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  • Waging Heavy Peace

  • By: Neil Young
  • Narrated by: Keith Carradine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 363

Legendary singer and songwriter Neil Young’s storied career has spanned more than 40 years and yielded some of the modern era’s most enduring music. Now, for the first time ever, Young reflects upon his life - from his Canadian childhood, to his part in the '60s rock explosion with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, through his later career with Crazy Horse and numerous private challenges.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the ultimate entertainer...

  • By Sabine on 11-05-12

I love Neil young but this book was just all over the place.

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

I just read the book by Graham Nash of Crosby stills and Nash and so I wanted to read the book about Neil Young.

He didn’t talk about his experiences with CS N as much as I would’ve liked, He talked a lot about cars and other things that wasn’t that interesting for me. He went through so many women that it just became a blur.

  • Surviving Death

  • A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife
  • By: Leslie Kean
  • Narrated by: Leslie Kean, Erin Bennett, Gildart Jackson, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Kean explores the most compelling case studies of young children reporting verifiable details from past lives, contemporary mediums who seem to defy the boundaries of the brain and of the physical world, apparitions providing information about their lives on earth, and people who die and then come back to report journeys into another dimension. Based on facts and scientific studies, Surviving Death includes fascinating chapters by medical doctors, psychiatrists, and PhDs from four countries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally convincing

  • By epicguy on 03-12-17

This book is billed As a reporter’s investigation but it reads more like a sales pamphlet.

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

I would not recommend this book to someone who is looking for information from an investigation.

After a while, The salesmanship and hucksterism comes through in floods.

This book is more concerned with selling a product then with the investigating those who survive death.

  • The World of Yesterday

  • Memoirs of a European
  • By: Stefan Zweig, Anthea Bell - translator
  • Narrated by: David Horovitch
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 187

Stefan Zweig's memoir, The World of Yesterday, recalls the golden age of prewar Europe - its seeming permanence, its promise and its devastating fall with the onset of two world wars. Zweig's passionate, evocative prose paints a stunning portrait of an era that danced brilliantly on the brink of extinction. It is an unusually humane account of Europe from the closing years of the 19th century through to World War II, seen through the eyes of one of the most famous writers of his era.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lucidity whilst Civilization reverts to barbarism

  • By none on 06-25-17

Insightful!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Since Zweig actually lived in Vienna, he is fantastically insightful into the goings on of totalitarian take overs of smaller countries.
This is one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read.
I’ve read many other of Zweigs books And so I’m not surprised at his master full descriptions of his home country and the countries he moves to to escape Hitler.

  • Beyond Biocentrism

  • Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death
  • By: Robert Lanza, Bob Berman
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

In Beyond Biocentrism, acclaimed biologist Robert Lanza and astronomer Bob Berman take the listener on an intellectual thrill ride as they reexamine everything we thought we knew about life, death, the universe, and the nature of reality itself. The first step is acknowledging that our existing model of reality is looking increasingly creaky in the face of recent scientific discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Curious

  • By Mike Johnson on 12-18-17

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

Would you listen to Beyond Biocentrism again? Why?

Yes, This is one of those rare books that you can read many times.

  • Light and Death

  • One Doctor's Fascinating Account of Near-Death Experiences
  • By: Michael Sabom M.D.
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Begun in 1994, The Atlanta Study is the first comprehensive investigation of its kind into near-death experiences (NDEs). The study's name hardly captures what lies behind it: life-and-death dramas played out in operating rooms and hospital beds - and simultaneous events unseen by medical personnel but reported with astonishing clarity and conviction by nearly 50 individuals who returned from death's door. Now the founder of The Atlanta Study, Dr. Michael Sabom reveals their impact....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too clinical for my taste...

  • By Beth on 07-11-12

Sabom uses trickery and deception to sell Jesus.

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

What disappointed you about Light and Death?

