Trooper #4

Trooper 4

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

It’s the end of the world, but not as we know it. A woman wakes up in a motel on the outskirts of a remote Oregon city with no memory of who she is, a gun at her bedside, and a state trooper uniform. As she explores the world outside the motel it seems that civilization has come to an abrupt end, and whatever caused it is still out there, looking for the survivors.

That’s bad. But it might also be the most normal thing that happens to her all week.

©2013 Noah Chinn (P)2014 Celeritas Audio LLC

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

Trooper #4

I really like this audiobook. It’s a different take on the apocalypse and zombies or moaners, which was neat but the narration took it over the top to great! I like the way the story started with Felice having amnesia. It seemed everyone had it. It goes through her thought process of who, what, and where she is. She’s a police officer so she gets into her patrol car and gets to a place named Fort Rock where she finds a kid beside the road who also has amnesia and determines that Mikey is a good name for him. She takes him with her and they begin their trek..

She’s packing a gun and a Gideon. Over the radio she picks up a signal from somewhere, from someone known only by the name Uri so her aim is to get there safely with Mikey in tow. Wherever ‘there’ is. Her and Mikey take off for Haven and it becomes a perilous, but in a way, an exciting journey. Finally, she meets up with Agent Groves along with some other fun characters who are able to explain a few things to her about what’s happening. I love the quips throughout the story. It adds a little lightheartedness to the seriousness of their situation along with some great twists.

Overall, I love the spin on the apocalypse and the story is hard to stop listening to. There is something very unique about it.  Halfway through I had to force myself to turn it off last night and pick back up in the morning. Overall, I would definitely recommend this one. It has a lot of appeal. This segues me to the narration.

Barbara Benjamin-Creel does a fantastic job narrating this audiobook. I enjoyed a different setting for her this time as it shows her versatility as a skilled voice actor. I seriously loved her in this role. Couple that with her smooth voice and perfect inflections and boom, this a great listen. Nice work from both author and narrator.

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

 

The Wild Shore: The Three Californias Triptych, book 1

The Wild Shore

  • Author: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Directed by Susan Hanfield
  • Read by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 13.4 hrs
  • Format: Unabridged
  • Fiction/Science Fiction
  • Release Date: 03/10/15
  • 2015 by Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Skyboat Media, Inc.

 

Summary

Winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel

From the author of the award-winning Mars trilogy comes a vision of a radically different alternative future, where every day is a fight to survive.

North America, 2047. For the small Pacific Coast community of San Onofre, life in the aftermath of a devastating nuclear attack is a matter of survival, a day-to-day struggle to stay alive. But young Hank Fletcher dreams of the world that might have been, that might yet be—and dreams of playing a crucial role in America’s rebirth.

Kim Stanley Robinson’s first novel, The Wild Shore is an epic tale that will appeal to adults and young adults alike.

Author Bio:

Kim Stanley Robinson is noted for the verisimilitude of his characters and for the meticulously researched hard-science basis of his work. His works contain ecological themes and emphasize the strong link between the human characters and the natural world. He has won both the Nebula and Hugo awards.

Reader Bio:

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than two thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.

– See more at: http://www.blackstonelibrary.com/the-wild-shore#sthash.l0NXXi4H.dpuf

 

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

 The Wild Shore

“The Wild Shore” was an incredibly great listen.  I feel it’s as relevant now as it was when it was originally written.  This was a clean, engrossing, and exciting science fiction/fiction novel.  Epic indeed.  Listening to this audiobook was to me like viewing a great piece of artwork.  It was fluid and consistent. I love Kim Stanley Robinson’s fluent writing style.

Told in the point of view of the protagonist Hank Fletcher, a group of survivors, while remembering the world before the devastation of a nuclear attack, have adapted to living in the new world while searching for a way to rebuild and revive America.

The characters were fully developed, well-rounded individuals.  Tom, Doc, Melissa, Ad, and Hank along with the rest of the colony they’ve rebuilt in the valley aren’t complacent, they want to have a better world and act in accordance with moving forward even if it means making deals with the Japanese or the scavengers.

This story was mellow yet powerful with its descriptive prose.  It places the listener in the midst of the story while engaging all the senses.  I could feel the intensity when Hank was swimming back from San Diego; the waves, the current, the sound of the surf.  When they were sitting around the campfire drinking rum, it was like being right there with them.  The warm crackling of the fire and the story Tom told from the old-time of meeting himself hitchhiking while driving down the highway near the Continental Divide.  Everything about this audiobook was exceptional.

Stefan Rudnicki did a remarkable job narrating this story.  With his deep, rich tone and wonderful voice inflections, he was the perfect match.  I can’t imagine anyone else reading this audiobook.  It was a solid performance.  He kept the story in a powerful yet mellow atmosphere while adding value or contrast into the work.  It was flawless.  I plan to continue with “The Gold Coast” and “Pacific Edge”.

Review copy of this audiobook received from:  http://audiobookjukebox.squarespace.com/solid-gold-reviewer/

© 2015 crystalzen © Teresa W.

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The Reluctant Psychic: A Memoir

The Reluctant Psychic

Summary

A gripping and unsettling portal into the life of a woman who lives in many worlds, some wildly far from and some eerily near to our own

As children we all had our imaginary friends and monsters in the closet. But for Suzan Saxman, those friends and monsters didn’t go away—and they weren’t imaginary.

From an early age, Suzan knew instinctively that she had to hide her true self. She couldn’t talk about the specters that haunted her, waking and dreaming. In bed with a childhood fever, rat-faced winged beings guarded her; bullied and friendless at school, she ate lunch silently under the steps of St. Theresa’s with the ghost of a nun; paralyzed with fear, she woke each night to see a man with no eyes, watching her; and she kept watch at the window, every day, while her Daddy was at work and Steve, her real father, was with her mother. It was the 1960s, suburban Staten Island, and she tried to hide it, tried to silence the spirits, ghosts, and demons, tried to be a daughter her mother could love. Like many memoirs, Suzan’s is the story of a mother and a daughter: of a mother who refused to accept both her strangely gifted daughter and her own personal buried secrets and of a daughter who grew more and more isolated as she floated adrift in a family to which she did not feel she belonged.

Now, with Perdita Finn, Suzan tells the story of her journey, revealing and celebrating both the joy and terror, the fulfillment and sadness of a life lived between worlds, the loneliness and power of seeing and understanding things no one else can.

– See more at: http://www.blackstonelibrary.com/the-reluctant-psychic#sthash.T5SXLBEk.dpuf

Author Bio:

Suzan Saxman lives in Woodstock, New York, and runs a small shop called The White Gryphon Boutique and Studio. She is a lifelong vegetarian and passionate animal rights advocate.

Reader Bio:

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards. Her recent recordings for Blackstone include Skinny Bastard, The Art of Social War, and The Cheater.

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

The Reluctant Psychic: A Memoir

“The Reluctant Psychic: A Memoir” appealed to me on every level.  I was instantly drawn to this audiobook and it’s undoubtedly one of the best I’ve ever listened to.  I would place it as one of my top ten all-time favorites.  I adored the openness of Suzan Saxman’s story as well as Hillary Huber’s telling of it.  This was a fascinating story about one woman’s struggles of growing up psychic and intuitive and being treated as an outcast at school and by her own mother.  This was a moving story that touched my own heart and will most definitely stay with me for a long time.

This was a superb story and I was amazed when she mentioned her birth month and date.  It’s the same as mine.  Her story was engrossing as well as beautiful and inspirational.  It’s true what she says.  There has to be darkness to see the light.  This is not only referring to the man in the black hat, but to everything in life.  I love her closeness with animals and that she could see them as well as people. Everything does have a soul and a purpose and a reason for being.

Although her mother was angry, I felt she was angry at herself and projected it onto Suzan. It distracted her from her truth which she never spoke of.  Suzan had two dads.  Her real dad Steve and her mother’s husband Danny.  She also had a sister but one of my favorite people in this story was David who stuck with her no matter what.  Another was Jack Wild and her connection to him.  And her sweet son Gavin.

Suzan has lived an interesting life and her story is amazing.  When she did hypnosis she saw her past lives and learned why she had been so drawn to England and that she’d been a psychic in every lifetime.  She’s met many, many fascinating people and animals and has helped them find peace.  I think her story validates others who may have gifts or insight.  Living life with one foot in this world and the other on the other side, she truly is an Oracle.

This was such an intriguing story.  I can’t recommend this audiobook enough.  It was beautiful and colorful, sincere and heart-felt.  I loved it.  Suzan is a person that one would want to meet but not necessarily for a reading.  Just to be in the presence of someone with her kind of wisdom.  The stillness and wisdom of an old soul that is timeless and priceless.

Hillary Huber did an unforgettable job with this audiobook.  It was as if Suzan was reading her own biography.  There was an exceptional balance in this story as an audiobook that made it first-rate.  Hillary was the perfect narrator for this memoir.  She’s an incredibly skilled voice actor who continues to impress with her versatility.  She guides the listener through Suzan’s life of highs and lows adding her own unique tone and inflections in all the right places.  This was a beautifully narrated book.

Review copy of this audiobook received from:  http://audiobookjukebox.squarespace.com/solid-gold-reviewer/

© 2015 crystalzen © Teresa W.

Starship Blackbeard

Starship Blackbeard

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

In the aftermath of an interstellar war with an alien race, Captain James Drake is unjustly court martialed and sentenced to hard labor. Now Drake is on the run from Lord Admiral Malthorne, while another pursuer, Drake’s old friend, believes the accusations are true, and promises to bring him to justice.

But Drake won’t go down without a fight. Rather than surrender, he’ll lead his loyal crew into the lawless frontier worlds, infested with pirates and smugglers, to repair and rearm his ship. Then he’ll return to attack Malthorne’s estates and seize the evidence he needs to clear his name.

But more than just Malthorne’s estate is at stake. If Drake is captured, he and his crew are doomed – and the kingdom will be plunged into another war.

Book one of the Starship Blackbeard series, by Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author Michael Wallace.

©2014 Michael Wallace (P)2015 Michael Wallace

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

Starship Blackbeard

Michael Wallace continues to write exceptional novels proving his skilled talent. This was a solid science fiction/fantasy with everything I would expect in this genre. It wasn’t predictable at all and included all the technical details I would want to read or hear. It had a great plot with unexpected twists. He writes in a way that engages all the senses of the reader or listener. You feel as if you’re right there in the story.

Along with great characters, one can picture the spaceships, smell the atmosphere, and taste the sugar. It’s a vividly picturesque listen. It’s the total package and an impressive audiobook all around. While this is the second audiobook I’ve listened to by Michael Wallace, he stays consistent and true to his work. It’s the perfect length with excellent editing as well as superb narration. I feel this book is destined to be a classic as Wallace continues to deliver. He’s an author to watch as I’m certain he’ll be one of the greats.

Overall, I would highly recommend listening to this audiobook as well as his others. His writing is quality and I feel he puts everything into his work and doesn’t spare anything.

Steve Barnes did an exceptional job voicing this audiobook. This was one of the best narrations I’ve heard. His performance was smooth and flawless. He had excellent voice control and character differentiation. He didn’t miss a beat throughout the entire book. Very, very impressive. I look forward to hearing more from him as well.

I also want to mention the amazing cover art for this book done by Lorenz Hideyoshi Ruwwe.  Outstanding artwork!

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

 

Why Evil Exists: 30 Days of Preparing for Battle (Logical Beliefs-Daily Devotional with a Daily Bible Verse for Everyday Christian Living, Book 2

Why Evil Exists

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

Be the Imitator of Christ You Are Called to Be

For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. – Jeremiah 29:11

We as Christians are designed to be beacons of light in a dark world. To be a light, we have to have light on the inside, that’s where Why Evil Exists comes in on the second book of the series “Logical Beliefs”. A day by day devotional to help keep you on the right track of preparing and conquering the evil in the world.

Each day features a related bible verse and a little blurb around the topic for the day. A little food for thought to munch on throughout the day. A great way to get your mind centered on Christ is through the scriptures and a daily devotion.

Understanding the Chaos and Destruction in the world

By the End of this Book, you will have…

  • A firm understanding of how to be prepared and battle daily
  • Discovered the truth about Love
  • Taken real steps to accomplishing progress every single day
  • A great understand of how evil exists and how to combat

The world is in a fallen state and the world is dark. Be the light in the world that God wants you to be. With short passages every day and a daily bible verse that compliments the day’s focus, you’ll be able to only spend a few minutes listening each day.

©2014, 2015 T.K. Chapin (P)2015 T.K. Chapin

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

Why Evil Exists

I’ve found this audiobook along with “Thinking by Design” to be a true blessing in my life. “Why Evil Exists” offers more ways in which a person can enrich their lives through prayer and a positive attitude. Through daily practice and consistency one can see a change rather quickly. The key is to stay true to oneself and to others and especially God.

I enjoyed every daily plan and in fact have been making some adjustments with the help of these wonderful audiobooks by Benjamin Chapin. I actually have been in situations regarding all the chapters. I feel certain that every person has at some time. The point I think is learning to embrace the situation and work through it with God. The positive self talk along with praying throughout the day is a very helpful way to stay on track with the thirty-day plan and making it a lifetime plan. It works.

I loved the part where ‘haters gonna hate’. It’s the truth and there’s nothing to do except forgive and move on. Learning forgiveness is a great gift. And my favorite part of this book is the song “This Little Light of Mine.” I know this song and I’m gonna let my light shine. I highly recommend these amazing audiobooks.

Jay Prichard did an awesome job narrating this book. He keeps it straightforward and speaks clearly in a positive manner. He delivers the message in an upbeat way and explains each day’s plan further with examples. Great work.

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

 

Deciphering End-Time Prophetic Codes

Deciphering End-Time Prophetic Codes

 

  • Author: Perry Stone
  • Narrator: Brandon Batchelar
  • Length: 10 hrs. 30 min.
  • Format: Unabridged
  • Genre: Christian Living/Non-Fiction
  • Release date: 01/08/15
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio

 

 

Description

Cyclical and Historical Biblical Patterns Reveal America’s Past, Present and Future Events, including Warnings and Patterns to Leaders

Acclaimed as Perry Stone’s most significant prophetic book!

Those who follow the prophetic teachings of Perry Stone acknowledge that he has received advance insight into and warnings of events that occurred years later. At times, illumination for the future is encoded in past events, and these events flow in cyclical patterns. In this dynamic exposé, Perry has tapped into many patterns, including possible repetitive cycles affecting America and its leaders.

In this audio book, Perry reveals these cycles, patterns, and historical rhythms, then explains how they are being repeated. He shares visions and dreams, revealing warnings and how believers must be prepared. This is Perry’s most important prophetic work in the history of his ministry.

Discover amazing patterns of recent Presidents!

©2015 Charisma House (P)2015 Oasis Audio

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

Deciphering End-Time Prophetic Codes

I was thrilled to have had the opportunity to listen to “Deciphering End-Time Prophetic Codes.”  This is one of the most eye-opening audiobooks or book that I’ve ever listened to.  It was an amazing glimpse into the future from the past.  Or the past reflecting towards the future through cyclical events and prophetic codes.  I was blown away by the uncanny similarities.  Some things I had prior knowledge of but some things were new to me.  Numbers, dates, and times hold massive amounts of detail and provide an excellent timeline, especially when referring back to the scriptures.

Along with scripture references and numerology, the author Perry Stone began a type of journey or timeline by moving back and forth through the past to the present comparing and explaining the commonalities and parallels of historical events to present day events.  He was thorough and progressive with his research and information.  He held my attention throughout the book and in fact I listened to a few chapters twice.  I’m also not one to believe in coincidences.  This is real.

This is an audiobook that many people really should listen to.  It’s not hype nor is it fear inducing however, it is and should be an awakening.  An awakening to scripture and prayer.  It’s very thought-provoking and attention holding.  I would highly recommend listening to this audiobook.

Brandon Batchelar did an excellent job narrating this audiobook.  He was extremely consistent and he delivered the information with great quality.  He spoke clearly and kept it moving forward with a good pace while holding my interest throughout.  I was very impressed with both him and Perry Stone.  I’d be interested in listening to more books by both the author and narrator in the future.  Great, great work.

Review copy of this audiobook received from:  http://audiobookjukebox.squarespace.com/solid-gold-reviewer/

© 2015 crystalzen © Teresa W.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intelligence and Surprise Attack: Failure and Success from Pearl Harbor to 9/11 and Beyond

Intelligence and Surprise Attacks

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

How can the United States avoid a future surprise attack on the scale of 9/11 or Pearl Harbor in an era when such devastating attacks can come not only from nation states but also from terrorist groups or cyber enemies?

Intelligence and Surprise Attack examines why surprise attacks often succeed even though, in most cases, warnings are available beforehand. Erik J. Dahl challenges the conventional wisdom about intelligence failure, which holds that attacks succeed because important warnings get lost amid noise or because intelligence officials lack the imagination and collaboration to connect the dots of available information. Comparing cases of intelligence failure with intelligence success, Dahl finds that the key to success is not more imagination or better analysis but better acquisition of precise, tactical-level intelligence combined with the presence of decision makers who are willing to listen to and act on the warnings they receive from their intelligence staff.

The book offers a new understanding of classic cases of conventional and terrorist attacks such as Pearl Harbor, the Battle of Midway, and the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The book also presents a comprehensive analysis of the intelligence picture before the 9/11 attacks, making use of new information available since the publication of the 9/11 Commission Report and challenging some of that report’s findings.

The book is published by Georgetown University Press.

©2013 Georgetown University Press (P)2015 Redwood Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

“A seminal work of original scholarship…should be a part of every community and academic library Security Studies & Intelligence collection.” (Midwest Book Review)

“Erik Dahl’s Intelligence and Surprise Attack reflects the experience of a practitioner and the rigor of a scholar. It is a serious work that deserves attention in the world of ideas and the world of action.” (Thomas G. Mahnken, U.S. Naval War College)

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

Intelligence and Surprise Attack: Failure and Success from Pearl Harbor to 9/11 and Beyond

 This was an extremely detailed timeline of surprise attacks dating from Pearl Harbor to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. It discusses the intelligence factor of these attacks, whether intelligence dropped the ball or was missed entirely or not acted on even though there may have been advanced warning.

While the audiobook was incredibly good, at times it was a little tedious. That doesn’t take away from my five stars though because it was informative and did pose some very interesting facts. One of the earlier points made was concerning the intel surrounding Pearl Harbor. My question is if they did indeed know this was an imminent threat, what could have been done to prevent it aside from evacuation. I’m unsure whether or not we had the proper technology to have stopped it. I just don’t know.

I also thought the timeline of events building up to 9/11 was very interesting. Overall, I thought this was a great audiobook and would definitely recommend it for anyone interested in this subject. Erik J. Dahl provides great examples and extensive research throughout the timeline regarding intel for all these events.

John N. Gully did a fantastic job narrating this audiobook. I liked the style he used, informative and reporter like which came across great. He spoke clearly and kept a steady pace. As always, his work was flawless.

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

 

 

Animals as Neighbors: The Past and Present of Commensal Animals (The Animal Turn)

Animals as Neighbors

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

In this fascinating book, Terry O’Connor explores a distinction that is deeply ingrained in much of the language that we use in zoology, human-animal studies, and archaeology – the difference between wild and domestic. For thousands of years, humans have categorized animals in simple terms, often according to the degree of control that we have over them, and have tended to see the long story of human-animal relations as one of increasing control and management for human benefit. And yet, around the world, species have adapted to our homes, our towns, and our artificial landscapes, finding ways to gain benefit from our activities and so becoming an important part of our everyday lives. These commensal animals remind us that other species are not passive elements in the world around us but intelligent and adaptable creatures. Animals as Neighborsshows how a blend of adaptation and opportunism has enabled many species to benefit from our often destructive footprint on the world. O’Connor investigates the history of this relationship, working back through archaeological records. By requiring us to take a multifaceted view of human-animal relations, commensal animals encourage a more nuanced understanding of those relations, both today and throughout the prehistory of our species.

©2013 Terry O’Connor (P)2015 Redwood Audiobooks

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

Animals as Neighbors: The Past and Present of Commensal Animals (The Animal Turn)

 I thought “Animals as Neighbors” was a great listen. As an animal lover of both domesticated and commensal animals, I found this audiobook to be super informative. While living with many types of wild animals nearby and even making sure they have food in the cold months, I never knew they were not really ‘wild’ in that sense. They’re animals that have come to depend on us as humans as they live in close proximity, while partially depending on us for food as well as shelter. I honestly never considered the term ‘commensal’ before now and even looked it up.

From cats and dogs who have become domesticated throughout history to other animals such as raccoons, rats, mice, squirrels, and birds, this is an extremely good presentation of tracing the origin of the cat and dog to explaining our relationship with the other animals as well. Mesocarnivore was also something I looked up although this audiobook explains it clearly. These would be foxes, coyotes, and skunks along with other animals who depend on humans as well. This was a very informative book.

Overall, this audiobook was an interesting listen while providing great insight into our commensal co-habitators. I would highly recommend giving it a listen.

Andrea Emmes has continued to be a great narrator and has proven her versatility time and again. She did a wonderful job with this audiobook and I look forward to more great work from her in the future.

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

Thinking by Design: 30 Days to Christian Positive Thinking

Thinking by Design

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

Be the imitator of Christ you are called to be

For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. (Jeremiah 29:11)

We as Christians are designed to be beacons of light in a dark world. To be a light, we have to have light on the inside, that’s where Thinking by Design comes in. A day by day devotional to help keep you on the right track in positive thinking.

Each day features a related Bible verse and a little blurb around the topic for the day. If you want to be an imitator of Christ, you have to think and act like him. Jesus was the most positive uplifting person to ever walk the earth.

