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Warmth, humor, anecdotes, and poems make up this inspirational guide to a revolutionary new way of being, seeing, and living. Exploring principles and practices of mindfulness, Dr. Kabat Zinn has taught this two thousand year old Buddhist method of relaxation to thousands. Learn how to capture the present, to live fully in the moment and reduce anxiety, achieve inner peace, and enrich the quality of life. Let this be your guide to mindfulness meditation in everyday life.
©1994 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. (P)1994 Audio Renaissance Tapes, A Division of Cassette Productions Unlimited, Inc.

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good material, boring narration

What did you like best about Wherever You Go There You Are? What did you like least?

i love jon kabat-zinn, and love listening to him speak. this however, was him reading his own book. in a very voring monotonous tone.

Has Wherever You Go There You Are turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jon Kabat-Zinn?

anyone

Any additional comments?

just look up jon kabat-zinn on youtube. MUCH better content when he's lectures.

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  • Steve
  • newport beach, ca, United States
  • 11-12-12

When will the Authors learn? Hire a narrator

Would you try another book from Jon Kabat-Zinn and/or Jon Kabat-Zinn?

Yes if he was not narrating

Who was your favorite character and why?

NA

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Completely. It was hard to take it Seriously

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

NA

Any additional comments?

The music was a little distracting, but it was only there in the transitions from chapters

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Great message, but grab a cup of coffee first.

Would you consider the audio edition of Wherever You Go There You Are to be better than the print version?

No.

Any additional comments?

While I think Jon Kabat-Zinn's message is critically important to our health and well being in this wild and crazy world. I did however, find the narration so calm and soothing that I had trouble staying focused. I found myself leaving the "moment" he quietly murmured about, and thinking about all the nagging things on my to do list. It was solid evidence that I REALLY need this book, but I have to be present in the moment to HEAR the book if I am to learn anything. I upped the narration speed on my Kindle a bit and it helped. Worth the listen, but maybe in small "moments" instead of your long commute.

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Background music hugely distracting

I hated the background music. Very distracting which detracted from the content. Made the performance "busy"

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Good foundation for mindfulness

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Kabat-Zinn is the grandfather of the mindfulness movement. While this is a little heavy on theory and light on practice, I still found it helpful to know more about mindfulness.

What does Jon Kabat-Zinn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The fact that he basically started the mindfulness movement in the West.

What did you learn from Wherever You Go There You Are that you would use in your daily life?

A couple of meditation practices.

Any additional comments?

Some reviewers have commented on the music. Annoying? Yes. 30 years ago? Yes. But I didn't find that it detracted from the message or book significantly. It did get a little loud between chapters, and lasted a little too long (though quieter), but I could always understand him.

And I disagree that a narrator should have been hired. Kabat-Zinn has a soft, quiet voice, but I found that it added sincerity to the message considering his pedigree with the movement.

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Great primer

I'm from a small town in the Midwest USA. Mentions of things like meditation, Buddha, yoga etc were always associated with laziness, misguided idealism, and drugged hippies. This was extremely unfortunate for me since these practices have been proven beneficial for thousands of years and I've only recently allowed myself to tap into this mindful way of living. The good news is that Kabat-zinn speaks our language. Straight forward and non "new agey", he brings the fundamentals of mindful life into a perspective that's easily understood and accepted by folks like me who were raised on hard work, cynicism, and skepticism. This book is a perfect Intro to mindfulness and what it means to wake up to life. I'm confident my grandparents had a great handle on mindfulness without using the same vocabulary. This book bridges the gap between East and West.

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Buy the written book instead

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, Jon's narration is robotic. If you want to sleep then listen to this book. Frankly it was so much so I could gained very little from this book. When I was able to keep my attention on the robotic voice I did have some insight. I think the book is overall good, but really get another person to read it and re-publish the audio book.

What could Jon Kabat-Zinn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Have another person narrate the book. Jon reads with no emotion, no emphasis any word or idea. I have tried to listen to this book many times. The last time was a flight and I fell into a deep sleep.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Speaks very mono-tone.

Any additional comments?

I would not purchase any audible book that Jon narrates.

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  • Bruce
  • Tropical Paradise
  • 09-21-11

horrrendous

the Audible version of this book is blighted by the horrendously loud new age music that accompanies Jon's narration. i am a big fan of his work but this is unlistenable. it's so loud in parts that you cannot hear what he is saying, and is completely distracting from something that is largely about being focussed. it's a bizarre concept and an absolute disaster. i'm going to get my money back and buy the kindle version instead.

i have rated the "story" as 1 because i cannot hear it

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  • sara
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 11-24-10

great tool for mediating

This is an easy to listen to self help audio book with some good tips for the meditation journey. It's pretty simple so good for beginners. I found it helpful to listen to when I have insomnia and it helps still my mind when I can't sleep. Recommend.

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  • Gary
  • Berlin, Germany
  • 12-24-12

5 stars without the offensive music

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No because the terrible, frequent musical "interludes" distract from & ruin the narration.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jon Kabat-Zinn again?

Yes but only if I knew in advance that his other audiobooks were not similarly affected.

What didn’t you like about Jon Kabat-Zinn’s performance?

He is a fine narrator but badly let down by this production.

Do you think Wherever You Go There You Are needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, it stands up on its own.

Any additional comments?

It might seem churlish to focus so much on the bad music given Kabat-Zinn's otherwise profound teachings on mindfulness but the music really did completely ruin this audiobook for me. It's the worst sort of cheap, synthy, badly recorded, "mystical" rubbish that mars so many works on meditation and the like. It comes at the beginning and end of every section of the book; is overlaid on top of the narration for minutes at a time, altogether taking up at least a quarter of the running time; and is completely at odds with the voice of Kabat-Zinn and the character of his work, at least for me. In the end, I gave up listening to the last hour of it. Kabat-Zinn's work on mindfulness is the most lucid and illuminating I've yet come across but unless you're very good at filtering out background noise, I unfortunately have to recommend avoiding this one.

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