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  • Meister Eckhart's Living Wisdom

  • Indestructible Joy and the Path of Letting Go
  • By: James Finley PhD
  • Narrated by: James Finley PhD
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

The 13th-century mystic Meister Eckhart was the most brilliant Christian scholar of his day, but he was also legendary for the way that he opened listeners to the direct experience of God during his public talks. Today, his written wisdom remains alive as ever, ready to illuminate us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, but dry!

  • By joseph s. hill on 08-21-14

Finley obviously walked it

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

I almost want to call it the thinking person's God -that's my intuition of it. Finley registers as someone with a depth of sincerity.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,584

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Phrases carry plot

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

Throughout this book I was pleased to say that phrases always seemed apt. Parvana may have been my favorite character with her forceful, pregnant period as my favorite section of the book. This lent a certain energy to the book that was dynamic and otherwise may have progressed too slowly. I must say the tale was masterful and characterized by engaging dialog and narrative.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Wait for Signs

  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,567
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,323

Ten years ago, Craig Johnson wrote his first short story, the Hillerman Award-winning "Old Indian Trick". This was one of the earliest appearances of the sheriff who would go on to star in Johnson’s best-selling, award-winning novels and the A&E hit series Longmire. Each Christmas Eve thereafter, fans rejoiced when Johnson sent out a new short story featuring an episode in Walt’s life that doesn’t appear in the novels; over the years, many have asked why they can’t buy the stories in book form.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • read after “Hell Is Empty” and after/before "Crow"

  • By Mark on 06-23-17

Absaroka, Absorka, whatever. 5 Stars Stories

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

Reviewed: 07-19-15

Longmire was introduced to me when I heard these stories. If you've never heard of Deputy Longmire, you will have a first rate (ok, maybe a B+) narrator to introduce you to him here. If you're already familiar with him, I recommend this series of in-between stories.

  • Quantum Odyssey

  • By: Fritjof Capra
  • Narrated by: Michael Toms
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Capra relates his personal journey of meeting and interacting with some of the leading contemporary thinkers and visionaries. What emerges is a wisdom-packed dialogue about new ways of thinking and being. From Krishnamurti's spiritual insight to Gregory Bateson's intellectual prowess, Capra weaves an intricate and informative web of influences on his own pioneering work of bridging science and spirit. For anyone interested in the future, this is a conversation not to be missed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Radio

  • By James on 06-19-15

Good Radio

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

Reviewed: 06-19-15

Several New Dimensions radio programs have gained my interest. This one I particularly think could be of interest to a wide audience of lay science listeners if for no other reason than it gives you a view of the integrity and eloquence of Fritjof Capra. He clearly lacks excessive aggrandizement while taking pride in his efforts.

This one, I don't take to be a book plug but it's got some of that in there, perhaps, for Uncommon Wisdom.

  • The Infinite Field of Possibilities

  • Viewing Change Through a Kaleidescope
  • By: Angeles Arrien
  • Narrated by: Michael Toms
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

In the context of 9/11, anthropologist, educator and award-winning author Angeles Arrien shares her deep wisdom and invites us to explore the significance of change and how to view it in our lives in creative and practical ways. Arrien suggests that the great journey of life is made up of phases and changes, and that there are always signals and signposts to guide us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Angeles Arrien with Timeless Wisdom

  • By Lizbeth on 06-23-18

9/11 as recovery, struggle, awareness, ramble

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

Universally recognized deeds and universal taboos, how creativity flows/stifles in our perception of our circumstances.

  • Rumi

  • Poet of Divine Ecstasy
  • By: Coleman Barks
  • Narrated by: Michael Toms
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Drunk with the Divine, Rumi wrote 20,000 poems of mystical, ineffable love of God. "There is a ferocity in his longing that maybe we don't understand," says Barks. Listen in and understand a little better. A wondrous, exhilarating look at the exultant poetry of Jelaluddin Rumi, the 13th century Sufi poet, with Coleman Barks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shamz/Rumi meet Barks

  • By James on 05-08-15

Shamz/Rumi meet Barks

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

One part Rumi, one part Coleman Barks. Gives me a sense of Rumi's human & saint.

  • The Ecstatic Soul

  • Jelaluddin Rumi: His Life and Poetry
  • By: Coleman Barks
  • Narrated by: Michael Toms
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

How does a body of poetry written in a remote part of the world find its way to best seller lists in the U.S. over 700 years later? What is the compelling quality inherent in great literature that resonates throughout the ages? Coleman Barks, poet and translator of Jelalludin Rumi's poetry, explores the genius, mystery and rapture of Rumi's work; why he has become the most-read poet in America, and what his poetry has in common with the immortal writings of Dickinson, Emerson and Thoreau.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The very joy and pain of Being...

  • By leslie ecklund on 02-04-15

Backstop on Barks, Less Rumi

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

This was more of a conversational exchange with Coleman Barks than the other New Dimensions program he did. However, it has some delightful, transpersonal elements.

Coleman Barks is an interesting spiritual personality and if you want a bit of a look at him, it's here. Instead of a song/music at the usual point of the program, Barks recites a Rumi poem to music.

  • Walking the Four-Fold Way

  • By: Angeles Arrien
  • Narrated by: Michael Toms
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Angeles Arrien has gathered wisdom from a variety of indigenous cultures around the world, distilling it into four paths to effective action - "showing up, paying attention, telling the truth and being unattached to the outcome." These are the archetypal paths of the warrior, healer, visionary and teacher, and the opportunity to embody these archetypes arises in every situation in our lives.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This is not the book

  • By Jordan R. on 09-02-17

Info Laden

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

This is perhaps the most information rich New Dimensions program I have listened to. Michael Toms and Justine Toms co-host wonderfully. Angeles Arrien speaks with depth and clarity using a broad brushstrokes technique she covers many similarities of indigenous people's understanding of the world in humans various temperaments and responses to the world made manifest in metaphors. I think she could have spoke a little more about visionaries, but it might have lost its more general appeal if it did. 5*

  • Headscarves and Hymens

  • Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution
  • By: Mona Eltahawy
  • Narrated by: Mona Eltahawy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

When the Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy published an article in Foreign Policy in 2012 titled "Why Do They Hate Us?," it provoked a firestorm of controversy. The response it generated, with more than 4000 posts on the website, broke all records for the magazine, prompted dozens of follow-up interviews on radio and television, and made it clear that misogyny in the Arab world is an explosive issue, one that engages and often enrages the public.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you ever find a book that you can't stop nodding along to in agreement?

  • By Varsha Pandey on 05-19-15

Tasteful and Enraged

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

Reviewed: 04-25-15

"Once again, women are the cheapest bargaining chip" the author states.

Here is a woman who clearly speaks to women without disparaging them, or unnecessarily doing so with men. Mona Eltahawy 's voice speaks fitting, apt words -both when confronting or encouraging. Men, she doesn't hit you over the head with it.

If I were to chose a phrase for the book, it would be the French les mots justes [those "just right" words, phrases].

Eltahawy speaks against every form of oppression to women. She confronts dogmas, Arab cultures, and patriarchy (everywhere) in light of an egalitarian ideal, all while maintaining her view of Islam -understated in this audio.

As a male from a somewhat conservative American home, this was slightly painful at times to listen to -but a transformative, rectifying pain. I was lightly aware of feminism before listening to this speech but it deepened this awareness. I can only imagine that a woman of the middle east will find both anger and hope here. (More anger, even rage will probably be found first for such a listener but, later, the equal measures of hope can come through it.) Buy it if you can take in a flow of deep, though justly placed anger, interspersed with tales of courage and compassion. Turn to a paper copy if anger/informative confrontation is too much for your ears.

Headscarves & Hymens challenges over-arching religion &/ military governments. This never interrupts the flow, nor the centrality of women, just as central as men to our world. If she values men less than women, that doesn't come through in this audio book.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Hitch-22

  • A Memoir
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 17 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333

Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth, the whole truth and nothing but.

  • By Laura on 08-23-10

A Life Divided

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

Reviewed: 04-22-15

Spoiler Alerts.

I truly enjoyed hearing about the Hitch, a nickname I discovered was once his father's nickname as well. If you want a look at the secret life someone suggests, aludes to, and "perhaps" later even hides (denies?) to have existed in his adult years, you may find the fabric of this tapestry intricately delights you. Or you may wish he'd be more direct- but you'll find out why that was not so.

There is much more of the book dedicated to his political activism and political thinking across much of his life time. Including appreciations of, contentions with, and defining ironies of the Jews.

Add to this some word games and you get a thorough appreciation of his intelligence across many expressions. If you just want the word games get one of the Live at the 92nd Street Y interviews with him and Salman Rush die -most of them are there.