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Rev. David B. Smith

Dulwich Hill, New South Wales Australia
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  • Speaking Peace

  • Connecting with Others Through Nonviolent Communication
  • By: Marshall B. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Marshall B. Rosenberg
  • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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    5 out of 5 stars 9

Our words have the power to create profound healing or incredible suffering. Yet even with the best intentions, it is often difficult to express ourselves in ways that build harmony and trust. Speaking Peace presents a seminal four-part model you can use immediately to connect to the spirit of love and generosity within you and start contributing to the well-being of everyone you relate to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Rev. David B. Smith on 23-04-2019

Brilliant

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Reviewed: 23-04-2019

This man is brilliant (though he won’t appreciate you telling him so). If only his training was taught in every school!

  • The F*ck It Diet

  • By: Caroline Dooner
  • Narrated by: Caroline Dooner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

The anti-diet bible that calls time’s up to poisonous beliefs about food, weight and worth. Dieting doesn't work. Not long term. In fact, our bodies are hardwired against it. But each time our diets fail, instead of considering that maybe our ridiculously low-carb diet is the problem, we wonder what’s wrong with us. But it’s time we called a spade a spade: Constantly trying to eat the smallest amount possible is a miserable way to live, and it isn’t even working. So f*ck it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Get It!!

  • By Meg on 20-04-2019

Refreshing but very repetitive

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Reviewed: 16-04-2019

This book is designed for those who have exhausted themselves looking for the perfect diet, and at that level it is refreshing. Even so, there’s not much wisdom in the book that goes beyond the two key words in the title - f*ck it!

  • Nonviolent Communication

  • Create Your Life, Your Relationships, and Your World in Harmony with Your Values
  • By: Marshall Rosenberg PhD
  • Narrated by: Marshall Rosenberg PhD
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 293
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
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On Nonviolent Communication, this renowned peacemaker presents his complete system for speaking our deepest truths, addressing our unrecognized needs and emotions, and honoring those same concerns in others. With this adaptation of the best-selling book of the same title, Marshall Rosenberg teaches in his own words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional in every way!

  • By Julia on 31-03-2018

Profound

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Reviewed: 22-03-2019

I found the book annoying at first. The author seemed slow and ponderous, and yet after a while I realised he was profound.

  • The Future of Faith

  • By: Harvey Cox
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 1
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Legendary Harvard religion scholar Harvey Cox offers up a new interpretation of the history and future of religion. Cox identifies three fundamental shifts over the last 2,000 years of church history: The Age of Faith, The Age of Belief, The Age of the Spirit. Reflecting on how his own faith journey mirrors these three historical shifts, Cox personalizes the material in a compelling, practical ways. The Future of Faith is a major statement by one of the most revered theologians today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of insights but blinkered at points

  • By Rev. David B. Smith on 18-03-2019

Lots of insights but blinkered at points

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Reviewed: 18-03-2019

The professor has lots of insights into the future of the church. At the same time though, his own theological agenda seems to compromise his academic integrity at numerous points.

He depicts the first few centuries of the church’s existence as being a time when various versions of Christianity flourished and there was great tolerance. It’s as if he has never read the epistles of Saint Paul.

  • The Professor in the Cage

  • Why Men Fight and Why We like to Watch
  • By: Jonathan Gottschall
  • Narrated by: Quincy Dunn-Baker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

When a mixed martial arts (MMA) gym moves in across the street from his office, Jonathan Gottschall sees a challenge and an opportunity. Pushing 40, out of shape, and disenchanted with his job as an adjunct English professor, part of him yearns to cross the street and join up. The other part is terrified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK.

  • By John Birmingham on 10-02-2019

Profound and beautifully written

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Reviewed: 05-12-2018

As a professional fighter, I found this book full of insight. As a professional wordsmith, I was equally impressed with the delivery of that insight. We’ll done, brother. It’s time to make the transition to boxing so that the saga might continue. 🥊

  • Father Bob

  • The Larrikin Priest
  • By: Sue Williams
  • Narrated by: Francis Greenslade
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    5 out of 5 stars 2

This is the life story of Father Bob Maguire - a rare behind-the-scenes look at the much-loved 'people's priest'. The enigmatic champion of the down-and-out was shaped by a lonely childhood in poor circumstances, an early priesthood that collided with the upheaval of Vatican II and working with the army during the Vietnam War. This is a lively portrait of the man behind the resilient social activist and popular media performer who refuses to be defeated by enforced retirement from the parish over which he presided for nearly 40 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Rev. David B. Smith on 01-11-2018

Brilliant!

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Reviewed: 01-11-2018

Love Bob. Love the book. Only sorry that it doesn’t include an anthology of Bob’s sermons

  • The Doomsday Machine

  • By: Daniel Ellsberg
  • Narrated by: Steven Cooper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
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    5 out of 5 stars 26

The Doomsday Machine is Ellsberg's hair-raising insider's account of the most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization, whose legacy - and renewal under the Obama administration - threatens the very survival of humanity. It is scarcely possible to estimate the true dangers of our present nuclear policies without penetrating the secret realities of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, when Ellsberg had high-level access to them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Necessary reading

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-11-2018

A must read

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Reviewed: 21-10-2018

Everyone should read this book. And if everyone did read this book, humanity might have a hope for the future.

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  • Undisputed Truth

  • By: Mike Tyson, Larry Sloman
  • Narrated by: Joshua Henry
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon - Mike Tyson has defied stereotypes, expectations, and a lot of conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Bullied as a boy in the toughest, poorest neighborhood in Brooklyn, Tyson grew up to become one of the most thrilling and ferocious boxers of all time - and the youngest heavyweight champion ever. But his brilliance in the ring was often compromised by reckless behavior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joshua Henry did a tremendous job! Really enjoyed listening to him telling the story!

  • By Anonymous User on 20-09-2018

Raw and powerful

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Reviewed: 13-02-2018

I almost quit this book numerous times as the main character is not a likeable guy and I got sick of hearing about him. Even so, I’m glad I stuck it out to the end. Gut-wrenching!

  • The Complete Guide to Fasting

  • Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting
  • By: Jimmy Moore, Dr. Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Moore
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

Thousands of books have been written about the latest and greatest diets that will help people lose weight and improve health. But a key element in any successful nutritional health program is a tried-and-true method that most people haven't thought about - yet it could be revolutionary for taking health to the next level. This ancient secret is fasting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read, Game changer,

  • By Dan Jury on 08-10-2017

Convincing!

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Reviewed: 01-01-2018

This really is a complete and comprehensive guide, and makes a lot of sense. Well written and read too.

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  • Beyond Training

  • Mastering Endurance, Health, & Life
  • By: Ben Greenfield
  • Narrated by: Ben Greenfield
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Beyond Training is for men and women who have made it out of couch potato mode and are ready to take things to the next level, whether that means shedding those last few extra pounds, finishing a 5K, or even crossing the finish line of an Ironman triathlon. Everyone from the casual exerciser to the weightlifter, CrossFitter, obstacle racer, marathoner, mountaineer, triathlete, swimmer, cyclist, runner, and biohacker will glean tons of knowledge and life-changing advice from this book.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating references to numerous nonexistent websites

  • By Ben on 18-05-2017

Comprehensive but over the top

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Reviewed: 15-12-2017

This guy knows a lot but he thinks he has the answer to everything (or that he is the answer)