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  • The Varieties of Religious Experience

  • By: William James
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 5
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First published in 1905, The Varieties of Religious Experience is a collection of lectures given at the University of Edinburgh in 1901 and 1902. William James was a psychologist and, as such, his interest in religion was not that of a theologian but of a scientist. In these 20 lectures, he discusses the nature and origin of religious belief. The average believer is one who has inherited his religion, but this will not do for James's inquiry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and Relevant Still

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-12-2018

Fascinating and Relevant Still

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Reviewed: 11-12-2018

So good! I'll have to buy a hard copy to read in absorb it more.

  • The Odyssey

  • The Fitzgerald Translation
  • By: Homer, Robert Fitzgerald - translator
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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    5 out of 5 stars 7
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Robert Fitzgerald's translation of The Odyssey has been the standard translation for more than three generations of students and poets. Macmillan Audio is delighted to publish the first ever audio edition of this classic work, the greatest of all epic poems. Fitzgerald's supple verse is ideally suited for audio, recounting the story of Odysseus' long journey back to his wife and home after the Trojan War. Homer's tale of love, adventure, food and drink, sensual pleasure, and mortal danger reaches the English-language listener in all its glory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great tale well told.

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-09-2018

A great tale well told.

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Reviewed: 20-09-2018

Amazing to think this was written almost 3000 years ago. Even translated it seems a work of art. The reading was excellent with a very pleasing voice.

  • Essence of the Upanishads

  • A Key to Indian Spirituality
  • By: Eknath Easwaran
  • Narrated by: Paul Bazely
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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Easwaran's classic manual is a unique source of practical spiritual support for new and experienced meditators, and gives all the instruction needed to establish a vibrant meditation practice and keep it going. In passage meditation, you focus attention on passages, or texts, drawn from all the world's sacred traditions. You choose the passages that appeal to you, so this universal method stays fresh and inspiring, prompting you to live out your highest ideals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent messages from the Upanishads

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-03-2018

Excellent messages from the Upanishads

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Reviewed: 13-03-2018

This is really a dissertation on the teachings of the Upanishads. It doesn't reproduce the Upanishads to any degree but passes on the messages beautifully.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bhagavad Gita

  • By: Eknath Easwaran
  • Narrated by: Paul Bazely
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

The Bhagavad Gita, "The Song of the Lord", is the best known of all the Indian scriptures, and Easwaran's reliable and accessible version has consistently been the best-selling translation. Easwaran's introduction places the Gita in its historical setting and brings out the universality and timelessness of its teachings. Chapter introductions give clear explanations of key concepts in that chapter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Listen without the commentary

  • By Philippe Bourse on 09-04-2018

Beautifully read and told

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Reviewed: 21-02-2018

Always wanted to enter the Gita. I couldn't have expected a more enjoyable introduction. Only trouble is the last two hours plus of the audio is a repeat of the beginning. Is that symbolic? ;-)

  • A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

  • The Stories in Our Genes
  • By: Adam Rutherford
  • Narrated by: Adam Rutherford
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
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    5 out of 5 stars 66
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This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is for every one of the 100 billion modern humans who has ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in each of our genomes we carry the history of the whole of our species.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Ryan on 10-02-2017

Fascinating - Mostly

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Reviewed: 02-01-2018

Fascinating enough to buy and filled with interesting information which will help us to understand our close relationship with everyone and everything. A bit laboured and repetitive at times and given to occasional, unnecessary atheist pronouncements.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell

  • By: Joseph Campbell, Michael Toms
  • Narrated by: Joseph Campbell, Michael Toms
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
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Over a span of 12 years (1975 to 1987), New Dimensions Radio host Michael Toms recorded conversations between the late Joseph Campbell (author of The Power of Myth) and himself, during which time they developed a close friendship. In these stimulating conversations, central questions in the search for understanding and knowledge of the spiritual universe in which we live are explored.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great pleasure filled with wisdom and insight.

  • By Daniel on 09-12-2018

Valuable Wisdom

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Reviewed: 30-11-2017

You don't have to agree with everything but you will value the inherited wisdom. Well worth listening to someone who has devoted his life to the quest for meaning.

  • Science and Spiritual Practices

  • Reconnecting Through Direct Experience
  • By: Rupert Sheldrake
  • Narrated by: Rupert Sheldrake
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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By the author of The Science Delusion, a detailed account of how science can authenticate spirituality. In this pioneering book, Rupert Sheldrake shows how science helps validate seven practices on which all religions are built and which are part of our common human heritage. The effects of spiritual practices are now being investigated scientifically as never before, and many studies have shown that religious and spiritual practices generally make people happier and healthier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting listen

  • By Paul on 10-11-2017

Useful Discussion of Spiritual Practices

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Reviewed: 27-11-2017

Covering interesting historical, scientific and philosophical matters, this is a very useful book for believers and non. You don't have to accept everything said to obtain great value.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Memories, Dreams, Reflections

  • By: C. G. Jung
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
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In 1957, four years before his death, Carl Gustav Jung, psychiatrist and psychologist, began writing his life story. But what started as an exercise in autobiography soon morphed into an altogether more profound undertaking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We learn so much about ourselves through the stories of others

  • By Dhruva on 26-02-2018

Excellently Read and Thoroughly Interesting

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Reviewed: 15-11-2017

I don't think I have enjoyed the reading of a book so much. I kept thinking Jung was speaking. Hard to agree with Jung in all things but he was remarkable and his thoughts should challenge us all. Great to gain a more personal insight.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Old Testament

  • By: Amy-Jill Levine, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Amy-Jill Levine
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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The Old Testament - written in ancient Israel by many different authors over the course of a thousand years - has had more meaning to more people than any other book the world has known. In a series of 24 lively lectures, Professor Levine explores selected passages from the texts known as the Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible, and the Tanakh, revealing how fresh research and findings from scholars of archaeology, cross-cultural studies, and comparative religion can deepen your understanding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Under the hood of the old testament

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-09-2017

Under the hood of the old testament

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Reviewed: 28-09-2017

Excellent for Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Aetheist, well actually anyone interested in the historical, if not spiritual richness of this material which is too important, even now, to overlook. Also very entertaining. Wish I had lecturers like her.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Guns, Germs and Steel

  • The Fate of Human Societies
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Doug Ordunio
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 288

Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good research, too many words

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-03-2017

Too thorough for most

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Reviewed: 23-12-2016

I thought I liked detail until I tried this book. Too detailed for most readers but excellent if you have the time and patience. I found Sapiens more gripping yet similarly broadening in our appreciation of human history.