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Mr M C Arthur

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  • Twelve Years a Slave

  • By: Solomon Northup
  • Narrated by: Hugh Quarshie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 532

Hugh Quarshie reads the extraordinary autobiography of Solomon Northup. His harrowing true story, first published in 1853, was a key factor in the national debate over slavery prior to the American Civil War, significantly changing public opinion on the topic of abolition. It tells the horrifying tale of Solomon Northup, an educated, free black man living with his wife and children in New York State, whose life takes an appalling turn when he is kidnapped, drugged and sold into slavery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Character

  • By BillyBlackBear on 21-03-14

Lest we forget the context of #blacklivesmatter

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Reviewed: 20-01-19

For me, this book, and the subsequent film of the same name, makes unquestionably clear how a legacy of suffering is inherited by all of humanity. From the unresolved trauma of countless, horrific injustices inflicted upon the enslaved, to the morally impoverished hearts borne from the delusion of those that foolishly believe they can profit from taking away another's freedom, desperately clinging to lies that justify their actions. It is not possible that the history of slavery can be separated from the context of modern times. Everything is inextricably interconnected and the chickens are coming home to roost on a daily basis. Lest we forget, make it your duty to listen to the testament of Solomon Northup....

  • The Bell Jar

  • By: Sylvia Plath
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 687

Read by the critically acclaimed actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. When Esther Greenwood wins an internship at a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, Esther's life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiralling into depression and eventually a suicide attempt as she grapples with difficult relationships and a society which refuses to take women's aspirations seriously.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is not unabridged

  • By Mr N J Filer on 01-08-15

A bona-fide literary classic

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Reviewed: 09-01-19

So glad that I've finally got around to experiencing the beautiful melancholia of this book

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,438
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,750

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of "wow, I never thought of it like that!"

  • By david on 17-03-17

Essential reading!

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Reviewed: 27-10-17

For anybody interested in this great human story that we share and looking for insights into where we may be heading...

  • Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes

  • Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle
  • By: Daniel L. Everett
  • Narrated by: Daniel Everett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    5 out of 5 stars 10

Daniel Everett, then a Christian missionary, arrived among the Pirahã in 1977 - with his wife and three young children - intending to convert them. What he found was a language that defies all existing linguistic theories and reflects a way of life that evades contemporary understanding. The Pirahã have no counting system and no fixed terms for color. They have no concept of war or of personal property.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A linguistic journey into the nature of existence

  • By Mr M C Arthur on 28-09-17

A linguistic journey into the nature of existence

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Reviewed: 28-09-17

A journey into the heart of being through the study of linguistics. At times I found the passages using the native language a bit dry and repetitive. It was definitely worth sticking with it, however, as the lessons about the relationship between language, culture and finding happiness and meaning in life were enlightening.

  • Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume 1

  • The Body
  • By: Joseph Goldstein
  • Narrated by: Joseph Goldstein
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

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

Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu

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Reviewed: 18-07-17

Listened to this series with my local Buddhist sitting group. Very clear, well elucidated teachings. Very inspiring and invaluable teachings

  • Abiding in Mindfulness, Vol. 3

  • On Dhamma
  • By: Joseph Goldstein
  • Narrated by: Joseph Goldstein
  • Length: 19 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 34
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    5 out of 5 stars 29
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    5 out of 5 stars 29

In the words of the Buddha, the four foundations of mindfulness (the four sadhipatthanas) are " the direct path for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and lamentation, for the disapperance of dukkha (suffering) and discontent, for the acquiring of the true method, for the rea;ization of Nibbahna." Within the quinitessential discourse called the Satipatthana Sutta, we find the Buddha's seminal teachings on the practice of meditation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful.

  • By PAUL BECKETT on 11-01-16

Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu

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Reviewed: 07-01-17

Clearly enunciated teachings from (in my opinion) the most important sutta of the Buddha, laid out in three volumes. If there were one sutta that one was to choose to spend the rest of their life studying and putting into practice, this would be the one. We are about to start listening to these talks in our weekly Buddhist meditation group meetings because of how easily accessible they are. May we all benefit from these teachings, may we all find liberation in this very lifetime. Metta <3

  • Falling into Grace

  • Insights on the End of Suffering
  • By: Adyashanti
  • Narrated by: Adyashanti
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 150
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    5 out of 5 stars 126
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    5 out of 5 stars 124

Adyashanti asks us to let go of our struggles with life and open to the full promise of spiritual awakening: the end of delusion and the discovery and expression of our essential being. After 15 years as a spiritual teacher, Adyashanti has found that the simpler the teaching, the greater its power to initiate this awakening. On Falling into Grace, he shares what he considers fundamental insights to "open ourselves to that mysterious element that enters in the hidden and quiet moments and sparks a revolution in the way that we perceive life."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to this before anything else

  • By outofacomicbook on 11-05-15

Thank you again, Adya... Such wonderful teachings

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Reviewed: 11-10-16

So thankful for the opportunity to receive teachings from the heart of a realised being... Feeling blessed, thank you...
I would recommend this for anyone who has had a glimpse into their true nature and would appreciate some words of encouragement to deepen in their practice whilst living a life honouring truth... Namaste

  • The End of Your World

  • Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment
  • By: Adyashanti
  • Narrated by: Adyashanti
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
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    5 out of 5 stars 95
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    5 out of 5 stars 89

Caution Spiritual Seekers: You Might Just Find What You're Looking For! Underneath the turmoil of thought, emotion, and personal will, there is a flow. If you're reading these words, you've probably felt it - the natural movement of life, the truth that beckons below the surface of things. What would happen if you were to stop avoiding this universal energy, and instead completely embrace it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By James on 01-04-17

Invaluable and rare insights

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Reviewed: 16-09-16

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Adyashanti shares invaluable and rare insights about a relationship with life seldom spoken of, that is, living life with eyes wide open in perpetual wonderment. These talks are not so much a guide to spiritual attainment. They do not discuss spiritual practices or method. What they do offer is reassurance of the validity of that inner, intuitive intelligence, that 'little voice' that represents an alignment with the path as it opens up. They serve as an encouragement to surrender and stay present in the face of whatever arises, trusting that this is where liberation can only ever be found. Stay with the One who Knows.... Onwards!

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  • Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

  • By: Marvin Casper - editor, John Baker - editor, Chögyam Trungpa, and others
  • Narrated by: Jim Gimian
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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    5 out of 5 stars 38

In this modern spiritual classic, the Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa highlights the commonest pitfall to which every aspirant on the spiritual path falls prey: what he calls spiritual materialism. The universal tendency, he shows, is to see spirituality as a process of self-improvement - the impulse to develop and refine the ego when the ego is, by nature, essentially empty. "The problem is that ego can convert anything to its own use," he said, "even spirituality."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A blessing for those on the spiritual path

  • By Mr M C Arthur on 27-08-16

A blessing for those on the spiritual path

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Reviewed: 27-08-16

Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu
A book I will gratefully return to again and again.... Clear and precise wisdom

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Untethered Soul

  • The Journey Beyond Yourself
  • By: Michael A. Singer
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 970
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 799

Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best I've purchased.

  • By "tenerife1" on 13-02-15

Welcomed clarity

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Reviewed: 27-07-16

Absolutely amazing transparently clear teachings... Essential for every spiritual being currently having a human experience... Namaste