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Waking Up Audiobook

Waking Up

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Publisher's Summary

For the millions of people who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’ new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology.

From best-selling author, neuroscientist, and "new atheist" Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the increasingly large numbers of people who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds. Throughout the book, Harris argues that there are important truths to be found in the experiences of such contemplatives - and, therefore, that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow.

Waking Up is part seeker’s memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris - a scientist, philosopher, and famous sceptic - could write it.

©2014 Sam Harris (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. 2014, published in the UK by Random House Audiobooks

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    sam 10/03/2015
    sam 10/03/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Great insight into the mind"

    A great insight into the mind using Harris' own personal experiences and science alike. Always enjoy a Sam Harris work.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Saman Attarian Adelaide , Australia 21/11/2016
    Saman Attarian Adelaide , Australia 21/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "insightful"

    insightful, with a bit of bios towards NDE & mantras
    practical ideas on meditation. highly recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 12/09/2016
    Aaron 12/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "mind blown away"

    a must read for anyone looking to expand your minds view on this world we all live in

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hayley 21/02/2017
    Hayley 21/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A lot of contradictions"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book was recommended to me by someone who is new to their spiritual journey. Personally I found it contradictory and at times, closed minded. He often tries to justify his views by using science, however, some things are as yet unable to be explained, and probably will be for some time to come.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sam Harris again?

    Probably not


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    There were a few good analogies along the way


    Do you think Waking Up needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Enough said


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    chris 19/02/2017
    chris 19/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Shortcut to where you need to be"

    The strategies presented in this book for meditation and the description of consciousness are the best I've ever heard and for that I can't thank you enough Sam. Anyone and everyone can take something from this book.

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    Manjunath 26/07/2016
    Manjunath 26/07/2016
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    "excellent. interesting. triggers questions. good"

    narrator sam is not good reader. but content is too good to worry about reader

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    Tristan 14/07/2016
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    "Perfect! "

    As always, Sam Harris gives an incredibly moving and scientifically accurate depiction of reality on the basis of spirituality, from one of the most rational minds I've ever come across.

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    Garnett 17/06/2016
    Garnett 17/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A spiritual experience in it's own right."

    A genuinely brilliant mind, exploring the middle ground between the rigidity of religion and the flux of scientific understanding.

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    Natalie 19/01/2016
    Natalie 19/01/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "A must read for atheists and religious alike"

    Harris eloquently articulates what I have experienced and known to be true for many years; that there is a profoundly beautiful and transcendent alternative to blind religious observance that is accessible to us all. To the religious and atheist alike, I say you owe it to your own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around you to read and comprehend this book.

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    Pedro 13/08/2015
    Pedro 13/08/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Spiritual without any pretence"

    Finally, a spiritual guide in an honest reading. As usual Sam has left no stone unturned and has delivered in detail the pros and cons for anyone who is seriously seeking in understanding and producing life changing experiences.

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  • Robert
    30/03/15
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    "wow"

    Simply great. A balanced, useful, contemporary synthesis of philosophy, neuroscience, and contemplative methodology.

    Sam Harris is possibly the most reasonable man alive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • srocha
    8/03/15
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    "Sam Harris has outdone himself"

    Great writing by a great mind.
    As usual Harris offers a new perspective on things, one which would have been extremely difficult to arrive by oneself.
    Thanks Sam, I've enjoyed it thoroughly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • O. R. Jones
    28/01/17
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    "I think this book might change my life"

    Never really thought about meditation seriously until after listening to this book. Thank you Sam.

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  • Jacques Smuts
    18/06/16
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    "Life changing"

    Literally life changing. I don't think I've said that of any book or movie just read it.

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  • Lukasz Hawro
    15/02/15
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    "This is Important."

    Possibly one of the most important book you can read about spirituality today.
    Performance wise is also top level. I have read Sam's books and follewed him for some time on YT, blog and podcasts. I knew the book will be of the highest quality but the audiobook somehow enhanced the experience even more. Listening to Sam's voice is so much better than merly reading the book in your own voice inside your head...
    This is an ultimate journey to spirituality guided by one of the most important figure in line of scientific and spiritual/religion field.
    You simply cannot afford to miss it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Phineas
    19/02/15
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    "A solid case for a reasonable spirituality"

    Sam makes a strong and well-argued case for a a thoroughly reasonable spirituality with his uniquely humorous sober candour. He gently nudges you in to a desire to explore..

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chris Pemberton
    30/12/14
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    "The way ahead"

    Excellent - but not quite a how to do it. I'm still in the departure lounge, but maybe that was Sam Harris's aim.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marek
    23/10/16
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    "The most important book of the modern era"

    It should be a legal requirement that young adults read this book. Harris calmy tears apart the very foundation of what people think it is to experience life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M. Nemirovsky
    So Cal
    8/10/16
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    "Enlightening listen"

    Beyond the clear and eloquent discussion on spirituality from a scientific perspective, Sam Harris' discourse on consciousness is presented with the open-mindedness and scientific rigour one would expect from him.

    I was already on his side as it were before the listen, but also as usual there are many passages of worthy insights to take from Sam's experiences.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sean 'Axel' Foley
    Isle of Wight
    2/10/16
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    "Waking Up!"

    Clear, concise, enlightening this is a must read for those becoming aware of their journey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. M. Webber
    Berkshire, England
    26/09/16
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    "Thought changing, life changing. Informative"

    Sams reading lends itself well to the subject matter. I'm very glad he was the one to read it. I've not looked greatly into meditation before but have had slight but not mindful interest in it. I've seen slight changes in my mood whilst enjoying this book over the past week, possibly due to a concious effort to be more mindfull of moods during my waking life. Only a couple of times did I try some nornal meditation, which was interesting though I'm unsure if I just fell asleep as I forgot where i was for a time it was just nothingness, so i think it was asleep and not actual mediation. Anyway I will continue to be mindfull and would like to thank sam Harris for his honesty and logical thinking. Not being scared off from topics that might cause most to stear away. Very much appreciated. I would say if your sceptical, its a good reason to try this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James
    1/08/16
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    "Thank you Sam Harris"

    This book is truly brilliant, Sam's idea that a spiritual life can be enjoyed in a secular way is as beneficial as it is important. I don't know if you will ever read this Sam but thank you for helping me sort through the knots in my mind and find peace.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Santiago Ruiz-Valdepeñas Martín de Almagro
    Madrid, Spain
    18/02/17
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    "Great discussion on the nature of consciousness."

    This book discusses the nature of consciousness without dogma, instead using reason and first hand experiences available to anyone through introspection.
    The part about split brain patients was particularly fascinating and enlightening.
    As a negative, too much of the book is devoted to debunking bad ideas.
    Great overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sbr
    warsaw
    9/02/17
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    "Excellent but perhaps incomplete."

    An excellent book, though lead to more questions than answers. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. As a general sceptic I have never taken the word 'spiritual' seriously but Harris has given me pause to consider his very considered position.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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