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Set Free

A Life-Changing Journey from Banking to Buddhism in Bhutan
Narrated by: Emma Slade
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
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Emma Slade was a high-flying debt analyst for a large investment bank when she was taken hostage in a hotel room on a business trip to Jakarta. She thought she was lucky to come out of it unscathed, but over the ensuing weeks and months, as the financial markets crashed, Emma became her own distressed asset as the trauma following the event took hold.

Realising her view on life had profoundly changed, she embarked upon a journey, discovering the healing power of yoga and, in Bhutan, opening her eyes to a kinder, more peaceful way of living.

From fast-paced city life to the stillness of Bhutan's Himalayan mountains, Set Free is the inspiring true story of Emma's astonishing life lived to extremes and all that that entails: work, travel, spirituality, Buddhism, relationships, and the underlying question of what makes a meaningful life.

©2017 Emma Slade (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • 08-09-2020

Interesting yet conflicting

This was an interesting listen and nicely narrated, but it left me conflicted. Whilst describing her actions in becoming a nun, the author says that it could be seen as self indulgent but isn't.... The trouble is that it really is. Her life is devoted to her practice, for her. She even implies that the only reason she remains with her son is that leaving would cause him sadness. The practice of compassion seems more driven by achieving personal happiness than any altruistic motive. The overall impression I'm left with is not one of a compassionate and selfless individual, but rather someone doing what she wants, for herself. Nothing wrong with that, but no need to dress it up as anything else.

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  • Stella
  • 03-08-2020

Beyond inspiring.

I do not believe I have ever listened to a more inspiring reader. I cannot wait to find out about Emma and her wonderful work ❣️

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  • Customer
  • 23-07-2020

Buy this book

Beautiful book, easy to read/listen to. Audio version is a pleasure Support a worthwhile cause by purchasing this uplifting book.

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  • Sally
  • 11-10-2018

Inspirational

Such an intensely personal and open account of the life of one person trying to make sense of it all through Buddhism. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and helping me to understand that reality is what you make it, and things that from one place might seem improbable or impossible are in fact, not only possible but beneficial and desirable when viewed through the lens of kindness.

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  • Polly McGillivray
  • 08-07-2018

Wonderful!

This book is an inspiration. The story is engaging and fascinating. It was a true honour to hear Emma Slades story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-2018

Beautiful

A beautiful book. So well narrated by emma. I’d recommend this to all. Thank you

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  • sarah.lloyd2@btinternet.com
  • 07-01-2018

interesting from start to finish.

intriguing true story. told at a decent pace to allow the listener/reader to absorb the content and picture a scene or concept

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  • Petra
  • 02-01-2018

Amazing and beautiful

I’m surprised that this book does not have more raving reviews. It’s such a beautiful book and Emma’s voice is so soothing. One of my favourite books on buddhism. Wonderful and inspiring story. Thank you, Emma, for writing this and for all the work you are doing to help others.