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  • The Art of Living

  • Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now
  • By: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 543

In troubled times there is an urgency to understand ourselves and our world. We have so many questions, and they tug at us night and day, consciously and unconsciously. In this important volume, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh - one of the most revered spiritual leaders in the world today - reveals an art of living in mindfulness that helps us answer life's deepest questions and experience the happiness and freedom we desire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For the Gentle Revolution

  • By Eduardo Joffroy Jr. on 08-17-17

Life changing!

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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: 07-22-18

This book is well written, well narrated, content rich and it will change your life.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Caesar's Last Breath

  • Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us
  • By: Sam Kean
  • Narrated by: Ben Sullivan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962

The fascinating science and history of the air we breathe. It's invisible. It's ever present. Without it, you would die in minutes. And it has an epic story to tell. In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times best-selling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth and our existence on it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • vastly entertaining

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-11-17

Science and Story...Wonderful book.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-18

I just loved this book. Great lessons in science wrapped in wonderful stories. it was hard to put down. The narration was brilliant.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What Is Zen?

  • Plain Talk for a Beginner's Mind
  • By: Norman Fischer, Susan Moon
  • Narrated by: Norman Fischer, Susan Moon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

The question-and-answer format makes this introduction to Zen especially easy to understand - and also to use as a reference, as you can easily look up just the question you had in mind. The esteemed Zen teacher Norman Fischer and his old friend and teaching colleague Susan Moon (both of them in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind) give this collaborative effort a playful tone: Susan asks a question on our behalf, Norman answers it, and then Sue challenges him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Zen; An Introduction

  • By Michael on 08-15-16

A Basic Overview of Zen Buddhism

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

If you are new to Zen Buddhism, this is a good basic and refreshing overview from an American perspective.

  • Digital Gold

  • Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money
  • By: Nathaniel Popper
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,433

A New York Times technology and business reporter charts the dramatic rise of Bitcoin and the fascinating personalities who are striving to create a new global money for the Internet age.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Informative, but dry

  • By Tomer on 05-10-16

Excellent overview of the history of Bitcoin.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-17

A comprehensive yet simple overview of the history and the players who created and propagated Bitcoin. The narration was superb.

  • 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 5,630
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,939
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,867

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 Masters Degree in Healing Trauma

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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: 09-01-17

If you have ever experienced trauma in your life, and most, if not all, of us have in one way or another, please read this book. I promise it will change your life for the better. It did mine.

This is a very readable book wth great audio narration.

  • Joy on Demand

  • The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within
  • By: Chade-Meng Tan
  • Narrated by: Telly Leung
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

In Joy on Demand, Chade-Meng Tan shows that you don't need to meditate for hours, days, months, or years to achieve lasting joy - you can actually get consistent access to it in as little as 15 seconds. Explaining joy and meditation as complementary things that naturally reinforce each other, Meng explains how these two skills form a virtuous cycle and, once put into motion, become a solid practice that can be sustained in daily life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Distilled actionable mindfulness

  • By R. Russell on 09-26-16

Fantastic Introduction into Mindfulness

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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: 06-24-17

If you have ever wanted to understand the true benefits of mindfulness and how to achieve it through meditation, this book is for you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • TED Talks

  • The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking
  • By: Chris Anderson
  • Narrated by: Chris Anderson, Tom Rielly, Kelly Stoetzel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,041

Since taking over TED in the early 2000s, Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted short talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience's worldview. Done right, a talk is more powerful than anything in written form.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the VERY Best!

  • By C. Freeman on 05-08-16

If you will ever present anything, read this book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-17

This is an excellent book and will dramatically help you present any idea to any audience, large or small. Everyone can use this help.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,838

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

All Homo Sapiens Should Read This Book

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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: 12-19-16

A wonderfully written and orated book. In my top 10 list of all time favorites.

  • Triggers

  • Creating Behavior That Lasts - Becoming the Person You Want to Be
  • By: Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
  • Narrated by: Marshall Goldsmith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,530

In business, the right behaviors matter. But getting it right is tricky. Even when we acknowledge the need to change what we do and how we do it, life has a habit of getting in the way, upsetting even the best-laid plans. And just how do we manage those situations that can provoke even the most rational among us into behaving in ways we would rather forget?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He Doesn't Disappoint

  • By Catherine S. Read on 08-18-15

Want to change your life? Read this book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-16

A must read fir anyone who wants to make their life, and the lives of those around them better.

  • Siddhartha's Brain

  • Unlocking the Ancient Science of Enlightenment
  • By: James Kingsland
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Framed by the historical journey and teachings of the Buddha, Siddhartha's Brain shows how meditative and Buddhist practices anticipated the findings of modern neuroscience. Moving from the evolutionary history of the brain to the disorders and neuroses associated with our technology-driven world, James Kingsland explains why the ancient practice of mindfulness has been so beneficial to and so important for human beings across time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By C. Rosky on 05-11-16

An Excellent Book.

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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: 06-26-16

The author did an excellent job of comparing Science and Buddhism. One of my all time favorite 100 books. Well written and read.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful