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  • Minimalist Transformation

  • How Minimalism Will Simplify and Change Your Life (Instinctive Living Self Development, Book 1)
  • By: Craig W. Hedge
  • Narrated by: Craig W. Hedge
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Minimalist Transformation: How Minimalism Will Simplify and Change Your Life acknowledges that real change happens in our lives when we know who we are, where we stand, and where we are going. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hits close to home

  • By GenKaan on 12-07-18

Hits close to home

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I really enjoyed this book, just wished I had listed to it about 3 years ago. A lot of the topics and suggestions are things Ive done in my life and have had enormously positive effects. Things like work / life balance, what I really value and what is important to me

A few topics really REALLY hit close to home. Things like giving up something that looks good on paper (a good income with benefits and security) making the people closest to you freak out. Gave up my last job to figure out what I wanted to do. No plan, just not working within the same field. Followed closely by a freak out and a long talk with both my mother and father. I successfully lied to myself that the "accumulation oriented lifestyle" was in my nature for over 10 years. But once I stopped doing something that only caused suffering and removed all rewards (buying things and doing drugs) from my life, a new found inner peace followed quickly. An other thing was that life (using money as a reward in some way) I lived was "the only option available". The words I use in my life is "the only option presented". Ive yet to come across more than one or two individuals who lived life in a different way. If people dont reward themselves with things, trips or status symbols its something else external. Before my 25th birthday I had not ran across a single individual who showed any alternative to the basic lifestyle of working 40 hours a week and buying things as a reward

I do sort of feel a buddhist undertone, accidental or deliberate I do not know. Craig talks about "motivation behind getting rid of things", something that I in my mind translate as the buddhist concept of not getting rid of more desire / attachment than you are ready for. If you do get rid of something you are not ready to get rid of your motivation is ego driven and most likely will lead to, as Craig mentions, the thing to be replaced or leave a void where desire / attachment sneaks back in

Tried to keep it short but I guess that is too late. His dialect is a bit thick and the audio quality leaves something to be desired (thus a 4/5 in performance) but he speaks clearly and its not much of an issue. Overall great book :)

  • The Power of Now

  • By: Eckhart Tolle
  • Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,434

To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy it NOW!

  • By Scott on 05-05-06

Eyeopening to say the least!

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

Reviewed: 17-05-16

If you could sum up The Power of Now in three words, what would they be?

Surrender to now

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that everyone has the power to become aware with out buying anything, going to any institution or doing anything other than letting go of the egoic mind

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The first 30min I almost deleted the book from my phone, but after that it became much easier. Focusing on the meaning of the words and not so much on the voice helped a lot. In the future I would like to see Eckhart hiring someone else to do the reading part

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

"listening to the thinker" and that now is an eternity
The first one was very interesting because I was sure the thoughts in my head were me, but when I observe and eventually get a moment of silence true peace sets in

Also I never put to much focus on now, something I intend to change now :)

Any additional comments?

Fantastic book and overall amazing, the voice can be a problem for some but once you get used to it and you start taking the meaning into your head it gets better

  • Out of Your Mind

  • By: Alan Watts
  • Narrated by: Alan Watts
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

With Out of Your Mind: Essential Listening from the Alan Watts Audio Archives, you are invited to immerse yourself in 12 of this legendary thinker's pinnacle teaching sessions about how to break through the limits of the rational mind and begin expanding your awareness and appreciation for the Great Game unfolding all around us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life saving, and yet ending my fear of death!

  • By Anthony Goodman on 29-03-16

Spiritual, fun, and enlightening

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

Reviewed: 26-02-16

What was one of the most memorable moments of Out of Your Mind?

His description of chaos and order. How everything can look like either of them and when you change perspective you will see the opposite, go even further in the same direction and you will again see the first. Never thought about how one has to have the other, how oppositions are essential for either to exist. It can be a coincidence that almost everything in the universe come in pairs

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The bit about how a net is holes tied together with string and the fact that the holes is an important thing. Had to pause and think about that for a few minutes before going on. Funny yet brilliant

Any additional comments?

