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Allison Matthews

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  • On Basilisk Station

  • Honor Harrington, Book 1
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,725
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,886

Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks for the memories

  • By ShySusan on 03-23-13

Good story, narration so so

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

The heroine of this story is pretty awesome, very strong. The narrator spoke in voice that was too “sweet” for Honor. Her other voices were decent though.

  • Buddhist Biology

  • Ancient Eastern Wisdom Meets Modern Western Science
  • By: David P. Barash
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

In this fascinating book, David Barash highlights an intriguing patch of common ground between scientific and religious thought, illuminating the many parallels between biology and Buddhism, allowing listeners to see both in a new way. Indeed, he shows that there are numerous places where the Buddhist and biological perspectives coincide. For instance, the cornerstone ecological concept - the interconnectedness and interdependence of all things - is remarkably similar to the fundamental insight of Buddhism.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Author a bit full of himself.

  • By Allison Matthews on 12-03-17

Author a bit full of himself.

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

Couldn’t finish the book, I tried but the author was just too unbending. Very close minded.

  • On the Path to Enlightenment

  • Heart Advice From the Great Tibetan Masters
  • By: Matthieu Ricard, Charles Hastings (translator)
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

Ricard has selected and translated some of the most profound and inspiring teachings from across these traditions. The selected teachings are taken from the sources of the traditions, including the Buddha himself, Nagarjuna, Guru Rinpoche, Atisha, Shantideva, and Asanga; from great masters of the past, including Thogme Zangpo, the Fifth Dalai Lama, Milarepa, Longchenpa, and Sakya Pandita; and from contemporary masters, including the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and Mingyur Rinpoche.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By signe on 08-14-15

Left me feeling confused

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

I am not an avid Buddhist practitioner but I listen to and read a lot of Buddhist material. This book seemed to get really negative at the end which left me feeling confused. First off it seems as if they expect you to find a guru and worship them. In the west, finding a guru can be very difficult, especially one who is truly on the path to dharma. Second it seems innately wrong to ever worship one person, it just seems counterintuitive to other Buddhist teachings. Lastly towards the end of the book it seemed to set forth a lot of rules. Almost as if saying "if you don't do it this way, don't bother." The beginning of the book was good, lots of good stories but the ending was pretty depressing.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy: Rebel Dawn

  • By: A. C. Crispin
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

When Han Solo wins the Millennium Falcon in a game of sabacc, he and Chewbacca become kings of the smugglers: uncatchable, unstoppable. But with the Empire clamping down, Han knows his luck can't last. Still, when an old girlfriend who is now the leader of an insurgent Rebel group offers him a shot at an incredible fortune, Han can't resist. The plan seems a sure thing. Too bad for Han that smuggler friends can often turn into enemies...quicker than light speed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • UNABRIDGED NOW PLEASE

  • By Chad on 04-21-16

Good but not a fan of the sound effects

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

Reviewed: 10-18-15

I like the story, not a fan of the sound effects. It seems that the produced all of the Han Solo trilogy this way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden Girl

  • The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave
  • By: Shyima Hall, Lisa Wysocky
  • Narrated by: Robin Eller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 370

Shyima Hall was born in Egypt on September 29, 1989, the seventh child of desperately poor parents. When she was eight, her parents sold her into slavery. Shyima then moved two hours away to Egypt's capitol city of Cairo to live with a wealthy family and serve them eighteen hours a day, seven days a week. When she was ten, her captors moved to Orange County, California, and smuggled Shyima with them. Two years later, an anonymous call from a neighbor brought about the end of Shyima's servitude - but her journey to true freedom was far from over.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Her situation was terrible

  • By Katherine Watson on 12-13-14

Sad story, bad book.

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

Reviewed: 07-27-15

Her situation was terrible and what her adoptive parents did to her was horrible. That being said the writing was pretty bad, extremely repetitive. Understandably she has a lot of emotional problems but she comes off as being a judgmental, unforgiving, naive, whining woman. The choice in narrator didn't help matters and the reading was pretty bad.

  • Have Space Suit - Will Travel

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Mark Turetsky
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,115

First prize in the Skyway Soap slogan contest was an all-expenses-paid trip to the moon. The consolation prize was an authenticspace suit, and when scientifically minded high school senior Kip Russell wonit, he knew for certain he would use it one day to make a sojourn of his own tothe stars. But "one day" comes sooner than he thinks when he tries the suit on in his backyard - and finds himself worlds away, a prisoner aboard a space pirate's ship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic tale, One of Heinlein's best.

  • By SGL on 03-20-14

Better than a Stranger in a Strange Land

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

Reviewed: 06-25-15

Heinlein's writing doesn't age too well, he was quite the sexist. I was surprised that he gave a female character a brain in this. Stranger in a Strange Land was my first book by him, hardly a true sci fi piece. This was actually a pretty good story so he has redeemed himself somewhat.

  • Journey of Awakening

  • By: Ram Dass
  • Narrated by: Ram Dass
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Those moments in your life when there was openness, a spacious quality to your existence - those are the moments that truly make life remarkable. Creating those moments is the focus of this program by Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher who has studied and practiced meditation for many years.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Journey of Awakening

  • By Stephen on 10-27-09

Ram Dass rocks!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-15

Ran Dass always gives great lectures. This is probably one of the best "beginner" guides to meditation and spirituality that I have heard.

  • Buddhist Theory of Relativity

  • By: Robert Thurman
  • Narrated by: Robert Thurman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

This Classic Course explores the unfolding of the genius and wisdom in each of us in the quest for the liberating insight into selflessness. In the context of our modern quest for a new vision of reality, Robert Thurman discusses the deepest issues of reality and non-reality, transcendent and the relative. Dr. Thurman's brilliant dissertation on the masterful works by the illuminated Lama, Tsong Khapa (1357-1419), on The Buddhist Theory of Relativity makes this an astounding must-have set of recordings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Highly intelectual approch to Buddhism

  • By John on 08-11-16

Great but complex.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-15

I love Robert Thurman but this was definitely one of the more confusing of his lectures. That is the listeners error and not his though!! :-)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stranger in a Strange Land

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,645

Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We live in the world this book made

  • By W. Seligman on 02-26-04

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 12-22-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Sexists

What could Robert A. Heinlein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not be quite so condecencing and demeaning towards women.

Did Christopher Hurt do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, he did a good job.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

There are many great science fiction books that were written during the same time period where the male author refrained from being so demeaning towards women. At some point
during the book Heinlein's character said 9/10 rape victims deserved it. This book seemed to take forever to get to the point, and it seemed to take forever to finish.