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  • Autobiography of a Yogi

  • By: Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Narrated by: Ben Kingsley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

When Autobiography of a Yogi first appeared in 1946, it was acclaimed as a landmark work in its field. The New York Times hailed it as "a rare account". Newsweek pronounced it "fascinating". The San Francisco Chronicle declared, "Yogananda presents a convincing case for yoga, and those who 'came to scoff' may remain 'to pray." Today it is still one of the most widely read and respected books ever published on the wisdom of the East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humbling, Entertaining and Instructive

  • By C. Cousins on 05-06-16

Great biography, enlightening! Wrong narrator!

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

Reviewed: 22-02-17

What did you like most about Autobiography of a Yogi?

It is a fascinating insight in to the spiritual world of India at the turn of the twentieth century. Some amazing stories and tales, and great wisdom too. A totally other world, amazing!! A real insight in to the nature of spiritual life, spiritual communties and Kriya yoga techniques.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Ben Kingsley?

I really did not think that Ben Kingsley was the right narrator for this book. Of course he is an incredibly well spoken great English actor but it makes the book sound really pretentious. It is delivered in a fantastical and pompous way that makes everything mono-weighted. To me it undermines the narrative as it sounds like he is over-egging it, almost like a fairy tale. I don't know who would have been better to be somebody who has a less polarising and colonial accent.

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

No... I got fed up of Kingsley's voice and had to have frequent breaks! It was the power of the book itself and the wisdom it contains that kept bringing me back... I would have asked for a refund otherwise!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Buddhism

  • By: Malcolm David Eckel, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Malcolm David Eckel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Buddhism has captivated many millions of people around the world, its vitality and adaptability enabling it to transform the civilizations of India, Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan, and also become a lively component in the cultures of Europe, Australia, and the Americas. But have you ever wondered how a religion that doesn't even have a god could have accomplished this?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed, knowledgeable and interesting

  • By Md Lachlan on 29-02-16

Wonderful, scholarly and entertaining overview of Buddhist tradition and its development.

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

Reviewed: 14-07-16

This is a wonderful overview of the Buddhist tradition from the early traditions that gave rise to Buddhism in India right through to Buddhism in the US in the twentieth centuries.

It is not able to give in depth overview of every aspect of such a vast tradition in just 22 glad hour sessions but does focus on certain key periods. Early Buddhism in India, the development of separate schools, and more in depth on the Tibetan and Mahayana schools.

I really enjoyed the lecturers style, knowledgeable always, but also with a sense of lightness and humour. He clearly has a great deal of passion for his subject and some personal experience.

Can't recommend more for anybody confused by the myriad traditions, schools snd histories of Buddhism. That was definitely me and I have a much clearer understanding of the history and development now.

Recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better

  • Wise Advice for Leaning into the Unknown
  • By: Pema Chödrön
  • Narrated by: Pema Chödrön
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

When her granddaughter was accepted to Naropa University, the celebrated author Pema Chödrön promised that she'd speak at the commencement ceremony. Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better contains the wisdom shared on that day. "What do we do when life doesn't go the way we hoped?" begins Pema. "We say 'I'm a failure.'" But what if failing wasn't just "okay"... but the most direct way to becoming a more complete, loving, and fulfilled human being?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Down to earth brilliance.

  • By brendan mc cann on 18-05-17

More heartfelt words from Pema

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

Reviewed: 29-10-15

This is composed of two parts. Part One is a speech that Pema gave to a graduation ceremony at a University in the US. Part Two is an interview with Tami Simon. Both are interesting, discussing the theme of failing, and failing better.

Of the two parts I found the interview much more insightful. The first part is enjoyable to listen to, Pema is always insightful, compassionate and funny. But the second part gave a real insight in to her own life experiences, the path she has taken, and her life in relation to the theme. I thought the questions were kindly and carefully presented and presented real opportunity for teaching.

Short but recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Your Buddha Nature

  • Teachings on the Ten Perfections
  • By: Jack Kornfield
  • Narrated by: Jack Kornfield
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Here's an opportunity to explore the Ten Perfections with one of the pre-eminent meditation instructors of our time. The Perfections are Buddhism's most basic foundation and include such universal virtues as truthfulness, simplicity, and lovingkindness. These virtues are not remote possibilities - they are immediate answers to the problems and challenges we face every day of our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always fabulous...

  • By kjzee on 27-02-15

Always fabulous...

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

Reviewed: 27-02-15

A series of lectures on various Buddhist characteristics. Beautifully narrated, with compassion, grace and humour. If you've listened to Jack before you'll know what to expect. If you haven't then I would recommend starting with his 'Introduction to Buddhism'... Equally awesome! :-) _/\_

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Buddhism for Beginners [Jack Kornfield]

  • By: Jack Kornfield
  • Narrated by: Jack Kornfield
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

Created specifically to address the questions and needs of first-time students, here is Buddhism's vast spiritual legacy, presented by one of America's leading meditation teachers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best audiobook I have bought so far

  • By Skootaman on 02-11-09

Genuine, warm, funny and compassionate

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

What did you like about this audiobook?

The author has a genuine, warm and caring approach to the subject matter born out of deep wisdom, knowledge and practice. The story of buddhism is delivered via a series of lectures on the important elements of the subject in front of a live audience. This really allows you to get a sense of the gentle, kind and humourous nature of the author, and the warmth and respect of the audience for the speaker.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

Yes, greatly. Deep, yet accessible insight in to the tradition with an eye to the Eastern roots of the teachings and a Western context for the practice.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

The teachings are littered with stories, quotes and insight from great teachers and leaders from all traditions. Lots of deeply moving stories from the author's personal experience and amusing anecdotes keep the perfect balance between light heartedness and being deeply moved.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Not a thing. Great insight to the teachings and flawless, caring and compassionate delivery. I've listened to the book a number of times, the author is now a part of my daily life as I can hear his words as I go through my day.

Do you have any additional comments?

Highly recommended!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful