Written by David Marks⎮ Narrated by David Marks
Author: David Marks
Narrator: David Marks
Length: 1 hour 3 minutes
Publisher: Peaceful Dragon Press
Released: Mar. 26, 2021
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The Way is a refreshing, rhyming new version of an ancient Chinese guide to leading a harmonious life. The author has immersed himself in a lifetime of philosophical studies and a career producing historical documentary films for the BBC and PBS. His broad experience has been applied to developing this English language adaptation of The Way; distilling the meaning and essence of the original.
This concise treatise presents a world view that corresponds with the essential foundations of many spiritual and philosophical teachings. With its emphasis on humility and compassion as elements for improving the quality of life, it is also one of the most ancient and enduring guides to balanced living. There is universal agreement that the original text encourages contemplation, and this version is certainly open to further interpretation and application, inviting listeners to explore their own reactions to the concepts. As the planet faces ongoing challenges, and individuals struggle with finding their path, The Way provides an insightful and creative perspective with practical solutions.
Piercing through the veil of language, Lao Tzu's message is illuminated in this new version; understanding our place in the natural order is integral to establishing our equanimity and good health, and by extension, creating a better world for everyone.
This audiobook was provided by its author, Karla M. Jay, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks, Karla!
“One does evil enough when one does nothing good.”
I have to say that you should definitely be prepared for a somewhat heavy historical fiction before going into When We Were Brave. Just like you would expect from a WW2 novel set in Nazi Germany, it showed the hardships that people experienced as well as the precious few moments that were a result of appreciating the precious seconds that were rare and kind of far between during those times.
This was in general just a heartfelt, and long, journey. I have seen people comparing When We Were Brav to The Nightingale and I have to say that I see where they are coming from.
Listening to stories from the point of different jewish people that had different takes on what was happening was interesting to read, as When We Were Brave is comprised of mainly 3 stories. The characters in the first two stories were engaging and easy to get attached to but, to be honest, it started to lose my interest at some parts towards the end.
However, the familial relationships made me fall in love so fast and were so well written (especially with the second story of the mother and son trying to escape the Nazis). It was relatable for me personally and that was the story that really hooked me the most that I just had to drop everything and listen. If you aren’t a character driven person the plot of this is more than enough to keep you engrossed as it is quite intense and emotional.
The themes were absolutely amazing! Which is an aspect that I always expect to be strong with historical fiction novels and I am very happy to say that I was not let down.
It's heartbreaking. It's inspiring. What more could you ask for? I absolutely loved the Karla M. Jay's writing style for the most part and the narrator did a great job of translating that into the audiobook. There weren't any fancy sound effects or music but that did not hinder my enjoyment at all. I actually thought the narration itself was entrancing which suited the story perfectly
All in all, I agree with everyone that this was an amazing historical WW2 fiction and there is no doubt that you are going to love this if the genre comes within your reading taste.
Meet the Author: David Marks
David Marks has practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine and has a background in Asian philosophy.
In addition to writing, he is a documentary filmmaker and investigative reporter. David produced some of the BBC’s most widely viewed documentary specials including Nazi Gold, on the role of Switzerland in WWII, and revelational biographies of Jimi Hendrix and Frank Sinatra. He has also produced and directed two independent documentaries; Coronation in the Kingdom of Tonga and In the Cobbler’s Shoes, honored as a Mill Valley Film Festival selection.
Some of his other interests include organic farming, sustainable home design and construction, and plant-based gastronomy.