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  • Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume 1

  • The Body
  • By: Joseph Goldstein
  • Narrated by: Joseph Goldstein
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

In the words of the Buddha, the four foundations of mindfulness (the four satipatthanas) are "the direct path for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of dukkha (suffering) and discontent, for acquiring the true method, for the realization of Nibbana." Within the quintessential discourse called the Satipatthana Sutta, we find the Buddha's seminal teachings about the practice of meditation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not for beginners

  • By Robert on 04-13-14

Wish This Presentation Was Made Into a Book!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-17

I have listened to many of Joseph Goldstein's recorded talks available for free through apps and on various internet websites (not sure if Audible's will censor any specific mentions of websites). In my opinion, I consider him to be one of the most accessible Vipassana teachers, due the clarity of his teachings.

I have listened to this presentation repeatedly, as it is very all encompassing. Even though some of the stories are ones a listener might have heard him tell before, none seem repetitive. Like another reviewer wrote, I found this recording to provide just what I needed to hear, at times. Although it is intellectual and, even, scholarly, it is also simple, profound and sweet.

I can't say enough about how helpful this book has been to me. It was well worth one of my precious monthly credits.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Letting Go

  • The Pathway of Surrender
  • By: David R. Hawkins MD. PHD.
  • Narrated by: Peter Lownds PhD
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,645

Letting Go describes a simple and effective means by which to let go of the obstacles to enlightenment and become free of negativity. During the many decades of the author's clinical psychiatric practice, the primary aim was to seek the most effective ways to relieve human suffering in all of its many forms. The inner mechanism of surrender was found to be of great practical benefit and is described in this book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read it, practice it... and change your life

  • By ScottishLass on 07-22-15

Didn't Live Up to the Hype

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

This book, although not a totally regrettable read, certainly did not live up to my expectations after reading numerous 5 star reviews. I agree with many others who expressed wondering, did I miss something? After numerous references to the mysterious 'letting to' technique, I even went back and listened again to the previous chapters, thinking I must have phased out during the description of the technique, itself. No, that was not the case. An explicit description of the 'technique' never surfaced. I, then, read some of the other lesser-starred reviews and found that others experienced the same dilemma.

All of this being said, repeatedly hearing about the positive consequences of letting go, as well as descriptions of the circumstances others' surrendered to (or let go of) seemed to have a calming effect on the listener. The book was thought provoking and, to a degree, inspiring even if it didn't fulfill the promise explaining exactly how to surrender.

In summary, I have only listened to this book one time & doubt I will choose to give it a second listen.

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,041

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice! A guide on how to change

  • By Mehra on 04-22-12

Great Book - One I've Frequently Recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of Habit to be better than the print version?

Never read the print version. I liked the audio book because, though it was a long read (10+ hours), it seemed to be consistently interesting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I found the information about how companies and organizations utilized habit-forming behavior to be intriguing (if not scary, at times). I particularly liked the section on how addictions amount to many reinforced 'habits' that become conditioned.

What does Mike Chamberlain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Thought he added the right tone - witty & intelligent.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

IMO, the story of Pepsodent was my favorite. Also, the chapter about Angie Bachmann painted a vivid picture of how behavioral addictions develop. I've recommended this book to colleagues and clients based solely on the information contained in that chapter.

Any additional comments?

This book is worth listening to. I've listed to many other positive psychology books but this one is the one I keep talking about.

  • The Body Keeps the Score

  • Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
  • By: Bessel Van der Kolk MD
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,643
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,950
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,879

In The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van der Kolk transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring - specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neuro feedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievably clear and Life Changing

  • By colleen geis on 05-06-15

A Masterpiece in the Field of Trauma Treatment

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-15

Would you listen to The Body Keeps the Score again? Why?

Yes. This was a bit of a monster of a book to listen to (16+ hours) but it was worth every minute. I work with victims of trauma & have referenced this book repeatedly. I also found Dr. Van der Kolk's experience in the mental health field, which was reflected in the stories of his work with patients, to be eye opening and informative. After listening to this book, one walks away with a thorough understand the far reaching effects of trauma and cutting-edge treatment options.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Body Keeps the Score?

There were many, such as his reflections on the current statistics of the costs of psycho-pharmacuticals used to treat juvenile psychiatric patients, most of whom are likely suffering from abuse/trauma. Sections that explain the differences in symptom presentation between combat-oriented PTSD and relational (interpersonal) trauma are also very helpful

What does Sean Pratt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Sean Pratt's performance seemed to match the seriousness of the material with sensitivity and compassion.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Doubt this book would be made into a movie. Could be made into a documentary explaining new 'brain science' from a trauma perspective.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Autobiography of a Yogi

  • By: Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Narrated by: Ben Kingsley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,677

When Autobiography of a Yogi first appeared in 1946, it was acclaimed as a landmark work in its field. The New York Times hailed it as "a rare account". Newsweek pronounced it "fascinating". The San Francisco Chronicle declared, "Yogananda presents a convincing case for yoga, and those who 'came to scoff' may remain 'to pray." Today it is still one of the most widely read and respected books ever published on the wisdom of the East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spiritually Uplifting -- and entertaining!

