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  • L' Uccel bel-verde e La Foresta-radice-labirinto

  • By: Italo Calvino
  • Narrated by: Martina Pittarello
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

L'Uccel bel-verde racconta di un re, di una regina sfortunata, di due sorelle invidiose e una vecchia molto cattiva. Due fratelli e una sorellina dai capelli d'oro dovranno trovare l'uccel bel-verde e conoscere il suo segreto per rompere l'incantesimo. Una delle piu' belle storie per bambini di Calvino ...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ben Fatto

  • By John on 01-05-18

Ben Fatto

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

Storie meravigliose piene di saggezza non solo per i bambini. Pieno di lezioni di vita. Splendidamente narrato

  • Buddhist Theory of Relativity

  • By: Robert Thurman
  • Narrated by: Robert Thurman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

This Classic Course explores the unfolding of the genius and wisdom in each of us in the quest for the liberating insight into selflessness. In the context of our modern quest for a new vision of reality, Robert Thurman discusses the deepest issues of reality and non-reality, transcendent and the relative. Dr. Thurman's brilliant dissertation on the masterful works by the illuminated Lama, Tsong Khapa (1357-1419), on The Buddhist Theory of Relativity makes this an astounding must-have set of recordings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to this audio more than once!

  • By scott on 07-30-15

Highly intelectual approch to Buddhism

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Buddhist Theory of Relativity to be better than the print version?

Better, its better to hear Robert Thurman deliver his presentation live, with all his incredible energy and insight

What did you like best about this story?

Some brilliant insights

Which scene was your favorite?

His powerful critique of contemporary rationalistic materialism which has remain unchanged since Sir Issac Newton, despite the extraordinary evolution of thought brought about by Quantum physics that directly correlate with Buddhist thought but the ' Carl Sagan" world of " nothing" prevails..why?

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Some of Roberts Thurman's descriptions of certain meditative states

Any additional comments?

Robert Thurman waxes and wanes , sometimes flashes of pure brilliance, sometimes long pedantic intellectual descriptions of certain mind states.

His ironclad " critique" about our present scientific materialism about " nothingness" prevails once again. Pointing out how contemporary science remains "stuck "in a Newtonian world of " things and objects".. that the scientific community itself is not even up to speed with the theory of relativity and quantum physics which re-introduces the value of the observer into the equation.

To which the Buddha had long understood how there is no " separate intrinsic object" but an infinite chain of inter-dependencies ,relationships that cannot exist in a " vacuum of separateness " How we can become confused about realty by how language is used. Like he says. the name Bob, is a name that was " assigned " to him by his parents but that when he searches for " Bob" he can't find him.
The fallacy that the person we see in the photo taken when we were 4 years old is the same person that is present today, the same " Bob" is somehow miraculously " unchanged" and remains the same, immune to the transitoriness of life.

Thurman also hammers away at the " unspoken religion" of the self evident views of " me/ myself and " I"...all accepted by society without carefully thinking them through.
Our societies penchant for materialistic rationalism that denies the reality of the world of " soul and spirit" because it cannot be measured or quantified.

The lecture tends to drift at times into long " wordy" dissertations and " analytical " descriptions of Buddhist concepts. Thus blunting some of the more brilliant energy that bursts forth here and there from his own direct experiences.

Thurman has delivered with greater simplicity and eloquence these same ideas on a more gut level presentation at other times.
To conclude, there are some excellent ideas that are presented here with great energy and verve and is worth a second or third listen, but be ready to travel through some boring segments that drag on into excessive " spiritual nomenclature"

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  • Plato's Republic

  • By: The Great Courses, David Roochnik
  • Narrated by: Professor David Roochnik Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

More than 2,000 years later, Plato's Republic remains astonishingly relevant to our everyday lives. It poses one question after another that might well have been drawn from the headlines and debates of our nation's recent history: What sort of person should rule the state? Are all citizens equal before the law? Should everyone have equal access to health care? Plato's greater inquiry, however, was into the question of defining justice itself and the reasons why a person would choose a life aligned with that virtue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Excellent

  • By Ronald on 03-14-14

Very good and comprehensive

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

Reviewed: 02-05-16

This is an excellent 24 part lecture on the Republic and in 2016 the Republic still resonates as strongly as it did 2500 years ago.
Socrates and his questions still remain unanswered.
Certain "assumptions” made by Prof Roochnik are questionable but nevertheless it doesn’t impede the mood of inquiry he presents.
The lecture leaves you with a sense of the profound spiritual insight of Plato that resonates with all peoples of all faiths who have brought their spiritual understanding to a deeper universal perspective.
This is both a lecture and subject that needs to not only contemplated or meditated on for a long time but like anything worthwhile to be revisited over and over again.
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose..not much has changed with the human psyche in 2500 years

Well done

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  • Lettera Enciclica Laudato Si' Del Santo Padre Francesco: Sulla Cura Della Casa Comune

  • By: Padre Francesco
  • Narrated by: Gaetano Lizzio, Francesca Rossiello, Stefano Mondini, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Il testo integrale dell'enciclica di Papa Francesco su cambiamento climatico e disuguaglianza.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • perfetto

  • By John on 01-24-16

perfetto

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

Reviewed: 01-24-16

Splendidamente realizzato . sforzo sentito e sincero per raggiungere i umanità a fare cambiamenti drastici o ci troviamo di fronte una prova terribile e, eventualmente, l'estinzione . Gli sforzi del Papa sono lodevoli e sorprendente allo stesso tempo , soprattutto per quanto riguarda prendendo l'insegnamento di San Francesco sul serio , che la chiesa non ha fatto nel corso past.Of a coloro che ascoltano questo non abbiamo bisogno di molta persuasione per accettare o capire questo messaggio . Tuttavia, per coloro che sono in alto ufficio o posizioni di potere , purtroppo queste persone non sono in grado di ascolto per non parlare di cambiamento . Come suo santo Padre afferma che i veri cambiamenti devono accadere sono quelli spirituali . Non dobbiamo scoraggiarci dalla stragrande corruzione nel governo e la tragica degrado del nostro pianeta . Egli ci esorta a prendere in piccoli compiti , un solo atto di gentilezza che si estende non solo alla famiglia umana, ma al di là di

  • Tibetan Wisdom for Living and Dying

  • By: Sogyal Rinpoche
  • Narrated by: Sogyal Rinpoche
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

In Tibetan Wisdom for Living and Dying, Rinpoche presents a grand and transforming vision of life and death, introducing you to Tibetan practices that can help anyone live fully while preparing for the extraordinary adventure that death offers each one of us. What we call life and death, Rinpoche teaches, are merely shades of the same unbroken wholeness. By daring to see clearly the truth of our lives and by exploring the part of us that is changeless and eternal, we can face the last moment of life without fear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Luke on 02-07-16

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 01-16-16

Wonderful and humorous lecture. But Sogyal only gives us a small glimpse of an incredible subject.
I hope there will be much more of these wonderful teachings by Sogyal Rnpoche available on Audible in the near future. They are very helpful and insightful. Absolutely highly recommended listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali

  • A Biography
  • By: David Gordon White
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Consisting of fewer than 200 verses written in an obscure if not impenetrable language and style, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra is today extolled by the yoga establishment as a perennial classic and guide to yoga practice. As David Gordon White demonstrates in this groundbreaking study, both of these assumptions are incorrect. Virtually forgotten in India for hundreds of years and maligned when it was first discovered in the West, the Yoga Sutra has been elevated to its present iconic status.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant. DGW is in top form once again...

  • By Jake Shannon on 12-03-17

Academic Hubris

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

Reviewed: 10-31-14

Would you try another book from David Gordon White and/or Peter Ganim?

no

What could David Gordon White have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

become humble

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Ganim?

the book is so cynical and sarcastic that no narrator could gloss over this

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None

Any additional comments?

I was shocked at the depth of cynical sarcasm in the disguise of an academic work.
The lightly veiled racism and contempt for Indian culture, religion and beliefs was also supremely shocking. One would have thought that in this day and age that these type of books would go nowhere and disappear.
I really tried to continue listening, but simply had to stop, the narration was like some caustic drain cleaner that would get me into a cynical negative space.
This author, hides behind what seems to be a well researched academic work, but in reality has no respect for this subject, its people or spirituality.
In the end, why bother making such a negative book, whats the point, it benefits no one?

I am not sure what is wrong with Mr White, but this book and narration do a great disservice to humanity, hopefully one day he will be like Saul on the road to Damascus and be hit by a blinding bolt of light, who knows?

I cannot for the likes of me recommend this book, this is something I do very, very rarely.

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  • Dr. Mary's Monkey

  • How the Unsolved Murder of a Doctor, a Secret Laboratory in New Orleans and Cancer-Causing Monkey Viruses Are Linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK Assassination, and Emerging Global Epidemics
  • By: Edward T. Haslam
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

The 1964 murder of a nationally known cancer researcher sets the stage for this gripping exposé of medical professionals enmeshed in covert government operations over the course of three decades. Following a trail of police records, FBI files, cancer statistics, and medical journals, this revealing book presents evidence of a web of medical secret-keeping that began with the handling of evidence in the JFK assassination and continued apace....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mindblowing

  • By Kevin on 12-20-12
  • Dr. Mary's Monkey
  • How the Unsolved Murder of a Doctor, a Secret Laboratory in New Orleans and Cancer-Causing Monkey Viruses Are Linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK Assassination, and Emerging Global Epidemics
  • By: Edward T. Haslam
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen

Some good points, beginning is quite compelling

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

Reviewed: 01-26-13

What did you love best about Dr. Mary's Monkey?

The authors frankness

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dr. Mary's Monkey?

The misplaced genius of Mary Sherman

What about Jim Meskimen’s performance did you like?

Excellent

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

It is very plausible that LHO was a double agent working for RFK.

Any additional comments?

as the author said, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.The absolute misguided tragedy of the Polio vaccine and the very real consequences of doctors "playing God"It does seem possible that the CIA did finally get their weaponized cancer, as we see from the death of Jack Ruby who stated so and the upcoming death of Hugo Chavez and who knows how many more.We all are aware an know the disaster communism was, but the hysteria of the 50's and 60's seems extreme, especially when you consider that Russia was our ally during WW2 against Germany and JapanThe more I find out about the late 40's and 50's, the more it seems that our leaders had dropped into a fit of madness, we are still paying for it 60 years laterThe SV 40 virus and the possible origins of the Aids virus...all created by mad scientists, I wonder how many other insane projects we don't know about.The end of living and the beginning of survival, upside down world, life out of balance, crazy lifeYou know, sometimes its just better to be humble, say we don't know and allow nature to work things out

4 of 5 people found this review helpful