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  • The Kybalion

  • A Study of Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece
  • By: The Three Intiates
  • Narrated by: Mitch Horowitz
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293

He was the father of the occult, the founder of astrology, the discoverer of alchemy. He was Hermes Trismegistus, and as the scribe of the gods of ancient Egypt, he possessed all divine knowledge... which he passed on to humanity, though only those who have been tutored in its wonders can fully understand it.In this extraordinary 1912 book, three secret initiates to his teachings - who remain anonymous to this day - share their insight with all who seek to understand the mysterious underpinnings of the universe and our relationship with it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Big bites of ancient (now age?) wisdom to chew on

  • By Diana on 07-24-14

Pretty Amazing~!

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Reviewed: 01-02-16

This is one of the best books I have bought on the subject and one of the best of the year. The information is really excellent and accurate. The narrator is great. I just wish there were more like this. It is a rare gem. If you are reading this and wondering...don't! Just buy it.

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  • Longing and Belonging

  • The Complete John O'Donohue Audio Collection
  • By: John O'Donohue
  • Narrated by: John O'Donohue
  • Length: 31 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

John O'Donohue was a one-of-a-kind force of nature: a genius with words, a brilliant thinker, and a professional excavator of the soul. In the course of his extraordinary life, this Irish poet and teacher touched the hearts of millions with his unique blend of philosophy, instruction, and spiritual insight. For over a decade, Sounds True had the privilege of working with John, and Longing and Belonging presents the full collection of his recordings for both long-time listeners and those discovering his legacy for the first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally-- words that describe my inner landscape

  • By Kathryn on 11-29-13

FANTASTIC!

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Reviewed: 08-23-13

Concepts that blew my mind!!! I have read and heard a LOT, but this had some really original ideas and teachings. I am very grateful to have discovered John's work.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Transmission

  • Receiving the Living Wisdom of Spiritual Teachers
  • By: Jack Kornfield PhD
  • Narrated by: Jack Kornfield PhD
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

What is transmitted from a spiritual teacher to a student? The possibilities of love and freedom, of living in a joyful heart. Extraordinary spiritual teachers empower us, pointing us towards our own awakening. In their presence, we can feel the qualities of enlightenment rather than just hearing about them, and we are inspired to see in a new way. With Transmission, author and teacher Jack Kornfield shares eight sessions of in-depth teachings illuminating the student-teacher relationship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Ninotchka on 07-02-13

Superb!

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Reviewed: 07-02-13

I write this as a strong fan of everything Jack does. I have purchased all his work. I really enjoyed this! I was hoping that it had new material and I was not disappointed. It didn't duplicate lots of old work and held many new concepts. I really enjoyed the recording and there was not a lot of loud laughing or background noises as can be found in live recordings.

Jack's work, and especially this one, I leave on all night listening. After listening all night I woke-up happy and serene. Jack has a gentle, kind voice and a really enjoyable audio narration style.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Driving Over Lemons

  • By: Chris Stewart
  • Narrated by: Chris Stewart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

At age 17, Chris Stewart retired as the drummer of Genesis, his schoolboy band, and launched a new career as a sheep shearer and travel writer. This audiobook details his idyllic life on a remote mountain farm in Andalucia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but ...

  • By Terry on 04-11-12

Sort of like a train...

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

Reviewed: 01-26-13

I admit - it took me awhile to get into this book. The first chapter or so is a little sluggish and sort of chugs along a bit. The first try I quit. I finally went back to it because I spent money on it and felt I owed it another try. I am SO glad that I did. It starts out slow, but really picks up speed! It is a great story about changing your life and homesteading. When he starts talking about the farm and culture I was really hooked. I am now going to get the rest of the series. The narration is quite good. He has dramatized some of the voices and I usually don't care for this style of narration. It works in this book. So, if you start to read and you get sort of...ho hum...just skip to about the 3rd chapter. I have a feeling that the next books are going to be even better because it appears that as the author progresses in his writing he really finds his voice. I have read a LOT of travel style novels and I have to say, this has some of the more interesting cultural details.

  • Rod

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Rod Stewart
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

Rod Stewart was born the working class son of a Scottish plumber in north London. Despite some early close shaves with a number of diverse career paths ranging from gravedigging to professional soccer, it was music that truly captured his heart - and he never looked back. Rod’s is an incredible life, and here - thrillingly and for the first time - he tells the entire thing, leaving no knickers under the bed. A rollicking rock ’n’ roll adventure that is at times deeply moving, this is the remarkable journey of a guy with one hell of a voice - and one hell of a head of hair.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you think he's sexy - or not - give it a go!

  • By Ninotchka on 10-28-12

If you think he's sexy - or not - give it a go!

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

Reviewed: 10-28-12

For a story by a rocker -- I give it a 4 out of 5.

I thought I better leave a review since this is such a new book. I listened to it in a couple of days. Do you have any interest in Rod Stewart? You must or you wouldn't be here! So, go ahead and listen. It is worth the experience and I don't regret hearing what he had to say.

The narrator is one of the best and I thought that was a really smart choice to choose him.

So, is there something negative lurking around this review? A titch.

First, I learned a LOT of amazing things about Rod that I never even knew. I had to take a second look at how many times he was married. I would say that this is the area the book that got a little too repetitive and slightly irritating. I think in one wife episode he mentions his Lamborghini a few too many times to not alert the Freudian in the reader.