This book was supposed to be about NDE's but 90% of the book is selling his brand of Christianity. I will try to get my money back, it is pure deception.
Some Christians are not above deception and trickery to promote their brand of the dogma.
I had a higher opinion of Sabom after reading some of his stuff in the past but this is unconscionable.
If your going to write a book about faith healing, prayer and Christian promotionalism then at least give it an appropriate title so that people aren't fooled into buying something they are not interested in.
I know that Sabom can be thoughtful and intelligent from my past experience with him but this book is pure Christian huckerism deceptively labeled.
Shameful!

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  • The Making of Donald Trump

  • By: David Cay Johnston
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650

The culmination of nearly 30 years of reporting on Donald Trump, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston takes a revealingly close look at the mogul's rise to power and prominence. Covering the long arc of Trump's career, Johnston tells the full story of how a boy from a quiet section of Queens, New York, would become an entirely new and complex breed of public figure. Trump is a man of great media savvy, entrepreneurial spirit, and political clout. Yet, his career has been plagued by legal troubles and mounting controversy

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very informative, brief.

  • By Isaac Sherman on 08-16-16

This is one of the most important political books that I've read and it is very timely.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

Donald Trump is a dangerous man in the United States is in a very dangerous political time. This book tells us why we need to act to remove this man from power.

  • Mormons at the Missouri, Winter Quarters, 1846-1852

  • By: Richard E Bennett
  • Narrated by: Alan J. Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

The Mormon trek westward from Illinois to the Salt Lake Valley was an enduring accomplishment of American overland trail migration; however, their wintering at the Missouri River near present-day Omaha was a feat of faith and perseverance. Richard E. Bennett presents new facts and ideas that challenge old assumptions - particularly that life on the frontier encouraged American individualism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lot of information

  • By Jonathan LHeureux on 09-05-17

The story that Mr. Bernard tells is well written

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

Mr. Bennet admits at the beginning of the story that he is an active Mormon and that he will try not to let that enter into the storytelling.
However, I do believe he was not successful. He does not go into the more interesting parts of Mormon history such as polygamy, the Danites and the Kroul side of bridge

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  • Peace Is Every Step

  • The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
  • By: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,716

Lucidly and beautifully written, Peace Is Every Step contains commentaries, meditations, personal anecdotes, and stories from Nhat Hanh's experiences as a peace activist, teacher, and community leader. It begins where the listener already is - in the kitchen, office, driving a car, walking - and shows how deep meditative presence is available now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great approach to mindfulness

  • By Jeff on 02-03-16

I would love to believe that we can bring peace to the world through mindfulness.

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

This is a wonderful well thought out book, but I have difficulty believing that I can bring peace to the Outer world by changing my own worldview.

There are too many people in the world that are not willing to change.

I will however continue to practice mindfulness and empathy with my fellow man. I do not however believe that this will contribute in anyway to the outer conditions in the world today.

  • Jesus Before the Gospels

  • How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior
  • By: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

Throughout much of human history, our most important stories were passed down orally - including the stories about Jesus before they became written down in the Gospels. In this fascinating and deeply researched work, leading Bible scholar Bart D. Erhman investigates the role oral history has played in the New Testament - how the telling of these stories not only spread Jesus' message but helped shape it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful, but with limited depth

  • By Jacobus on 05-28-16

As usual, Barts writing and knowledge of the Bible is very informative and even entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-17

I would recommend this book to anyone who is not fluent in the Bible but would like an understandable explanation of what the Bible represents.

  • The Jews in History

  • The Lectures of Dr. David Neiman
  • By: Dr. David Neiman
  • Narrated by: Dr. David Neiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Dr. David Neiman's lectures on Jewish history connect the story of the Jewish people into the larger context of world history. "Joseph and the Exodus" ties the story of Jewish slavery and freedom to archaeological and historical records. "David and Solomon" takes a critical look at the kings of Israel. "The History of the Talmud" is a dramatic account of the development of the Jewish legal system amid a changing political landscape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • illuminating, insightful and stimulating

  • By Acteon on 01-03-16

This book cannot be considered scientific, it is Promotional only.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-17

Mr. Neiman offers very little evidence to promote his idea that the Bible can be used scientifically. He lists only evidence that supports his thesis and doesn't discuss any of the material that would go against his thesis. As Mark Twain said, "silence is the biggest lie of all".

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