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  • The Beginning of Infinity

  • Explanations That Transform the World
  • By: David Deutsch
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774

A bold and all-embracing exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge from one of today's great thinkers. Throughout history, mankind has struggled to understand life's mysteries, from the mundane to the seemingly miraculous. In this important new book, David Deutsch, an award-winning pioneer in the field of quantum computation, argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Perspective Shifter

  • By kevmoo on 01-19-14

I Actually Finished It

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

Ok - I am not an Academic or sophisticated reader; thus this review review is for the average science savvy Joe who thought he could learn something from a genius. I struggled through this 20 hrs as it took me 8 months to listen, which actually makes it hard to review so my feedback is generally on the last 5 - 6 hours. The nature of Academics is to challenge all ideas and norms, without concern for feelings, ideas and cultures. While this man is a genius, the purely critical and clinical assessment of man's historical development was at times hard to understand, repetitive and a tad harsh. He actually went on for an hour simulating a Greek God's conversation with a Greek philosopher which lost me. In addition the Narrator is extremely monotone and boring - perfect for the material, but not entertaining. This is great listen if you want to learn a new perspective of where we have reached some tipping point to an unlimited future potential due to some breakthrough in the human brain and society as a whole (I think?). His premise is a good one; however I think I would have preferred this Theoretical Physicist to speak to physics, not whatever this was. I actually thought he was Philosopher until I read his Bio. Anyhow, as I said this review is more reflective of my lack understanding of his genius; hence if you are attuned to that - go for it. Maybe I will try his other book on Fabric of Reality - then again maybe a bit later.

  • Canada

  • By: Mike Myers
  • Narrated by: Mike Myers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243

Comedy superstar Mike Myers writes from the (true patriot) heart about his 53-year relationship with his beloved Canada. Mike Myers is a world-renowned actor, director and writer and the man behind some of the most memorable comic characters of our time. But, as he says, "No description of me is truly complete without saying I'm a Canadian". He has often winked and nodded to Canada in his outrageously accomplished body of work, but now he turns the spotlight full-beam on his homeland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book by my favorite comedian

  • By Spencer cox on 09-21-17

Disappointing & it's aboot Toronto, not Canada-eh

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

I am, of course, sorry to all who will disagree, but this is essentially just a biography of a kid brought up in Toronto in the 70's who is heavily influenced by Trudeau's social policies of the time. Few outside Toronto will relate to his very localized Toronto stories and anecdotes. Except for some TV shows, I was not able to relate to "Mike's World" and I grew up at the very same time - but elsewhere in Canada. It is the typical Toronto-Centric viewpoint that, those who stayed in Canada, have to endure, ad naseum.

On the positive note, Mike is obviously very funny which makes the non-politically oriented parts of the book fun, and his accents kill. I found that the book kept me glued and his story-telling was excellent. Also, there are many who will relate and I see by the reviews that many have enjoyed it. That is great and I am happy that I am in the minority.

I want to state my disappointment, as Mike did against our Great Country for which he is disappointed ..but from 'afar'. This relates to his criticism of what Canada has become while he was (permanently) away. There was no need for his political opinions to be added to the book, as it showed an immaturity to what Canada's politics are about.

In my opinion, the excessive flattery read like an apology for leaving Canada as it was over the top, but that is pure Mike Myers schtick. By the end of the book, I just saw Mike's "view" of Canada as a small 20 year slice as a British Tourist traveling through Canada on his way to becoming American. While that may sound unfair, I am still proudly here.

The main question that came to me at the end was that, if he loves Canada so much why did he leave instead of staying and putting his wishful words into action here - not poking at us from the USA. Some of us have roots here for generations and plan to continue living here to ensure it remains the True North Strong and Free in the future.
So go ahead and mark your dislike for my rant here. Although, if you do - please read it the book and feel free to counter my opinions, as I appreciate a fair minded counter argument. Take Care eh.

  • Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

  • A 10% Happier How-to Book
  • By: Dan Harris, Carlye Adler, Jeffrey Warren
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris, Jeffrey Warren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937

ABC News anchor Dan Harris used to think that meditation was for people who collect crystals, play Ultimate Frisbee, and use the word namaste without irony. After he had a panic attack on live television, he went on a strange and circuitous journey that ultimately led him to embrace a practice he'd long considered ridiculous. Harris discovered that meditation made him more focused and less yanked around by his emotions. According to his wife, it also made him significantly less annoying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On-target help. Thank you, Dan and Jeff.

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-30-17

Pop Culture Fluff

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

I will be returning this book. I am just past half way and I cannot take it anymore. The info could be interesting and enlightening if Dan let the experts speak more, but unfortunately we have to sit on the couch with Dan to listen (yes he narrates as well) to him confront and overcome his demons. He is very supportive of Jeff, his meditation expert, and I would very much like to hear Jeff on his own. I have no interest or knowledge of the show he keeps talking about and that perspective on self-indulgent pop culture has been reinforced by this book.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • DMT: The Spirit Molecule

  • A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences
  • By: Rick Strassman
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028

From 1990 to 1995, Dr. Rick Strassman conducted U.S. government–approved and funded clinical research at the University of New Mexico in which he injected 60 volunteers with DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known. His detailed account of those sessions is an extraordinarily riveting inquiry into the nature of the human mind and the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. DMT, a plant-derived chemical found in the psychedelic Amazon brew ayahuasca, is also manufactured by the human brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scientific study induced Consciousness experience

  • By Diana on 02-18-15

Dedicated Scientist's Journey

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

The author is quite passionate about his work and gives a detailed description on how his medical test was set up, plus the results. The results are interesting, although the initial descriptions of his challenges in setting up the tests and getting the drug was slow to unfold and tedious. You can skip through the early chapters if you wish, as the actual patient experiences are eye(ear) opening and fascinating.

  • It's A Wonderful Afterlife Volume One

  • Further Adventures in the Flipside
  • By: Richard Martini
  • Narrated by: Richard Martini
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

It's a Wonderful Afterlife: Further Adventures into the Flipside takes a quantum leap forward into the afterlife, includes interviews with scientists discussing the source of consciousness, compares near death experiences (NDE) with between life sessions (LBL), and includes interviews with people who claim to be speaking from the afterlife. There are new between life sessions with astounding claims of contact with the afterlife, with experiencing God and understanding life's journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A casual, friendly, conversational Afterlife book

  • By Diana on 01-21-15

Poor Delivery

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

For a movie producer, the quality is quite poor as the hissing in background, traffic noise, missing pronounced words, corrected sentences are very frustrating. while he is charming, it does not overcome this problem.
As far as content, it is standard after life and LBL fare, with some good stories and amazing real life experiences. It is average reading in this genre but there are better authors/researchers to put higher on your list. Richard quotes most of them.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Journey of Souls

  • Case Studies of Life Between Lives
  • By: Michael Newton
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362

Now considered a classic in the field, this remarkable book was the first to fully explore the mystery of life between lives. Journey of Souls presents the first-hand accounts of 29 people placed in a "superconscious" state of awareness using Dr. Michael Newton's groundbreaking techniques. This unique approach allows Dr. Newton to reach his subjects' hidden memories of life in the spirit world after physical death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely fascinating

  • By SG Girl on 04-21-11

Simply mind blowing

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

Reviewed: 11-23-16

If true, this is the most important book I have ever read - though we will never know. If not true, it is a thoroughly engrossing and entertaining piece of work. Either way, it is enjoyable.

  • Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time

  • By: Sean Carroll, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Sean Carroll
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197

Time rules our lives, woven into the very fabric of the universe-from the rising and setting of the sun to the cycles of nature, the thought processes in our brains, and the biorhythms in our day. Nothing so pervades our existence and yet is so difficult to explain. But now, in a series of 24 riveting lectures, you can grasp exactly why - as you take a mind-expanding journey through the past, present, and future, guided by a noted author and scientist.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Get From Eternity to Here instead

  • By Michael on 07-24-13

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 07-26-16

I guess it was about 'time', but not what I would have envisioned a book on time would be as it appeared to be more on entropy for long sections. It provides insight on a wide cross section of physics in order to bring a layman's understanding to the expansive subject. It is still a difficult listen at times as various theories of physics are explored. It is more about cosmology than time in my opinion, but I enjoyed it.

  • My Big TOE: Awakening

  • By: Thomas W . Campbell
  • Narrated by: Thomas W. Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

My Big TOE: Awakening, written by a nuclear physicist in the language of contemporary culture, unifies science and philosophy, physics and metaphysics, mind and matter, purpose and meaning, the normal and the paranormal. The entirety of human experience (mind, body, and spirit) including both our objective and subjective worlds is brought together under one seamless scientific understanding.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Jer on 05-26-17

DOES NOT DISAPPOINT

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

This is a book that I was naturally drawn to, due to my past interest for Audible books related to OOBE and after life. The preface and reviews are bang on and this is as weird and fascinating, as I expected. This genre of books is even more interesting than sci-fi or fantasy books due to the possibilities is opens up...what if?
As far as the narration goes, I am skeptical when an author reads his own work as that should be left to a professional. I stand corrected in this case as Mr Campbell's humour is just what I love in a narrator. He interjects sarcasm and makes light of our perceived correct sensibilities. It may not be for everyone as his delivery is not crisp and clear, and a few words are, quite frankly, mispronounced (in my opinion), but it adds the wonderful personal touch that fits well with his book. Enjoy the ...whatever this is!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Population Control

  • How Corporate Owners Are Killing Us
  • By: Jim Marrs
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

Today there are three million homeless people in the US and almost 20 million vacant homes. The most technologically advanced nation in the world has a life expectancy lower than that of Chile and Bahrain. And citizens of the wealthiest country on the planet continue to ingest toxic chemicals through their food, their vaccines, and even their water. America, Jim Marrs argues, has been seized by a culture of death. And who promulgates this culture? The globalist masters of the G.O.D. syndicate - guns, oil, and drugs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I learnedly lot from this book.

  • By Ccchhhdghdf on 07-02-15

More of the same

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

Reviewed: 12-26-15

I enjoyed Jim Marrs' previous 3 books but he is running out of material and seems to be rehashing the 3 previous books (that I read) under a new theme. Not much new hear, but if you enjoy conspiracy theories, he's your man.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Keepers of the Garden

  • By: Dolores Cannon
  • Narrated by: Jane Sellers, Titus Stone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039

A young man wanting to explore past-life regression discovers this is his first lifetime on Earth. All his other existences were on alien worlds and in other dimensions. As this unique case is explored further, he finds out that his association with extraterrestrials did not cease with these other lives. The interaction with UFOs and aliens has continued during all his present life, although the information was protectively hidden by his subconscious.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fabulous content, distracting narration

  • By Critical Reader on 08-08-15

Great Story or is it Real?

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

Let me first state that this is a great story, but.... the narration was quite poor. I don't normally comment on narrators although the female narrator of this book was substandard even for me. There were many repeated lines and it seemed like she was r-e-a-d-i-n-g i-t out loud like a grade school student would do with many pauses and jumps in cadence. It may have been the editing as sentences seemed to run together. I usually listen at 1.25 speed but could barely follow her at normal speed. The male was better but he repeated lines as well. Sorry to dwell on this but it was the most amateur listen I have had in quite awhile.
Ok now that I got that off my chest, I agree with most others in that, if true, this is the most life altering book you could read. The story of the super life forms sharing wisdom with mere humans is the best human interest story possible. It would challenge religious and philosophical theories and create an amazing new opportunity for scientific discovery. Alas, this is if it were true, but I am a skeptic as it is essentially a women interviewing a man under hypnosis and most would need more proof.
Regardless, just as someone else wrote, even if not true, it is a great read as an uplifting science fiction tale. I recommend it - just be prepared for the strange narration.