the most important intellectual revolutions in world history and its relevance to our own time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fills in the blanks

  • By Laura on 09-20-06

Enlightening and deep

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Reviewed: 04-23-17

A deep and well researched topic, with an enlightening message of compassion and reverence to all humanity. Thank you Karen for this wonderful journey along the making of the modern spiritual landscape.

  • Knowing Your Shadow

  • Becoming Intimate with All That You Are
  • By: Robert Augustus Masters PhD
  • Narrated by: Robert Augustus Masters PhD
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Our shadow side, teaches Robert Augustus Masters, contains the emotions and desires we've disowned, neglected, or hidden from ourselves. If not skillfully worked with, it can easily direct our lives on every level. With Knowing Your Shadow, this acclaimed psychotherapist and author shows us how to illuminate and wisely engage with the endarkened aspects of who we are. Join him to explore in depth the areas where shadow work can most benefit us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deep, practical, insightful

  • By Richard R. Powell on 01-09-15

Deep work on the shadow

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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: 04-11-17

This is not a book to listen to while commuting or for leisure. It is a deep book working on the darkest sides of our being.
Listen to it slowly, in small segments
Do the meditations and work prescribed
Keep a pen and paper for taking notes

By doing so you will cultivate the wisdom and enlightened guidance in the book. Otherwise you will get bored and drift off track, and you will have no idea of what is going on.

Thank you Robert
This was enlightening

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Enneagram

  • By: Helen Palmer
  • Narrated by: Helen Palmer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

In this fascinating program, Helen Palmer introduces a vital system of sacred psychology capable of stunning insights into our lives and loves. This Enneagram is a model of 9 central passions used in varying forms by Buddhists, Sufis, and Christians. In this comprehensive introduction, Palmer covers topics such as the 9 personality types, history and origins, how to recognize your type, the role of attention and awareness in type, how your type can give you spiritual direction, dynamics of type interaction, how to avoid mis-typing others, and much more. Here is a priceless opportunity to overcome the veil of illusion that limits your perception to only one-ninth of reality.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • useful information, but...

  • By connie on 01-02-09

Excellent overview of the subject

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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: 02-13-17

This is an excellent overview of the enneagram. The content is all encompassing, and Helen's energy and voice are mesmerizing.
This will give you a great push on your spiritual journey.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mindfulness

  • An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World
  • By: Mark Williams, Danny Penman, Jon Kabat-Zinn (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Mark Williams, Jon Kabat-Zinn (foreword)
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

Everyday life is so frantic and full of troubles that we have largely forgotten how to live a joyful existence. We try so hard to be happy that we often end up missing the most important parts of our lives. In Mindfulness, Oxford professor Mark Williams and award-winning journalist Danny Penman reveal the secrets to living a happier and less anxious, stressful, and exhausting life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Missing a written outline for the 8 week program

  • By Diane K. on 08-14-14

Buy the book

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-10-15

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

yes, the authors are great, and i believe the program is very helpful. but the format in which it was presented isnt helpful without the book. this should be a companion audio for the book, rather than a standalone item.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mindfulness?

I would make it follow the book precisely. organize it into chapters instead of small tidbits. make it whispersync ready, and connect it to the book.

Any additional comments?

I really wouldnt advise anyone to get this audiobook unless they have the print or kindle book and use this as a companion guide only.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines

  • By: Patrick Grim, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Patrick Grim
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552

The quest to understand the mind has motivated some of history's most profound thinkers. But only in our own time are we beginning to see the true complexity of this quest, as today's philosophers draw on the latest evidence from neuroscience, psychology, artificial intelligence, linguistics, and other fields to probe deeply into the inner workings of the mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stellar Course!

  • By Douglas on 08-25-13

Great course

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-15

Prof. Grim provides a great course on consciousness, covering philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience.
I enjoyed the course very much, and was even taking notes all along.
Highly recommended for anyone interested in the topic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Autopilot

  • The Art & Science of Doing Nothing
  • By: Andrew Smart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 367

Andrew Smart wants you to sit and do nothing much more often - and he has the science to explain why. At every turn we’re pushed to do more, faster, and more efficiently: That drumbeat resounds throughout our wage-slave society. Multitasking is not only a virtue, it’s a necessity. But Andrew Smart argues that slackers may have the last laugh. The latest neuroscience shows that the “culture of effectiveness” is not only ineffective, it can be harmful to your well-being.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth it.

  • By Brian Lee on 04-30-14

Good message, fair execution

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

Reviewed: 09-13-15

I totally agree with the message of the book. I have been to some extent championing this for quotes a while.
Yet the content, organization, and depth of the book need reassessment and rearranging.
It wasn't clear to me what type of background the author was assuming in the reader. Their was also no suggestion as to how the goals of the book may be achieved.
A very good starting effort, but still lacking much depth and organization.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Atossa Leoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,286

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent

  • By Bill from Florida on 05-29-07

Couldn't stop listening

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-15

This book moved my heart. Retelling the modern history of Afghanistan through the tale of a couple of little girls.
I started it and couldn't let it down, finishing it in two days. Rarely does s novel ever do this to me.
I've been in need for something to soften my heart, and this did the job superbly. Thank you Hosseini.

  • A Brief History of Time

  • By: Stephen Hawking
  • Narrated by: Michael Jackson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,717
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,507

This landmark book is for those of us who prefer words to equations; this is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge, the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space. Its author, Stephen W. Hawking, is arguably the greatest mind since Einstein. From the vantage point of the wheelchair, where he has spent the last 20 years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Professor Hawking has transformed our view of the universe. A Brief History of Time is Hawking's classic introduction to today's most important scientific ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily Digestible Presentation of Complex Topics

  • By James on 05-19-04

Great book, poor narration

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

A great book of course. But got a bit too technical when discussing the origins of the universe.
After reading Michio Kaku first I can now see that he followed Hawking's path but made it much simpler and more user friendly.
Yet still this is a must read. No one interested in these topics can be without it.

The narration though had so much to be desired. I hope the book is updated with a better narration. The language is pretty clear, but the pace was terribly inappropriate for the content.