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Golden

By: Justin Zorn,Leigh Marz
Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
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Publisher's Summary

Silence isn’t just the absence of noise. It’s a presence that brings us energy, clarity, and deeper connection.

Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz take us on an unlikely journey—from the West Wing of the White House to San Quentin’s death row; from Ivy League brain research laboratories to underground psychedelic circles; from the temperate rainforests of Olympic National Park to the main stage at a heavy metal festival—to explore the meaning of silence and the art of finding it in any situation.

Golden reveals how to go beyond the ordinary rules and tools of mindfulness. It’s a field guide for navigating the noise of the modern world—not just the noise in our ears but also on our screens and in our heads. Drawing on lessons from neuroscience, business, spirituality, politics, and the arts, Marz and Zorn explore why auditory, informational, and internal silence is essential for physical health, mental clarity, ecological sustainability, and vibrant community.

With vital lessons for individuals, families, workplaces, and whole societies, Golden is an engaging and unexpected rethinking of the meaning of quiet. Marz and Zorn make the bold and convincing argument that we can repair our world by reclaiming the presence of silence in our lives.

©2022 Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Timely inspiration

In the last couple of years I found myself telling those closest to me that I need something to be different. I told them I think, perhaps, it's more quiet and less stimulation. I wanted a dampening of the frenzy within and without. I hesitantly admitted that I am a big fan of daydreaming. I wasn't sure if I was driving my life anymore.

The stories and information in this beautifully written and well-researched book have given me a permission that I didn't know I needed. The book's message landed deep and I find myself making time for silence. That silence isn't always quiet!

I offer deep thanks to the authors. What a gift!

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Listen to this to find more quiet

In this book, readers/listeners are gently guided by the authors on a wide ranging journey to better understand what quiet is, why we need more if it, and what we can do to have more of it. “Golden” accomplishes a feat of modern nonfiction publishing: a highly intellectual, deeply researched, philosophical, aspirational concept book that manages to stay accessible, lean, fairly unpretentious, and above all, refreshing and useful. It’s not a self help book, but it contains many intriguing, very carefully chosen, and realistic suggestions. I will talk about them with people and I will try some. While I wish the text dove deeper into the challenges around informational, auditory and internal “noise” for families, child development and education, the content is relevant to so many life contexts, I think anyone can find relevance for themselves, their work, and their communities here.

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Great theme, ruined by political slant

The book works on a great opportunity to improve your life through incorporating more periods of silent reflection. Unfortunately the book also doubles as a political soapbox. If your politics are far left, you'll enjoy this book a lot more than I did.

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This could have been really good. There was some great information and insights…BUT, the writers felt compelled to constantly throw in their political views into what ostensibly a book on mindfulness and ridding the mind of clutter. It ended up being more of a frustrating exercise of virtue signaling.

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I could only make it through a quarter of the book. I increased the volume and speed, only to give up. while the information is interesting it's not valuable enough to suffer through this narrator.

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Doesn’t deliver what it promises

It keeps going over the same issue. Yes, finding silence is not an easy task. And this book keeps reminding you over and over. Ten hours plus of repeating the same thing gets very boring.