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  • The Poet's Guide to Life

  • The Wisdom of Rilke
  • By: Edited, Translated by Ulrich Baer
  • Narrated by: Ethan Hawke
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

In this treasury of uncommon wisdom and spiritual insight, the best writings and personal philosophies of one of the 20th century's greatest poets, Rainer Maria Rilke, are gleaned by Ulrich Baer from thousands of pages of never-before translated correspondence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful - Light - Deep

  • By John Campbell on 03-16-18

Beautiful - Light - Deep

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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: 03-16-18

Rilke was a master wordsmith,, but never lost sight of his purpose - to do justice to the exploration of life and everything within it and within us. In this beautifully crafted book, Baer gives us a taste of Rilke's passionate conversations found in his letters. The result is an intimate, and yet universal mediation on life separated into categories such as "on work", "on nature", "on language", "on art", and of course, "on love.

At first I wasn't sure that Ethan Hawke was the best choice for narrator, but I quickly came to love his work here. His voice is warm and soothing and he never tries to add anything unnecessary to Rilke's words. He lets those words express what Rilke intended, yet you can feel the passion of Hawke, as well as RIlke.

You don't have to love poetry - this is prose. You just have to be willing to love life. And Baer indicates that RIlke actually felt his prose was even better than poetry to express his thoughts. Transcendent and practical.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Becoming Whole

  • Jung's Equation for Realizing God
  • By: Leslie Stein
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

A thrilling exploration of how Carl Jung found the equation for realizing the divine through personal consciousness. In 1951, Carl Jung published what he considered the highest synthesis and exposition of the transformation of Self and the discovery of the divine in one of his latest and most difficult works, Aion. The equation’s complexity and uncharacteristic elements of mysticism have caused it to fall by the wayside in traditional Jungian and psychological analysis. No major work has tackled this fascinating concept until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jung - Brilliant as Always, but Advanced

  • By John Campbell on 04-05-17

Jung - Brilliant as Always, but Advanced

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

As a student of Jung's writing and approach, this book is indispensable, but its complexity requires a hard copy as well, as another reviewer pointed out. There are perhaps some Jungian scholars who could do with just this Audible version, but even they would want a hard copy as well I would think.

I am happy to have this Audible version as well as the Kindle version because the book contains so much that deep study is warranted.

The narrator is definitely an acquired taste. She sounds like a female Stephen Hawking after three or more generations of speech generation development. It's a remarkable, if slightly creepy voice for this book. The book's dry nature of important, Jungian depth psychology concepts could use more emotion. And the "young" pronunciation of Jung should never have happened. Don't the narrators have a director who would correct that?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Collected Stories of Winnie-the-Pooh

  • By: A. A. Milne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 490

The Bear of Very Little Brain and his friends from the Hundred-Acre Wood have delighted generations of children since Winnie-the-Pooh was first published in 1926. This anniversary edition of Winnie-the-Pooh is the perfect way to celebrate the enduring popularity of A. A. Milne's classic work. Three cheers for Pooh!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a book for children, but all sentient beings.

  • By John Campbell on 09-18-15

Not a book for children, but all sentient beings.

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

Reviewed: 09-18-15

Do yourself a favor and immediately buy this audio book. Oh - before that, stop reading or listening to that dreary self-help or business book, or some serious adult book. Now - cue up Stephen Fry and the rest of this brilliant cast that give life to A. A. Milne's masterpiece.

Like many, I grew up reading and listening to Winnie-the-Pooh as a child. I loved the stories then and was lucky enough to be exposed to them before the Disney processing - sigh. But the brilliant language and gentle humor shine through in these stories and in this audio book in particular.

This is very funny stuff - even more for adults than children I believe. Stephen stars as the bear and plays him just right - serious and obsessed with his obsessions - honey, adventures, and his friends - especially Christopher Robin, and himself - Pooh. The tone and writing of the stories strike me as more related to Douglas Adams and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, than anything else. And sure enough - there is a brief clip of Adams interviewed on BBC and he tells that he was deeply influenced by Winnie-the-Pooh in his writing. Shades of Monty Python are recognizable as well. For me, this is laugh out loud material.

None of us are ever too old to be a kid again and these stories will help remind you of that. And keep you tethered to your child-like nature. Absolute perfection.

42 of 42 people found this review helpful

  • Kosmic Consciousness

  • By: Ken Wilber
  • Narrated by: Ken Wilber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

Before the birth of the universe, there existed your Original Face, the limitless Self that has been present throughout the unfolding of inert matter into life - and that continues to dwell within us at every level of consciousness. Where is this grand evolution taking us, and how can each of us participate in it more fully? On Kosmic Consciousness, Ken Wilber invites you to find out. Since the first publication of his groundbreaking ideas at the age of 23, Ken Wilber has sought to bring together the world's far-ranging spiritual teachings, philosophies, and scientific truths into one coherent and all-embracing vision.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every seeker should listen to this at least once.

  • By John Campbell on 08-01-15

Every seeker should listen to this at least once.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

As a recovering strict scientific materialist, I've been expanding my mind with a compulsion to broaden my perspectives on life, the universe and everything. I've always had a spiritual side, but one that lived in the scientific closet. Since my awakening to a much broader perspective, I have absorbed as much as I can - voraciously moving from one set of ideas to another - Amazon and Audible can attest to my addictions. I'd come a across Ken Wilber before but quite frankly I was turned off, thinking he looked arrogant on his book covers, with that serious know-it-all look from behind round glasses beneath a bald head. I'm not denying I can be shallow but in my frantic search to catch up from my years in the closet, I didn't want to waste time on some arrogant twit.

Recently, for whatever reason, I decided to explore Ken Wilber's ideas - leading to revelation and then epiphany. Wilber has the most grounded and comprehensive view on, well everything, that I have ever come across. I don't suggest that this audio book, or rather interview should be heard by all seekers because Wilber is "right" or dispensing "truth", but rather he looks at the big issues in the most comprehensive and integrated way. Even if you largely disagreed with him, his perspective would shake up your views in a positive way. I happen to largely agree with much of what he discusses here, but his perspective is not portrayed here as the sum of wisdom, but rather a framework to organize and build upon, for much greater wisdom in the future. We are all contributing to this human wisdom, and Ken Wilber serves our task admirably by suggesting a wonderful map to help us explore our place in reality or whatever this is - it's a lot more than a closet.

This is truly a wonderful opportunity to be exposed to mind-blowing ideas from a person who is extremely widely read and knowledgeable. Wilber is very comfortable with and supports the scientific method or approach as a very valid perspective. His gig is an integral or integrated approach and I realize that this is what I was missing in my spiritual and life quest. This man has thought an enormous amount about humans and our place in the Kosmos - and I cannot recommend too highly, listening to some of those thoughts.

And it turns out that Ken Wilber is a funny and down to earth human being. I would give anything to spend a day or a week hanging out with him and the interviewer here. Tammy Simon is the publisher of Sounds True Publishing. Hers is the intelligent and sensual voice that introduces those audible books and here she is the one to question Ken Wilber and lead us on this intellectual and spiritual adventure. I can only assume that she is too gracious to have her name listed as an author here, but her wonderful questions and her rapport with Wilber are just as important as Wilber himself. Obviously the two are friends, but she does not avoid gently challenging Wilber to explain some points she obviously takes issue with at times.

In short, this is a brilliant and breath taking opportunity to think about some big, or rather giant ideas in a comfortable format. And I intend to listen to it again very shortly. There is much to consider and learn. Enjoy!

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions

  • By: Jay L. Garfield, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jay L. Garfield
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992

What is the meaning of life?It's a question every thoughtful person has pondered at one time or another. Indeed, it may be the biggest question of all-at once profound and universal, but also deeply personal.We want to understand the world in which we live, but we also want to understand how to make our own lives as meaningful as possible; to know not only why we're living, but that we're doing it with intention, purpose, and ethical commitment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful, Evenhanded, Precise, and Well Spoken

  • By George on 03-12-14

The Biggest Question in Life Explored Brilliantly

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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: 11-24-14

Jay L. Garfield is a wise and thoughtful guide to the philosophical exploration of the greatest question in life. Just what is the meaning of life?

He discusses the meaning of the question in the first place and then goes on to discuss a broad range of philosophers and traditions as he helps us understand the different approaches. I was impressed with the course right from the beginning and that positive impression only grew as I listened to the entire course.

Jay Garfield is passionate, humble, and respectful in his teaching. He covers a broad range of thinkers and links them nicely. He paints a broad landscape of the majesty of philosophy when it helps us explore the meaning of our individual and social human experience.

The course was not short and it covered a lot of material, but the pace was excellent. I learned a great deal, but would be happy to hear a lot more of Jay Garfield. A great Audible program for anyone interested in the big picture of human life - highly recommended. Jay Garfield is a brilliant teacher who shares his passion as much as his knowledge.

This would be a great course for anyone wanting to dip their toe into philosophy. I expect that it would encourage many to plunge in after that first dip.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • My Big TOE: Awakening

  • By: Thomas W . Campbell
  • Narrated by: Thomas W. Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

My Big TOE: Awakening, written by a nuclear physicist in the language of contemporary culture, unifies science and philosophy, physics and metaphysics, mind and matter, purpose and meaning, the normal and the paranormal. The entirety of human experience (mind, body, and spirit) including both our objective and subjective worlds is brought together under one seamless scientific understanding.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Jer on 05-26-17

When you are ready, this book is mind-blowing.

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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: 10-29-13

This was the book that gave me the final push beyond the obvious objective reality we all live in. There is so much more to life and existence, and ironically that knowledge and the awakening that arises from that knowledge makes objective reality a lot more fun and productive.

Tom Campbell is giving us insights into the game - the big picture. How you play is up to you. This book is for everyone, but not just anytime. You have to be prepared to expand your horizons - suspend your prejudices and beliefs.

There is a ton of material on the web from Tom Campbell. He isn't selling anything. He is very generous with his teaching on the web.Explore there to see if this book makes sense for you right now.

Personally I love Tom Campbell's narration and humor, but watching his videos online will give you an idea if it works for you. As one reviewer said, this book is not sufficient to understand Tom Campbell's Big Toe - his theory of everything. That is not a valid criticism in my mind. Tom Campbell just wants to get started on giving people the background so that each of us can develop our own, personal big toe.

Whether we recognize it or not, we all carry in our heads a theory of everything, which guides our thoughts, actions and intents. Tom Campbell simply wants to help each of us expand that theory. For me, he has blown up my previous theory of everything and I intend to spend the rest of my life expanding and developing my own, personal Big Toe.

Thank you Tom - I look forward to your narration of the next two books. And BTW - Tom Campbell is not relation, as far as I know. I have never met the man, although I certainly would like to.

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Maxine Fuentes on 02-11-10

Magical

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

Reviewed: 09-25-12

This is another book that benefits so much from a wonderful reading performance and Joe Barret delivers - does he ever. Like some people, I found the book is a little slow to get started. I am not sure if it is the story itself, or the narration. Owen Meany's voice is intense at the beginning, but it is not long before you cannot imagine Owen Meany's words delivered in any other way. Joe Barret becomes Owen Meany - among many other fine characters.

This is a story that inspires you to contemplate the wonder of our lives. There are political comments sprinkled throughout, but I cannot imagine being so parochial as to be put off by them. Statecraft is all madness. Forgive those who may prattle on a bit regarding one side or the other. Enjoy the story and the characters. They transcend such puny concerns as politics. Owen Meany puts many things in perspective and so will this magical performance of a book worth reading and rereading.

  • Guts

  • The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster
  • By: Kristen Johnston
  • Narrated by: Kristen Johnston
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118

The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir that is outrageous, moving, sweet, tragic, and heartbreakingly honest. Guts is a true triumph - a memoir that manages to be as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs, yet as hilarious and witty as David Sedaris.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should win awards for best audiobook performance

  • By Ohjohnny on 03-19-12

Whiskey and cigarettes have never sounded so good.

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

Reviewed: 05-14-12

Or so smart and sexy.

Kristen Johnston's voice is one that I could listen to for hours on end. As soon as I sampled this audiobook, I knew I had to get it. But as a serious and responsible adult, I passed it by for a few months to purchase the tofu and vegetables of my normal purchases - business, physics and philosophy etc.

After one of my crappiest days in a long time, I decided it was time for an audiobook version of a cheeseburger, fries and a large chocolate shake. I immediately downloaded Guts and began listening.

Oh no! This is so good and only four and a third hours long! I was captured by Kristen and her book in the first few seconds. This woman is smart as a whip, charming, funny and so expressive. It's a joy to listen to her performance.

But performance doesn't really capture it - it's really an intimate conversation she has with us. Her voices were spot on and so entertaining. And boy can she write and tell a great story.

This is a celebrity book, and an addiction book, but it is so much more - Guts is a very human story of a brave and good person. I found it very inspiring and so sweet, but very strong at the same time.

Now Kristen - a small request - please write and perform more. I need more of this stuff - the world needs more of this. If you really want to get inspired Kristen, you could download The Complete Essays of Montaigne, the great essayist from the 16th century. I think you have the potential to be a great and entertaining essayist too. I could so listen to 49 hours and 39 minutes more of Kristen Johnston.

In the meantime, I am looking forward to listening to Guts again with my wife on a road trip next weekend. This is why I subscribe to Audible. Kudos to everyone and I mean everyone involved - you too Schultz. Readers and listeners will understand.

37 of 38 people found this review helpful

  • Solaris

  • The Definitive Edition
  • By: Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston - translator
  • Narrated by: Alessandro Juliani
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,186

At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani ( Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A comment on negative reviews

  • By Burns on 09-20-11

Haunting and Intelligent

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

Reviewed: 06-16-11

I was intrigued by this book and the movie versions, but had not made the jump until it came up here.

I was not disappointed. This is a beautifully written and intelligent story. I was drawn in right from the beginning. The narration is outstanding - although it is really a performance - it is more like a wonderful radio play. The story does end somewhat abruptly without a neat resolution - that is the intent - the story is thought provoking. I loved it, although it is also disturbing in parts. I agree with the reviewer who said it could have been written last week, apart from minor issues. These do not detract from the story at all. This book will be read for many, many years to come. It is a classic.

This is Audible at its absolute best. This story will not be for everyone, but it deserves a very wide audience. Highly recommended.

20 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Deep Survival

  • True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death
  • By: Laurence Gonzales
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059

After her plane crashes, a 17-year-old girl spends 11 days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating 1st Half, Cynical 2nd Half.

  • By Alex Curtis on 07-05-14

Beyond Wonderfull

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-08

This book is all about survival, life, the universe, and everything (with profound apologies to Douglas Adams). It is a moving meditation on what it is to be human and applies to all of our existence even though we usually ignore our mortality and the functioning of our minds. The adventures and misadventures Laurence Gonzales chronicles reveal our human condition better than anything I have ever read. This is not a simple adventure book so some may be disappointed. It is so much more. I understand Gonzales has another book along similar lines due out in September of 2008. I hope it come to Audible and I hope that Stefan Rudnicki narrates that one as well. He is brilliant. His narration of "On Intelligence" was excellent - his intelligent speech highlighted that book as well as this.

Bravo Gonzales, Rudnicki and Audible - well done. Thank you!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful