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  • The Guru Drinks Bourbon?

  • By: Amira Ben-Yehuda, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
  • Narrated by: Tom Pile
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 53

Devotion to one's teacher is the lifeblood of the Vajrayana path. Because the guru can and will use whatever means it takes to wake us up, this relationship may require us to drop our most deeply held beliefs and expectations. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse addresses some of the most misunderstood aspects of this powerful relationship and gives practical advice on making the most of this precious opportunity for transformation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poor pronunciation of Tibetan & dharma terms

  • By Marzi on 04-21-18

Poor pronunciation of Tibetan & dharma terms

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

Having the author narrate the book may have not been an option. But not getting someone who could pronounce names & terms correctly does a disservice to the book & reflects poorly on Audible. With the resources on Tibetan language and culture today, even a couch to give the narrator correct pronunciation would have been a great solution since other than this flaw, he did a nice job.

This is not a book for beginning students. There are no explanations of basic concepts or anecdotes about gurus for entertainment. This is a strait talking book about view and thought provoking for any vajrayana student.

  • The Sleep Revolution

  • Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time
  • By: Arianna Huffington
  • Narrated by: Agapi Stassinopoulos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 453

In today's 24/7, fast-paced, always-connected, perpetually harried, and sleep-deprived world, the hunger for sleep is only getting stronger. The Sleep Revolution both sounds the alarm on the worldwide sleep crisis and offers a road map for how we can take back our sleep and transform our lives and our world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good content poorly delivered

  • By buzzsaw on 04-27-16

It won't put you to sleep.

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

Reviewed: 05-27-16

If you have been following sleep science and research, there is nothing new for you in this book. This is geared to those who have not realized that sleep is as important as the food we eat or the air we breath. This is the perfect gift to yourself if sleeping 8 hours a night is a fantasy or you think the less sleep you get the more effective you are.

This is not a how to prescription book. No one is the same so what is offered is a range of solutions and resources once you realize that you need to hop on the train to dreamland.

Good night. Sleep tight.

  • The Science of Cheese

  • By: Michael H. Tunick
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 134

In an engaging tour of the science and history of cheese, Michael Tunick explores the art of cheese making, the science that lies underneath the deliciousness, and the history behind how humanity came up with one of its most varied and versatile of foods. Dr. Tunick spends his everyday deep within the halls of the science of cheese, as a researcher who creates new dairy products, primarily, cheeses.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not designed for car audio

  • By Anshuman on 04-30-16

Cheese geek delight

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

If you know what a gas spectrometer is, love finding out what ph mozzarella is stretchier at and need to know the only cheese intentionally infested with maggots then this is the book for you. Less geeky types my not enjoy this strait forward science book about cheese. There are no descriptions of green mountain pastures with contented cows, no descriptions of the aroma of early morning fresh from the goat milk or the musings of a cheese maker after a long day. There is great facts, info on appellations, & historical tidbits (spoiler: Kraft did not invent Velveeta!) Nice material on sensory analysis & flavor.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

  • By: Amy Alkon
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 825
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 719
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 716

We live in a world that's very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us through this this miasma of modern manners, syndicated columnist Amy Alkon - The Advice Goddess - gives us a new set of manners for our 21st-century lives.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The good couldn't outweigh the bad

  • By Kyahgirl on 01-15-15

F*ck yeah!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-15

Beyond table manners & thank you note etiquette, Alkon reviews what we already should know about coexisting with other human beings. Tips on dealing with noisy neighbors, tipping and people who want to change seats with you on a flight. Advise on what to do when cancer shows up in your circle of friends or you spill a cab on your host's white carpet, sofa or both.

Funny & helpful without any Polyanna sweetness or prim and proper superiority that could have easily crept in.

Give to all your friends for the next gifting holiday or tomorrow (just to let them know you are thinking of them.).

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

  • Classic Movies on the Radio
  • By: Lux Radio Theatre
  • Narrated by: Cary Grant, Shirley Temple
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

This radio dramatization of the classic movie, featuring the original stars, aired on June 13, 1949.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A blast from the past

  • By Marzi on 02-15-14

A blast from the past

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

Reviewed: 02-15-14

Any additional comments?

I missed the golden age of radio by decades. It was a peak in the pre-television days when this was entertainment that people looked forward to. The sitcoms of today will be looked back on like these radio dramas.

  • Paddle Your Own Canoe

  • One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living
  • By: Nick Offerman
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,660
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,837

Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois, to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like bacon for your ears

  • By Kyle on 01-03-14

I was prepared to be underwhelmed. I was wrong.

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

Reviewed: 02-15-14

If you could sum up Paddle Your Own Canoe in three words, what would they be?

Funny, honest, funny.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Why Nick, of course. I am now inspired to construct a table with my own hands without the use of nails.

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

What? He's narrating other books? Bring them on!

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

I can't point to one specific one, but I find that I'm eating more meat lately.

Any additional comments?

If I were a male, I would have cultivated some lush facial hair immediately after listening.

