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A. L. Root

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  • Nonviolent Communication

  • Create Your Life, Your Relationships, and Your World in Harmony with Your Values
  • By: Marshall Rosenberg PhD
  • Narrated by: Marshall Rosenberg PhD
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
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On Nonviolent Communication, this renowned peacemaker presents his complete system for speaking our deepest truths, addressing our unrecognized needs and emotions, and honoring those same concerns in others. With this adaptation of the best-selling book of the same title, Marshall Rosenberg teaches in his own words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I instinctively distrust self help books. This book is different.

  • By S.Flood on 05-12-17

Very insightful

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Reviewed: 30-12-18

I find this book very helpful and often return to it. The advice is well grounded and useful.

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  • The Happiness Hypothesis

  • Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
  • By: Jonathan Haidt
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
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This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different, leads you to new understandings

  • By Phillistein on 22-02-08

Powerful and perceptive

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Reviewed: 28-05-18

This book is fascinating - the ideas are so well researched and very useful and thought provoking. The author writes clearly and with gently wry humour. Each time I listen to this I get more insights and wisdom. Its magnificent in scope and depth.

  • Look What You Made Me Do

  • A Powerful Memoir of Coercive Control
  • By: Helen Walmsley-Johnson
  • Narrated by: Helen Walmsley-Johnson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
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For more than two years, BBC Radio 4's The Archers ran a disturbing storyline centred on Helen Tichener's abuse at the hands of her husband Rob. Not the kind of abuse that leaves a bruise, but the sort of coercive control that breaks your spirit and makes it almost impossible to walk away. As she listened to the unfolding story, Helen Walmsley-Johnson was forced to confront her own agonising past. Helen's first husband controlled her life, from the people she saw to what was in her bank account.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was gripped for personal reasons

  • By Anne H. on 16-03-18

Powerful

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Reviewed: 19-03-18

Engagingly told interweaving of autobiography with wider statistics and data. Very psychologically acute and compelling.

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  • Great Expectations

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
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Pip is an orphan, brought up in a village on the Essex marshes by his disagreeable sister and her husband Joe Gargery, the kind-hearted village blacksmith. Life is harsh and Pip has few prospects until he receives from an anonymous benefactor the chance of escaping the forge for a more promising life in London. But his expectations are fraught with difficulties as he is haunted by figures from his past such as the escaped convict Magwitch, the eccentric Miss Havisham, and her proud, beautiful ward, Estella.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • surpassed my expectations

  • By Anonymous User on 21-12-09

Dramatic, gripping and well read

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Reviewed: 31-12-17

Very fascinating, evocative of Thames landscape and plot is completely addictive. I found myself listening to the last quarter of the book long into the night in order to know what happens.

  • Touching the Earth

  • The Five Prostrations and Deep Relaxation
  • By: Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Chan Khong
  • Narrated by: Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Chan Khong
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Abridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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One of the most powerful acts of devotion is also one of the most simple: bowing down and surrendering to the earth. This is the basis for "The Five Prostrations", a time-honored Buddhist meditation practice that joins the mind and body. On Touching the Earth, Buddhist masters Thich Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong update this ancient teaching for the modern student. You learn each phase of this practice, which will help empty your body of resentment while opening it to compassion for all life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A deeply beautiful way in which to see this world

  • By Amazon Customer on 17-02-19

Thich Nhat Hanh's and Sister Chan Khong's wisdom

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Reviewed: 28-06-16

Lovely interweaving of seeing the Buddha as a spiritual teacher and embracing one's own childhood faith as well. Very skilful understanding too of 'acceptance', made me understand forgiveness in a new way.

  • Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume 1

  • The Body
  • By: Joseph Goldstein
  • Narrated by: Joseph Goldstein
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
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In the words of the Buddha, the four foundations of mindfulness (the four satipatthanas) are "the direct path for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of dukkha (suffering) and discontent, for acquiring the true method, for the realization of Nibbana." Within the quintessential discourse called the Satipatthana Sutta, we find the Buddha's seminal teachings about the practice of meditation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I was looking for

  • By Steve on 15-01-16

Beyond the cheesy-grin type of self-help book

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Reviewed: 13-04-13

If you have had enough of various simplistic books that tell you the world will deliver your wildest dreams or whatever you want if you just ask, and instead you want tough love, then this is a book for you. Joseph Goldstein has lots of experience and knowledge of Buddhism - an approachable, interesting, scientifically credible spiritual tradition that is 2,500 years old. Goldstein makes the Buddha's teachings fresh and accessible and provides new ways of thinking about a range of life's ups and downs. A gem of a book and a treat to listen to Joseph's wry, self-deprecating humour as he explains his encounters with ancient wisdoms.

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  • Lovingkindness Meditation

  • Learning to Love Through Insight Meditation
  • By: Sharon Salzberg
  • Narrated by: Sharon Salzberg
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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Within your own heart is a limitless source of supreme energy, the energy of love. No other force in the universe compares to it. The world's great spiritual traditions, both past and present, agree on this simple principle. Can love be harnessed and applied to others, used as a "tool" for changing lives? Lovingkindness Meditation teaches a traditional practice for cultivating love, and applying it as a life-changing force.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Life-Changing Book

  • By A. L. Root on 23-12-12

A Life-Changing Book

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Reviewed: 23-12-12

I wouldn't often say this about a book, but this is a life-changer. For those of us plagued by feelings of unhappiness, self-doubt, anger or similarly destructive feelings, this book helps open out new pattern of being kinder to yourself and more compassionate towards others. So it can change you! But it doesn't pull any punches. Sharon Salzberg takes the listener through different kinds of loving-kindness before expanding upon a way of developing it used by many Buddhists, which involves openness, honesty and meditation. She explores all the mixture of critical stuff that makes up anger, or vindictiveness or hatred etc., skillfully linking personal feelings to wider cultural trends. Then she shows the benefits of loosening up, letting go of all those energetically negative but self-damaging feelings we hold towards others. This book gets right down into the nitty-gritty of spiritual practice and shows, whatever faith you hold or none, how to get some more space round those feelings. It then describes why its important that we let them go. You are given greater insight into why its important to change as well as ways of becoming more open and spacious. It's a challenging, accessible and worthwhile book that yields more and more at every repeated listening.

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