Alan is a very charismatic speaker and does not seem to take himself so serious. Lots of the things he spoke about hit close to home for me personally. Im very interested in the "ego" and how it effect us while going on with our daily lives. The talks shed a lot of light on the subject and made me think more about who I am, what I think, and why I think the way I do. Have to admit I kinda thought that the "me" was something carried around "in this bag of flesh"

His view of life and death was really in line with my personal beliefs, helping me to define more clearly what I think will go on when this life ends. In order to have something that is called life we have to have death, and in for me to have my life someone else have to give up theirs. Something I in the end have to give up for someone else. Death truly implies life

This is one of the few books Im 100% sure I will go back and listen to again. Will recommend this to anyone who wants a new perspective of life, or who questions what they have been influenced to think life really is

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  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858

Shocking and controversial when it was first published, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book with a great voice

  • By James on 16-04-11

How to dissolve a family

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

Reviewed: 22-02-16

What other book might you compare The Grapes of Wrath to, and why?

Not really, the closets I would say Dostoyevsky does. Its just so mechanically perfect how society dissembles the family, making each individual lose hope and surrender

Have you listened to any of John Chancer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Very good, captures the individuals flawlessly and gives each his/her own style. Much like what I assume the book does as well

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

That would be inhuman. Both based on length and on how dark the story is

Any additional comments?

All aspects of the book are masterfully done. Each character has its own personality, each part of the journey sparks hope, and Steinbeck really paints a timeless picture. Cant count how many times something profound was written that felt current, like how the police make people leave their tents with out caring where they would go. Just that they were moving. How corporate greed is eating away at the planet while driving hard working people out with clever, yet immoral, business strategies Had done very little research before picking the book up. But as soon as I heard the name Tom Joad I couldn't help but to hear "Wherever somebody is struggling to be free / Look in their eyes ma / You'll see me"As history repeats itself, this book will remain forever current

  • The Brothers Karamazov [Naxos AudioBooks Edition]

  • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Constance Garnett - translator
  • Narrated by: Constantine Gregory
  • Length: 37 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a titanic figure among the world's great authors, and The Brothers Karamazov is often hailed as his finest novel. A masterpiece on many levels, it transcends the boundaries of a gripping murder mystery to become a moving account of the battle between love and hate, faith and despair, compassion and cruelty, good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, Addictive, Rewarding

  • By Antti on 26-08-14

Diving into human nature

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

Reviewed: 22-01-16

What made the experience of listening to The Brothers Karamazov [Naxos AudioBooks Edition] the most enjoyable?

The distress Dmitri was under in the later parts of the book. His state of mind and delirium made me realize I could never be a criminal. Much like Crime And Punishment, but Dmitri had way more support

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ivan because of "The Grand Inquisitor" poem/story. I must admit it was somewhat over my head but it was the most interesting part of the book and the part I will go back to and read again. Assuming that in the 1880 Russia, questioning religion was way more taboo than it is today

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The instant switch after Dmitri "altercation" with his father and his quick downwards spiral. I feel like that is where the book really took of and started a faster pace. Sadly it was in the end of the book but lasted til the very end!

Any additional comments?

I finished Crime And Punishment before reading this one and could easily see how they came out of the same author. Similar style, similar mental states of mind, but broader since it had more aspects of human nature woven into it

Overall the book was good but I strongly prefer the other one over this. But parts of the book is unforgettable. Really enjoyed the trail and the characters had depth, although the book overall was fairly slow and much like Crime And Punishment it only really took off at the last 10-15%

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  • The Marshmallow Test

  • Mastering Self-Control
  • By: Walter Mischel
  • Narrated by: Alan Alda
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 404

In The Marshmallow Test, Mischel explains how self-control can be mastered and applied to challenges in everyday life - from weight control to quitting smoking, overcoming heartbreak, making major decisions, and planning for retirement. With profound implications for the choices we make in parenting, education, public policy and self-care, The Marshmallow Test will change the way you think about who we are and what we can be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Judy Corstjens on 30-11-14

Interesting study and a lot of parenting

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

Reviewed: 22-01-16

If you could sum up The Marshmallow Test in three words, what would they be?

An interesting study explaining temptation, a guide for better self control, and an explanation to how long and short term desires affect us

What does Alan Alda bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Calm and easy to listen to voice, wouldnt have read the book in the traditional form so really he made it accesable for me

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh, because some of the stories how the kids reacted and acted during the test was hilarious! Not to mention some of the distraction methods used by the kids, as well as some of the sneakier kids

Any additional comments?

