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.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

 

Hybrid: Brier Hospital, Book 7

Hybrid

  • Written by: Lawrence W. Gold, MD
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins 

 

No Experience Required: A Summer Rains Novel

No Experience Required

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

After leaving the hippie commune she grew up on, Summer Rains set a modest goal for herself: earn enough money to live a normal life in the real world.

Maybe she was aiming too high.

When she wished she could get rid of the platinum-selling pop star who was stalking her, she didn’t mean ‘get rid of’ in the permanent sense. But someone did. And being a suspect isn’t the kind of attention she wants from the gorgeous-but-entirely-too-condescending detective investigating the case. As if that wasn’t bad enough, her only help comes from the man she’s been in love with since her hormones kicked in…and his beautiful girlfriend.

Sounds like a good time to reassess her goals. ‘Living a normal life’ moves down the list, and ‘figuring out who the real murderer is before she gets thrown in jail’ moves all the way to the top.

But crime-fighting wasn’t part of the home-schooling curriculum back on the commune. So solving the case is an on-the-job kind of thing. Along the way, she learns other skills–how to fold hospital corners, how to keep herself from becoming the next victim, and how to deal with all the insanity of the ‘real world’.

©2012 Lauren Stewart (P)2014 Lauren Stewart

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My Review ~ ★★★ ~ 3 Stars

No Experience Required: A Summer Rains Novel

I’m not sure where to begin. I dislike having to write a review like this but I hope that it’s helpful because I want to see and hear an author and narrator be successful. This story started off great for me. I thought it was cute, the commune hippie idea and the awesome names like Summer Rains of course, along with her brother Zen and the other brother and her dad. Well, after a while, it began to get overwhelming with the storyline and the narration issues.

I felt the story begin to stray way out in left field somewhere. Leaving the commune and being the last person seen with the dead guy, Summer decides to do her own sleuthing and that perhaps is where it fell flat for me. She seemed to be doing multiple things which were confusing to me. I think there was poor editing and I felt like it was cartoonish. I’m not sure who the target reader or listener is for this book. Possibly the physical book is better, which segues me to the narration.

About the narration: I’ll be as gentle as I can. First off, I was beginning to feel dizzy with the narration going from what sounded like someone on helium to very slow motion. It wasn’t smooth or consistent. Next, the audio had some serious issues with overriding or something starting in chapter 9. I didn’t feel that the quality was there. Even if a story is lacking somewhere, in many cases, a good narrator can redeem its quality. Sadly this wasn’t the case. Sorry.

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

 

Oswald

Oswald

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

Kerry Thornley began writing at the age of 14. He sold his first piece of work to a local newspaper when he was 19 and sold many short stories, articles, and poems during his life. While attending high school in Whittier, California (home of Richard Nixon), Thornley won a number of public -peaking competitions, including the Voice of Democracy competition.

After attending the University of Southern California for one year as a journalism student, he decided to fulfill a two-year active-duty assignment (assumed earlier when he joined the marine corps reserve). He was assigned to El Toro Marine Air Station in Santa Ana, California, where he was to meet Lee Harvey Oswald. Later Thornley served in the Far East, in the First Marine Aircraft Wing, and distinguished himself again as a public speaker on political/philosophical issues by winning first place in the Wing Technique of Instruction competition. He was therefore sent to Washington, D.C., to appear in the finals.

It was shortly after his return to overseas duty that Thornley read in a newspaper of Oswald’s defection to Russia and, as a result, began work on his first novel, The Idle Warriors, featuring a protagonist modeled after Oswald.

After leaving the marine corps, Thornley moved to New Orleans to finish The Idle Warriors and to gain background material for future writings. Just a few days after the assassination of JFK, Thornley’s book was highlighted in New Orleans newspapers as being a key to understanding the “assassin,” Lee Harvey Oswald.

Some researchers have speculated that Thornley may have associated with both Lee and Marina while in New Orleans. There is even a claim that Thornley and Marina were having an affair. Whatever the truth, there is no doubt that Thornley was close to certain assassination players.

©2015 Kerry Thornley (P)2015 New Saucerian

What the Critics Say

“Kerry Thornley’s first-hand portrait of Lee Harvey Oswald is a most valuable document because it gives an illuminating view of the man who almost certainly murdered President John F. Kennedy and presents him as the author saw and lived with him several years before the assassination.” (Albert Ellis, PhD, from the Introduction)

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

Oswald

I found “Oswald” to be quite an interesting listen. I don’t know too much about the incident as I wasn’t quite born yet however, I’ve always found it fascinating. I like hearing firsthand accounting regarding the whole JFK mystery or conspiracy.  I like Kerry Thornley’s book because he gives a good amount of insight into the kind of person LHO was while serving in the Marine Corps with him.

It goes further into him being deposed before a committee and having to answer questions regarding everything he knew about Oswald. He had also been working on a manuscript while in the Corps and was asked about that as well.

I liked the part of the audiobook where Oswald had read George Orwell’s “1984” and then gave it to the author to read. That was pretty interesting.  Overall, it adds more to the puzzle and mystery.  I would definitely recommend listening to this one, especially if this topic interests you. I can never get enough. I’d also like to listen to more of Kerry Thornley’s work in audio format.

About the narrator: JACK CHEKIJIAN did an o-u-t-s-t-a-n-d-i-n-g job with this audiobook. It couldn’t have been any better. It was well spoken, clear, and held my attention the entire time. I like his voice and his style. It was almost as if the author himself were telling his story. Another GREAT job.

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

 

Me and my Ghoulfriends: Larue Donavan, Book 1

Me and my Ghoulfriends

  • Written by: Rose Pressey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins 

 

Vigilantes and Lynch Mobs: Narratives of Community and Nation

Vigilantes and Lynch Mobs

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

Looking at the narrative accounts of mob violence produced by vigilantes and/or their advocates as “official” histories, Lisa Arellano shows how these non-fiction narratives conform to a common formula whose purpose is to legitimate frontier justice and lynching. In Vigilantes and Lynch Mobs, Arellano closely examines such narratives as well as the work of western historian and archivist Hubert Howe Bancroft, who was sympathetic to them and that of Ida B. Wells, who wrote in fierce opposition to lynching. Tracing the creation, maintenance, and circulation of dominant, alternative, and oppositional vigilante stories from the 19th century frontier through the Jim Crow South, she casts new light on the role of narrative in creating a knowable past. Demonstrating how these histories ennoble the actions of mobs and render their leaders and members as heroes, Arellano presents a persuasive account of lynching’s power to create the conditions favourable to its own existence.

©2012 Temple University (P)2014 Redwood Audiobooks

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

Vigilantes and Lynch Mobs: Narratives of Community and Nation

“Vigilantes and Lynch Mobs” was an interesting look at the people and actions that required some type of law and order during the western migration. From the Montana mining towns and horse thieves to early settlements near the trains or cattle ranchers the Official Vigilante History was formed. Kill or be killed. It stated that self-preservation was the first law of nature.  The law of the land.

From vigilantism to Jim Crow south this audiobook covers the people and history involved, such as works from Thomas Dimsdale, Hubert Howe Bancroft, and Ida B.Wells. Although this was a very detailed and technical book, it was very informative and educational.

The voice of the people: Vigilantes, Regulators, and Popular Democracy.  Regulators in the 18c were associated with TAX protests and vigilantes were forced to control crime during the early settlements.

Lisa Arellano did a fantastic job with her research and I would definitely recommend this audiobook to anyone who’s interested in history and the evolution of vigilantism and frontier justice.  This was a great listen.

About the narrator: Caroline Miller did an exceptional job narrating this audiobook. Her voice is very clear, fresh, and nice to listen to. She brought this audiobook to its full potential. She was a breath of fresh air. Great work!

 Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

 

H Is for Hawk

H Is for Hawk

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

A New York Times Bestseller

Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction

Winner of the 2014 Costa Book Award for Biography

An Indie Next List Selection for March 2015

When Helen Macdonald’s father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer captivated by hawks since childhood, she’d never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators; the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk’s fierce and feral anger mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T. H. White’s chronicle The Goshawk to begin her journey into Mabel’s world. Projecting herself “in the hawk’s wild mind to tame her” tested the limits of Macdonald’s humanity.

By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement, a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, and the story of an eccentric falconer and legendary writer. Weaving together obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history, H Is for Hawk is a distinctive, surprising blend of nature writing and memoir from a very gifted writer.

Author Biography

Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator, historian, and naturalist, as well as an affiliated research scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. She also worked as a research fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge. As a professional falconer, she assisted with the management of raptor research and conservation projects across Eurasia.

Reader Biography

Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator, historian, and naturalist, as well as an affiliated research scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. She also worked as a research fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge. As a professional falconer, she assisted with the management of raptor research and conservation projects across Eurasia.

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

H Is for Hawk

One of the most breathtakingly beautiful stories I’ve ever heard, “H is for Hawk” is an audiobook I’d highly recommend.  Helen Macdonald is a truly gifted writer. This is one story that will stay with me for a long time.  I like the way she referenced T. H. White’s “The Goshawk” to transform herself into feeling the senses and raw instinct of her hawk.

While going through the stages of grief after the loss of her father, Helen decides to raise and train a goshawk.  There were two goshawks and after deciding on one, it was as if the other spoke to her and she changed her mind at the last-minute and took the smaller one instead.  She knew she was taking on a difficult challenge in transforming not only a hawk but a bird of prey, and herself as well.  After time, patience, and much reflection, she allowed the hawk to name herself.  Mabel.  And Helen.  She spoke both names out loud and it was a perfect name.

I felt so much in tune with this story, I spoke the names aloud also.  I found myself intertwined in the poetic prose and I could hear and feel the element of human and animal mind melding as well.  With repetition and patience they not only came to trust themselves, they built a strong bond with each other.

Helen Macdonald not only wrote this exquisite masterpiece, she also narrated it herself.  I can’t imagine it any other way.  She has the most elegant, soothing voice to match her writing style that draws the listener in and had me lingering for the next word.  I feel undoubtedly that this book will receive the highest accolades for a long time to come.  If I had to choose one word to describe this work of non-fiction, it would be ‘transcendent’.

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

© 2015 crystalzen © Teresa W.

 

Obsolete

Obsolete

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

Book 1 of the Obsolete series

In a dystopian future, an epic battle between the sexes will determine who lives and who dies.

After the Blue Pox pandemic wipes out 99.99 percent of males and 99.95 percent of females, the majority under the age of 50,18-year-old Madison wanders the countryside, lost and alone. She joins forces with Katherine, a former anthropologist, in search of a safe place to live, and the two find a group of women gathered on the campus of a small college in East Tennessee. Katherine quickly establishes herself as leader and under the influence of Callie, a former prison guard, begins to imprison men, whom they refer to as the “others”, for what Madison perceives can only be nefarious reasons. When older and weaker prisoners start mysteriously disappearing, Madison suspects Callie and her band of deputies are killing them. After a pregnant woman joins their commune, Callie and Katherine, aware that females outnumber males and hoping to create a new world ruled by women, make plans to build their community and attain power. They devise a procreation policy, mating the younger women with the healthy male prisoners, and Madison must make a decision to either stay and become puppet to their plans or make her way alone in a desolate, violent world. But before she can do so, she meets Jonah, a young man captured by Callie, and Madison finds herself caught between her love and loyalty to Katherine and her attraction to Jonah. Madison is forced to make a harder decision: To stay and condone what Callie and Katherine are doing or risk her life and escape with Jonah.

©2013 Christy Tillery French (P)2014 Christy Tillery French

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

“Obsolete” was one of the better dystopian novels I’ve listened to.  It was different and that really sets it apart.  I’m excited that since this was book one, hopefully there will be more to come.  I like C. T. French as an author and can’t wait to see this epic continue.

Taking place after the Blue Pox wipes out almost everyone, the protagonist Madison or Maddie for short joins up with a group of ‘ Amazon-ish’ women who only want a select few males (and females) for breeding purposes where they can start a new world.  Some are nice and a few, not so much.  They want Maddie to pair with Jonah and neither are interested aside from sticking together and countering a plan of their own.

Maddie learns that people are disappearing under strange circumstances and has released people behind Katherine’s back after learning of their demise.  Jonah tells Maddie that in fact on the ‘outside’ she is known for saving people by sneaking them out, however if she gets caught it will mean her own probable disappearance and certain death.  Overall, this audiobook was a great listen with a new twist and I’d recommend it all day.

About the narrator: CARLA MERCER-MEYER has a wonderfully soft yet powerful voice and made a good story even better.  She spoke clearly with perfect characterizations and showed great control.  I look forward to more from her in the future and would especially like to see her continue with the series.

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

 

 

 

The Blue Hallelujah: A Novel of Suspense

The Blue Hallelujah

Publisher’s Summary

How far would you go to rescue your grandchild and redeem your long dead spouse?

Detective Jerry Strickland and his wife Rebecca shared a secret calling. When Rebecca died of cancer in prison – branded as a disturbed vigilante after killing one of his murder suspects – Jerry knew he needed to put the truth in writing to set the record straight.

Now, as an old man nearing his own demise, Jerry is unsure whether to share his narrative about Rebecca with the world. But when his eight-year-old granddaughter Marnee disappears, Jerry learns she’s been taken by someone close to the killer depicted in the pages hidden in his dresser drawer.

It’s time for Jerry to finish the story – by confronting an evil that threatens Marnee’s life and the lives of everyone around her. And by placing his faith in a higher power to redeem the love for Rebecca in his heart.

©2010 Andy Straka (P)2015 AP Audio Books

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

The Blue Hallelujah: A Novel of Suspense

“The Blue Hallelujah” was a good edge-of-your seat thriller beginning with the protagonist Jerry Strickland, an ailing retired detective who’s writing his memoir about himself and his deceased wife Rebecca.  The truth about what happened years ago which will be both his and Rebecca’s legacy.

While his daughter Lori stops in to check on him, she learns that her 17-year-old son Colin was late again picking up his little sister Marnee from day camp and now she’s missing. Lori blames him for Marnee’s disappearance because this isn’t the first time he’s been late.  Jerry hides away his manuscript for the time being and insists on putting his old detective skills to use again to help in the search for his little granddaughter.   This also allows him a chance to bond with his grandson Colin as his parents, Lori and Alex are separated and getting a divorce.

I thought this was an exciting AND scary suspense story because it had an underlying story as well.  Jerry’s memoir tells the story of why his wife Rebecca, who died of cancer while in custody, was serving a 20 year prison sentence.  The story moves back and forth from past to present with a great twist.   It makes you think about morals and what you would do if you had the chance to stop a horrible crime before it happened even if the price was your own freedom.  Overall,  I really enjoyed this story and I especially took note of the exceptional narration.

About the narrator:  STEVE RIMPICI !  He did an outstanding job with this audiobook.   I was very impressed with the versatility he’s shown in his ability to perform multiple distinctive characters with not one sounding like the other.  Each character was clearly different with the voices matching the personalities.  I would definitely recommend this audiobook.  It’s of medium length and a great listen.

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

The Unusual, Unknown & Unexplained

The Unusual, Unknown and Unexplained

Publisher’s Summary

Seventy-two true-account short stories. The most comprehensive compilation of the bizarre, the unexplained, and supernatural experiences. A must read for anyone with an interest in ESP, life after death, ghosts, angels, or other matters not currently fully explainable by resorting to the laws of science.

©2011 LaVonna Moore (P)2015 LaVonna Moore

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

The Unusual, Unknown & Unexplained

This is a great audiobook for lovers of scary stories.  These are true accounts of real incidents that happened to real people.  I enjoyed listening to them. A few of my favorites are the haunted house stories and especially the ones titled ‘The Gravediggers’, ‘The Voices Under the Stairwell’, ‘Night of the Full Moon’, and ‘Maude Crawford’.  I liked the chapter about dreams also.

The book is divided into sections; guardian angels, the paranormal, the unexplained, dreams, premonitions, psychic experiences, the bizarre, and legends.  ALL good.

Every chapter was good but the bizarre was indeed bizarre and the legends were definitely chill worthy.  While I really enjoyed this audiobook,  I wish it had been a little longer with more stories.  Also, the stories took place in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.  And I think the physical book may have some photos relating to a few of the stories.  I still prefer the audiobook though.

About the narrator: SHAUN TOOLE did a terrific job reading this audiobook.  He has great tone and speaks clearly with the right voice inflections for the book.  Overall, his style made this a super listen for me.  Great work for both him and the author LaVonna Moore.

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.