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  • The Second Mountain

  • How People Move from the Prison of Self to the Joy of Commitment
  • By: David Brooks
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

Author David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pursue meaning, reject hyper-individualism

  • By Adam Shields on 05-07-19

Touching

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-19

As only Mr. Brooks could capture and right. I see myself in every word and page.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24,531
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,390
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,294

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

Standin in the flames

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-19

I have grown numb about the current (3/2019) situation but, after this...and remembering how we got here, I am incorporated.

  • Promise Me, Dad

  • A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
  • By: Joe Biden
  • Narrated by: Joe Biden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,250

In November 2014, 13 members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past 40 years; it was the one constant in what had become a hectic, scrutinized, and overscheduled life. The Thanksgiving holiday was a much-needed respite, a time to connect, a time to reflect on what the year had brought, and what the future might hold. But this year felt different from all those that had come before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sad Memoir

  • By Jean on 12-02-17

Run Joe Run

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

loved it! if Joe Biden doesn't run for President the country and perhaps the world will be worse off.

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,667
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,092

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Midlife crisis in the white house

  • By Kingsley on 11-02-18

Fantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Really had me thinking. This is simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting. Dont hear it alone, you may breakdown.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement

  • By: John Medina, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,359

In Your Best Brain, Professor John J. Medina - an award-winning scientist, New York Times best-selling author, and leading advocate for brain research - delivers 24 exciting lectures that probe the origins of consciousness, memory, emotion, attention, intelligence, and beyond. He focuses on five key areas of study in neuroscience: the brain’s physical structure and function, and how it enabled us to become the planet’s apex predator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Clear and Entertaining

  • By Charles on 07-22-15

Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

loved it. will likely listen to this again and again. better than the baby book

  • Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

  • By: Mark W. Muesse, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark W. Muesse
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,285

Meditation offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being. These 24 detailed lectures teach you the principles and techniques of sitting meditation, the related practice of walking meditation, and the highly beneficial use of meditative awareness in many important activities, including eating and driving. You will also learn how to use the skills of meditation in working with thoughts and emotional states.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good lectures on mindfulness!

  • By Mike on 09-19-13

Terrible - Nearly Mindless not Mindful

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Don't waste your time. The is a Not So Great Course on Mindfulness (Mindlessness). the author waste very valuable time discussing, in one whole chapter, the best choices for pillows to sit on. In another chapter the author details how best to sit. And yet in another chapter the author outlines the best color and type of room to meditate in.

I doubt that any of the great practitioners of mindfulness gave any thought to any of these.

Food for thought: I would return this book but it has now been some time since I bought it. Audible does not allow a return after some time. In the future, I wont buy any audible book until I am ready to read it. Makes no sense to buy anything in advance.

Save your money. There are other Mindfulness books in the Audible inventory that are better suited.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • God

  • A Human History
  • By: Reza Aslan
  • Narrated by: Reza Aslan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834

In layered prose and with thoughtful, accessible scholarship, Aslan narrates the history of religion as one long and remarkably cohesive attempt to understand the divine by giving it human traits and emotions. According to Aslan, this innate desire to humanize God is hardwired in our brains, making it a central feature of nearly every religious tradition. As Aslan writes, "Whether we are aware of it or not, and regardless if we are believers or not, what the vast majority of us think about when we think about God is a divine version of ourselves."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His best work yet

  • By Jeff M on 11-15-17

Reza Aslan Does it Again

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

What made the experience of listening to God the most enjoyable?

Mr. Aslan has a perspective that few do. I wish to know however, why he has switched faiths so often. That would help put his books in perspective.

  • The Dark Ages: 476-918

  • By: Charles Oman
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

The Dark Ages is the story of the birth of Western civilization. It was a harrowing crucible of war, destruction, and faith. For over 100 years, Charles Oman's famous history has remained one of the finest sources for the study of this period. Covering a period of 500 years and an area stretching from Northern Germany to Egypt, this is the definitive history that will alter your conceptions of a period of history that gave birth to the civilization we live in today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Production

  • By Ken on 08-11-17

I thought I knew most of this...I was surprised

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

What did you love best about The Dark Ages: 476-918?

The depth of the historical information. Well researched.

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

Makes the reading compelling and alive.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • James, the Brother of Jesus

  • The Key to Unlocking the Secrets of Early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • By: Robert Eisenman
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 43 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

James was a vegetarian, wore only linen clothing, bathed daily at dawn in cold water, and was a life-long Nazirite. In this profound and provocative work of scholarly detection, eminent biblical scholar Robert Eisenman introduces a startling theory about the identity of James - the brother of Jesus - who was almost entirely marginalized in the New Testament.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Regretable. Hard to follow. Repetitive.

  • By Jimi on 08-18-17

Regretable. Hard to follow. Repetitive.

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

The book suffers from a need of a serious copy editing scrub. There are entire sections that are repeated over and over and over again. I didnt trouble myself to count but the white linen undergarment worn by James was repeated dozens of times, sometimes in the same sentence. I didnt realize that undies had such an important role.

This could be a far better book at half the length.

I hung on and finished it expecting that I would be rewarded in the end. Instead, I was horrified to learn that there will be a sequel.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Crazy Love (Revised and Updated)

  • Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
  • By: Francis Chan
  • Narrated by: Francis Chan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,113
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,106

The God of the universe - the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor - loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn’t working harder at a list of do's and don'ts - it's falling in love with God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crazy Good

  • By Michael on 03-28-14

Thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

Start with the last chapter. Then go back and read it through. I wish I had.