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  • The Bhagavad Gita

  • By: Eknath Easwaran
  • Narrated by: Paul Bazely
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,525

The Bhagavad Gita, "The Song of the Lord", is the best known of all the Indian scriptures, and Easwaran's reliable and accessible version has consistently been the best-selling translation. Easwaran's introduction places the Gita in its historical setting and brings out the universality and timelessness of its teachings. Chapter introductions give clear explanations of key concepts in that chapter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Content and narration reduced me to tears

  • By laurie on 01-11-16

Worship of "Self" as God

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-17

What disappointed you about The Bhagavad Gita?

"Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things." - Romans 1:22-23

Would you ever listen to anything by Eknath Easwaran again?

Yes

What about Paul Bazely’s performance did you like?

The narrator is excellent.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sadness

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Modern Scholar: Heaven or Heresy: A History of the Inquisition

  • By: Thomas F. Madden
  • Narrated by: Thomas F. Madden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

With a scholarly eye and infectious enthusiasm, widely published author and noted expert on pre-modern European history Thomas Madden imparts an understanding of the Spanish and Roman Inquisitions while dispelling popular myths associated with the subject.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some of the best info on the Inquistion out there

  • By Trevor on 12-13-11

Why Torture and Murder is Okay

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-16

Any additional comments?

The lecturer tries to appear neutral, but especially toward the end, he becomes a hardcore apologist for the Catholic church. The purpose of the whole lecture is just to defend the torture and murder of the Inquisition and downplay anything negative. The lecturer seems to think it was okay to torture and kill those "stubborn and rebellious" people who refused to believe in Catholicism. Truly sick. This shouldn't be called "Modern Scholar." It should be called "Modern Catholic Apologist."

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • How Music Works

  • The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond
  • By: John Powell
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 350

Have you ever wondered how off-key you are while singing in the shower? Or if your Bob Dylan albums really sound better on vinyl? Or why certain songs make you cry? Now, scientist and musician John Powell invites you on an entertaining journey through the world of music. Discover what distinguishes music from plain old noise, how scales help you memorize songs, what the humble recorder teaches you about timbre (assuming your suffering listeners don’t break it first), and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nearly everyone will get something out of this!

  • By Tim on 02-18-11

Best music book on audible

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-16

Very interesting for novice and expert alike. Audiobook is great because it provides music samples to illustrate points.

  • Israel Is Real

  • By: Rich Cohen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

It's a great irony that Israel was more secure as an idea than its ever been as a nation with an army. In AD 70, when the Second Temple was destroyed, a handful of visionaries saved Judaism by reinventing it - by taking what had been a national religion, identified with a particular place, and turning it into an idea. Jews no longer needed Jerusalem to be Jews.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Dennis on 02-12-11

Very interesting and entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-14

What did you love best about Israel Is Real?

Great overview of the post-biblical history of the Jews and the nation of Israel.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I also loved his narration of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. He did a great job on both.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hungarian Phase 1, Unit 26-30

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Hungarian with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Hungarian Phase 1, Units 26-30 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome course, but where is Phase 2?

  • By Steven on 12-31-13

Awesome course, but where is Phase 2?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-13

Any additional comments?

I loved this course, but I really wish they would produce Phase 2. Hungarian is a very difficult language, and this audio course makes it much easier.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326

Why we think it’s a great listen: It is a truth universally acknowledged that anyone looking for a great listen won’t be able to resist Jane Austen’s delightful classic of love and manners in Regency England. Jane Austen's story of Mrs. Bennet's finding husbands for her daughters is told with wit and charm. A must for lovers of good literature. Commuters Library presents Pride and Prejudice read by Kate Reading.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narrator

  • By C. A. Likely on 03-12-07

Boring with no plot

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-13

What was most disappointing about Jane Austen’s story?

The story lacked an interesting plot. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, and it never did.

Any additional comments?

This book is overrated.

  • Pimsleur Hebrew Level 1 Lessons 1-5

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Hebrew with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

Each lesson in Hebrew Level 1 Lessons 1-5 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good program for conversation

  • By Elaine Bridges on 09-01-11

Very helpful if you are learning Biblical Hebrew

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I am learning Biblical Hebrew and have found this to be very helpful. There is a lot of crossover.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Teaching Music

  • By: Estelle R. Jorgensen
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 9

The Art of Teaching Music takes up important aspects of the art of music teaching ranging from organization to serving as conductor to dealing with the disconnect between the ideal of university teaching and the reality in the classroom. Writing for both established teachers and instructors on the rise, Estelle R. Jorgensen opens a conversation about the life and work of the music teacher.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Estelle R. Jorgensen is fantastic!

  • By denisedesouza123 on 02-24-11

I want my money back

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-28-12

What disappointed you about The Art of Teaching Music?

This is by far the worst book I have ever downloaded. This book is nothing but meaningless blather. I was hoping to learn something, and I kept waiting for the book to get better. It got worse. Here's a tip for the author: have a point!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

This book had no redeeming qualities.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Feud

  • The Man Who Blew the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever
  • By: Kathleen Sharp
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Blood-boosting Procrit is Johnson & Johnson's biotech superstar. Behind its various brand names, it ranks as Medicare's most reimbursed drug. But Procrit performs frighteningly well, and can stimulate so many blood cells that thousands of patients die in unexplained and painful ways. Blood Feud is award-winning journalist Kathleen Sharp's nail-biting expose of the Procrit case. Packed with corporate espionage, plot twists, and larger-than-life characters, it's as gripping as it is terrifyingly true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did Procrit kill my late husband?

  • By Anna on 12-08-13

Very entertaining and informative

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-28-12

Would you listen to Blood Feud again? Why?

I'm planning to listen to it a second time. The fact that the book reads like a biography made it very entertaining. This is a pretty damning indictment of big pharma and the medical industry. The love of money is the root of all evil. I wish more Americans would be aware of the info in this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gulag Archipelago

  • Volume III: Katorga, Exile, Stalin Is No More
  • By: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 359

In this final volume of a towering work that is both literary masterpiece and living memorial to the untold millions of Soviet martyrs, Solzhenitsyn's epic narrative moves to its astounding and unforseen climax. We now see that this great cathedral of a book not only commemorates those massed victims but celebrates the unquenched spirit of resistance that flickered and then burst into flame even in Stalin's "special camps."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If the whole series is too daunting, read this one

  • By Howie on 08-01-13

"Katorga" is one of the best parts

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-09

The section on Katorga is one of the best parts of the whole book. Some of my favorite chapters are "the committed escaper" and "the white kitten"

5 stars!!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful