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Sven Severin

Fort Collins, CO
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-18

Heartfelt Short-term Monastic Experience

The author takes a non-religious and funny look at what can be learned from a short stay with a monastic community. This book is irreverent and practical. Fun beginner book.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-18

A California guy and his life of waves

This reminds me of Sean Penn narrating the skateboarding documentary Dogtown and the Z-Boys.

The guy is literary. He’s countercultural. He’s activist in his own way. He wants to explore the world and waves give him a reason to do it beautifully. There’s a realism in this book. The narration is on point. Bad decisions are made but their not set on a pedestal. There’s a humble wisdom in this book.

This is a book you’re going to like on audiobook—probably better than sitting down with the real book. Once the author even breaks out into song. It makes sense. The metaphors work. You don’t have to love surfing to love the way the author writes about surf.

This book is a lesson in writing memoir.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-18

Can Video Games and Popular Culture Be ART?

Probably obvious but this book has inspired me to reacquaint myself with video games and popular culture. Such beautiful art to share with those you love. I’ve heard it said that classical literature and paintings will be in heaven. Well, why not video games and movies? I’m going to pray about this.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-18

Found this book in “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die”

I chose this book because it’s biographical fiction about a writer. I was losing interest and then I read 3 or 4 reviews on this book from notable publications. This gave me context. One review compared this book to “The Hours” because of it’s contemporary feel on a historic author. Glad I listened to this one.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-17

Great introduction to the Enneagram.

Very readable. Ian Morgan Cron has a great sense of humor and is a talented writer and reader. I followed along with the physical book while listening to the audiobook. This was a very effective way for me to stay on task. This was a required textbook for my schooling in spiritual direction.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-16

First audiobook for my kids

This collection was a perfect first audiobook for my kids 5 and 2 years old. They're stoked about the next one.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-16

Climb into the brain and emotional life of a writer

After listening to this short book I got the feeling that I was given the privilege of experiencing what it is like to be a writer for many years. As the book progressed it became more difficult to understand and more difficult to describe. It's as if the progression through the book has left you more complicated. You have more questions but you're also wiser than you were before reading it.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-15

Get to know Natalie Goldberg

This book is fun to listen to and it's short and to-the-point. The narration by the author can be funny. She left a number of moments in the recording where she breaks down and laughs and makes some funny self-deprecating comments. This book is helpful for writers who are stalled out, can't get started or are just having a difficult time believing that they have something worth saying. Goldberg frees people up.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-12

Listen again and again

If you could sum up Getting Things Done in three words, what would they be?

Practical. Step-by-step. Get-going.

What did you like best about this story?

This is an entire approach to your entire life. That means both work and play.

Which character ??? as performed by David Allen ??? was your favorite?

This approach clears out your mind so that you have bandwidth for creativity and new ideas. You don't have to be overwhelmed when people approach you with advice anymore.

What insight do you think you???ll apply from Getting Things Done?

This is one of those books that you're going to want to listen to on your headphones while you're getting things done.

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