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  • The Double

  • Male Eros, Friendships and Mentoring - From Gilgamesh to Kerouac
  • By: Edward C. Sellner
  • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Ancient Greeks and Romans had a term for the Double, referring to such an entity as a personal daemon or protector, a heavenly twin, who acts as an invisible guide during the lifetime of an individual. Recent Jungian psychologists refer to ''the double'' as ''a soul figure with all the erotic and spiritual significance'' attached to those inner figures whom Jung called anima (the inner feminine side of men) and animus (the inner masculine side of women). The double archetype, however, is not of the opposite, but of the same gender.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Good

  • By Kingdiplodocus on 15-03-17

Surprisingly Good

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

Reviewed: 15-03-17

From the other reviews I wasn't expecting greatness from this book but I took a risk and was pleasantly surprised. It'll be in my top books of the year I'm sure. Thoughtfully written and well researched The Double stays true to it's theme of healing through friendship. It explores this through the lives of various historical characters with honesty, openness and insight. The narration is average but the book is great and shines never-the-less.

I would categorise this book as Progressive Christian/historical/biographical/spiritual.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Week in December

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

A Week in December takes place over the course of a single week. It brings together an intriguing cast of characters, each apparently in his or her own world but - as gradually becomes clear - intricately related. As the story builds to its climax, Faulks pulls together powerful ideas about family, money, religion and the way we live today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really gripping story

  • By Paul Taylor on 19-02-10

Ambitious but flawed

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

The novel was okay but hindered by a lack of understanding in areas covered; especially religion. The characters seemed rather one dimensional and somehow inhuman. It was supposed to be satire but came across as poorly nuanced cynicism.

  • Thomas Merton on Contemplation

  • By: Thomas Merton
  • Narrated by: Fr. Anthony Ciorra PhD, Thomas Merton
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

You are invited to sit at the feet of a contemplative master. After a radical conversion experience, Thomas Merton became a Trappist monk in the Abbey of Gethsemani. At the heart of Merton's transformative conversion was contemplation. Now, this series invites you into that profound contemplative experience in six remastered conferences delivered by Merton. As you listen to Merton in his own voice, you will encounter his most profound teachings on prayer and contemplation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best I've heard from Merton.

  • By Kingdiplodocus on 16-07-15

The best I've heard from Merton.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-07-15

I've heard and read a fair amount of Thomas Merton and I'd say this short collection is probably my favourite. Even better than New Seeds (maybe). He has such a down to earth and realistic style. His words are honest and simple but deep and profound. I will be listening again.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Paul

  • In Fresh Perspective
  • By: N. T. Wright
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

N.T. Wright's accessible new volume, built on his Cambridge University Hulsean Lectures of 2004, takes a fresh look at Paul in light of recent understandings of his Jewish roots, his attitude toward the Roman Empire, and his unique reframing of Jewish symbols in relation to his experience of the risen Christ. Then Wright attempts a short systematic account of the main theological contours of Paul's thought and its pertinence for the church today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why bother reading anyone else?

  • By Kingdiplodocus on 18-06-15

Why bother reading anyone else?

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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: 18-06-15

NT Wright shows how Paul should be read and understood by taking the reader back in time. He makes sense of Paul by analysing the culture that he lived in and the way his audience understood their place in the big story or meta narrative.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,380

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story, worth getting into...

  • By Mr on 27-02-17

Brilliant dystopian fiction. Wonderfully narrated

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

Reviewed: 12-05-15

The story is great and the narration by Tim Robbins is the best I've heard on any audiobook. First class.

  • New Great Themes of Scripture

  • By: Richard Rohr O.F.M.
  • Narrated by: Richard Rohr O.F.M.
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Rohr reprises his best-selling talks on scripture in this powerful new series. He describes the Bible as a text in travail, containing not just conclusions, but a process that mirrors our own journey (three steps forward, two steps backward). In the three steps forward, Scripture always reveals that we are related to something infinite and that ours is an enchanted and trustworthy universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great overview of scripture.

  • By Kingdiplodocus on 23-04-15

A great overview of scripture.

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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: 23-04-15

Rohr takes scripture as a whole and discusses themes found throughout (macro) rather than focussing so much on individual stories (micro).

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Meditation for Christians: Entering the Mind of Christ

  • By: James Finley
  • Narrated by: James Finley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

A practice-oriented course in Christianity's unique meditation tradition, contemplative prayer, presented by James Finley, author, teacher, and former student of Thomas Merton. Finley has been at the forefront of the Christian meditation movement for over 20 years, and in this guided retreat, he leads you into your own direct experience of the heart of contemplative prayer. Includes a complete guided session on the practice of Christian meditation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic listen

  • By Danny Mc on 01-01-15

Excellent

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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: 30-03-15

Step by step practice for Christian mediation as well as thoughts surrounding practice and some of its' monastic history/foundation.

  • Things Hidden

  • Scripture as Spirituality
  • By: Richard Rohr
  • Narrated by: John Quigley O.F.M.
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

In this exploration of the central themes of Scripture, Richard Rohr transforms the written word, discovering in these ancient texts a new and vital meaning, relevant and essential for modern Christians. Rohr offers his listeners a Christian vision of abundance, grace, and joy to counteract a world filled with scarcity, judgment, and fear - a vision that can revolutionize how we relate to ourselves, others, and the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent insight into the Bible

  • By Kingdiplodocus on 27-03-15

Excellent insight into the Bible

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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: 27-03-15

Rohr takes the listener through many themes from scripture and how they reveal helpful patterns and insight for the journey.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Falling Upward

  • A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
  • By: Richard Rohr
  • Narrated by: Richard Rohr
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

In the first half of life, we are naturally preoccupied with establishing ourselves; climbing, achieving, and performing. But as we grow older and encounter challenges and mistakes, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way. This message of falling down - that is in fact moving upward - is the most resisted and counterintuitive of messages in the world's religions. Falling Upward offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life's mysteries: how those who have fallen down are the only ones who understand "up".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Falling Upwad in Love

  • By Miles on 12-04-13

Rohr just keeps getting better.

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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: 18-03-15

This book may well be life changing for me. An epiphany of sorts. I've heard and read a lot of Richard Rohr but I think this is his best so far and lovely to have it read by the author himself.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Letting Go

  • Living the Wisdom of Saint Francis
  • By: Richard Rohr OFM
  • Narrated by: Richard Rohr OFM
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

We often think of saints as rare individuals whose gifts far exceed our own, and St. Francis is no exception. But for Fr. Richard Rohr, a prolific author and renowned speaker, the life and teachings of this beloved figure offer an authentic spirituality we can all embody.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Revolutionary Idea in a Materialistic World

  • By Ms. B.Hartland on 14-04-13

Very good from Rohr again.

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

Reviewed: 08-03-15

The narration is excellent but the audio quality is a little sub-par. I would recommend anything from Richard Rohr. His explanation of the journey is very helpful and honest as always.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful