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  • Buddhism for Beginners [Jack Kornfield]

  • By: Jack Kornfield
  • Narrated by: Jack Kornfield
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873

Created specifically to address the questions and needs of first-time students, here is Buddhism's vast spiritual legacy, presented by one of America's leading meditation teachers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Might be difficult for true beginners...

  • By Anna on 07-13-09

Great Introduction to Buddhism

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

Reviewed: 06-20-13

I really enjoy Jack Kornfield. This book provides a good overview of the Buddhist philosphy without getting lost in the weeds. His quiet, humorous delivery is very pleasant to listen to. I really learned a great deal without having to focus deeply - I mostly listened to this in transit.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Untethered Soul

  • The Journey Beyond Yourself
  • By: Michael A. Singer
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,040

Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Changed my Life!

  • By Peggy on 10-21-12

Really Helpful 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: 06-20-13

This is the first book I've every found that really gets into the "internal conversation" or "monkey brain" in a way that is really easy to understand. Some of the examples actually had me laughing out loud - they were so realistic. This is a really helpful book and the practice it espouses is so worthwile. I've bought copies for good friends and I heartily recommend this book for anyone on "the path" (which is everyone).

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Power

  • By: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

Power is one of the central issues in our lives. From work to personal relationships, the struggle for power plays a pivotal role and, more often than not, prevents us from attaining freedom and happiness. The bottom-line mentality in our culture seeps unnoticed into every other part of our lives. Thich Nhat Hanh illustrates how our current understanding of power leads us on a never-ending search for external markers like job title or salary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It seems simple but this is real power

  • By Mark on 08-29-15

Great Message

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

Reviewed: 06-20-13

This was my second TNH book and the message (while still amazing) was really a rehashing of the first book. Still, its an incredibly important message and if this would be your first TNH book its probably a great choice. The book has a western narrator, which is both good (definately easier to understand) and bad (lack's TNH's incredible charm). I highly recommend this book - but if it's a second TNH book, be prepared for lots of overlap.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Science of Enlightenment

  • By: Shinzen Young
  • Narrated by: Shinzen Young
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

Demystify mysticism and learn techniques to move yourself beyond emotional and intellectual blocks into a realm of clear insight and inner peace. In this complete curriculum for self-investigation Shinzen Young - one of America's foremost meditation teachers - covers traditional teachings, scientific insights, and practical instruction to show you exactly how enlightenment works, and how to begin your own journey to inner liberation. Topics include concentration, awareness, and merging techniques to explore the self and the world around you, how spiritual practices work in Buddhism, Christianity, Jewish mysticism, Sufism, Hinduism, shamanism, and many other mystical traditions, as well as 6 complete guided meditation sessions and a host of insights on how to choose and establish your own meditation practice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Emese on 09-30-03

A Bit Dry..

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-13

I really wanted to love this book, and the first couple of hours went well - but ultimately I found it too esotheric for me and I put it aside - perhaps I'm just not ready for it yet. If like me, you're just beginning to look into the Buddhist path, I'd recommend you start with something more user friendly - something by Jack Kornfield or Thich Naht Hanh.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Roots of Buddhist Psychology

  • By: Jack Kornfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

The Buddha said many times that just as the great oceans have but one taste, so do all the true teachings of the dharma: the taste of freedom. Jack Kornfield's The Roots of Buddhist Psychology is an invitation to drink deeply of these teachings; to taste the wisdom that flows from the heart of Buddhism's most useful ideas on the interior life and what brings awakening, freedom, and happiness. Jack Kornfield opens this eternal view of the mind for all listeners in this collection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic read

  • By Eric on 02-01-10

Buddhism for the rest of us

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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: 06-20-13

Jack distills the Buddhist message into easy to understand packages of information. His delivery is very personable - you almost feel like you're sitting across from a good friend. I'd listen to this on the way to work, and it really impacted my day - I was calmer, more open-minded and more at peace. I recommend anything by Jack K - he really is the teacher who I find can best reach the average searcher investigating Buddhism (which is me).

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Ultimate Dimension

  • By: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

The teachings of Buddhism describe two realities: the "historical dimension" of time, space, and form, and the "ultimate dimension": an infinite realm beyond birth and death, the realm of complete freedom, peace, and joy, the ground of being called "nirvana". On The Ultimate Dimension, you are invited to sit beside Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh for an advanced dharma retreat that opens the doorway to this sublime experience of being.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprising

  • By egbreder on 09-09-09

Simple Truth

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

Reviewed: 06-20-13

TNH's message is not overly complicated, and can get a bit repetitive. I believe the reason for this is that it is his intention that we really hear what he has to say. I enjoyed this book immensly - and if I can practice only a small part of what he teaches, I can see it having a profound impact on my life and happiness. I heartily recommend this book, for both the committed searchers, and those only ready to stick a toe in the water.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,503
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,483

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A light, fun, easy listen

  • By january on 11-04-12

Really a book for teens....

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-12

If I had read this when I was 15 I would have enjoyed it much more. In flavor, flow and content it really seems dedicated to a younger audience. In fact I think the only reason that the main character was in his 20s was so that he could have a girl friend who worked at Google. But it think would have worked better if he were say - 16 - and had a brother, father, etc.who worked at Google,

It was a nice piece of fluff, but to say it was reminiscent of Murakami is like saying that the Adirondacks are reminiscent of the French Alps.

23 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • The Sign of Four

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 487

Greed, betrayal, and vengeance set the stage for this Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic. Sherlock Holmes is rescued from boredom by the strange case of Jonathan Small and the tragedy of Pondicherry Lodge. The mystery leads Holmes and Dr. Watson into an intricate plot regarding a lost treasure belonging to four convicts on the Andaman Islands.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sherlock is always a winner

  • By Renniebrooke on 12-21-12

Pleasant - but a bit simple

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-12

I can't complain - this was a free book. But compared to the involved fiction of today, this was a "simple" read. Still it was fun and passed the time, But if it weren't free, I wouldn't really recommend using a credit for it. Rather, get it for free off Amazon.com and just read it on the Kindle.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Windup Girl

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,417
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,631
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,654

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner.

  • By Marius on 01-13-10

Good story

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-12

Very interesting dystopian scifi. I would like the windup girl's part to be bigger. Perhaps she'll be more central to a sequel?

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,898

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Walkabout

  • By FanB14 on 07-01-13

A lovely story of hope and redemption.

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

Reviewed: 09-18-12

Each of us has made mistakes. Each of us has said and done things we wish we hadn't. Harold walks across England to make amends to someone from his past and all the while the journey is into himself. And his journey inspires others to look into themselves as well. I admit that the last 1/2 hour had me choked up. I heartily recommend this book and if you like it you will also enjoy "The Memory of Running" which is a similarly themed book, albeit from an American perspective.