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  • Not for Happiness

  • A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices
  • By: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 66

Do you practise meditation because you want to feel good? Or to help you relax and be "happy"? Then frankly, according to Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, you are far better off having a full-body massage than trying to practise the Dharma. Genuine spiritual practice, not least the Ngndro preliminaries, will not bring the kind of comfort and ease most worldly people crave. Quite the opposite, in fact.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exactly what was needed

  • By VL on 09-17-15

Gentle but Straightforward Advice on Ngondro

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

The author is very frank in his presentation and discussion of practices. However, there is also a certain humor and a tremendous openness herein that had me laughing out loud at surprising moments. I found the book very valuable. Highly recommend.

  • Gate of Ivrel

  • Morgaine, Book 1
  • By: C.J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Scattered about the galaxy were the time-space Gates of a vanished but not forgotten alien race. In their time, long before the rise of the native civilizations, they had terrorized a hundred worlds—not from villainy but from folly, from tampering with the strands that held a universe together.

Now the task was to uproot these Gates, destroy their potency for mischief, take horror out of the hands of the few who hungered for power by misuse of the Gates.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE these books. This reading is terrible.

  • By Melissa on 12-05-14

I LOVE these books. This reading is terrible.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-14

What would have made Gate of Ivrel better?

I seldom leave a negative review for anything. I've never left one for an audiobook performance. What made this one almost unendurable was the embarrassing lack of familiarity with the English language the reader displayed. If your job is to read a book for an audio recording, you should really make certain your pronunciation of unfamiliar words is correct. "Obeisance," for instance, and "incredulity" come to mind as examples.

What did you like best about this story?

I approve of strong female characters. The effect was somewhat spoiled by the reader's simpering, silly portrayal of Morgaine.

How could the performance have been better?

A narrator with a stronger voice and a better command of the language would have been a much better choice.

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

Grave disappointment.

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