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  • Ishmael

  • An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
  • By: Daniel Quinn
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,662

Ishmael is an utterly unique and captivating spiritual adventure which redefines what it is to be human. We are introduced to Ishmael, a creature of immense wisdom. He has a story to tell, one that no human being has ever heard before. It is the story of man's place in the grand scheme, and it begins at the birth of time. This history of the world has never appeared in any schoolbook. "Does the earth belong to man?" Ishmael asks. "Or does man belong to the earth?"

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unabridged PLEASE!

  • By Eric on 01-12-08

In the pages of Nature-Our ReEducation

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Reviewed: 03-21-18

We are educated into a culture of dominance....of conquering the Natural World...oblivious to the implication - that this puts us at war with the Natural World and the fellow community of life equally dependent upon it as we are.
What will it take for Mankind to once again become a part of the Balance in Nature, and not its primary destroyer...?
What evidence of Natural Law was left out of the stories we tell about ourselves which eventually created the rift we see so evident now...?
What is the root of Mankinds destructive behavior...?
And how can we re-educate ourselves to become intelligent co-operators with Nature for the benefit of All Beings and the future of Humanity...?

  • The Art of Peace

  • Teachings of the Founder of Aikido
  • By: John Stevens - translator, Morihei Ueshiba
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

The inspirational teachings in this collection show that the real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. The teachings are drawn from the talks and writings of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the popular Japanese martial art of Aikido, a mind-body discipline he called the "Art of Peace", which offers a nonviolent way to victory in the face of conflict. Ueshiba believed that Aikido principles could be applied to all the challenges we face in life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the one with the heart will know

  • By Miles on 03-06-17

Peace is not an accident. Peace is a choice.

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Reviewed: 02-14-18

The most far-seeing warrior resolves conflict before harm even becomes an option.
The most far-seeing healer resolves imbalances before the slightest evidence of symptoms.

  • The Spell of the Sensuous

  • Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World
  • By: David Abram
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

For a thousand generations, human beings viewed themselves as part of the wider community of nature, and they carried on active relationships not only with other people but with other animals, plants, and natural objects (including mountains, rivers, winds, and weather patterns) that we have only lately come to think of as "inanimate". How, then, did humans come to sever their ancient reciprocity with the natural world?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stellar introduction to a revolutionary approach to language, nature and the human embedded in the natural world.

  • By Dick on 01-25-18

You and I are a myriad of energies Being One.

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Reviewed: 02-14-18

In these times, a much needed regard for the role we play in the balance with the natural world and its fundamental symbiotic operation is here rendered as a poetic account of that which should be and was once, as the child in each of us...first experiencing it, so obvious...
All too often forgotten by the clamour of burgeoning development within our isolated sphere of specifically human concerns, is a call... a beckoning for....this deeper listening, which finds us inextricably woven into the fabric of the environment of which we are so vitally interconnected.
Can your heart, through this call for a deeper listening, be moved to reassess and redine your role in such a way that you conduct yourself henceforth in reverence to that greater Whole of which you are a part...? Can you be...as the child...awash with awe and heedful of your every influence, upon recognizing the Sacred Garden you were born to steward...?

  • Island

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 713

In his final novel - which he considered his most important - Aldous Huxley transports us to the remote Pacific island of Pala, where an ideal society has flourished for 120 years. Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is underway to take over Pala, and events are set in motion when an agent of the conspirators, a newspaperman named Faranby, is shipwrecked there. What Faranby doesn't expect is how his time with the people of Pala will revolutionize all his values and - to his amazement - give him hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great narration for a great book.

  • By AndrewL on 09-21-16

Huxley shows complications of symbiotic society

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Reviewed: 10-08-16

A work even more pertinent today than when he first conceived it...a must read for anyone interested in creative solutions to societal ills...

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