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  • The Urban Monk

  • Eastern Wisdom and Modern Hacks to Stop Time and Find Success, Happiness, and Peace
  • By: Pedram Shojai OMD
  • Narrated by: Pedram Shojai OMD
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655

The Urban Monk, a New York Times best seller, reveals the secrets to finding an open heart, sharp mind, and grounded sense of well-being, even in the most demanding circumstances. Shojai's no-nonsense life mastery program brings together clear tools and exercises that can elevate your existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Down From The Himalayas!

  • By Gillian on 01-20-17

Stereotypical pseudoscience

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

What would have made The Urban Monk better?

The author clearly has some biases against modern medicine, lifestyle and conveniences that don't mesh with 'the way of the ancients'. I can understand having a preference for what you find valuable in life, but insinuating how big pharma is in cahoots to destroy and enslave us is pretty ridiculous. There was a lot of questionable recommendations in the book, like how modern shoes prevent us from sharing electrons with the earth, so you should spend time walking barefoot. Also a lot of comments about restoring / maximizing your vitality. Its a vague goal that is difficult to track and measure but sounds enticing.

What could Pedram Shojai have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Use some science to back up the claims to make it more credible. I listened to 'The Big Picture' immediately before this one and the two are basically on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of credibility. I also find that most respectable Buddhist-style mindsets are open to having the theories challenged, so that they can either be improved or you can find truth for yourself, but this book feels more like "do as the ancients did because ancient lives were better."

What aspect of Pedram Shojai’s performance would you have changed?

The performance was alright, I appreciate it when the author reads their own material.

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

It will appeal to a certain demographic who already follow suit with the same train of thought (i.e. if you want to reinforce your pre-existing beliefs, this will be another nod). One redeeming quality - its not a long book.

Any additional comments?

I could only get through about 3/4 of the book before I had to end it, just couldn't get through it all and take it seriously.

61 of 77 people found this review helpful

  • You Are a Badass

  • How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
  • By: Jen Sincero
  • Narrated by: Jen Sincero
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,191

Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly new age garbage and bad financial advice!

  • By Wayne on 05-25-18

An Agglomeration

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I probably wouldn't recommend this book to others. While the intent of the book is honourable (giving people inspiration and confidence to live a better life), the means to achieve it is what I can't get behind.

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

The story would have been more enjoyable if it was not filled with modern-day pseudo-science.

Any additional comments?

The book is a mash-up of recent concepts, and the basic premise of the storyline is that you deserve abundance, and can achieve it by resonating at the right frequency, harmonizing with energy, manifesting events into being, and attracting what you want just by thinking intensely of it over time. As a guy with a science background, the book just went downhill the more I got through. On a positive note, I definitely appreciate it when the author reads their own material rather than someone who supposedly has the 'right' sound. Jen also has good enthusiasm and personality when reading through the book.

42 of 55 people found this review helpful