Dont know what I expected but for sure not this amount of parenting tips. Now after reading it I would say its a great book for any parent wanting to give their kids the best possible future and start in life. Made me think about what I will do in order to ensure my possible kids future. Overall good but not what I expected. Was hoping more focus on learning self control and discipline

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  • The New Digital Age

  • Reshaping the Future of People, Nations, and Business
  • By: Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 92

The New Digital Age is the product of an unparalleled collaboration: full of the brilliant insights of one of Silicon Valley's great innovators - what Bill Gates was to Microsoft and Steve Jobs was to Apple, Schmidt (along with Larry Page and Sergey Brin) was to Google - and the Director of Google Ideas, Jared Cohen, formerly an advisor to both Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. Never before has the future been so vividly and transparently imagined. From

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dissapointment

  • By Nikola on 07-05-13

A preview on things to come

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

Reviewed: 31-12-15

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

Yes, but only if I know that they are very into technology and what the future will bring. Mainly advocating communications technologies and how the people who arent connected will use it. Also what revolutions to expect and how they will improve the quality of life for the bottom 30% of the world

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The part about charity and how it is going to evolve. From being mostly about getting notice to becoming more of a marketing war. How people in desperate need of donation and charity still value pride. Why that fact keeps some of the charity organisations alive in a world with P2P donations could make for quicker and cheaper help

Any additional comments?

Interesting book for anyone interested in knowing how the bio metrical information is going to change anonymity, verification, and information gathering. How it can be used for both good and evil, oppression and justice, depending largely on who and how it is used

I liked it a lot but if you arent into communication technologies its going to be a dry one

  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,674
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,166

One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, really well-read

  • By Tony on 14-10-13

Simply amazingly funny

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

Reviewed: 31-12-15

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

For sure because of the humor and unexpected story. By far the funniest book Ive ever read and second only to the LOTR trilogy. Not a dull moment, no filling just awesome frosting. The ironical humor gave me flashbacks of the later parts of Gulliver's Travels, but far less cynical and sarcastic but still super sharp

What other book might you compare Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to, and why?

Gulliver's Travels because of the edginess, but far softer and less targeted to upset and more just general humor

What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

Flawless, perfect fit

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

Not really, I split it up into 1 hours parts and felt that was the way to do it

Any additional comments?

Best book Ive read 2015, second best overall and just amazing. Definitively a book I will come back to in a year or two. Seen the movie but that didnt leave a nearly as deep impact as the book, something that is rare for me

Clear 5/5 book and its easy to see why this is a modern classic

  • The Wind in the Willows

  • By: Kenneth Grahame
  • Narrated by: Michael Hordern
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

Here is a timeless tale of waterside Britain that has been loved by generations of children and acclaimed as a classic. The story of Mole, Ratty, Badger, and Toad, and their escapades, whether messing about on the river or poop-pooping in Toad's shiny new car, cannot fail to enchant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Childrens Classic

  • By G. Hagley on 19-04-13

Epic tale about adventures animals!

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

Reviewed: 30-12-15

Where does The Wind in the Willows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10 for sure, all core characters have depth, one I personally identified with, and overall a enjoyable story

What did you like best about this story?

The part about Toad and how his life snowballed after just thinking about looking at that automobile. With out spoiling anything, the peaks and valleys of his adventure was the best part. So sure of himself yet so close to self destruction

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Mostly laugh with parts of heartwarming compassion

Any additional comments?

I understand why this is a high ranked classic on so many lists. Character depth with out almost any backstory and given as bits and pieces of the story is fantastic. Really enjoyed how you could visualize each character and predict how they would react to each situation.

It was easy to give this book and Michael Hordern a clean 5/5!

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  • Night School

  • Wake Up to the Power of Sleep
  • By: Richard Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 415

Almost a third of your whole life is spent asleep. Night School uncovers the scientific truth about the sleeping brain - and gives powerful tips on how those hours of apparently ‘dead’ time in the dark can transform your waking life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative with a quirky sense of humour

  • By Laura on 19-05-14

Amazingly informative and eye opening

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

What did you like most about Night School?

The way the information was presented, very easy to understand and more than once I felt that he spoke to me and my personal mentality. This book really opened my eyes to the importance of sleeping and since Ive made changes, my concentration shows great improvement

What did you like best about this story?

How it describes different types of people, people who enjoy the night and how society is designs around people who wants to wake up early. Ive argued this all my life and never gotten anyone to agree with me, now I feel more confident that there are actually different internal clocks

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When he talks about how school performance can be improved by adjusted to the students. Something I would have given an arm for when I was in school.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really but it strengthen my personal experience and opinion on optimal performance, why some people crash around 14.00 when I start steadily improving after 12.00

Any additional comments?

Great book and very informative. If you had a doubt about the importance of sleep and rest, this will make a definitive statement saying "you probably need to sleep more and it will improve your life". Would definitely recommend this to anyone

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