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Dave Kinsella

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  • Letting Go

  • The Pathway of Surrender
  • By: David R. Hawkins MD. PHD.
  • Narrated by: Peter Lownds PhD
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459

Letting Go describes a simple and effective means by which to let go of the obstacles to enlightenment and become free of negativity. During the many decades of the author's clinical psychiatric practice, the primary aim was to seek the most effective ways to relieve human suffering in all of its many forms. The inner mechanism of surrender was found to be of great practical benefit and is described in this book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece

  • By Paschal on 30-01-17

Excellent Material Within

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-03-19

This is the first time I have heard of this author. I took a chance with this audiobook because the title grabbed my attention. It also has hundreds and five and four star reviews. And when I googled the author and saw he was a psychotherapist I was on it.

I have not been disappointed. This is compulsive listening. Not only is the narrator excellent but the content of the book is like a long series of interconnected quote memes. I mean that in the best way possible. Every few minutes I was struck with another insight or giving an affirmative nod as I was able to relate something he said to scenarios I have seen played out in my own life.

I think it's too early to say that this book has changed my life, but the contents have had a deeply profound impact on my mind and how I view myself and interact with my environment.

  • Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

  • By: Marcus Aurelius
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

Meditations is former U.S. President Bill Clinton's favorite book. This audio consists of a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161-180 AD, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good book poorly read.

  • By Dr. Gerd Folberth on 04-03-16

Nice baritone voice, but not as fluid.

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-19

I have 3 different audio editions of this book. My favourite by far and the gold standard for any other that I listen to is the Naxos edition narrated by Duncan Steen. If you are undecided then I encourage you to check that one out.

Alan Munro, the narrator of this edition, which is by 'trout lake media' has a nice baritone voice that is pleasant to listen to, but he stops at unnatural places, in order it seems to fully pronounce every word. This really isn't necessary except for non-native speakers I'd imagine. I would much prefer a more fluid sounding narration where some words are perhaps not as finely pronounced. Just like in normal speech.

It's not the worst audiobook I've listened to. Not by a long shot, and I love this work so much that I'm more than happy to own multiple recordings of it, but it's not my first choice.

In saying that, I do find that Alan's emphasis brings out different nuances than Steen's, which is nice.

I got all of my editions on special offer, so if Aurelius' work is a favourite of yours then I'd say wait until it's at a special price and scoop it up.

  • Lost Connections

  • Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Johann Hari
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994

From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Let down by a very poor last third

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-10-18

Maybe the best book I've listened to in 2018

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-18

I gobbled this up. I usually take a while to listen or read through books, but I didn't even notice the time going by with this one. Johann unfortunately had a habit of swallowing a lot as he spoke, which I found lightly distracting, but the is literally my only complaint. If you are seeking real answers for depression then book is an absolute must. Last year I listened to 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson. This book is up there with books that have helped me see life from a different perspective.

  • Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)

  • Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts
  • By: Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson
  • Narrated by: Marsha Mercant, Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell? Backed by years of research and delivered in lively, energetic prose, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-deception.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life changing book, everyone should read it

  • By Matthew L on 30-12-17

Female Narrator Sounds Like a Robot

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-18

imagine listening to Google Maps for 9 hours. That describes this narrator's attempt. Great book, but now I remember why I gave up on this audiobook 18 months ago. But I will battle on this time.

  • Man's Search for Meaning

  • By: Viktor E. Frankl
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,690

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Potentially life changing...

  • By Jim Vaughan on 02-12-12

A Rich Reward Awaits Those Who Read This Book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-07-18

Great book. Not always easy to follow, so does take some concentration, but no dry textbook either. You will be richly rewarded for your efforts. This is my second reading now (read a physical copy first time around) and have definitely picked up some things I missed last time. I will be coming back to this book again. I highly recommend it.

narrator was excellent too. Gave it the right tone in my opinion. A scholarly sounding, yet warm voice. I would listen to more books read by Simon Vance.

  • Self Portrait of a Universal Man

  • By: Leon Battista Alberti
  • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
  • Length: 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Leon Battista Albert was an Italian author, artist, architect, poet, priest, linguist, philosopher, cryptographer and general Renaissance humanist polymath. This is the essay that coined the term “renaissance man”. An inspiring essay on the full potential of the human spirit. Especially important listening for the modern male who aspires to greatness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not What I Expected

  • By Dave Kinsella on 06-07-18

Not What I Expected

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I was expecting something in a more philosophical vein. I was not expecting a biography of Leon Battista Albert, who I was not aware of people until now. It wasn't bad. I found it interesting.

The work is obviously public domain, but when I search for the title this is the only work that comes up. After a bit of digging I discovered that Albert's life was described in Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects.

That work is a ten volume set, but I was able to quickly find the chapter in the Librivox edition. This is not it. Yet the language is old and it appears to have been written by someone who knew him or was intimate with the details of his life.

Anyway, it was a cheap purchase and I learned something. Apparently this is the man who gave rise to the term "A renaissance man".

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,490

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • phenomenal

  • By Luke J Byrne on 12-01-19

Modern Day Philosophy for "Living the Good Life".

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-18

I have read over and over people telling Peterson that his book has changed their life and I must add my voice to that chorus. It wasntonly Peterson. It was a numberof things, but 12 Rules showed me that I had really dropped the ball. Life got really difficult for me the past few years and that me bitter, which only made life worse. I was at my lowest ebb, when I started listening to this book and really had no idea that Peterson had had such a profound impact on so many people's lives. He reminded me that if I want to have a life worth living I have to fight for it.

  • Meditations

  • By: Marcus Aurelius, George Long - translator, Duncan Steen - translator
  • Narrated by: Duncan Steen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Important text on self-reflection and improvement

  • By James Riley on 02-12-15

Stoicism is Like Religion without God

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-06-18

Stoicism gives me hope that one can begood without God. I know Aurelius mentions God and the gods over and over, but so.much of what he says sounds Christian and I'm told over and over that we can only be good with God, specifically the Christian god. Yet here was a Roman pagan (and persecutor of the Church just for good measure) who would put most Christians to shame.

As I listen to Aurelius I don't hear the usual religous talk that we can only be good by the power of the prayer through the Holy Spirit. He does say we should be thankful and humble, and I think I can manage that without recourse to a god, but Ilile how he places our responsibility for our lives firmly in our laps, rather than in God's. Most Evangelicals today will tell you that that the idea that you can do anything of value on your own is near to heresy, since without God's grace we are nothing. This type of thinking can be become quite toxic in the wrong environment.

And I see men today like Derren Brown and Jordan B. Peterson who definitely hold stoicism up as a noble system of believe, yet are either murky about their faith or are straight up atheists.

  • The Origin of Satan

  • How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics
  • By: Elaine Pagels
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Who is Satan in the New Testament, and what is the evil that he represents? In this groundbreaking book, Elaine Pagels, Princeton's distinguished historian of religion, traces the evolution of Satan from its origins in the Hebrew Bible, where Satan is at first merely obstructive, to the New Testament, where Satan becomes the Prince of Darkness, the bitter enemy of God and man, evil incarnate. In The Origin of Satan, Pagels shows that the four Christian gospels tell two very different stories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Satan or not Satan.

  • By Teresa Cooper on 27-03-15

Good, if a Little Dry.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-04-18

Audible didn't have any titles that dealt with the genesis and development of the theological idea of Satan through the ages. This title was the closest thing. It deals with the history of how Jews and Christians demonized their enemies using the Biblical imagery as their examples.

There were some real gems here though. My favourite part was actually the biography of Justin Martyr, which was not a central part of the book, but I thought it was beautiful. While I disagree with Justin Marty's conclusions I had to empathize with his search. He was a man just like me living in ancient times in a very different culture, but searching for answers to life.

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  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,448

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

Very Long but Well Worth It!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-17

I stopped and started and it took months to finish. It came highly recommended from a trusted friend and I am not disappointed I bought it. If you are interested in history, sociology, science, technology or the future this book will not interest you. It touches on nearly every aspect of the human endeavour since Homo Sapiens first appeared on the scene.

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