  • By D on 12-27-04

A Story You Will Be Glad You Listened To

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-15

An incredible life and an unforgettable tale about a man who carried the message of his faith to a new world. I will listen to this book again!

  • The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

  • Updated
  • By: Joseph Murphy
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596

 The Power of Your Subconscious Mind introduces and explains the mind-focusing techniques that remove the subconscious obstacles that prevent us from achieving the success we want - and deserve.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Start with this one!

  • By Valarie on 04-17-13

Constantly Recommending to Others

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-15

What made the experience of listening to The Power of Your Subconscious Mind the most enjoyable?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've listened to it twice & plan to listen to it at least 1 time per year. You couldn't read this book too many times!!!

Any additional comments?

I used some of the suggestions & found them very helpful! I only wish I could remember more!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Smart but Scattered

  • The Revolutionary 'Executive Skills' Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential
  • By: Peg Dawson, Richard Guare
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

There's nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your "smart but scattered" child might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have great news: there's a lot you can do to help.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of tables and worksheets make this inappropriate for audio

  • By Kate Aiken on 05-23-16

Great Information - Requires Focused Listening

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

Reviewed: 06-19-15

If you could sum up Smart but Scattered in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, detailed and thorough! I have the hard copy of this book & read it some months ago. I decided to listen to it again through Audible because there's a lot of information in the book & I wanted a refresher.

Overall, I believe in this approach of teaching executive skills & I found this book to be the most thorough on the subject. In my opinion, following the program requires a moderately high level of executive skill development on the part of the adult parent. As I progressed through the book, I increasingly felt that my own executive skill level apparently needed further development. I recommend this book & feel the hard copy could be a good supplemental if you intend to institute this program within your family.

Any additional comments?

Overall, the information contained in the book was well worth the time required to complete it. This is a subject that requires more than just surface understanding & a moderate amount of planning. Perhaps that seems like a novel concept in this modern, microwavable macaroni & cheese culture in which we live!!

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • HeartMath Method

  • Five Steps to Total Calm, Confidence and Creativity
  • By: Howard Martin
  • Narrated by: Howard Martin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

The term HeartMath may sound like an oxymoron - who would ever put the words heart and math together? But herein lies the secret. Most people have an understanding of the qualities that have long been associated with the "heart", like intuition, wisdom, love, and compassion. The word "math", in this case, refers to the psychological equations, the nuts and bolts or stepping stones, if you will, that allow us to unfold these qualities with consistency in our daily lives - hence, HeartMath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By julie kiteley on 06-20-15

I'm a Convert

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-15

Where does HeartMath Method rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the best. I enjoyed this Heart Math program (it's actually a speech/conference presentation) so much, I read another book &, eventually, purchased the Emwave system. I have been doing the Heart Math program for about 3 months & have found it has really helped me to develop heart-centered qualities.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Howard Martin. At first I thought he sounded too twangy (I'm from the South & twangy doesn't generally bother me) but he spoke genuinely from the heart, so after a while his accent seemed endearing!

Have you listened to any of Howard Martin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Never listened to any others.

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

Not really. I found that I often wanted to rewind and listen to segments again. There's a lot of information here -- I felt it best to take my time & go through the material slowly.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Psycho-Cybernetics: Updated and Revised

  • By: Maxwell Maltz, Dan Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671

Psycho-Cybernetics is a masterful synthesis of proven psychological and physiological processes, which took Dr. Maltz 29 years of research and testing to develop. His groundbreaking work, Psycho-Cybernetics, has become an all-time classic in the field of self-image psychology. Since its first publication, this book has inspired and helped millions to achieve ambitious and life-changing goals.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • MALTZ SPEAKS FROM THE BEYOND or THE ZEN OF GOLF

  • By Nico on 03-26-14

Great Book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-15

Would you listen to Psycho-Cybernetics: Updated and Revised again? Why?

I listened to this book 3 times then bought the paperback to read it again. Though it has been awhile since I last listened to it, I still credit many positive changes I've made in my life to this book. It makes clear in simple terms how to use your brain to retrain your behavior.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Psycho-Cybernetics: Updated and Revised?

I found most the concepts in the book (such as the automatic success mechanism & the idea of dehypnotizing one's self) to be an enlightening.

Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

The narrator was fine - easy to listen to.

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

It's a fairly long read but I found listening to it enjoyable.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Love Sense

  • The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships
  • By: Sue Johnson
  • Narrated by: Sue Johnson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

Every day, we hear of relationships failing and questions of whether humans are meant to be monogamous. Love Sense presents new scientific evidence that tells us that humans are meant to mate for life. Dr. Johnson explains that romantic love is an attachment bond, just like that between mother and child, and shows us how to develop our "love sense" - our ability to develop long-lasting relationships. Love is not the least bit illogical or random, but actually an ordered and wise recipe for survival.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • No real tips on HOW to become more securely attach

  • By Sophia in SF on 11-10-15

Interesting Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-15

Great book - fascinating studies on bonding and attachment. I have recommended this book to others & read Hold Me Tight. Sue Johnson does a great job explaining why relationships can be so maddening!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful