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  • The Myth of Male Power

  • By: Warren Farrell
  • Narrated by: Warren Farrell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

For the audio book version, Dr. Warren Farrell personally rewrote the highlights of The Myth of Male Power as a dialogue. The questions are similar to what others will ask you when you discuss these issues. You’ll have Dr. Farrell’s best answers. The Myth of Male Power helps each family member understand that genuine power is neither status nor money, but “control over one's life.” He documents that virtually every society that has survived has done so by persuading its sons to be disposable--whether in war or in work; and therefore indirectly as dads. And disposability is not power. Considered the Bible of men's studies—yet highly empathetic to women (Dr. Farrell was repeatedly elected to the Board of the National Organization for Women in NYC)-- the meticulously researched The Myth of Male Power takes the listener on a captivating journey around the world, throughout history, biology, the Bible, the law, and everyday life, challenging every currently-held assumption about men, women and the family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • the audio is not the book

  • By Jeffrey C. on 05-17-16

You really need to read the whole book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-18

This is an outstanding audio interview, and a great introduction to Dr. Farrell's groundbreaking work on men's issues, though nowhere as good/complete as his acclaimed book of the same title. If you found this audio even remotely informative or helpful, you really need to read the whole book; frustratingly, it's currently out of print, but a new, updated version is available in e-book format and older copies are available on Amazon and elsewhere. (I'd also recommend the documentary film "The Red Pill" which features interview segments with Dr. Farrell and other men's rights advocates.)

One reason that reading the whole book is important is that it cuts through the hateful alt. right rhetoric that has infected the men's rights movement in recent years, dividing men from each other (based on race, sexuality, etc.) and preventing men's issues from receiving the mainstream attention and compassion they deserve. Dr. Farrell is a progressive visionary, not a misogynist hater -- though he does (rightfully) strongly criticize contemporary feminism -- and he explores just about every aspect of male identity in his book, including some very insightful sections on problems faced by black men, gay men, etc. as well as the some of the dysfunctional dynamics of platonic male friendship and how all of this fits into larger patterns of male oppression and the devaluation of male lives. (That being said, male/female relationships and heterosexual power dynamics remain a central focus.)

Hopefully, Audible will record the entire book in the near future. Until then, this interview is an excellent starting point.

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  • Let Go Now: Embracing Detachment

  • By: Karen Casey
  • Narrated by: Kristin Allison
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

So many of us spend so much time enmeshed in other people's problems, trying to solve or change them, that we don't really know where we end and they begin. Not reacting to people or situations that provoke us is not an easy skill to develop. It takes practice and conviction that not reacting, not increasing the drama, doesn't mean we don't care. On the contrary, we are freed to show genuine love and care only when we can detach from the knee-jerk need to fix, solve, rescue, or control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Live your own life first!

  • By evoefficient1 on 06-15-14

A good daily meditation book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-14

Karen Casey's work has been steadily growing on me, and I'm finding this book very helpful. That said, it's probably best to purchase a physical copy of this particular title (as I have done), as it's actually a collection of daily meditations which lends itself better to reading than listening.

Since Audible doesn't allow listeners to edit or delete reviews (get with it, guys!), I'd like to add that my earlier review of one of Casey's other books, "Change Your Mind and Your Life Will Follow", was in hindsight far too critical. Upon second listen (and especially after reading the physical copy), it's revealed itself to be a much wiser and more insightful book than I initially believed.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality

  • By: Carl McColman
  • Narrated by: Brian Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

In popular usage, mysticism typically refers to New Age or Eastern forms of spirituality. However, the mystical tradition is also an important component of the Christian tradition. At its heart--and much like its expression in other faith traditions--Christian mysticism is an ancient practice that incorporates meditation, contemplation, worship, philosophy, the quest for personal enlightenment, and the experience of Divine presence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Setting the record straight

  • By MJ on 07-28-13

Setting the record straight

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

Reviewed: 07-28-13

Carl McColman's "The Big Book of Christian Mysticism" is NOT evangelical or fundamentalist in any way, contrary to the rather puzzling assessment of the only other review to be posted at this time; it is a highly competent and heartfelt (if somewhat didactic and prescriptive) overview of Christian mysticism/contemplative Christianity that is about as far from fundamentalist/evangelical thinking as is spiritually possible. To assert otherwise indicates that one simply does not know what the words "evangelical" and "fundamentalist" actually mean. (Medical intuitive and "Entering the Castle" author Caroline Myss wrote an endorsement for this book, if that helps clarify where the author is coming from.)

Authors or teachers from ANY spiritual/religious tradition are naturally going to quote/discuss the sacred texts and great spiritual masters of their faith. Quoting the Bible -- as a wisdom book in the "perennial tradition", not a literalist text -- and discussing Jesus, one of the greatest mystics and wisdom teachers of all time, is perfectly natural and appropriate for a Christian mystic or contemplative author to do, just as it would be normal for Pema Chodron to quote Tibetan Buddist texts or discuss the life of Siddhartha. (Does this really need to be said?) According to the standards of the previous review, everyone from Thomas Merton and Richard Rohr to Thich Nhat Hanh and Deepak Chopra (all of whom have quoted Christian scriptures and/or written extensively about Jesus at one time or another) would all be evangelicals or fundamentalists! Obviously, this is utter nonsense, as is any assertion that TBBoCM is coming from this perspective.

I can agree (in part) with one point that the previous review made, and that is regarding the narration. I don't know who at Audible is in charge of selecting/overseeing narrators for their self-produced titles, but they are doing a poor job, at least in the genres I listen to most often. While I am not going to attack this narrator for his southern twang -- evidently, not only are Christian writers not allowed to be Christian these days, but narrators are not allowed to have politically incorrect accents -- I am going to call him and (even more so) whoever produced this recording to task for some pretty inexcusable mistakes in pronunciation. For the narrator to mispronounce the word "contemplative" about a thousand times over the course of a book about contemplation, not to mention all of the other mistakes, and for this to go unnoticed and uncorrected in the recording studio...ugh. Personally, I'd pass on this audio and get the hard copy instead.

33 of 35 people found this review helpful