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Nicholas Stancioff

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  • The Systems Thinker

  • Essential Thinking Skills for Solving Problems, Managing Chaos, and Creating Lasting Solutions in a Complex World
  • By: Albert Rutherford
  • Narrated by: Russell Newton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
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    3 out of 5 stars 16

The Systems Thinker will help you to implement systems thinking at your workplace, human relations, and everyday thinking habits. Boost your observation and analytical skills to find the real triggers and influencing forces behind contemporary politics, economics, health, and education changes. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't buy this.

  • By Anonymous User on 12-18-18

Essential reading for all as it presents clearly the basics of system theory..

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-19

Recommended reading to understand how we are all interdependent and how linear cause and effect is obsolete

  • Training the Mind

  • & Cultivating Loving-Kindness
  • By: Chögyam Trungpa, Judith L. Lief (editor), Pema Chödrön (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361

The 59 provocative slogans presented here - each with a commentary by the Tibetan meditation master Chgyam Trungpa - have been used by Tibetan Buddhists for eight centuries to help meditation students remember and focus on important principles and practices of mind training. They emphasize meeting the ordinary situations of life with intelligence and compassion under all circumstances. Slogans include, "Don't be swayed by external circumstances," "Be grateful to everyone," and "Always maintain only a joyful mind."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great experience

  • By Sunnycanuck on 05-27-15

The magic of one to many

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Reviewed: 12-02-18

I am grateful to have these words, grateful for his courage, stunned by his ability to say/use just the right words.

So a gift. I want more but would I need more. In these commentaries, there is a lifetime of insights, and enlightenment at any moment.

Thank you

  • The Path Is The Goal

  • A Basic Handbook of Buddhist Meditation
  • By: Chögyam Trungpa, Sherab Chödzin (editor)
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

According to the Buddha, no one can attain basic sanity or enlightenment without practicing meditation. The teachings given here on the outlook and technique of meditation provide the foundation that every practitioner needs to awaken as the Buddha did. Trungpa teaches us to let go of the urge to make meditation serve our ambition; thus we can relax into openness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • $2.00!!!

  • By Roberta and Johnny Shaughnessy, Mindfulness Meditation Teachers on 12-04-16

Deeper by the reading

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Reviewed: 11-11-18

I find it astounding how this man can communicate with Americans in the late early 70s. I find it astounding how clear his explanations are. I am Shocked that this man came to this country with nothing but the strength of spirit. I am grateful for the gift of his words, and those Whom he touched and who today continue to inspire me.

The performance by Mr. Elfer is also remarkable. I thank him.

  • Underbug

  • An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology
  • By: Lisa Margonelli
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

The award-winning journalist Lisa Margonelli investigates the environmental and economic impact termites inflict on human societies in this fascinating examination of one of nature's most misunderstood insects.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blind Termites hold the keys, we make our future blindly

  • By Nicholas Stancioff on 09-23-18

Blind Termites hold the keys, we make our future blindly

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Reviewed: 09-23-18

A tale of survival, a musing of the difficulty to capture reality, a thoughtful analysis of the limits of technology, the consequences of not thinking through its consequences and a stark warning of the dehumanization of “us” through autonomous weapons. Exhilarating and depressing.

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  • Eileen

  • By: Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 693

The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father's caretaker in a home whose squalor is the talk of the neighborhood and a day job as a secretary at the boys' prison, filled with its own quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to the big city.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange, unsettling, but engrossing

  • By S. Yates on 01-09-18

The softest of voices, the strongest of writers

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Reviewed: 07-08-18

A true literary masterpiece. Voice is crystal clear delicate as the characters clings to us like family members we’d rather never have met, but who chooses one’s family?

  • Stepping Out of Self-Deception

  • The Buddha's Liberating Teaching of No-Self
  • By: Rodney Smith
  • Narrated by: Tom Pile
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Anatta is the Buddhist teaching on the nonexistence of a permanent, independent self. It's a notoriously puzzling and elusive concept, usually leading to such questions as, "If I don't have a self, who's reading this sentence?" It's not that there's no self there, says Rodney Smith. It's just that the self that is reading this sentence is a configuration of elements that at one time did not exist and that at some point in the future will disperse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Andrew on 06-01-16

An extraordinary gift - a modern sutra

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Reviewed: 04-21-18

Self-deception - so thorny to approach. With tenderness and loving kindness, our guide entrusts us with delicate, yet uncompromising logic. It blooms as light in our heart/mind. I am grateful for these words read with such care and understanding by Mr. Pile . I am inspired by Mr. Smith’s humility and thoughtfulness. Thank you.

  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Minnie Goode
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,540
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,216

This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good post-apocalyptic/dystopian novel!

  • By Wayne on 01-01-18

A perfect performance to match a great suspenseful story

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Reviewed: 11-21-17

The voice made the story come alive. It was part narrative part drama. Perhaps this disturbed “readers”, more used to a delivery where the personality of the reader is not felt.

In this case, it worked perfectly to bring depth to the story and make the cast of characters - large- come alive and memorable.

Well done.

  • Reality Is Not What It Seems

  • The Journey to Quantum Gravity
  • By: Carlo Rovelli, Simon Carnell - translator, Erica Segre - translator
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942

What are time and space made of? Where does matter come from? And what exactly is reality? Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli has spent his whole life exploring these questions and pushing the boundaries of what we know. Here he explains how our image of the world has changed over the last few dozen centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most compelling physics book in at least 10 years!

  • By Kyle on 02-03-17

A gift

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Reviewed: 05-24-17

This book is truly a gift. The presentation of concepts is lucid and crystal clear. The language while concrete and pragmatic manages to have the lightness of poetry.

The author writes as if a guide on a journey -we see the sights, we meet the inhabitants of these parts and leave with regret. We have glimpsed at greatness.

  • Tribe

  • On Homecoming and Belonging
  • By: Sebastian Junger
  • Narrated by: Sebastian Junger
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,389

Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians - but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most profound book on the subject

  • By joseph on 05-26-16

A caring and careful analysis of our common failing

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Reviewed: 01-07-17

Mr Junger deserves our grateful thanks for the substance he provides. His findings and conclusions are the first sketch of a road map.

He has scouted dangerous territory and the warning at the introduction is not amiss. He returns from his mission to tell us that the danger is imminent: the enemy is here and he is me and you. Without contempt.

Will he be heard?

  • The Richard Burton Poetry Collection

  • By: Samuel Coleridge, Thomas Hardy, John Donne
  • Narrated by: Richard Burton
  • Length: 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Richard Burton reads from Hardy and Donne, and performs a wonderful unabridged version of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (along with Robert Hardy and John Neville).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A truly great voice reading some excellent poems

  • By Jamie Milton Freestone on 02-11-12

I can ocean like to see – poetry

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Reviewed: 11-20-16

Oh that we could still hear poetry
Oh that we could still see poetry
In gutters of snippets, bits
Our minds are poorly lit
We roll, sloths clinging to the last remnants
Of a history that never was