Find the Peace God wants you to have in Positive Thinking Daily

By the End of this Book, you will have…

  • Gained insight into controlling the influences in your life
  • Discovered how God designed us to think
  • Taken real steps to accomplishing progress every single day
  • A great understand of how positive thinking changes lives

Day by Day

  • Conquer bad thinking habits
  • Free your mind from all clutter and issues
  • Direct Focus onto what is Good
  • Free yourself from negative influences that hold you back

If you are ready to shed the shell of negativity and embrace the positive thinking that God designed us to have, come along for the journey through positive thinking daily. With short reads every day and a daily Bible verse that compliments the day’s focus, you’ll be able to only spend a few minutes reading each day.

©2014 Benjamin Chapin (P)2015 Benjamin Chapin

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

Thinking by Design: 30 Days to Christian Positive Thinking

I really enjoyed listening to “Thinking by Design” written by Benjamin Chapin and narrated by Jay Prichard.  This was a fairly short but powerful and uplifting listen that could not have come at a better time. This made my day and I fully intend to focus on the 30 day ‘tune up’ that I need as a Christian. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t benefit from this audiobook.

I can see how we probably can’t avoid some of the negatives that we encounter from day-to-day but the positives need to be and should be greater and that is something that we ourselves must stay on top of. I loved all the daily lesson plans in this book. I especially liked the day of planting seeds. Planting lots of good seeds and allowing them grow. Yes. I liked the idea of learning to say yes more often because by always saying no we close the door on possibilities or opportunities that may not come our way again. And when and how to say no. That’s setting boundaries which we all have. Above all, day one of thinking before acting or speaking is priceless.

Overall, I loved this book and I can take the time to do the work of incorporating more positivity in my daily life which will be a goal I’m setting for myself. This was a well formatted audiobook with easy access to each of the thirty days plus a bonus chapter. I’ll be listening to this one again and again.

Jay Prichard did a great job narrating this audiobook. In fact, he did so in a positive way which made it resonate even more. I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in reinforcing their faith and outlook for better living.

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

 

Ultimate Journey

Ultimate Journey

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

In 1958, a successful businessman named Robert Monroe began to have experiences that drastically altered his life. Unpredictably, and without his willing it, Monroe found himself leaving his physical body to travel via a “second body” to locales far removed from the physical and spiritual realities of his life. He was inhabiting a place unbounded by life or death.

Monroe recorded these experiences in two best-selling, landmark books, Journeys Out of the Body and Far Journeys. Ultimate Journey, his final and career-defining work, takes us further than we thought possible – and reveals to us what it all means.

Ultimate Journey charts that area which lies “over the edge,” beyond the limits of the physical world. It presents us with a map of the “interstate” – the route that opens to us when we leave our physical lives, with their entry and exit ramps, their signposts and their hazards. It also tells us how Monroe found the route and travelled it, and uncovered the reason and the purpose of this pioneering expedition. It is a journey that reveals basic truths about the meaning and purpose of life – and of what lies beyond.

After six hardcover printings, the trade paperback edition of Ultimate Journey, will offer an even wider range of readers this exhilarating reading experience, the masterwork of one of the most daring and original thinkers and explorers of our time.

©1994 Robert A. Monroe (P)2015 David N. Wilson

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

Ultimate Journey

“Ultimate Journey” is one of my favorite audiobooks. Robert Monroe was a man ahead of his time and a pioneer in the studies of consciousness, out-of-body experience or OBE, and even near death experience or NDE.  He did some amazing work and made believers out of non-believers.  I have another of his audiobooks “Journeys Out of the Body” which I also love.

I’ve spent a big part of my life interested in this subject as well as studying it. I find it fascinating and a true journey indeed. I’m absolutely certain that this is a book I’ll listen to again and again as I know there are deeper meanings to his work. I believe he may have had a spirit guide or tapped into something that helped him explore the limits of consciousness in which there are no limits. He said that he is much more than his physical body. I wholeheartedly believe this and many other things he said were exactly true.

One must approach this subject with an open mind and prepare for limitless possibilities. Robert Monroe would be someone I’d like to have met.  I think his work was similar to Jane Roberts with her Seth books.   All I can say is wow. I highly recommend listening to this audiobook. Loved it!

Kevin Pierce did such an amazing job with this audiobook.  He’s truly one of my favorite narrators. I enjoy his work and felt that he reflected the gentle nature of Robert Monroe. He shows professionalism in his work and made this a quality listen. Again, Wow!

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

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