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  • Musicophilia

  • By: Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Oliver Sacks’ compassionate tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we think of our own minds. In Musicophilia, he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians and everyday people - those struck by affliction, by unusual talent and even, in one case, by lightning - to show not only that music occupies more areas of our brain than language does but also that it can torment, calm, organise and heal.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hallucinations & Epilepsy

  • By ⚙️🦁🌿UrbanSmash 🇬🇧🇬🇩🇩🇲 on 04-01-19

Hallucinations & Epilepsy

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

As the title may suggest, I thought this was a book about the love of music. It’s not. It’s as much about music phobia as it is about musicophilia.

As a musician who adores music, I’m always keen to learn more. However, this audiobook is a depressing account of neurological disorders from patients, many of whom have no love nor affinity for music at all.

Several times I had to switch off this audiobook as it was disturbing, irritating or incessantly annoying. I like to finish what I start, but after a few of hours, I simply could not take anymore. I gave up on this audiobook and requested a full refund.

This may be a good book for neurosurgeons and medical students. But for a lovers of music, musicophiliacs like myself, this book is the opposite of pleasant.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Basic Music Theory, 4th Edition

  • How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music
  • By: Jonathan Harnum
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Harnum
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

What do all those lines and squiggles and dots mean? Basic Music Theory takes you through the sometimes confusing world of written music with a clear, concise style that is at times funny and always friendly. The book is written by an experienced music teacher using methods refined over more than 30 years in schools and in his private teaching studio. Lessons are fun, well-paced, and enjoyable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As Perfect as Music Theory Boom Can Get

  • By ⚙️🦁🌿UrbanSmash 🇬🇧🇬🇩🇩🇲 on 29-07-18

As Perfect as Music Theory Boom Can Get

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

To learn music, one must play, experiment, be inquisitive and explore. This is a book, so it was hard to imagine how useful it could be and how much could be learned.

The great thing about this book, is that it encourages you to put it down. This is not a book one picks up and reads systematically from cover to cover in order to take in all the golden nuggets of information. This book, is more like having a teacher waiting, prompting and guiding you, as you play, comprehend & internalise concepts that are first felt and then understood (or sometimes vice versa).

All in all, this book does exactly what it’s supposed to do… fills in the gaps of one’s musical knowledge while dropping pearls of wisdom.

Every player will be at their own level, so more experienced musicians will skip certain parts. However, there is something for everyone. A book that should be part of every musicians collection, as part of their passion-for-music journey as well as a reference.

Knowledge is worth more than silver and gold!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Chakra System

  • A Complete Course in Self-Diagnosis and Healing
  • By: Anodea Judith
  • Narrated by: Anodea Judith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

In The Chakra System, listeners join Judith in 12 sessions of personal one-on-one guidance to learn how to use the seven chakras, or energy centers, to strengthen and focus their personal power, improve intimate relationships, enhance intuition, and enter into their highest spiritual wisdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Chakras

  • By ⚙️🦁🌿UrbanSmash 🇬🇧🇬🇩🇩🇲 on 01-10-17

More Than Chakras

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

This audiobook is so much more than the study & understanding of chakras. It is very much a personal development and self-help book exploring childhood psychology and much more. Well read by the author with music, guided meditation and including pdf reference material. A great introduction to chakras for beginners and yet a deep psychological insight into balancing & healing for seasoned chakra professionals!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Rational Male

  • By: Rollo Tomassi
  • Narrated by: Sam Botta
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

Rollo Tomassi is one of the leading voices in the globally growing, male-focused online consortium known as the "Manosphere". Outlined are the concepts of positive masculinity, the feminine imperative, plate theory, operative social conventions, and the core psychological theory behind game awareness and "red pill" ideology. Tomassi explains and outlines the principles of intergender social dynamics and foundational reasoning behind them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Say “yes” now to speak to sales.

  • By Chris Carroll on 10-05-18

Required Reading for All Males

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

This should be a standard and basic text for all males who are conscious, aware and awoke to the modern day gender dynamics. I have friends coming up to me asking why I'm so good with women. I refer them to this text as a starting point. A pleasure to listen to in audiobook format. Share with your dad, son, best man and become the fully realised and actualised men you were intended to be.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Steve Biddulph’s Raising Boys

  • Why Boys are Different - and How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men
  • By: Steve Biddulph
  • Narrated by: Steve Biddulph
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

A word-of-mouth best seller which has become one of the best-loved and most-successful books in the parenting field. In this expanded and updated edition, Steve Biddulph shares and gives practical and honest advice to parents so they can recognise the different stages of boyhood and learn how to raise happy, confident, and kind young men. Boys need to be parented in a different way from girls with their own very special psychological and physical make-up. Home, society and education have failed boys badly - and these failures lead to unhappy men who cannot fully become happy, responsible, emotionally-confident adults.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Katalin on 13-04-15

Simply Amazing

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

Reviewed: 30-01-17

Really impressed by this book. Not only did I learn about raising my son, but I learned a lot about myself and how I was raised, the issues I went through and what to do when my son and other young men I'm able to support go through the same thing. Highly recommended to all fathers of sons and mothers too.

