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The Art of Presence

Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
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In The Art of Presence, Eckhart guides you through seven hours of transformational insights that allow "presence to naturally arise" in you. With his one-of-a-kind instruction, you will learn how to ground yourself in the vibrancy of your "inner body" while simultaneously breaking free from the illusion of separation from the outside world.
©2007 Eckhart Tolle

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Very helpful.

Great work. I enjoy Eckhart's work and this too is great. Well presented and easy to follow and understand, with many stories, and refrences that help illustrate his teachings. Although due to the format of the
presentation I did find it difficult to hear at times.

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A very good collection of talks related to the topic.

I found this to be one of ET’s better collection of talks, in which there was a good deal related to the topic. There were many opportunities to also explore what presence means practically speaking, and I felt ET did a great job of looking at every day issues around presence, consciousness, the mind etc. I recommend this set as one of the better collections by the author.

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The worst Audible book I've ever heard

Would you try another book written by Eckhart Tolle or narrated by Eckhart Tolle?

Not a snowflakes chance in hell

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Eckhart Tolle?

Anyone

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom and disappointment

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This audiobook is a recording of a seminar. The author sounds like he's been smoking something illegal and like he's winging it. The participants in the seminar hang on every word the author so tediously leaks out and they laugh at every second sentence regardless of how lame it is, like a desperate person who's absolutely smitten. The author appears to be playing up to the part of spiritual guru to the point that this sounds like a really bad movie.

Any good message in here is completely lost in the presentation.

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  • Elliott Ann
  • 12-07-2008

Well worth it!

If your main focus is perfect digital quality, then No, it's not for you. Tolle has a German accent, but speaks clearly in English. I encounter no difficulties listening to this on my iPod. If your main focus is the message, this talk is fantastic! Tolle offers great insights into the workings of the human ego, and a practical guide to living each moment fully. For me, that's well worth being patient with some technical flaws.

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  • Lawrence
  • 03-10-2007

A Mature Piece

This is a good lecture to listen to after reading "The Power of Now." I've looked through Tolle's other books and most seem to be a rehashing of "The Power of Now," a sort of commercialized industry. A few are good though. The "Art of Presence" is one such good audio to listen to on my Ipod when walking or doing other things.

The unique thing about the lecture is that Tolle can direct you to pause in order to reflect or delve into a subject at the appropriate moment. This is further enhanced by the question and answer period, where I can pause after each exchange or let each question and answer section flow into the other.

I've read in other reviews that some people are turned off by his strange laugh, which it is. But if you are turned off by his laugh, then you have missed his message because you are tuned into your ego. His laugh is in fact the aspect one could focus on because it relates to a variety of concepts he explicates--or doesn't explicate if you understand his way of informing. I don't think he even knows how his laugh is a key to his work.

I think an important point to keep in mind is that one shouldn't give up on the message simply because one doesn't like the messenger. I would also not recommend that one become a Tolle-freak disciple. Listen, learn, and adapt your take on his concepts.

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  • Ruy
  • 01-02-2009

thoght provoking

This is a very easy to listen seminar that offers a modern and practical approach to the most basic precepts of Buddhism. I particularly enjoyed the fact that several ideas that I had on an intuitive level were here clearly exposed.
I found no problem with the audio quality, and was indeed happy with the relevance of the text.
Recommended.

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  • Jorn
  • 10-08-2007

Very poor sound quality

This a 7 hour recording of one of Eckarts recent retreats. As a devoded Eckhart listener I have heard many facets of this recording in other tape before but still think it is worthwhile hearing it again in a different setting. Unfortunately the sound quality of this recording is the worst I have experienced so far in retreat recordings.

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  • Mary Alice
  • 14-10-2009

A Week-end Retreat

I listened to this lecture over a week-end as a retreat. The unhurried nature of Tolle's voice, his silence and his humor all made for a relaxing and educational experience for me.

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  • Lou
  • 02-01-2008

The Art of Presence

This is the most recent talk as of January 1st 2008 that Audible has and is well worth the listen. I feel that Eckhart has in a way repackaged previous thoughts of philosophers. prophets and wise men through the ages. He has come up with new words for old words that have a millennia of baggage in their present form. But one thing is he speaks from his own experience of the Present Moment not what he read or heard. The power of this realization comes through loud and clear.
If you want to learn why you think and act a certain way and why others do what they do you can find it here in this listen. You can also learn how to change YOURSELF NOW
A Great talk

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  • Eric
  • 21-01-2008

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Most of the material contained here is available in "A New Earth", Buy the latter instead, it's my favorite book form Eckhart.

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  • Linda
  • 09-02-2008

Sound quality annoying

I love his books but this audio version was miserably annoying--the sound quality was like it was recorded on a home cassette. I couldn't listen to it, even after several intolerable attempts.

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  • karin burfict
  • 02-05-2010

great content, bad sound quality

I could hardly understand the words in many parts, bad sound quality....... as usual great speaker.

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  • E. Johnson
  • 13-12-2008

A peaceful listen..

Eckhart offers a fun informative learning journey. After experiencing this audio you can't help but feel bouyant.

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  • TingTing
  • 07-04-2013

A spiritual writer well worth listening to !

Some of us for some reason or another cannot attend a lecture or a retreat and wish we could ...I am one of those people ! However, this audio book transported me magically to experience the retreat as if I was indeed present . I loved the audience participation and laughter. I was instantly in the room with them all and felt I was sharing the whole experience . Eckhart Tolle's delivery and narration was in perfect, natural rhythm and I would whole heartedly recommend this to anyone - whether you have read any of Eckhart Tolle's books or not !

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-01-2015

9 out of 10 for a good reason

The laughter in the audience can sometimes... How can I put it... Bring me out of the now? Other than that, make no mistake, the man's a genius!

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  • Mr
  • 23-12-2012

One of the most important books written

What's written here is simply amazing. The one book I'd take onto a desert island.

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  • heunec
  • 31-10-2012

Enlightening and humorous

Another excelent speech/workshop by Eckhart Tolle, probably my favourite so far, and this is light and quite funny!

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  • Heydragonfly
  • 26-03-2019

Incredible

This is quite simply one of best audiobooks I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. Am on the 3rd listen and continuing to gain profound insights. Thank you Eckhart.

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  • Robin Phillips
  • 12-02-2017

Brilliant

Helpful .. Wise... Transcendent .. Fun ..
Most Excellent ... Highly recommended ... Simple .. Beautiful .., Educational .. Life enhancing .. Powerful ., Honest .. Truthful .. Wonderful ... Mindful .,Wholesome ,,, Compassionate ..

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  • Stuart
  • 15-03-2016

Sometimes difficult to hear clearly

As this appears to be taken from a live seminar with an audience it can be difficult to clearly make out what is being said.

The content is interesting, but found myself repeating parts to hear it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-10-2019

Lovely listen

Loved it. Wise words to live your life by. Would recommend listening to this casting

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  • Emp
  • 22-10-2019

Great content - Tad quiet

A tad quiet to listen to during car journeys but great content none the less.

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  • naydine
  • 17-07-2019

life-changing

Investing a few hours in this book could repay million-fold for the rest of your life if you are willing to truly hear his wisdom.