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G. S. Harris

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  • Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

  • By: Grant Hardy, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Grant Hardy
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552

Western philosophy is a vast intellectual tradition, the product of thousands of years of revolutionary thought built up by a rich collection of brilliant minds. But to understand the Western intellectual tradition is to get only half the story. The Eastern intellectual tradition has made just as important a contribution-and is also the product of thousands of years of cumulative thought by a distinct group of brilliant thinkers. Their ideas demonstrate wholly different ways of approaching and solving the same fundamental issues that concerned the West's greatest thinkers, such as . the existence of God; . the meaning of life; and. the nature of truth and reality.This epic and comprehensive 36-lecture examination of the East's most influential philosophers and thinkers-from a much-honored teacher and scholar-offers a thought-provoking look at the surprising connections and differences between East and West. By introducing you to the people-including The Buddha, Ashoka, Prince Shotoku, Confucius, and Gandhi-responsible for molding Asian philosophy and for giving birth to a wide variety of spiritual and ideological systems, it will strengthen your knowledge of cultures that play increasingly important roles in our globalized 21st-century world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Among the Best Great Courses = Don't Miss

  • By mc2 on 04-24-14

Breakthrough: Great Books for the East

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Reviewed: 04-12-17

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My life has been greatly enriched though acquaintance with the Orient. Oriental thought is quite different from ours, often the exact opposite, but when I don't judge, I make fascinating new friends, acquire a larger perspective, and have new things to admire. Prof. Grant Hardy isn't perfect but I gave this course five stars for creating what has never been done before for the general public--to provide an overview of Eastern Intellectual Tradition. Western education typically presents itself as the discoverer and inventor of nearly everything, making it look as if the East was backwards, entirely overlooking that their culture was at least 5,000 years old and that they invented things long before the West, For instance, China and Korea were using block printing at least 100 years before Gutenberg. Intellectually and spiritually, they think and feel differently than us, but if one understands that we need both the left and right hemisphere of the brain, then it is easier to understand that their thinking also has great merit.

Hardy makes this "strange" (to us) world understandable to the Western mind. I know that it helped me to already know a little of the culture and to have a background steeped in Western intellectual tradition for comparison, but I believe that newcomers would be able to understand it. If you just want to understand world cultures, other courses (such as Customs of the World [highly recommended] or Understanding Culture and Human Geography) might be better and they might serve as introductions to this one, but anyone interested in the life of the mind and the thinkers who have shaped our world, Dr. Hardy is very knowledgable. He presented the information with enthusiasm and some humor. He was easy to understand. I felt he organized the material well.

As world commerce, the internet, and other modes of connection has made us a world community, we need to understand (accept and even appreciate) those who are different than ourselves. For anyone wanting to do that, this is a great course in understanding the underpinnings of the Eastern mind.

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  • The Star Script: How Astrology Helps Finding Out Who You Are

  • Scholarly Articles, Volume 8
  • By: Peter Fritz Walter
  • Narrated by: Peter Fritz Walter
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 6
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    4 out of 5 stars 6
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    4 out of 5 stars 5

Predictive astrology is the one that makes predictions for people's future, for what is going to happen. And as a matter of general stupidity, this is the kind of astrology most people take for the only one that merits the name astrology. And here they are mistaken, if not misled. This is not the astrology that has the highest merit and that serves true spiritual guidance. What this audiobook is about is not predictive astrology, but the old art of potential astrology as it was part of perennial science and philosophy in all ancient wisdom traditions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For Beginners

  • By G. S. Harris on 03-07-17

For Beginners

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Reviewed: 03-07-17

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I didn't enjoy this book. It was too general, more like convincing someone why astrology should be studied. If there was any more to it, I didn't get it.

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  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,314
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,859
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,777

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Interesting enough that it should be a movie

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-13-16

We hate preachy writing but appreciate books that convey meaningfulness. This book touches us in subtle ways about life, commitment, karma, and human relations, making it not only entertaining but meaningful.

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,816

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

  • By Sires on 04-13-14

Very original plot and expression

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Reviewed: 11-13-16

I loved this book! It is possibly the most unique concept I've encountered in 65 years of reading and I loved that totally new world it introduced. I was amazed and delighted at the brilliant thinking that went into it. Beyond a merely original plot line, it contained such intimate details that I could almost believe it was not written as fiction but reported from memory of actual happenings. If it had flaws I am not aware of it because I was so engrossed in the story that even though I am a professional writer, I wasn't aware of the mechanics (except in the positive sense) and isn't being lost in a book the best recommendation?

  • A Little History of Philosophy

  • By: Nigel Warburton
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,528

Philosophy begins with questions about the nature of reality and how we should live. These were the concerns of Socrates, who spent his days in the ancient Athenian marketplace asking awkward questions, disconcerting the people he met by showing them how little they genuinely understood. This engaging book introduces the great thinkers in Western philosophy and explores their most compelling ideas about the world and how best to live in it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Listen

  • By Eric on 12-30-15

A good overview

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Reviewed: 10-29-16

I really enjoyed this book because it was a simple overview of the history of philosophy. Warburton did well in capturing the essence of the philosophers. As a life-long student of philosophy, I didn't agree with all his "takes" but, as he states, argument is the nature of philosophers in trying to ferret out the truth. I enjoyed the presentation, the writing, and the undertone of a sense of humor, and I discovered a few philosophers that I had not been introduced to before, some I will investigate in greater detail. I also enjoyed this as an overview of the evolution of philosophy. Even though it can't be said that progress has been linear, in this presentation one can still see many of the changes in thinking over time. I think the writing is very accessible to the average inquiring mind so no previous education would be necessary before reading it.

