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David Stone

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  • The Cake and the Rain

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jimmy Webb
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Webb
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Jimmy Webb's words have been sung to his music by a rich and deep roster of pop artists, including Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer, and Linda Ronstadt. He's the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration, and his chart-topping career has, so far, lasted 50 years, most recently with a Kanye West rap hit and a new classical nocturne. Now Webb delivers a snapshot of his life from 1955 to 1970, from the proverbial humble beginnings into a moneyed and manic international world of beautiful women, drugs, cars, and planes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you like music you will like this book

  • By Floyd F. on 02-14-19

One of the Best

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

As Jimmy Webb said in interviews after publication, this was a painful story to write, so much so that he may never do a sequel. Read by Webb himself, it's genuine, heartfelt and true to the point of being raw exposure at times. Not only does Webb bring his large literary gifts to the work, but his honesty in introspection and personal discovery is stunning.

In many ways, this book reminds me of what made me want to write books, the suggestion by Henry Miller in the forward to Tropic of Cancer that true personal stories, full of experience and insight, were the seeds of great novels.

This book, including its many surprising stories of other celebrities engaged in the late 60s and early 70s, will stick with me. What I missed reading about was what was probably most intimate, his love for his mother who died while Jimmy was a teen, and how she's stuck with him since, inspiring at least one great song. That might have gotten just a little too personal.

  • Mindfulness Meditation in Plain English: How to Live in the Present Moment Everyday, Find Everlasting Peace of Mind, and Truly Experience All the Beauty This World Has to Offer

  • By: Jack Makepeace
  • Narrated by: Frank DiPiazza
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

If you want to find peace of mind, live in the present, and attain greater awareness…but think it’s impossible to do so…Then you've come to the right place…From this audiobook, you’ll discover: why life is really beautifuldespite the hardships and struggles you may be going through right now, the true meaning of mindfulness… and why it’s key to living a happy and meaningful life, little-known breathing techniques used to achieve zen… and live in pure awareness, and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best for Beginners

  • By David Stone on 01-12-19

Best for Beginners

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

Although this audiobook was not without helpful ideas for anyone, it's geared more toward beginners, a worthy approach, but if you've been at it for a few years, you'll hear a lot of what you already know. Totally credible, but not advanced generally.

  • Reality Unveiled

  • The Hidden Keys of Existence That Will Transform Your Life (and the World)
  • By: Ziad Masri
  • Narrated by: Mitch Horowitz
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

In Reality Unveiled, Ziad Masri takes you on a profound journey into the heart of existence, revealing a breathtaking, hidden reality that will transform your life forever. Far from offering simple platitudes and general principles, Reality Unveiled immerses you into this surprising world of ancient and modern knowledge - and presents you with all the incredible evidence to support it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Audio version I had hoped for.

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-17-18

Disappointing loose with facts

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

I was skeptical to begin with - Reality Unveiled... Really? It's a nonsense suggestion. Reality isn't veiled. It's extraordinarily complicated, and we don't know nearly enough about it to be satisfied. But veiled suggests something hidden, not simply undiscovered. And true to that, Masri suggests repeatedly scientific conspiracies and "corporate scientists" determined to hide the truth for what he suggests are obvious reasons without explaining what they are.

That's unfortunate, because there's a fair amount of interesting reading here, especially when it comes to UFOs, but that does not make numerous uses of untrue claims acceptable.

In creating a mystery that doesn't exist, for example, Masri claims that Neanderthals suddenly disappeared. In reality, it was a transition of thousands of years in which they were partially absorbed into modern human societies as they died out as many species have had when overwhelmed by a competing culture. They left their marks, however, breading with homo sapiens, leaving their genetic signature in modern humans around the world.

Masri claims it's a big mystery. It isn't.

That's just an example, and there are others. Together, they beg the question: if you've got a valuable case to make, why make up stuff to sell it?

I quit this book without finishing because I couldn't take being conned anymore.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Clock Dance

  • A Novel
  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 638

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal Story Telling

  • By Mr. Johnny White on 08-02-18

Classic Anne Tyler but...

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

The heroine, Wiila, reminds me of Ladder of Years, but Tyler now creates a different character for a different time.

  • Fingerprints of God

  • The Search for the Science of Spirituality
  • By: Barbara Bradley Hagerty
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59

In Fingerprints of God, award-winning journalist Barbara Bradley Hagerty delves into the discoveries science is making about how faith and spirituality affect us physically and emotionally as it attempts to understand whether the ineffable place beyond this world can be rationally - even scientifically - explained. Hagerty interviews some of the world's top scientists to describe what their groundbreaking research reveals about our human spiritual experience.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Overview of "Spiritual Biology"

  • By Mark on 06-13-09

Impressive

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-09

Hagerty executes the nearly impossible task of reviewing a diverse array of topics with clarity and evenhandedness. Understand that this spans the current state of research and speculation about near death experiences to the influences of intention on remote subjects. It requires an exceptional mind as well as great discipline to pull this off, and Hagerty has both.

I do have two serious reservations, however, that keep this rating at four stars. First, Hagerty falls into the common scientific illiteracy of declaring human minds as somehow "wired." This inadequate description reduces reality in tune with the worst weaknesses of mainstream science, which otherwise does not fare well here.

My other objection is more serious. In her closing chapter, Hagerty struggles vainly, ignoring fact and history, to preserve Christianity. Christianity is a fine religion in many ways, but the writer's fluffy efforts to find a logical, scientific basis for retaining her beliefs is both personally slanted and objectively unconvincing.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Jesus, Interrupted

  • Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible
  • By: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861

Picking up where Bible expert Bart Ehrman's New York Times best seller, Misquoting Jesus, left off, Jesus, Interrupted addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches...and it's not what most people think. This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for, a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we face when attempting to reconstruct the life and message of Jesus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Paul on 06-27-10

Interesting Ideas

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-09

This book carefully, if somewhat redundantly, goes over the many contradictions and misstatements in the popular version of the Christian Bible. The author's point could have been made more concisely, but after an array of interesting presentations were put forward, Ehrman repeatedly exercised an apparent need to apologize and explain in response to the many attacks he's received from conservatives who find truth offensive. In the end, this undermines his arguments and the inevitable result of what he demonstrates, i.e., the Bible is both full of fiction as well as contaminated by politics and doctrines that cannot yield to fact. I was disappointed the author seemed reluctant to continue to the obvious conclusions.

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Fabric of the Cosmos

  • Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
  • By: Brian Greene
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 22 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,730
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837

Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Space and Time for the Common Man

  • By Martin on 02-26-04

The Best Layman's Guide to Current Physics

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-09

Greene is brilliantly insightful in his way of evenhandedly surveying the current field hand the differing points of view involved in a way that brings much of it right down to earth. Physics, whether astro- or quantum, isn't "out there," after all. It's here and now. It's what we are made of and live among.

Compare this with the pseudoscientific types, like Gregg Bradden who try to convince the gullible with non-existent certainties geared toward quasi-religious pursuits of their own invention.

I'll take Brian Greene's fascinating reality, embedded with facts and generally accepted theories. They are more than amazing enough for me.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The New Revelations

  • A Conversation with God
  • By: Neale Donald Walsch
  • Narrated by: Neale Donald Walsch, Edward Asner, Ellen Burstyn
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 79

The human race has reached a Time of Choosing. Our options are being placed before us by the tide of events, and by those who are creating them. We can either move forward, building together at last a new world of peace and harmony based on new beliefs about God and Life, or move backward, separately and continuously reconstructing the old world of conflict and discord.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, a way to make sense of it all!

  • By Robert on 11-26-05

No Revelations

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-09

The only revelation here was that the author is good at borrowing others ideas and pretending they are new and groundbreaking. Many instances of this. I can tell you it came as no surprise that he was uncovered as a plagiarist not long after I gave up on these empty revelations.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Gregg Braden Audio Collection

  • By: Gregg Braden
  • Narrated by: Gregg Braden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Where is human evolution taking us? To answer this question, best-selling author Gregg Braden continues to break ground, merging the wisdom of lost prophecy and ancient prayer with the latest in scientific research on the destiny of humankind. The Gregg Braden Audio Collection brings together for the first time his revolutionary works - including a bonus all-new teachings, available nowhere else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking as usual

  • By L. Tedder on 10-04-09

Unfortunate

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-09

Braden, while seeming heartfelt, is hopelessly careless with scientific fact. He repeatedly claims that "scientists now know" as he plunges into an area filled with conjecture. Clearly, he expects that the credulous will look no further and just buy in to his certainty. I'm puzzled at his being so disingenuous. Maybe he doubts the premises he is making and over-compensates by misleading with "facts." In the end, he simply discredits what would otherwise be a meaningful case.

A waste.

16 of 58 people found this review helpful

  • On Intelligence

  • By: Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hawkins, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934

Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. Now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Introduction to a Fascinating Field

  • By James on 04-14-06

Surprisingly Accessible

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-05

Although Hawkins is almost certainly wrong on certain point, such as his "blank slate" commitment concerning the brains with which we are born and almost annoyingly self-righteous when discussing "consciousness," about which he admits to not being expert but launchs energetically about anyway, the book was wonderfully ease to access. The clarity of explanation concerning what should have been an abstruse subject was a relief. I feel I know much more about the subject than I did before starting. It was well written and even better read by an excellent narrator. Thank you, Jeff!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful