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Aaron Lavack

New Zealand
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  • Lying

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption - even murder and genocide - generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie. In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad but not great

  • By mathew broster on 25-11-2018

I am no longer capable of lying

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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: 19-07-2018

Well, maybe not quite incapable. But it was a great book anyway! Sam is always coherent, and a lot of fun.i love his lack of interest in social norms.

  • The Player of Games

  • Culture Series, Book 2
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh: Jernau Morat Gurgeh, The Player of Games, master of every board, computer, and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game... a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this book!

  • By Chris O'Neill on 22-01-2016

Too good!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-2017

I couldn't stop listening! The narration was great, the plot, enjoyable, and the prose, transporting. If you love boardgames, I'm quite sure you'll love this novel. And if you don't, well - after this you'll probably want to. Right, I'm going to start on the next culture book.

  • The Joy of Being

  • Awakening to One's True Identity
  • By: Eckhart Tolle
  • Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

When challenges arise in your life, what happens inside of you? For many of us, the larger the problem, the more we resist, contract, and react unconsciously. On the other hand, explains Eckhart Tolle, in any given moment we have the chance to remain open to life, align with what is, and experience the natural sense of peace and aliveness that he calls "the joy of being".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a great place to start

  • By Aaron Lavack on 09-09-2017

Not a great place to start

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

Reviewed: 09-09-2017

This a live recording of a retreat. It's worth getting if you've already read/heard the power of now, a new earth, and stillness speaks, but if not, those are better places to start.
For more frequent eggtart listeners, you'll probably enjoy this. It gives you a good sense of being there at the retreat and, as always he has some great insights to share (mixed in with ' new earth' levels of unfounded logical leaps). The good stuff is really good though :-)

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