I found some of the decadence a little unpleasant and/or could have been presented with more elegance, although, I have no idea how. (I wasn't expecting this to be Shakespeare and I wasn't disappointed.)

What I did like is he was not abusive to the memories of the vast plethora of women and wives. He probably could have said a whole lot more than he did, but he does have 7 children to think about who are probably reading the book. I think he struck the right balance in trying to explain the life and behavior of a modern amoral "king."

What I like the most is that, in the end, finally, he found himself and (we hope) love. I don't hang on every word in the tabloids and had not really known too much about his personal life before reading this. I was really happy that there was a positive ending to his story thus far.

My conclusion to Rod's story is this: Extreme wealth and poverty are different sides of the same coin. Finding oneself is the same journey for all and just as hard for the rich as for the poor. The meaning and the closeness with his family and the strength learned from his humble beginnings is what helped him find himself in his later years.

So, yes, listen to it! If you have been touched as much as I have by his music then we owe him at least another listen to this, his story. I also give him a lot of credit for telling his story when he probably, absolutely, does not need the money.

Light, life and love to a great musician who has been a special part of the fabric of many of our lives.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records Audio Book

  • By: Kevin J. Todeschi
  • Narrated by: David Hartley Margolin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470

The best-selling Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records is read in its entirety by voice-talent David Hartley Margolin. The Akashic Records, also known as the Book of Life, are the storehouse of all information for every individual who has ever lived upon the earth, containing every word, deed, feeling, thought, and intent that ever occurred. Learn how you can tap into your records - your past lives, your present experiences, and your future - to create the life you desire now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting info

  • By Karen on 05-31-11

Just Okay...

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-12

For some reason I just couldn't get into this. Some of it is just a little strange and doesn't feel entirely authentic. I guess if you are interested in the subject it is worth a listen, but it was one I could have skipped and not missed too much. I hate giving a poor review, but it was just okay for me. I am going to try listening to it again, but I'll take my time.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • California

  • A History
  • By: Kevin Starr
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Acclaimed author, historian, and Guggenheim Fellow Kevin Starr is a professor at the University of Southern California. His extensive knowledge shines through this concise, yet comprehensive, depiction of the most fascinating aspects in California's history. From its colonial beginnings through Governor Schwarzenegger's administration, the Golden State has become a uniquely American phenomenon that has enchanted people with the possibility of a better life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • By Theresa on 11-10-11

Informative and Fun

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Reviewed: 05-17-12

I live in California and wanted to learn more after a recent trip through the State. I was never good with history and was uncertain if I would like this. I enjoyed the story and the narration! A good job and a fun story. I was astounded at learning how California developed its character and was happy I had chose this author. If you are interested in the subject then this is a good one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Royal Duty

  • By: Paul Burrell
  • Narrated by: Paul Burrell
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

In A Royal Duty, Paul Burrell reveals the truth about Princess Diana, as well as a faithful account of her thoughts. He was the favourite footman who formed a unique relationship with the Queen. He was the butler who the Princess of Wales called "my rock" and "the only man I can trust". He was accused of theft, then acquitted following the historic intervention of the monarch. He was the Princess' most intimate confidant.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Angie on 08-25-12

Really enjoyed it!

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Reviewed: 05-17-12

This was my first story on the Royals. I was really impressed with the lively narration and the concise, but detailed story line. I enjoyed learning about the "servant" side of the story too and how life was for Paul in the Queen's service. I found him very loyal and respectful in telling his story. I hope that this author produces more books on the subject or even on other subjects. He is a great writer and a very good narrator. I enjoyed this a lot.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The White and the Gold

  • The French Regime in Canada
  • By: Thomas B. Costain
  • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
  • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

This is the fascinating story of the French regime in Canada. Few periods in the history of North America can equal it for romance and color, drama and suspense, great human courage and far-seeing aspiration. Costain, who writes history in the terms of the people who lived it, wrote of this book: "Almost from the first I found myself caught in the spell of these courageous, colorful, cruel days..."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen!

  • By Ninotchka on 05-17-12

Wonderful Listen!

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Reviewed: 05-17-12

I failed history in college and it was never an easy subject, so I have made a point to improve myself on the subject. The narrator is very good and one of the best on Audible. The story was really interesting and a lot of fun. If you have a vague interest in the subject then don't hesitate on this one. I learned a lot and enjoyed it too!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • My First Summer in the Sierra

  • By: John Muir
  • Narrated by: Brett Barry
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

It was June of 1869 when John Muir reluctantly accepted a job herding sheep from the central valley of California to the headwaters of the Merced and Tuolumne Rivers, high into the Sierra Nevadas and deep into the Yosemite region. He felt ill equipped for the work, and yet the opportunity thrilled his adventurous spirit. With a notebook tied to his belt, he set out for a summer he would never forget. My First Summer in the Sierra is Muir’s classic account of that extraordinary journey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost every line is quotable

  • By Kacy on 08-30-13

Terrific Listen!

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Reviewed: 05-17-12

I think anyone listening to this has some clue about John Muir. It is certainly worth listening to and a really enjoyable story. It gives some wonderful details about California geography. The narrator was very clear and pleasant. I have listened to hundreds of audio books and think this is one of the best deals I have come across in terms of story, narration and price.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful