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Absolutely FANTASTIC book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-16

If you could sum up Ego Is the Enemy in three words, what would they be?

Honest, Helpful, Humble

What other book might you compare Ego Is the Enemy to and why?

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. It felt like it contained a lot of Stoic principles.

Any additional comments?

I have read a LOT of self-help books. Hundreds. Although I have enjoyed the majority of them, there have only been a handful which have markedly helped me and made me LOOK at my life in any sort of deep and penetrating way. This is one of those books. The chapter on Passion was one of my favorites. The whole elusive #%&*!! "passion" thing has all but destroyed my spiritual equanimity. It always made me feel like I was "not enough" and has created tremendous frustration in me. Who am I? What am I SUPPOSED to be doing? Argh! I am a mother of three beautiful grown men, I have a successful marriage, I am a photographer and filmmaker and have been a teacher. But nothing has made me feel whole. Nothing, but being a wife and mother and even then - I always felt like I was falling short somehow.

It didn't help that I was raised in a cult (Scientology) that was entirely ego-based. I was surrounded by people who would throw their own parents and children under the bus just so their own "eternity" would not be compromised. It has not been easy. Really LOOKING at myself - especially during certain moments while reading this book - has helped me feel a grounding and peace that I have only been able to enjoy on rare occasions. I am generally a happy human being, but this damned passion crap has really tormented me. I want to say THANK YOU to Ryan Holiday for creating this phenomenal work that has helped me so profoundly.

My favorite Adyashanti

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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: 04-24-13

Would you listen to The End of Your World again? Why?

Yes - and I have - several times. This one feels a little more "raw" than Adya's other books. I really connected with this one.

Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I love all his books, but this one was particularly good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.....it's a little too "meaty".

Any additional comments?

Just really loved this one. Adya is so approachable - so human. He feels more like a friend who has been through the trenches and is passing along what he's learned - rather than some elevated guru.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

So enjoyable. I didn't want it to end.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-12

Where does The Count of Monte Cristo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top ten

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Count

Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

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

The end

Any additional comments?

John Lee's performance was riveting. It added so much to the book. He really brought the characters to life. The book itself was wonderful. Just a good ol' fashioned good vs. evil story. You will get sucked in, no doubt - even if you're a cynical person like me. It's a grand achievement - by the writer Dumas and the narrator. Bravo!

Simply amazing

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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: 04-02-12

This book, from the story to the narration, was pure perfection. I have read hundreds of books and seen thousands of films in my life, yet none came close to the the horrors of war depicted in this book. No wonder the Nazi's wanted the author's head! This book gave me a whole new perspective on WWI that I never had before. I cannot recommend enough. Should be required reading for all the peoples of earth.

41 of 45 people found this review helpful

Wonderful book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 02-13-12

So many people have written great reviews of this book. I just wanted to say that I, too, loved it. What a sweet, beautiful story.

Loved it so much!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-12

This was an amazing book. I listened to it every spare minute. And the performance was simply outstanding. It was so good, in fact, I'm probably spoiled. Highly recommend this book. Love. Love. Love.

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Really helped me

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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: 12-14-11

I have been a "spiritual seeker" for the past 30 years. Mostly, I have studied Eastern philosophy. Not so much Western thinking. In fact, I sort of "poo-poo'd" Western thought because "striving", "achieving", etc., all seemed like an anathema to my Eastern way of thinking. Psychology and science just all felt sort of "meh" to me.

However, something has been missing for me and I have found myself increasingly anxious and agitated with "just being in the moment". In reading this wonderful book, I found out WHY. I now feel so much more balanced and feel like I am finally sailing out of the doldrums of my mind.

This book has given me a greater understanding of my own mind and the mind of my fellow human beings. Strangely, understanding Western thinking has made me a more compassionate person. Understanding some of our basic drives and even (gasp) "brain function" has made me more open and kind. I always thought it would be Eastern thought that would accomplish this. However, it was a deeper understanding of SCIENCE which tempered me (a surprise!) But I do want to point out that this book, by no means, just concentrates on Western thought. It's just that FOR ME, there was a lot of missing information. I had a lot of "holy sh**!" moments while listening.

This book has changed my life and the way I view the world. Not only that, but I feel like I've grown up a little. And wised up a LOT.

Great book. Great reading of the book. Highly recommend.

Just....WOW

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-10

I think I could listen to Clarissa's voice - forever. These stories have moved me deeply and I feel like a changed person after having listened to them. Beautiful, sensual, tragic - it's all here. What a spiritual feast and delight.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful