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  • Shogun

  • The Epic Novel of Japan: The Asian Saga, Book 1
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 53 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,434

A bold English adventurer; an invincible Japanese warlord; a beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love - all brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazingly well done!

  • By Ruby Dickson on 04-24-15

A True Classic

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Shogun gives a detailed and fascinating window into an amazing time Japanese history.

The story has everything action, strategy, mystery and - of course - romance. If you like dramas with a complex political back drop then Shogun is for you.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Emotional Life of Your Brain

  • How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live - and How You Can Change Them
  • By: Richard J. Davidson Ph.D., Sharon Begley
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Why are some people so quick to recover from a setback while others wallow in despair? Why are some people so highly attuned to others that they seem psychic, while other people put both feet in it over and over again? Why are some people always up and others always down? In this hotly anticipated book, award-winning, pioneering neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson answers these questions by offering an entirely new model of our emotions - their origins, their power, and their malleability.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Wish Ritchie Davidson Was the Narrator

  • By casavecchia on 05-12-12

Dry and a bit drawn out

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

Reviewed: 11-20-13

What would have made The Emotional Life of Your Brain better?

As a statistician, I am used to dry material. However this material was presented very dryly and a was longer than necessary.

It seems the author tried to both entertain and please the scientific crowd at the same time. The result is likely to fall short on both accounts.

What could Richard J. Davidson and Sharon Begley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

There were many times that the author went on extensively to present data to support hypothesis that many would intuitively know. I understand the value of this but it made the book a bit tedious.

The suggestions for how to impact your own emotion style are a very small portion of the book and are likely to not stand on their own as suggestions.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Emotional Life of Your Brain?

The idea and concepts of the book are in and of themselves interesting. Shortening the book substantially would have made it much more enjoyable.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Things Hidden

  • Scripture as Spirituality
  • By: Richard Rohr
  • Narrated by: John Quigley O.F.M.
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

In this exploration of the central themes of Scripture, Richard Rohr transforms the written word, discovering in these ancient texts a new and vital meaning, relevant and essential for modern Christians. Rohr offers his listeners a Christian vision of abundance, grace, and joy to counteract a world filled with scarcity, judgment, and fear - a vision that can revolutionize how we relate to ourselves, others, and the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Opening the scriptures to thought.

  • By anthony on 09-03-12

Another Richard Rohr Classic

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

Reviewed: 10-16-13

Would you listen to Things Hidden again? Why?

Yes, a fresh take on the Bible that makes sense of seeming contradictions in the text.

This book is meant to move you along the path to greater spirituality and a deeper understanding of the Bible. As I travel the path I think I will get more from it each time I listen to it based on where I am at the time.

What did you like best about this story?

Firmly grounded in Christianity but draws on other traditions as well, even if not overtly. Certainly does not give 'good' Christians a pass.

What about John Quigley’s performance did you like?

Well read and paced. John Quigley did a good job but I would have preferred to have Richard read it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Jewel Tree of Tibet

  • The Enlightenment of Tibetan Buddhism
  • By: Robert Thurman
  • Narrated by: Robert Thurman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

Tibetans call their cherished tradition of Buddhism a "wish-fulfilling jewel tree" for its power to generate bliss and enlightenment within all who absorb its teachings. This path to enlightenment, it is taught, requires more than a sitting meditation practice alone. With The Jewel Tree of Tibet, honored scholar and teacher Robert Thurman brings these insights to you as they were meant to be transmitted, through the spoken word.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautiful Buddhist teachings

  • By K. Cunningham on 12-26-06

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 09-12-13

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Jewel Tree of Tibet?

I was not sure about the approach at first but the sessions picked up a nice rhythm and were quite enjoyable. I suspect I will visit the Jewel tree often as well as relisten to the program in the future.

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

No, I prefer to digest the information and then continue

  • Mindfulness and the Brain

  • A Professional Training in the Science and Practice of Meditative Awareness
  • By: Jack Kornfield, Daniel J. Siegel
  • Narrated by: Jack Kornfield, Daniel J. Siegel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

Mindfulness awareness creates scientifically recognized enhancements in our mental functions and interpersonal relationships. But how can we integrate this information into our personal or professional lives? In the Mindfulness and the Brain audio learning course, Jack Kornfield, PhD, and Daniel Siegel, MD, offer theoretical and experiential teachings on the power of inner transformation and the cultivation of a wise and loving heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So well done. A joy to listen to

  • By Kavita on 04-23-14

Jack and Dan provide a good collaboration

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

Reviewed: 09-12-13

What made the experience of listening to Mindfulness and the Brain the most enjoyable?

Its a relaxing positive listen. The intersection of science and spirituality is fascinating - spiritual practice actually changes your brain. Who woulda thunk it.

What did you like best about this story?

Ends somewhat abruptly which made me wonder if the full recording was captured.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Healing Our Violence Through the Journey of Centering Prayer

  • By: Richard Rohr O.F.M., Thomas Keating O.C.S.O.
  • Narrated by: Richard Rohr O.F.M., Thomas Keating O.C.S.O.
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 142

Two internationally known spiritual guides explore integrating our inner and outer journeys. They challenge us to confront our inner and social violence and bring it to healing and transformation in a sacred and ecumenical context. Rohr and Keating each give insights on awakening to God's friendship, coming to know God and ourselves, growing in love through centering prayer, facing evil around us and our demons within us as well as opening our deep selves to divine therapy which heals our wounds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christian Spirituality for Adults

  • By Mark on 12-31-11

Good Stuff

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

Reviewed: 05-31-12

What was one of the most memorable moments of Healing Our Violence Through the Journey of Centering Prayer?

Really enjoyed the concept of demons and the parrallel to the pain body

Have you listened to any of Richard Rohr and Thomas Keating ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First by Thomas Keating. I have enjoyed the few Richard Rohr recordings that I have

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

Its not practical for me to listen to a long book all in one sitting. Also, i think you need to reflect on the content to get the most out of it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Sociopath Next Door

  • By: Martha Stout
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,089

We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By Robert on 08-28-11

Well Done

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

Reviewed: 01-01-12

What did you like best about this story?

Wanting to see the best in everybody, encountering individuals that seemingly just want to inflict as much emotional pain as possible to others is hard to comprehend. This book validates that a significant amount of people actually do act to hurt others just for fun. Several of the examples could have come directly out of my life.

Any additional comments?

I have recommended this audio book to co-workers, friends and family. I consider it to be essential listening for all.