  • There is a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem

  • By: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  • Narrated by: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 70

With his trademark wit, wisdom, and humor, best-selling author and lecturer Dr. Wayne W. Dyer explains how we can evolve from the lowest level of consciousness (ego) to the highest (unity). Dr. Dyer starts out with a challenge from A Course in Miracles: "You don't have any problems; you only think you do." He goes on to illustrate how the mind can control both physical and emotional well-being, all one has to do is create healthy, positive molecules and move away from negative thoughts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great ideas on approaching life with inner freedom

  • By Sherain on 08-08-07

He's a Little Crazy and that's Good

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

Reviewed: 27-12-16

He's a little crazy, but in the words of Seal, "How are we ever going to survive, unless we get a little crazy!" …We realise that spiritual people who regularly transcend the everyday worries, concerns, pains, passions and burdens are often perceived as "different" …However, with a little more depth of understanding, we see their truths, universal truths and timeless wisdom. It's impossible to listen to this programme (or read this book) without taking away something valuable that will stay with you for all of your days.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,995

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a listen but nothing new or revolutionary.

  • By Alex Gerard Black on 21-01-18

Perfectly Balanced

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

Reviewed: 21-12-16

This book is perfectly balanced. Shallow & Deep. Funny & Serious. Entertaining & Informative. At times we all give a f*ck about not giving a f*ck!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Humility

  • True Greatness
  • By: C. J. Mahaney
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

A battle rages within every one of us every day. It's the clash between our sense of stubborn self-sufficiency and God's call to recognize that we're really nothing without Him. It's pride versus humility. And it's a fight we can't win without looking repeatedly to Christ and the cross. C. J. Mahaney raises a battle cry to daily, diligently, and deliberately weaken our greatest enemy (pride) and cultivate our greatest friend (humility).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You Will be Humbled

  • By ⚙️🦁🌿UrbanSmash 🇬🇧🇬🇩🇩🇲 on 17-12-16

You Will be Humbled

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

Reviewed: 17-12-16

Some great nuggets of wisdom in the book. Serves more like reminders than great revelations. When the author tells you that "this is an important chapter" if you have pride you may be irritated, other the humble will be even more humbled!

  • The Beta Male Revolution

  • Why Many Men Have Totally Lost Interest in Marriage in Today's Society
  • By: Alan Roger Currie
  • Narrated by: Alan Roger Currie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

For male listeners, author and professional dating coach Alan Roger Currie goes into detail explaining the difference in the appeal of an Alpha male versus a Beta male in the eyes of women and how each type of man satisfies different needs for women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Need to Stick to the Script

  • By ⚙️🦁🌿UrbanSmash 🇬🇧🇬🇩🇩🇲 on 12-08-16

No Need to Stick to the Script

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

The main thing I got from this book is that you don't have to subscribe to the normal, straight, boring, vanilla life-script of: college, career, marriage, children. As women gain more rights, they are also gaining more power, which I've only ever seen as a good thing. Black people have gained rights too. As an ex-Knight (in shining armour) type, I was always at the defence of women, happy to advocate feminist views. I was the proverbial Captain Save a Howe, rescuing women from patriarchal alpha males that had no respect for women. However, I was very naive in my beliefs about women and Alan Roger Currie (ARC) in this book sets the record straight and brings home some hard truths which unfortunately I had to learn the hard way... through bitter-sweet experience. ARC predicts that there will be more and more men like us, waking up from the delusion that being a family orientated and faithful provider, being a loyal monogamous and dutiful husband, putting his wife and children first and being the best man you could possibly be, will end up in generous lavishing of gratitude and appreciation from our partners and spouses. Not so. I believed I was being good man, but I realise now that this was in many ways perceived as weak. Nice guys finish last while the strong confident no BS types of guys referred to as Alpha Males are the ones that are desired to fulfil most women's physical needs and fantasies. Thus the Beta Male Revolution is born. Men that have played by the rules of society, attempting to be great men in their families and communities, aiming to do right by their women and uphold the moral fabric of modern civilisation are in for a rude awakening. The author warns that many beta males are angry, but this can be directed in a good way. Alpha Males are happy with the way things are as they will always be desired and in high demand by women. Personally, I realised that whenever I'm in the Caribbean I feel alpha, I'm perceived as alpha and I live an envious lifestyle that the first-world beta version of me can only dream of when I touch-down back home. By transitioning to alpha males in our own societies and communities, many beta-trait males no longer have to be angry, bitter, confused and frustrated. With the support, mentoring and coaching of alpha male leaders such as Alan Roger Currie, all males with a strong desire for self-improvement and mastery can transition, graduate and upgrade to the type of authentic alpha males that satisfy women's psychological and physical desires as well as, importantly, their own.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Possibility of Sex

  • How Naïve and Lustful Men are Manipulated by Women Regularly
  • By: Alan Roger Currie
  • Narrated by: Alan Roger Currie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

In his second audiobook release, The Possibility of Sex: How Naïve and Lustful Men are Manipulated by Women Regularly, Book Author Alan Roger Currie once again highlights the fact that when a man expresses his romantic or sexual desires, interests and intentions to women in a very cautious, vague, ambiguous, or "beat-around-the-bush" manner, he potentially opens himself up to be misled and taken advantage of by women who are shrewd, savvy, highly experienced manipulators of men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • top book

  • By MJ EMERSON on 15-12-15

Take Your Medicine - A Tough Pill to Swallow

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

This was the hardest book in the series for me to get through, namely because it was the painful truth that I needed, but did not want to hear. I persevered only because it's an important part of seduction education. Men are duped and seduced by a number of tricksters, but most often fellas are playing themselves. Go through this book like it's a dating health & safety course. Always wear your psychological protection and stear clear from the trap of the Possibility of Sex.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful