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  • The Trouble with Islam Today

  • A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith
  • By: Irshad Manji
  • Narrated by: Irshad Manji
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Winner of Oprah's first "Chutzpah Award" for boldness, Irshad Manji is among the world's most visible - and vocal - Muslim reformers. In this audio book, narrated by her, Irshad explains the disturbing attitudes with which too many of her fellow Muslims practice Islam today: Arab cultural tribalism posing as pure faith. An uncritical approach to the Quran as the final and therefore superior word of God. And a rejection of universal human rights as if they are incompatible with the Divine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A much needed dialogue

  • By Elan Sun Star on 03-12-19

A much needed dialogue

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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: 03-12-19

I am in love with this book and Irshad.
I grew up in the so called "Christian World" parents and family church and hypocrisy on a level that truly failed to employ reason or altruism nor the principles of the very teacher that Christianity was supposed to represent and embody...
As a global photographer for decades I was invited by the king of Malaysia in 1985 and stayed for a month in a country that I fell in love with,...the people, the culture, and the flora and fruit trees and forests...We took 3 days and 10 royal jets from the Malaysian Air force and the top 6 military leaders (all gardeners and horticulturists with NO war experience or interest in it) and we visited the Sultan of Brunei , who at the time was the wealthiest man in the world. I photographed a windsurfing event. (the King was a windsurfer that had all of his boards shaped in Hawaii and delivered in person from someone in Hawaii .. When I arrived in Singapore on a special flight the King of Malaysia (The Sultan of Johore) had a limo pick me up and escort me to Kuala Lumpur and the royal castle... where I was a guest for many royal dinners and some revealing conversations with the King and the Royal prince.
As a photographer I was in a heavenly realm of architecture and kind and open people, souls who understood the meaning of
universal brotherhood and kindness, much more so than the prejudiced society I grew up with ....And as a raw foods vegan I was in another level of joy, consisting of forests and orchards and gardens of some of the world's most diverse and rare fruits and flowers. I have read many many biographies of the world's horticulturists that brought us thousands of fruits and plants including Luther Burbank and David Fairchild....and a book entitled "The Fruit Hunters" about the people, mostly enthusiasts and fruit connoisseurs and fruit tree experts from the around the world that search for fruit species to bring back to their country as David Fairchild did in the late 1800's, about 20,000 plant/food varieties to be exact..and the history of what Luther Burbank did in the same period in southern California. So when I was face to face with the incredible plant diversity and the people of Malaysia that grew fruit trees and the market sellers of rare fruits like durians and cherimoyas and mangosteens and rare mangos and cherries I was in my version of heavenly happiness.
During the entire time I was in Malaysia, over a month I walked the streets and markets and visited galleries and museums and was hosted by citizens who were some of the nicest people I have ever met in the world and I have traveled the world globally many times as a photographer and writer.
I had a vision at the time that I would eventually come back one day and speak to the King and the Sultan about developing the incredible potential for eco tourism that the plants and fruits offered to the then emerging eco sensitive pioneers and also to the gustatory demands of the vegan raw foods enthusiasts known as fruitarians whose diet consisted of primarily fruit and raw foods...That movement has to date become the fastest growing in the world as heart specialists and Doctors promote and demand a vegan diet for heart health and disease reversal.. being in Malaysia and Borneo.Brunei was a dream come true and all paid for by the Royal family. Never once did I ever think "I am in a Muslim country" in fact when the king said it may not be wise to be walking around the streets to markets especially at night I told him I adored the people I had been meeting and sharing with...in my adventure and explorations.
So , from personal experience I found that no matter what muslim country I found myself in when traveling, the people were not only congenial, but went out of their way to be hospitable and nourishing... for years I had wanted to be one of those who brought a new synthesis of global fellowship between different cultures and varying beliefs....Because we all have more in common than we don't have in common, being on the same planet with the same issues . I had also experienced through my life that regardless of any one religion, there are those who think theirs is the only way and no one else mattered.

We are at a point in our growth now as planetary humans that we MUST absolutely and together face our mutual needs and desires and support each other rather than being antagonistic to each other because some silly dogma said we must.
it is precisely because we are now at a time when as global citizens we must face the fact that we have to cooperate and assist each other regardless of culture or faith and assist in making earth OUR home, meaning all of us,..not one religion.

So I have immensely enjoyed the books by Irshad Manji and the message they convey of an intelligent wold citizen who happened to be labeled as "Muslim" but was rather a free spirit and intelligent critical thinker….

This book and the other book book she wrote about islam and its need for new values are among my favorite of thousands of audiobooks I own... The principles they embody are essential in understanding our mutual need to cooperate and truly live the love and kindness the founders of certain faiths taught. listen to this book and enjoy the opening of the heart of a sustainable global shift from the roots up.

  • Don't Label Me

  • An Incredible Conversation for Divided Times
  • By: Irshad Manji
  • Narrated by: Irshad Manji, Fatima Boorman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Don't Label Me shows that America's founding genius is diversity of thought. Which is why social justice activists won't win by labeling those who disagree with them. At a time when minorities are fast becoming the majority, a truly new America requires a new way to tribe out. Enter Irshad Manji and her dog, Lily. Raised to believe that dogs are evil, Manji overcame her fear of the "other" to adopt Lily. Defying her labels as an old, blind dog, Lily engages Manji in a taboo-busting conversation about identity, power, and politics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging our status quo

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-19-19

brilliant and insightful

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

I am in love with this book and Irshad.
I grew up in the so called "Christian World" parents and family church and hypocrisy on a level that truly failed to employ reason or altruism nor the principles of the very teacher that Christianity was supposed to represent and embody...
As a global photographer for decades I was invited by the king of Malaysia in 1985 and stayed for a month in a country that I fell in love with,...the people, the culture, and the flora and fruit trees and forests...We took 3 days and 10 royal jets from the Malaysian Air force and the top 6 military leaders (all gardeners and horticulturists with NO war experience or interest in it) and we visited the Sultan of Brunei , who at the time was the wealthiest man in the world. I photographed a windsurfing event. (the King was a windsurfer that had all of his boards shaped in Hawaii and delivered in person from someone in Hawaii .. When I arrived in Singapore on a special flight the King of Malaysia (The Sultan of Johore) had a limo pick me up and escort me to Kuala Lumpur and the royal castle... where I was a guest for many royal dinners and some revealing conversations with the King and the Royal prince.
As a photographer I was in a heavenly realm of architecture and kind and open people, souls who understood the meaning of
universal brotherhood and kindness, much more so than the prejudiced society I grew up with ....And as a raw foods vegan I was in another level of joy, consisting of forests and orchards and gardens of some of the world's most diverse and rare fruits and flowers. I have read many many biographies of the world's horticulturists that brought us thousands of fruits and plants including Luther Burbank and David Fairchild....and a book entitled "The Fruit Hunters" about the people, mostly enthusiasts and fruit connoisseurs and fruit tree experts from the around the world that search for fruit species to bring back to their country as David Fairchild did in the late 1800's, about 20,000 plant/food varieties to be exact..and the history of what Luther Burbank did in the same period in southern California. So when I was face to face with the incredible plant diversity and the people of Malaysia that grew fruit trees and the market sellers of rare fruits like durians and cherimoyas and mangosteens and rare mangos and cherries I was in my version of heavenly happiness.
During the entire time I was in Malaysia, over a month I walked the streets and markets and visited galleries and museums and was hosted by citizens who were some of the nicest people I have ever met in the world and I have traveled the world globally many times as a photographer and writer.
I had a vision at the time that I would eventually come back one day and speak to the King and the Sultan about developing the incredible potential for eco tourism that the plants and fruits offered to the then emerging eco sensitive pioneers and also to the gustatory demands of the vegan raw foods enthusiasts known as fruitarians whose diet consisted of primarily fruit and raw foods...That movement has to date become the fastest growing in the world as heart specialists and Doctors promote and demand a vegan diet for heart health and disease reversal.. being in Malaysia and Borneo.Brunei was a dream come true and all paid for by the Royal family. Never once did I ever think "I am in a Muslim country" in fact when the king said it may not be wise to be walking around the streets to markets especially at night I told him I adored the people I had been meeting and sharing with...in my adventure and explorations.
So , from personal experience I found that no matter what muslim country I found myself in when traveling, the people were not only congenial, but went out of their way to be hospitable and nourishing... for years I had wanted to be one of those who brought a new synthesis of global fellowship between different cultures and varying beliefs....Because we all have more in common than we don't have in common, being on the same planet with the same issues . I had also experienced through my life that regardless of any one religion, there are those who think theirs is the only way and no one else mattered.

