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  • On Writing

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

In June of 1999, Stephen King was hit by a van while walking along the shoulder of a country road in Maine. Six operations were required to save his life and mend his broken body. When he was finally able to sit up, he immediately started writing. This book - part biography, part a collection of tips for the aspiring writer - is the extraordinary result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Part 'How to' part Autobiographical

  • By Karen on 09-10-12

No muss, no fuss, practical advice

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

Really great little book that doesn’t overly embellish the technique of writing. Stephen King is charming and straightforward. He demystifies his practice in a way that is within most peoples reach.

  • The Gregg Braden Audio Collection

  • By: Gregg Braden
  • Narrated by: Gregg Braden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

Where is human evolution taking us? To answer this question, best-selling author Gregg Braden continues to break ground, merging the wisdom of lost prophecy and ancient prayer with the latest in scientific research on the destiny of humankind. The Gregg Braden Audio Collection brings together for the first time his revolutionary works - including a bonus all-new teachings, available nowhere else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking as usual

  • By L. Tedder on 10-04-09

Just fascinating stuff

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

Reviewed: 04-05-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Gregg Braden Audio Collection to be better than the print version?

I would be fascinated to read both really.

What other book might you compare The Gregg Braden Audio Collection to and why?

None as my study on the subject is limited. He has the metaphysical voice of many of the new agers such as Wayne dyer but it was interesting because of the scientific and archeological cross referencing.

What about Gregg Braden’s performance did you like?

His transparency and obvious passion for the subject.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole book really, I love being privy to someone's experiences and encounters, talking to the old monks in the Himalayas or reading Dead Sea scrolls that were not included in the bible.

Any additional comments?

This is not a book for people requiring black and white answers, it's still very much for those still pulling the strings together from all the different sources and information that we have. Also for those who are in touch with their own knowing... You may find something in this text.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Signature of All Things

  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Elizabeth Gilbert’s first novel in twelve years is an extraordinary story of botany, exploration and desire, spanning across much of the 19th century. This audiobook follows the fortunes of the brilliant Alma Whittaker (daughter of a bold and charismatic botanical explorer) as she comes into her own within the world of plants and science. As Alma’s careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she loves draws her in the opposite direction into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Jane on 06-07-14

Suddenly botany is a perfect language for life

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

Reviewed: 04-05-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Signature of All Things to be better than the print version?

Not really, if I had the time to sit down and read I would have been just as captivated.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Signature of All Things?

When Alma's spirit and will to live overtakes her without warning and she truly takes ownership of her own life.

What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

Wonderfully clear and precise. I think her casting as the voice only added sophistication to the story.

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

I was that addicted that one sitting was tempting but not possible due to the length of it.

Any additional comments?

Although it was a novel, the unmistakable voice of Elizabeth Gilbert shines through. Fortunately for me I have always liked Elizabeth Gilbert so I enjoy her immensely. If she annoyed you in all her other pieces of work I suspect she may annoy you in this one too. But I really enjoyed such a quietly rich story of an alternate life to my own.

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  • A Brief History of Time

  • By: Stephen Hawking
  • Narrated by: Michael Jackson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,881
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,652

This landmark book is for those of us who prefer words to equations; this is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge, the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space. Its author, Stephen W. Hawking, is arguably the greatest mind since Einstein. From the vantage point of the wheelchair, where he has spent the last 20 years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Professor Hawking has transformed our view of the universe. A Brief History of Time is Hawking's classic introduction to today's most important scientific ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily Digestible Presentation of Complex Topics

  • By James on 05-19-04

A Comprehensive and Logical Scientific History

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

Reviewed: 02-28-14

Would you listen to A Brief History of Time again? Why?

Yes if I actually required the information or wished to cross reference with another source.

What other book might you compare A Brief History of Time to and why?

None that I've read so far, I've just started this particular journey.

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

He is very dry and functional.... which serves the subject matter in some way.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I did like the human touches throughout the book that accounted for the egotisical, maniacal and all be human elements of the scientist involved and how some of their motives were vindictive or they personally were not well liked. It made me smile that even geniuses have faults of character.

Any additional comments?

A really even minded and simply put account of scientific theory throughout written history. Suitable for those without a great deal of scientific knowledge, giving us simple folk some chance of understanding this complex language of physics.