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  • The Universe in a Single Atom

  • By: His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Narrated by: Richard Gere
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

After 40 years of study with some of the greatest scientific minds as well as a lifetime of meditative, spiritual, and philosophical study, the Dalai Lama presents a brilliant analysis of why both disciplines must be pursued in order to arrive at a complete picture of the truth. Science shows us ways of interpreting the physical world, while spirituality helps us cope with reality. But the extreme of either is impoverishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice bridge between science and spirituality

  • By J********** on 11-21-05

Prior experience required

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-06

As noted by several other readers the buddhist approach to teaching difficult religious and philosophical concepts translates beautifully to teaching difficult scientific concepts. His Holiness does a wonderful job of taking complex scientific discussions and reducing them to concepts that can be grasped by the average listener. Of course, some of the detail is lost in this translation, but on the whole this book contains a good explanation of both its subject matters.

That being said this is a very difficult book to read in audio format. One of the failings of the audio format is that in technical discussions you do not have the ability to set the book down and ponder the issues raised. As both the religious/philosophical questions raised by his holiness and the scientific concepts discussed need a fair amount of time for contemplation this is one book that may be better for those with at least a rudimentary understanding of both subject matters.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Magician's Nephew

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,727
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,053
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,064

Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory's Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to...somewhere else. They find their way to Narnia, newborn from the Lion's song, and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis, before they finally return home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible children's series

  • By Jason on 05-14-05

Enchanting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-05

Like the remainder of the books in the Narnia series this one is quite enjoyable. Unfortunately, each of the audiobooks in the series has been done by a different reader. This breaks up the continuum a little, but Kenneth Brannaugh does a spectacular job with this story.

As it is thematically the first book and in my opinion the best read this book makes a fine introduction to the Narnia series.

36 of 38 people found this review helpful