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Lucy Giles

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Winding my way through the Masks of God

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Reviewed: 15-03-19

I’m halfway through this four volume grand opus. It’s fascinating, insightful and rich. Joseph Campbell’s deep passion for the subject has come alive for me and its lovely to listen to such a unique global perspective which at once celebrates humanity’s diversity and also its commonality.

Arthur Morey’s voice, his exquisite pronunciation lends richness and depth to the work. It’s rare for me to take a narrator’s style into a review but he actually enhanced the experience for me. Looking forward to Vol 3 and hoping Audible will release Vol 4.

Stunning - what a joy

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Reviewed: 21-11-18

It is rare for me to review beyond a star rating. However, in this case I would like to highly recommend this work.

Joseph Campbell’s work has such a beauty of clarity. His knowledge and intelligence shines through this edition. I found myself stopped in my tracks by the insightful wisdom of Joseph Campbell.

I also commend the editor’s approach. It was seamless.

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Seminal

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Reviewed: 09-02-18

This is a book that badly needed to be written. Meticulously researched and bringing the strength of good journalism - objectivity - to bear. Silberman charts the history of Autism. In its spectrum, it has been the subject of a spectrum of responses to its singularity: from the sublime to the ridiculous. It’s also a book with a soul - its message : a call for greater understanding, acceptance and collaboration by all neurotribes of the Earth. For the greater good in a changing world. The story of Autism continues to unfold and there is a way to go.

Fascinating

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Reviewed: 24-12-16

As a relative novice to the works of Jung I found this book intriguing, filled with resonance and mystery. A brilliant introduction. Well written. Well read. I'm sad it has ended - may well have to listen again and again as the content is very dense in places.

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Gem

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Reviewed: 17-04-16

I have no idea how I stumbled on this book, but I'm at the age that when it popped up on audible I was intrigued.

James Hollis is a writer with soul. A classically trained Jungian Analyst, with years of life experience and a fine mind as well as heart James Hollis has written Through the Dark Wood first and foremost as a gift I believe. There is a real commitment to the reader to navigate mid life for the duration of the book with them.

I loved that he asked so many questions of such great depth that he will leave me pondering them for some time to come. It's a beautifully crafted piece with three distinct sections. He draws from Jung a lot and if anything has now piqued my interest to read more of his work.

If you are a ponderer, a deep thinker and a seeker whether inside or on the periphery of the dark wood and the cusp of mid life or beyond, this is an excellent place to dive deeper with a fellow human being well qualified to be your guide.

It's a body of work I will be returning to again and again. Loved it.

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An inspiring introduction

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Reviewed: 18-03-15

I chose this book having come across references to Gurdijeff in a number of books I have read and curiosity got the better of me. Friedman's introduction to the work is well written and easy to digest considering the density of the subject and was just the right balance to prompt me to take the study of "the work" further.

For anyone who is interested in the spiritual aspect of self development but has not found what they are seeking in terms of guidance in mainstream religious settings, this is an interesting route on to the path. This book is just enough to absorb key aspects of the work by way of introduction.

I really enjoyed it and will be returning to it again and again.

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Thought Provoking and Challenging

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Reviewed: 02-03-15

I was thoroughly absorbed by this book and will come back to it again and again as it is a very meaty read.
Rohr is clearly a maverick and is unafraid to state the controversial. I found that very refreshing. There was a danger by differentiating between "first half of life" people and "second half of life people" that he would veer into elitist and exclusive ideology but for the most part I think he struck the right balance in what is quite a challenging subject.
I am not a church goer and arguably not a Christian in the conventional sense but I really loved what Richard Rohr has experienced, observed and subsequently written about in this book.
Liked the structure and Rohr's voice lends itself to allowing the listener to become throughky absorbed in the subject matter.
I took a chance with this book and came to it with an open mind - I'm glad I did. A big thumbs up!

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A Beautifully Woven Odyssey

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Reviewed: 29-11-14

If you are one of those people who likes slow moving movies, filled with whimsy and detail then this literary marathon is for you. I loved this book. I used to be a huge fan of Murakami two decades ago and then life got in the way and so I decided to renew my love affair with this quirky writer and was not disappointed. This story is multi layered and personally I felt Murakami was making a comment on modern society and the politics of power but most of all it is a feast of the imagination.

I'm not so sure

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Reviewed: 29-11-14

The premise for the book is a good one and there is no doubt that Oprah's voice and writing style are inimitable and enjoyable to listen to. I'm just not entirely sure how well this translates. Oprah has clearly worked hard for her success and there is certainly much that she says for sure that rings true. However I personally felt that Oprah's considerable wealth and power undermines the sentiment of the book. Her life of privilege seems a million miles from someone like me. The jury is out.

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Mindfulness over Matters

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Reviewed: 29-11-14

What an absorbing read and even so one I will have to return to time and time again. Be warned it is meaty! Ruby Wax has clearly immersed herself thoroughly in all matters neurological and is a practitioner of mindfulness. With a wealth of experience behind her, she is well placed to comprehensively deal with this particular subject. The book starts with an overview of the busy-ness and pressures of modern life, an in depth view into the functionality of the brain and finally she tackles mindfulness.
I loved the style of the book which reflects the intelligence and wit of the woman who wrote it, Wax's passion for the subject is genuine and based on extensive research and study in the field. She has gained an admirer in me.

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