  • Sex, Drugs, and $25 Salads

  • One Week at the Chateau Marmont
  • By: Ryan O'Connell
  • Narrated by: Pat Young
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 7

When Ryan O'Connell went to stay for a week at the glamorous Chateau Marmont hotel last summer, he didn't quite know what to expect. Would he become instant BFF's with Lindsay Lohan and do lines of coke off of John Belushi's ghost? Would he have vacuous sex in the hotel elevator with Benicio Del Toro, just like Scarlett Johansson once did during an Oscars after-party? Or would he just be really, really bored like Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning were in the movie, Somewhere? The answer, it turned out, was none of the above.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth the paper it's printed on.

  • By Marzi on 02-15-14

Not worth the paper it's printed on.

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

Reviewed: 02-15-14

What would have made Sex, Drugs, and $25 Salads better?

A story would have been a good start.

Has Sex, Drugs, and $25 Salads turned you off from other books in this genre?

Genre? Is there a genre of whiny personal journal highlighting the writer's expectations and personal shortcomings?

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Pat Young?

I feel sorry for the narrator. The author was probably too embarrassed to read his own work for the audio.

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

Boredom. You can her more entertaining stories listening to other's conversations at a Starbucks.

Any additional comments?

Save your money. If you must know what the Chateau is like, go and see for yourself. Or do something else you love. Live the life, don't listen to the book.

  • SUSS

  • The Easy Way to Sell Yourself, Your Product, Your Service or Your Idea - with a little NLP!
  • By: Mr Russell Webster
  • Narrated by: Mr Russell Webster
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 6

This audio, from the acclaimed writer and narrator, Russell Webster, uses a musical accompaniment, to highlight the effectiveness of NLP when selling a product, or simply interacting with another person. Incredibly good listening and full of very useful techniques that are easy to apply to everyday life and even general communication and interaction with others. A best seller! This revolutionary audio pulls heavily upon NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) which is considered to be at the cutting edge of modern communication.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hush SUSS

  • By Marzi on 11-08-13

Hush SUSS

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

Reviewed: 11-08-13

Any additional comments?

From the cheesy new age background music to the smarmy delivery of the text I knew immediately that this book was not for me. The music was so distracting and the lack of content quickly left me cold. Nothing could compel me to complete even a third of this short audiobook. Listen to the sample first. Past that, I have no idea if the book offers any valid suggestions or not.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Super Brain

  • Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being
  • By: Rudolph E. Tanzi, Deepak Chopra MD
  • Narrated by: Shishir Kurup
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801

A manual for relating to the brain in a revolutionary new way, Super Brain explains how to use your brain as a gateway for achieving health, happiness, and spiritual growth. The authors are two pioneers: best-selling author and physician Deepak Chopra and Harvard Medical School professor Rudolph E. Tanzi, one of the world's foremost experts on the causes of Alzheimer’s. They have merged their wisdom and expertise for a bold new understanding of the “three-pound universe” and its untapped potential.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I expected a lot from this book, it came through

  • By Lea Zimmerman on 11-22-12

Forgetable for me, but, we're all different.

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

Reviewed: 09-12-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I listened to his book a few months ago. Nothing about it sticks in my brain except that there was nothing to it that I had not heard before. Which may be good because I don't recall any glaring errors either. Still hours spent listening to something that was neither memorable nor contributed to my knowledge or well being was not a good use of my time.

That said. If you are a geek and tend to know a lot about spiritual well being, neuroscience, plasticity, integrative medicine, and such, this is not the book for you. If, however,this sounds like something that you might be interested in but don't know where to start, this might be a good intro.

Did Shishir Kurup do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Can't remember

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Reinventing You

  • Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future
  • By: Dorie Clark
  • Narrated by: Karen Saltus
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

A step-by-step guide to reinventing youAre you where you want to be professionally? Whether you want to advance faster at your present company, change jobs, or make the jump to a new field entirely, the goal is clear: to build a career that thrives on your unique passions and talents. But to achieve this in today’s competitive job market, it’s almost certain that at some point you’ll need to reinvent yourself professionally.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not my call to action

  • By Ryan B. on 05-13-15

Valuable for getting you headed in a new direction

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

Reviewed: 04-25-13

Would you listen to Reinventing You again? Why?

No, because the information was easy to absorb and clear on the first listen. However, I could see someone re-listening to it easily. Also, it's not a book that you have to read from start to finish. It's easy to do a chapter or two one day and then another chapter the next. You won't get lost.

What about Karen Saltus’s performance did you like?

I have purchased books by Gildan Media before and been sorely disappointed in their production and content. But, since this book was recommended by a friend, I thought it would make a good commute book and if production disappointed, I'd just read the book. Either they came to the realization that they needed quality voice talent or it was just a stroke of luck, but Karen Saltus' read of the work was wonderful. Engaging, nice pace, a few mispronunciations or possibly regional pronunciations, but, nothing glaring or that I can even remember now. I'm not saying that I'd listen to Karen read the phone book, but I'd sit and listen to her read the Yellow Pages ads.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful