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Benjamin Davidson

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  • The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works

  • By: Shinzen Young
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

For decades, one of the most engaging teachers of our time has illuminated the many dimensions of awakening - but solely at his live retreats and on audio recordings. Now, with The Science of Enlightenment, Shinzen Young brings to listeners an uncommonly lucid guide to mindfulness meditation for the first time: how it works and how to use it to enhance your cognitive capacities, your kindness and connection with the world, and the richness of all your experiences. As thousands of his students and listeners will confirm, Shinzen is like no other teacher you’ve ever encountered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book on meditation available

  • By Benjamin Davidson on 08-28-18

Best book on meditation available

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-18

If you are new to meditation or a veteran, this is an ideal book and practice to start with. Shinzen Young is an excellent teacher. His skill and depth of experience are unparalleled. His knowledge of languages, science, technology, is the broadest I have experienced. Enjoy the book in print and audio.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • How Not to Die

  • Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease
  • By: Michael Greger MD, Gene Stone
  • Narrated by: Michael Greger MD
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,750
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,076
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,005

From the physician behind the wildly popular website Nutrition Facts, How Not to Die reveals the groundbreaking scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunningly important book

  • By Being on 12-29-15

Good information - Author tries too hard to sell

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-18

Most information is accurate, some comments questionable. A challenge to complete the author reads the book and the cocky voice pattern was wearing me down after a few hours. I would recommend having a professional audio artist reading the book with a more moderate and less enthusiastic performance would get more of the message through and less stress in listening. Some work is brilliant, some directly opposite other top 10-15 health / diet books. It caused me to question underlying research when a few items were stated in more extreme terms.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Business Blockchain

  • Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology
  • By: William Mougayar, Vitalik Buterin
  • Narrated by: Christopher Grove
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 445

Blockchains are new technology layers that rewire the Internet and threaten to side-step older legacy constructs and centrally served businesses. At its core, a blockchain injects trust into the network, cutting off some intermediaries from serving that function and creatively disrupting how they operate. Metaphorically, blockchains are the ultimate non-stop computers. Once launched, they never go down, and offer an incredible amount of resiliency, making them dependable and attractive for running a new generation of decentralized services and software.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Average

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-11-17

The best book I have found to explain Blockchain a

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-18

This book provides many insights and explanations about Blockchain technology and is role as a disruptive platform our future digital world. Readable, deeply insightful, and written by those who have been knee deep in its development. Also highly recommend The Book of Satoshi that is also available on Audible.

  • The End of Alzheimer's

  • The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline
  • By: Dale E. Bredesen MD
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415

In this paradigm shifting book, Dale Bredesen, MD, offers real hope to anyone looking to prevent and even reverse Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline. Revealing that AD is not one condition, as it is currently treated, but three, The End of Alzheimer's outlines 36 metabolic factors (micronutrients, hormone levels, sleep) that can trigger "downsizing" in the brain. The protocol shows us how to rebalance these factors using lifestyle modifications like taking B12, eliminating gluten, or improving oral hygiene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Both exciting and frustrating

  • By RealWoman8 on 10-16-17

A message of hope

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-17

The book and protocol presented (ReCoDe), Reverse Cognitive Decline, provides a detailed method it assess your cognitive status, how to determine known causes of cognitive decline, and most importantly how to reverse its effects. If you or your family is affected by SCI, MCI, or Alzheimer’s this is a ray of hope in what is given as a devastating and bleak future for millions. Brilliant research shared openly so recovery is possible. I am sure the story will resonate with many and be the only and life saving life raft fo many. Enjoy and share.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Mind and the Brain

  • Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force
  • By: Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Sharon Begley
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 305

Conventional science has long held the position that 'the mind' is merely an illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain. Now in paperback, Dr Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley's groundbreaking work, The Mind and the Brain, argues exactly the opposite: that the mind has a life of its own. Dr Schwartz, a leading researcher in brain dysfunctions, and Wall Street Journal science columnist Sharon Begley demonstrate that the human mind is an independent entity that can shape and control the functioning of the physical brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book has it all

  • By Dacia on 03-27-12

Exception book on Brain Pasticity

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-24-17

Overview of the research of Michael Merzenich, Edward Taub, and Jeffrey M. Schwartz showing how the research can be applied to OCD, Turrets, and other brain disorders can be modified and eliminated with a four step process. There is also wonderful discourses comparing and relating the work to mindfulness practices from Buddhist meditation. I like the depth of theory, practice, and philosophy from the perspective of William James. Also and interesting weaving of supportive concepts from quantum mechanics with highlights from Henry Stapp. He also manages to show the philosophical implications of quantum mechanics, entanglement, the uncertainty principle are related to free will and moral responsibility. Beautiful story with solid scientific principles trying to address the show how one can utilize mental effort or mental force to plastically modify ones brain to become free from compulsive actions and thoughts. It is one of my favorite texts. I see that few have the courage to under take such a broad field of study and explanations in an effort to help those who often have little hope or recourse to change their situation. Authur Morey does a splendid reading as usual.

  • The Better Angels of Our Nature

  • Why Violence Has Declined
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 36 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,830

We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'd kill for another book this good

  • By Eric Nicolas Morgan on 11-11-11

An investment in the future of human kind

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-14-17

A truly amazing work of presentation and scholarship. A work that takes an investment of time, effort, and letting go of myths and assumptions of the human history. An overview of the best data available to clearly demonstrate that violence has declined over history for or species. For me it took great effort to see what I had perceived and believed to be the best and preferred view of history, religion, and raw data to see a new reality. It is well worth the effort and a study that invests in my own mental, moral, and spiritual development. I would like thank Steven Pinker for his efforts and gentle guidance to help me change my world view and to Arthur Morey for a super presentation. Enjoy if you have the courage to see the new world and the hope of what is possible. Encourage the education of all beings, especially the women.

  • I Contain Multitudes

  • The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
  • By: Ed Yong
  • Narrated by: Charlie Anson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259

Joining the ranks of popular science classics like The Botany of Desire and The Selfish Gene, a groundbreaking, wondrously informative, and vastly entertaining examination of the most significant revolution in biology since Darwin - a "microbe's-eye view" of the world that reveals a marvelous, radically reconceived picture of life on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Undoes what you've learned from the headlines

  • By Tristan on 10-14-16

Most enjoyable book

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Reviewed: 04-15-17

Clear and current overview of microbiology and the micro-biome. It covers human, forests, insects, and bacteria and phage in key area of research. Excellent and balanced (minus too much hype) advances in probiotics as well as FMT.

  • Healing Developmental Trauma

  • How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship
  • By: Laurence Heller, Aline Lapierre
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Explaining that an impaired capacity for connection to self and to others underlies most psychological and many physiological problems, clinicians Laurence Heller, PhD, and Aline LaPierre, PsyD, introduce the NeuroAffective Relational Model™ (NARM), a unified approach to developmental, attachment, and shock trauma that emphasizes working in the present moment. NARM is a somatically based psychotherapy that helps bring into awareness the parts of self that are disorganized and dysfunctional.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very good

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-07-15

Good detailed material

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-16

Most useful for someone interested in or using NARM Therapy in their practice. More theoretical in some places explaining the therapeutic process than I could easily follow and grasp without a broader understanding of the categories and types presented. Some real jewels about physiology and physical effects of developmental trauma on the body and person. Good but requires work.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Body Keeps the Score

  • Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, MD | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review
  • By: Instaread
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Bessel van der Kolk, MD, explores the ways in which trauma rewires the brain and changes the way people experience the world. Trauma affects the mind and body immensely and prevents those affected from living in the present. Van der Kolk, who has researched trauma since the 1970s, first became interested in trauma after meeting with Vietnam veterans who had a very hard time living their lives after returning from the war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very useful review - book is much better

  • By Benjamin Davidson on 08-04-16

Very useful review - book is much better

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-16

This review is better structured and more clear than others. It is still no substitute for the book. As it and other reviews have noted it is written for lay readers and perhaps targeting those who have experienced or know someone who has experienced trauma. This is a significant percentage of our society. The point that the reviews seem to miss is that if a person has experienced or been exposed to those with trauma, the tools in part three of the book are most useful in providing options for treatment, useful therapy, and a sense of hope that one can move past trauma and properly integrate memories and traumatic experience in a way that allows a peaceful and functional life that can be filled with intimacy and joy in family and friends. Helping people process trauma and live productive lives brings great value to individuals and societies. The book original book is written in a manner that is therapeutic and a way that can provide hope and a way to move from trauma to the light. The review, though useful as a starting, is more like looking at the reflection of the moon in the pond when you can see its full beauty by looking into the sky. Please read the original, it is well worth the time invested. However, I have found that in sharing it with friends, some are not able to easily process the material because it causes memories of their own trauma to surface. I recommend reading slowly and using the tools discussed in the text.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma | Summary

  • By: Summary Station
  • Narrated by: Tony Armagno
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Bessel Van der Kolk, MD, is the author of The Body Keeps the Score. In this book, Bessel examines the ways that trauma can affect people and how they can recover from past traumatic events. When a person experiences trauma, it will change the wiring in their brain, and this will cause a change in the way that person views their life and everyday situations. Trauma has a negative effect on both the body and mind in a way that will prevent a person affected by trauma from enjoying the present moment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • tra

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-20-17

Summary misses many key points of the book

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-03-16

The summary is a simple overview of the first few chapters. It does not address the many useful therapies or solution to deal with Trauma and its resolution. The summary highlights the open and honest approach of the author but defines detailed parts as "confusing" or awkward. The is the second time I have listened to a summary and would not recommend them. I was hoping it would provide a useful summary of a great book to assist me in learning it more deeply. It pales in comparison to the real thing.