  • CyberStorm

  • By: Matthew Mather
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,088
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,086

Sometimes the worst storms aren't from Mother Nature, and sometimes the worst nightmares aren't the ones in our heads. Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters starts appearing on the world's news networks. As both the real world and the cyber world come crashing down, bending perception and reality, a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world, turning it into a wintry tomb where nothing is what it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes - satisfied a craving

  • By Jan on 01-14-14

Not bad for the genre

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-16

I expected this audiobook to be morbid and perhaps even silly and I only bought it knowing that if I didn't like it I could return it. I was pleasantly surprised. The characters were believable, the details were well thought out and and plausible, and the plot, while hopefully never to be realized, was also plausible. The purpose of play for children is often to get practice imagining how the world might be, and it occurred to me in reading this book that that was its practical purpose. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to imagine what life would be like to experience the world without modern conveniences. By now you probably have guessed that the plot was not morbid and I didn't return it.

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  • The Moonstone

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 480

No, the "Moonstone" isn't a celestial relic, it's a gigantic yellow diamond of unearthly beauty that was given to Rachel Verinder as a present on her 18th birthday - and stolen that very night! Betteredge, one of the most beloved butlers in English literature, is the focus of this seminal detective novel, which examines how one family's life is turned upside-down by the theft. And find out why the answers to all of life's problems can be found in the pages of Robinson Crusoe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best readings ever

  • By Catherine on 05-22-03

Wonderful characterization!

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-13-16

As many reviews as there are on this book, probably no one will ever read this, but I have to express my feelings about it anyway. Again and again, I was deeply impressed by the wonderful characterization in The Moonstone. Readers who like fast-paced modern books might get restless listening to the gradual, detailed unfolding of character, place, and plot, but in my opinion Collins is brilliant in his ability to make even the most mundane aspect of life seem exquisitely interesting. The plot is also exquisite, with no detail unattended though a fascinatingly complex story, though here lies the only reason I gave the book four stars rather than an enthusiastic five, for its premise, by modern knowledge, is seriously flawed. (I can't say more for it would be a spoiler.) Also, Collins' knowledge of Indian (Vedic) facts is flawed, for the stone for the moon is a pearl, not a diamond, and not yellow. But if one can overlook these failures that were unknown in those days, then this book is a treasure. I loved the performance--each performer added so much to bring out these memorable characters and I thank each very much. I highly recommend that writers listen to this book to learn about characterization and plot. Thanks, Mr. Collins, wherever you are, for your brilliant work.

  • RV

  • A Step-By-Step Guide to Debt and Stress Free, Full Time Motorhome Living
  • By: Emerson Woods
  • Narrated by: Dan McDermott
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

RV living is becoming more and more popular these days and, with the economy slashing our backs with living expenses, it's becoming one of the smartest choices. Not only do you live free and independent, but you get to choose where you live! And it doesn't have to be in one place either, that's the benefit of RV & motorhome living. In this in-depth guide to the art of living in a motorhome, you will find everything you need to know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By danny on 06-13-17

As an overview this book is useful

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-16

II thought this book provided a good overview of what one needs to think about before contemplating RV living but I was disappointed that there wasn't more to it, such as stories of the author's or other's elucidating experiences, more details about the (pun intended) ins and outs of parking, the potential dangers of driving, etc. It left me hungry to know more, like there wasn't enough "meat" to it. As an overview I found this book useful thought I felt for what it is, and as short as it is, that it was overpriced. (But it is at the time of this writing the only Audible book on the subject.)

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  • The Enneagram

  • By: Helen Palmer
  • Narrated by: Helen Palmer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 242
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    4 out of 5 stars 159
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

In this fascinating program, Helen Palmer introduces a vital system of sacred psychology capable of stunning insights into our lives and loves. This Enneagram is a model of 9 central passions used in varying forms by Buddhists, Sufis, and Christians. In this comprehensive introduction, Palmer covers topics such as the 9 personality types, history and origins, how to recognize your type, the role of attention and awareness in type, how your type can give you spiritual direction, dynamics of type interaction, how to avoid mis-typing others, and much more. Here is a priceless opportunity to overcome the veil of illusion that limits your perception to only one-ninth of reality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • useful information, but...

  • By connie on 01-02-09

good if you want an overview

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Reviewed: 07-07-15

As a lover of audiobooks, I have come to understand that books like this are not useful if you have any thought of referring to the information again. If you want to listen to it as an overview, it's good. If you want to LEARN the enneagram, unless you have a prodigious memory, you will be better off with a regular book. I know something about the Enneagram and I believe this is well written but I found it hard to listen to lengthy details without mentally drifting.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Ancient Alien Question

  • A New Inquiry Into the Existence, Evidence, and Influence of Ancient Visitors
  • By: Philip Coppens
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 309
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    4 out of 5 stars 277
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    4 out of 5 stars 278

Forty years after the publication of Erich von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods, Philip Coppens revisits the question of whether "ancient aliens" contributed to the birth of human civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughlly Enjoyable

  • By Simon on 02-14-12

Some books help one think

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Reviewed: 07-07-15

All questions have two sides, and I really liked this book because it provided good data for both. It was fairly presented, kept my attention, and professionally written.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful