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The Untethered Soul Audiobook

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

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Publisher's Summary

Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.

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"Read this book carefully and you will get more than a glimpse of eternity." (Deepak Chopra)

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    Jim 12/09/2016
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    "life changing!"

    it's a life changing book which makes you see everything so differently! I must read/listen to for everyone !!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 17/10/2014
    Lisa 17/10/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Popularity doesn't guarantee quality"

    I approached this book with an open heart and an open mind. I had read no reviews of it, had not heard of it, other than it being referred to by an acquaintance as a book that had made a positive difference in his life. I downloaded it from Audible and listened to it over two days.

    As it commenced I felt connected to some of the examples being provided, including some which made me laugh out loud at how I winced or nodded thinking ‘oh damn, that’s me!’ - which set me up for feeling positive about the rest of the book.
    As each chapter progressed I was reading it feeling a sense of anticipation. Anticipation of some practical insights; of some ways of connecting those insights about consciousness into my day-to-day realities.

    What I found, however, was not a sense of progression but a sense of frustration.

    Increasingly, each chapter would seem to be rather repetitious and not, (in any way obvious to me –and I acknowledge my potential lack of depth or existentially relevant skills) – provide any further insight than that already provided. Onward, I continued – convinced the lack of progression was mine not the author’s. Despite my developing misgivings, I continued reading, and in fact completed the book. Towards the end of the book I found I was ‘arguing’ with the author about inconsistencies.

    The book for the most part presents as very respectful of all belief systems.
    The broadness of approach, of language used, allows for the ‘idea’ of whatever the reader holds to be their version of ‘spiritual’ as able to be encompassed. In relation to this point, as an ‘open-minded atheist’ I appreciated this approach and was able to listen comfortably for most of the book.
    Until Chapter 19 (final chapter). At this point the author seemed to fling to one side the inclusive language previously used. With the exception of one paragraph, all references exclusively and repeatedly use the term ‘god.’ Seven biblical quotations with relevant references were used while merely one sentence was used to encompass all other belief systems.

    Another challenge presented in Chapter 19 was the concept of being judgemental.
    Perhaps it is my naïveté. To say that someone is…(whatever the next word).. then one is being judgemental; whether, and irrelevantly, positive or negative.

    “It is like the unconditional love of mother. A mother devotes every moment of her life to a child who is physically or mentally challenged. She thinks the child is beautiful. She doesn’t focus on the shortcomings. In fact, she doesn’t see them as shortcomings.”
    What patronising judgements! To use the emotionally-charged elements including (but certainly not limited to): 1) a child; 2) a child with some sort/level of disability or challenge; 3) the expectations of the role of a mother; 4) the presumption that a mother will unquestioningly view her ‘challenged child’ as ‘beautiful’.

    I can’t recall the section, however one part of the book left me particularly bemused. While we are exhorted to transcend judgement, we are provided examples of being judged. The author asks who do you think god would rather talk to: a whinger or someone seeing only the positive? It is answered for us, that god would obviously prefer the positive person. Is this not utterly judgemental? Particularly when the parable of the prodigal son was also proffered (a parable which provides me with a personal sense of how unfair, rather than non-judgemental, that people can be) is held aloft for us to be inspired by.

    So, I would have to say that, in my opinion, this book is worth listening to as a beginning moment on a journey of consciousness. It does not, however, provide any real maps or practical methods about how to get anywhere. It is rather repetitive in its approach and does not develop the initial ideas presented to any useful extent. It does provide a starting point for challenging oneself about journey of self-actualisation.

    The performance/presentation of the book is very good and I would be very happy to listen to other productions by this narrator.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gustavo 17/08/2016
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    "Excellent book!"

    loved it. will read again and again for the rest of my life when needed to be reminded of happiness

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    Panozzo 12/08/2016
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    "Awesome, loved it!"

    Great book, loved the narrator as well, very entertaining, will listen to it again as there are many golden nuggets in there 🙏🏼

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    Stephen 30/06/2016
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    "excellent "

    was a great book until it got all god bothersome
    blah blah blah blah blah

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    Kautuk 11/06/2016
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    "great book really inspirational one pls go through"

    great book really awakning one...every one should read atlest once in their life time and feel the change you can bring into you and this world.

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    Taryn 21/02/2016
    Taryn 21/02/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Highly recommend"

    This book was amazingly thought provoking. You need to hear it! I will be listening to it again

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    Leah 03/05/2015
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    "Perfect!"

    This was such an exceptional book. I have been dealing with a lot of things recently and have decided to make a huge decision in my life when I stumbled across this book. This book has made me think about things differently and has put different things in perspective for me!
    Could not recommend this book more.

    It was also very easy to listen to.

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    Mel 20/11/2015
    Mel 20/11/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Divine!"

    I love this book and continue to recommend it to others as it was recommended to me. Namaste 🙏

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tarah doyle 18/06/2015
    tarah doyle 18/06/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Easy to follow."

    Easy to follow, no too over the top. I didn't get lost like some others I have listened to.

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  • Lea Zimmerman
    Gladewater, TX, United States
    16/12/11
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    "Fabulous!"

    Okay, I love Tolle, Dyer, Chodron, Chopra, Ruiz, Byron Katie, and many others, and that won't change. But for the clearest explanation of how to disregard that 'nut' running commentary in my head, this book wins hands down. It is funny, I mean oh so, 'oh my goodness of course' belly laugh funny, and sensible and simple. I love simple. If you really want to understand who 'you' are...the real you behind the insanity, this is a great book. I found the narrator to be fine, not perfect but I had no problem listening to him. Listened all the way through first day and started over.

    180 of 188 people found this review helpful
  • Peggy
    Wasilla, AK, United States
    21/10/12
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    "Changed my Life!"

    I have listened to this book about 8 times. Everytime I re-listen I hear something new.
    It has chaged my life and given me freedom. Thank you Michael Singer for sharing this wonderful way of living.

    68 of 72 people found this review helpful
  • Anita
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
    24/03/14
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    "Amazing Content, Awful Sound"
    What did you love best about The Untethered Soul?

    Amazing content. The book really ties together a lot of spiritual concepts and just says it how it is. I've read a lot in this genre and am hearing things elucidated like never before. I LOVE the description of the energy waves and the Dao as well as the description of the stuck energy in the heart. I've experienced this phenomenon in Vipassana meditation but it was never explained as plainly/nicely as this.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Berkrot?

    Peter's voice is fine, but he starts each sentence with a burst and then trails off at the end of each sentence. I'm listening on quality Beats speakers so it's not my system. The result is that the volume has to be turned up louder to hear the end of the sentence, and it makes the beginning part way too loud. To the mixing/mastering engineer: please USE A COMPRESSOR! It's maddening.


    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Sallie
    Ukiah, CA, United States
    21/09/12
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    "I loved this book"
    What did you love best about The Untethered Soul?

    I listened to this book over and over. There is a sense of peace and surrender that comes over me after I finish a chapter.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Untethered Soul?

    Quieting the mind chatter.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Berkrot – was your favorite?

    It gets really good at chapter 14 and beyond


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    lean back and let it pass through you.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep this book handy. You will refer to it over and over again.

    35 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • michael
    roswell, Georgia, United States
    9/09/12
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    "A straightforward solid spiritual guide"

    Listen to the narrator for yourself. I found the narration good and the reader had appropriate deference and sensitivity to the content. I did not agree with the harsh judgements regarding the narrator, it was fine for me.

    This book feels like a good distillation of the many books I have read on Buddhism, positive psychology and just good ways to live fully. I recommend this for anyone who feels blocked in life.

    43 of 47 people found this review helpful
  • Norine
    Castle Rock, CO
    30/11/12
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    "Inspirational and worth striving towards!"

    This spiritual book taught me to detach more and to let go, which isn't new to me, but it's presented in a different way. I love it!
    The only criticism I have is with the narrator. He tended to drop the volume of his voice on the last word of the sentence. I'd have to go back and listen again to get the one word.

    26 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Prattsville, AR, United States
    12/01/12
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    "Finding your authentic self"
    What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

    Peter Berkrot's performance is soul searching, but at the same time allows me to laugh at the


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

    Probably should have been listened to in one sitting, but definitely one that I will listen to a second time.


    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Brigham
    2/07/14
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    "Quiet Insight"
    What did you like best about The Untethered Soul? What did you like least?

    The single greatest element of this book was the "Allegory of the House." Essentially, one will gain greater insight into the concepts shared after having progressed through the book up to the Allegory itself. However, I feel the Allegory itself could serve as a stand-alone. I kept waiting for the book to give more credit to divine intervention. While this is not for everyone, many people relate to this concept. The author does bring this point around in its own chapter near the final points of the book. If the God themes aren't for you, you'll be ok. If the God themes are your thing, you'll also be just fine.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story did nothing, if not to help you find that other people are experiencing the same inner nuance you are. For instance, the author, at the very beginning, relates to the reader by admitting that he has tried to tell the voice in his head to 'Shut Up.' This relatively regular theme of intermittent candor is refreshing.


    Did Peter Berkrot do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I think Peter did a respectable job. My concern with his reading of this work lies solely in his volume level. Sporadic is the best word for it. At times, his volume is normal, and easily received, While other times, when he seems to be attempting to do the author justice, he lowers his voice for dramatic effect. More than a few times I struggled to comprehend what he had said, forcing me to rewind the audio and re-listen. I'm not sure what this does for my stats on the mobile app but I was concerned. ;^)


    Was The Untethered Soul worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor
    Holly, MI, United States
    28/02/13
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    "Great topic, poorly explained"
    Would you try another book from Michael A. Singer and/or Peter Berkrot?

    No


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure


    What didn’t you like about Peter Berkrot’s performance?

    Fluctuation in voice to add dramatic effect caused volume to fade too low to hear at times. Too much attempt at dramatization.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Any book on the topic of consciousness will have a couple of useful nuggets and this book was no different. Just hard to stay interested between the literary style and narration.


    Any additional comments?

    The Power of Now may be advanced and take great concentration, but I found it much clearer and that it did a phenomenal job of explaining the topic. I recommend that book instead.

    35 of 44 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    ACWORTH, GA, United States
    13/01/13
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    "Beautiful insight -- a voice I want to hear!!"
    If you could sum up The Untethered Soul in three words, what would they be?

    lightdeeptransformative


    What other book might you compare The Untethered Soul to and why?

    This book is one of a kind!


    What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

    Berkrot's performance was enticing, insightful and kind. His voice was persuasive, endearing, and pleasant.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Untethered Soul?

    One of my favorite lines was about "getting to know people, not just meet them." It changed the way I handle stress and negativity. Over time, I hope to learn how to completely reconstitute how I react in emotional situtations. dThis book gives me tools I needed to detach from stress and live fully in happiness.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic! Will listen again and again.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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  • SD
    20/10/14
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    "Getting rid of that voice!"
    Would you listen to The Untethered Soul again? Why?

    I have listened twice and keep going back for reinforcement.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It really helped me to shut up that constant chatter, as an over thinker? I now understand that it wasn't over thinkimg but the voice/chatter in my mind overtaking.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Berkrot – was your favourite?

    Easy to listen to and follow - good sense of humour helped


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You couldn't


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for anyone who wants to be able to shut up that chatter and really think!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Laila
    Dundee
    15/07/14
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    "Soul Food"
    What made the experience of listening to The Untethered Soul the most enjoyable?

    The concept of ones self.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Myself


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

    No but I will


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

    I did!


    Any additional comments?

    I feel I understand myself much more and I have a new out look in life. This book is truly life changing. I have shared this book with my friends and family and everyone loves it and cant wait to share it as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    ilford, United Kingdom
    27/09/15
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    "Just The Tonic"

    This is my second listen and l felt moved to listen to it. l found more this time than the first.

    This book is awesome in content, spirit and truth. The narrator is clear, dramatic and engaging.

    Just the Tonic for the journey.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    13/02/15
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    "One of the best I've purchased."

    I've listened to more than 50 audio books on spirituality, Buddhism, enlightenment, awakening etc., and this is the first time I've felt compelled to write a review.
    The author offers many great metaphors and stories to help the listener really understand the concepts discussed. I can already see how easy it 'could be' to change my behaviour, my perception and my experience of the life that flows through and around me - concepts I'm looking forward to playing with from this moment on.
    In summary then, this audiobook offers many of the concepts and ideas that others do, but in a way that helps the listener to think about how he / she can apply them in a practical way to day-to-day life situations, and in turn step that much closer towards awakening.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dnk.
    1/11/16
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    "Life-changing..."

    This audiobook has changed my life. No words can describe. It's a must read/listen for anyone seeking peace, clarity and spiritual enlightenment, from the depths and heat of anxiety. The narrator is suited perfectly - he speaks to you warmly and lovingly, like a good friend. All I can say is just thank you...!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart
    25/09/15
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    "excellent"

    love this so much it takes you all the way from a busy self obsessed mind to going beyond into disattachment and freedom. think I'll listen twice

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • TaD
    28/07/15
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    "Life Changing"

    This is the first book I have read that made a distinction between the voices in your head (internal dialogue) versus the impartial observer.

    Through many examples the book explains how to separate your thought processes from yourself. The challenge is to see and separate while understanding your transient role in this universe.

    I chuckled quite a bit in some parts and scratched my head in other parts.

    Definitely a book to listen to over and over again. Like its guidance to seek happiness in everything I shall be returning to this book to try to gain more of the knowledge it seeks to impart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jayne
    16/07/15
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    "Excellent..."

    Highly recommended, this book from start to finish had me wanting to hear more... will be listening again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • N. C. Paddy-okafor
    1/12/16
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    "Amazing life changing book"

    I've learned to fall behind the energy, be more aware and live fully. thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • yojary
    30/11/16
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    "Truly beautiful message."

    I found this book easy to follow and this is the 3rd time I read /listen to it. I'm learning a lot from it. happy days

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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