We are at a point in our growth now as planetary humans that we MUST absolutely and together face our mutual needs and desires and support each other rather than being antagonistic to each other because some silly dogma said we must.
it is precisely because we are now at a time when as global citizens we must face the fact that we have to cooperate and assist each other regardless of culture or faith and assist in making earth OUR home, meaning all of us,..not one religion.

So I have immensely enjoyed the books by Irshad Manji and the message they convey of an intelligent wold citizen who happened to be labeled as "Muslim" but was rather a free spirit and intelligent critical thinker….

This book and the other book book she wrote about islam and its need for new values are among my favorite of thousands of audiobooks I own... The principles they embody are essential in understanding our mutual need to cooperate and truly live the love and kindness the founders of certain faiths taught. listen to this book and enjoy the opening of the heart of a sustainable global shift from the roots up.

  • The Food Explorer

  • The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats
  • By: Daniel Stone
  • Narrated by: Daniel Stone
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

In the 19th century, American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment. But as a new century approached, appetites broadened, and David Fairchild, a young botanist with an insatiable lust to explore and experience the world, set out in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater. Kale from Croatia, mangoes from India, and hops from Bavaria. Peaches from China, avocados from Chile, and pomegranates from Malta. But Fairchild's finds weren't just limited to food.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, but would like more detail.

  • By Robert Brummett on 02-25-18

My favorite story out of tens of thousands

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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: 03-11-19

this book is an incredible testimony of what one human being can do in their lifetime to bring beauty and nourishment and meaning to the world and the eco system.
I am so very happy this book was written and even more so that it is in audible

I have long read tiny bits here and there of David Fairchild and as aplant centered person an d photographer myself I value this type of book above all else. As a biography it stands well above the others and it has meaning and purpose at its core...I treasure it in my library and have told hundreds of friends to get it and also to go to the Fairchild Gardens in Coconut Grove.

Thank you Daniel Stone..The narration is fantastic as well.
Bravo! 100 stars!!!
At this point in our evolutionary history on a planet racked by decimation of species this stands out as an example of what we as individuals can do to change the challenging path we are on as a species and a society and as an ecology.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Taming the Sun

  • Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet
  • By: Varun Sivaram
  • Narrated by: Barry Abrams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Solar energy, once a niche application for a limited market, has become the cheapest and fastest-growing power source on earth. What's more, its potential is nearly limitless. But in Taming the Sun, energy expert Varun Sivaram warns that the world is not yet equipped to harness erratic sunshine to meet most of its energy needs. And if solar's current surge peters out, prospects for replacing fossil fuels and averting catastrophic climate change will dim. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive Summary of Today’s Solar Challenges & Opportunties

  • By kcwade on 09-02-18

essential solar history and future. A must listen

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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: 03-03-19

This is the best of all the many books I have listened to or read on solar energy/silicon cells and much more. I highly suggest this be critical and required reading by all students and scientists to appropriately assess the true bright future of solar and photovoltaic energy despite the challenges posed in the past.
This book is written in an easy to understand language so that total comprehension of the data does not depend on a scientific background.
Solar is more than ever our solution for pollution and global climate change as well as clean energy solutions.
I woud truly enjoy hearing more books by this author.

  • Into the Magic Shop

  • A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart
  • By: James R. Doty MD
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,615

Extraordinary things happen when we harness the power of both the brain and the heart. Growing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, living with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful story, profound impact!

  • By S. Potts on 06-22-16

Wisdom and insights woven into "magical" story

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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: 03-01-19

This book is a miraculous story of insight and very practical story of the author's journey from a challenging
childhood to a career of growth and wisdom that has led to a dynamic and beneficent pathway that has inspired many human beings to understanding the heart and the brain and the mind as well as the process of creating a life os meaning and purpose and healing and prosperity.
I found this book to be a truly unique example of what humanity can employ in its search for personal contribution and meaning to a life of professional and personal success in mind, body, and spirit and to the betterment of society and the human condition and the educational methods of employing wisdom teachings with a "science" of mind and heart.

This book reads more like a fictional Hollywood film and its content is superlative. I am not so easily impressed and I am truly impressed and inspired by the author's example and his life of learning and growth. I have bought extra copies of this to give to friends and family...Thank you Dr Doty for your examp[le and also for the THE CENTER FOR COMPASSION AND ALTRUISM RESEARCH AND EDUCATION
bravo!

  • Mantras in Motion

  • Manifesting What You Want through Mindful Movement
  • By: Erin Stutland
  • Narrated by: Erin Stutland
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

You know the drill. You’ve written your affirmation, created your vision board, chanted a mantra, meditated, and followed all the standard advice to overcome self-doubt and become your best self. Yet, do you find yourself struggling to make all the different paths of well-being merge into one singular, cohesive, self-improved you? In her tri-fold approach to creating change, holistic wellness and fitness expert Erin Stutland will help you harness together your body’s mental, physical, and spiritual energy in service of what you want. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gets you off your butt and onto the dance floor!

  • By Goddess Being on 02-03-19

Excellent ! Coherent and insight based inspiration

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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: 02-26-19

Mantras in Motion is a unique & comprehensive and inspiring book of integrative techniques and wisdom that can
increase your potential for manifesting and embodying your "best possible self"
Through anecdotal stories and a lifetime of creative experience, Erin demonstrates a mastery of the art of simplifying the complex and creating real change and renewal through step by step exercises and realizations .

through the use of ancient wisdom combined with current research into physiology and yoga and movement Erin Stutland has created a colorful and inspiring exercises and lessons to illustrate and demonstrate the potential of movement and the science of mantra and more to create a life of purpose and magic.
This may be my favorite book out of many thousands of nonfiction audiobooks I have listened to and applied.
Bravo!

  • Food Fight

  • GMOs and the Future of the American Diet
  • By: McKay Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

In the past two decades, GMOs have come to dominate the American diet. Advocates hail them as the future of food, an enhanced method of crop breeding that can help feed an ever-increasing global population and adapt to a rapidly changing environment. Critics, meanwhile, call for their banishment, insisting GMOs were designed by overeager scientists and greedy corporations to bolster an industrial food system that forces us to rely on cheap, unhealthy, processed food so they can turn an easy profit.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A collection of superficial research

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-11-17

Comprehensive and insightful data. Brilliant!

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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: 02-19-19

I really admire all of McCay Jenkins books. The datas is quite well balanced and complete.. I thought I knew all about these subjects 30 books of GMO's should have been enough but this book has some amazing data.
Thanks

  • Medical Medium Liver Rescue

  • Answers to Eczema, Psoriasis, Diabetes, Strep, Acne, Gout, Bloating, Gallstones, Adrenal Stress, Fatigue, Fatty Liver, Weight Issues, SIBO & Autoimmune Disease
  • By: Anthony William
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 25 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Medical Medium Liver Rescue offers the answers you should have had all along. With his signature compassion, Anthony William, the Medical Medium, shares unparalleled insights into undiscovered functions of our life-saving livers, explains what's behind dozens of health issues that hold us back, and offers detailed guidance on how to move forward so we can live our best lives. Find out for yourself what liver rescue is all about: being clearer-headed, more peaceful, happier, and better able to adapt to our fast-changing times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astounding! Beyond High expectations!

  • By Elan Sun Star on 02-12-19

Astounding! Beyond High expectations!

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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: 02-12-19

This book is one of the most important books in the health data ever written.I have been on this diet (but all raw) for 50 years and created many thousands of recipes...that are now being "discovered" in this field....But... Being an organic raw food vegan I felt I had my diet insights down. But I have truly admired the quality and level of insight from the Medical Medium books. But this new book is astounding. Literally beyond expectations. I had the print book since it was released months ago but I have been waiting with deep anticipation for the audio version.
I cannot say enough good things about this book. Based on accessible and intelligible language and terminology and some amazing recipes and insights. The final chapters are profound...very profound.

Distinguishing between self love and "Self compassion" the phrase of the age..and realizing that our ego is not directing the healing but rather our Source...
Get this book and appreciate the fact that so called medical knowledge and research has created the sickest society on the planet earth and while having the highest medical costs and payments for the pharmaceutical industry (which is based on investors and shareholders) and hospitals. No there is not the requisite "token references " to footnotes and papers.. Why would it need that when it represents direct insight. So called "Science " has let us all down . it has produced a war of war and illness and pain and stress..and has NOT delivered on promissory notes. Ignore the negative reviews > They are trolls...nothing more. Judge for yourself and also tune into the support groups and forums online on this data and the success stories...You wont find that endorsement for pharmaceutical ads.
You are worth it.
it puts a real dent in the current food fads and "isms" floating around and being endorsed and mimicked.
This book sets a new level of quality for the alternate view lifestyle health and medical volumes…
Remember your History lessons. Remember a time when the “authorities “ said that the earth was flat?
and the penalty for this statement was severe or even death ( even if you were a galileo or Bruno or kepler copernicus other scientist?)
Remember when medical doctors said that Thalidomide was safe?
Well then remember you will find it easy to operate the reviews that represent open minds and those who actually read and weight this book
and those that are invested not only in dogma and special interest groups who Have to denounce this book Why?
because it is another dent in the belief that the "pharmaceutical industry has any answers for health and wellness"
“Wizard of Oz” was anything more than a lonely old man playing a game with technology du jour.

I know some of the people in the credits for this book which makes it even more dear to heart....
Bravo! Anthony williams and team.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • On Dialogue

  • 2nd Edition
  • By: David Bohm
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Never before has there been a greater need for deeper listening and more open communication to cope with the complex problems facing our organizations, businesses, and societies. Renowned scientist David Bohm believed there was a better way for humanity to discover meaning and to achieve harmony. He identified creative dialogue, a sharing of assumptions and understanding, as a means by which the individual, and society as a whole, can learn more about themselves and others, and achieve a renewed sense of purpose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bohm Dialogue to transform human consciousness

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-01-17

What a Gem!!!!! Dialogue from Bohm

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-19

David Bohm was the quintessential sage and scientist. He understood very important real life issues. He was NOT abstract.
He influenced J Krishnamurti to speak more about "Dialog" our key to all communication.

As Krishnamurti said "The speaker is not an authority
We are sharing together
Learning together
Discovering together
Bravo and the Narration is superb love Don Hagen a lot...
more of this please..
Bohm's voice was not so mellifluous even in the hours of dialog with J Krishnamurti..but this narration brings it to a new level.

  • The Secret Teachings of Plants

  • The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature
  • By: Stephen Harrod Buhner
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

All ancient and indigenous peoples insisted their knowledge of plant medicines came from the plants themselves and not through trial-and-error experimentation. Less well known is that many Western peoples made this same assertion. There are, in fact, two modes of cognition available to all human beings - the brain-based linear and the heart-based holistic. The heart-centered mode of perception can be exceptionally accurate and detailed....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice info, but the reader, well...

  • By Mr_OmiH on 06-17-18

Incredible insights by an amazing teacher.

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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: 01-31-19

Bravo! I am so inspired by this book for years I have wanted to hear Buhner's work in audio format!!!.
This is exceptional ,...beyond words.
The comprehensive nature of Buhner's insights is literally breathtaking.
Bravo. We could use more of his work in audio.