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  • The Unknown Henry Miller

  • A Seeker in Big Sur
  • By: Arthur Hoyle
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Henry Miller was one of the most distinctive voices in twentieth-century literature. Better known in Europe than in his native America for most of this career, he achieved international success and celebrity during the 1960s when his banned "Paris" books - beginning with Tropic of Cancer - were published here and judged by the Supreme Court not to be obscene. Until then he had toiled in relative obscurity and poverty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In-depth on the 2nd major phase of Miller's career

  • By Jeremy Hatch on 12-12-17

The Path of the Seeker

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

Reviewed: 10-24-17

A pleasant surprise, to enjoy the rebellious and insightful spiritual searchings and life path of Henry Miller after having visited the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, this was especially enjoyable.

  • Acid Test

  • LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal
  • By: Tom Shroder
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407

A fascinating, transformative look at the therapeutic powers of psychedelic drugs, particularly in the treatment of PTSD, and the past fifty years of scientific, political, and legal controversy they have ignited, by award-winning journalist Tom Shroder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring, Upsetting, Grounded and Useful

  • By Dane on 09-24-15

Enlightening

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

Reviewed: 05-09-15

A thorough report on the development, effects, research and use of psychedelic substances for healing. Thought provoking with surprise detailed accounts of MDMA subjects, providing incites and hope for effective treatment of PTSD and other serious mental depression illnesses.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Journey to Ixtlan

  • The Lessons of Don Juan
  • By: Carlos Castaneda
  • Narrated by: Luis Moreno
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482

Carlos Castanada was a student of anthropology when he met Don Juan Matus, a Yaqui shaman and the inspiration for Castanada’s The Teachings of Don Juan. In this controversial work, Castanada relays his experiences being challenged by his mentor on his perception of the world and all living things in it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Journey To Ixtlan

  • By Curtis on 10-28-10

Philosophy In The Desert

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

What did you love best about Journey to Ixtlan?

One of the best in the Don Juan/Carlos Castaneda series, in my opinion. Castaneda reviews the non-hallucinogenic plant events during his meetings with Don Juan in various Mexican locations. Don Juan lays out many advanced philosophical concepts and techniques relating to paths followed by seekers of enlightenment. Prepare to have your world views destroyed and expanded.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the reader's characterizations of Carlos and Don Juan. Carlos as an inquisitive student and Don Juan as a commanding mentor. His style is entertaining, without over doing anything. I truly hope that he will produce an audiobook of the fourth Castaneda book in the series, "Tales of Power."

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tune In

  • The Beatles: All These Years
  • By: Mark Lewisohn
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 43 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 835

Tune In is the first volume of All These Years - a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insanely great

  • By Tad Davis on 12-17-13

10 Stars!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-13-15

What made the experience of listening to Tune In the most enjoyable?

Excellent organization, writing and reading performance of the subject matter. There is so much to enjoy about this book and the reading of it. Clive Mantle adopts at least 2 dozen character voices when reading quoted passages, and adds verve and feeling when appropriate. Mark Lewisohn has written with the utmost respect for the material, which is nothing less than the history and evolution of rock music from its various roots. Plus, he paints wonderful pictures of Liverpool, its language, expressions, idioms, manners of speech and lifestyle. Details about The Beatles early groundbreaking tours to Hamburg are fascinating, as well as the many peripheral characters connected to the lives of the Fab Four. Looking forward to reading and listening to Volumes 2 and 3, which I imagine are staggering tasks of writing, judging from the research done on Volume 1.

  • Big Sur

  • By: Jack Kerouac
  • Narrated by: Tom Parker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 433

"Big Sur's a humane, precise account of the extraordinary ravages of alcohol delirium tremens on Kerouac, a superior novelist who had strength to complete his poetic narrative, a task few scribes so afflicted have accomplished...others crack up. Here we meet San Francisco's poets and recognize hero Dean Moriarty 10 years after On the Road. Jack Kerouac was a 'writer,' as his great peer W.S. Burroughs says, and here at the peak of his suffering humorous genius he wrote through his misery to end with 'Sea,' a brilliant poem appended, on the hallucinatory sounds of the Pacific Ocean at Big Sur." - Allen Ginsberg

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful View of the Dark Sides of the Beats

  • By Rich S. on 03-11-13

Battle of Big Self and Little Self

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

Reviewed: 11-21-14

What made the experience of listening to Big Sur the most enjoyable?

As with Dharma Bums, Tom Parker's reading performance of Kerouac's later work in Big Sur enlivens and adds great nuance and animation to the material. I've found this one to be a surprising unknown gem, with Kerouac revisiting old pals, wrestling with celebrity and alcohol and his own monkey mind. It's wonderfully human and frustrating to read of Jack gradually abandoning the hard to attain dharma principles, and drinking himself to death.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Big Sur?

There's the uncomfortable hot tub gathering in Big Sur, and his stay with Willamine "Billie" at her apartment in SF.

Which scene was your favorite?

I dig the ups and downs of the whole darn thing, man.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Miles

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Miles Davis
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712

Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. Here, Miles speaks out about his extraordinary life. Miles: The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds nothing back. For the first time Miles talks about his five-year silence. He speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it. He condemns the racism he encountered in the music business and in American society generally. And he discusses the women in his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A man untroubled by his own contradictions

  • By Barry on 12-07-12

Musician and his Demons

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

Reviewed: 04-08-14

If you could sum up Miles in three words, what would they be?

Honest, Intense, Uncompromising

What other book might you compare Miles to and why?

Huckleberry Finn came to mind while listening to the story of Miles Davis. "Miles: The Autobiography" is far more relevant and real than the romantic Americana tale by Mark Twain. Tales of coming of age with racism and racial profiling, spoken in the language of a black man, is far more powerful and striking than the white country boy anecdotes of fictional Huck Finn. Huck Finn is a gentle summer rain and Miles is a thundering downpour.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Miles first arrives in NYC after leaving East St. Louis at age 18 is pretty amazing stuff.

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

Miles' struggle and descent into the depths of heroin addiction and his eventual recovery is quite a frightening ride.

Any additional comments?

Tales of playing music with jazz greats like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk and Billy Eckstine filled in a number of gaps in my knowledge of Miles and these musicians as well. Some funny road stories too. This is one of my favorite audiobooks so far!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dharma Bums

  • By: Jack Kerouac
  • Narrated by: Tom Parker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 727
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 622

Two ebullient young men are engaged in a passionate search for dharma, or truth. Their major adventure is the pursuit of the Zen way, which takes them climbing into the high Sierras to seek the lesson of solitude - a lesson that has a hard time surviving their forays into the pagan groves of San Francisco's bohemia, with its marathon wine-drinking bouts, poetry jam sessions, experiments in "yabyum", and other non-ascetic pastimes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I can check the box on this American writer

  • By E. W. Sawyer on 11-01-14

No Slouch This Dharma Bum

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

Reviewed: 07-18-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A reminder of the excellent detail interwoven with contemplation by the Great Rememberer. Great to hear this having first read the follow up much earlier, Desolation Angels.

What other book might you compare The Dharma Bums to and why?

Desolation Angels apparently is sequentially after Dharma Bums, and the Zen themes run through out both.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful