This short story is a great wake-up call to all of us who are preparing to retire instead of preparing to die. I want to be ready when my time comes. Ivan Illyich gives me a glimpse of what it might look like to approach the reality of my mortality without a clue. I've listened to this book many times already and hear something insightfully new each time I re-listen.
Clear. Intelligible. Engaging. He sounds like he could be one of the charcters in this story.
Gerasim. While I know much about Ivan because he's the main character, I'd like to know more about this kind, guileless young man.
Yes, if a performance can be better than the written word. I feel as though I'm at the theatre whenever I listen to The Great Divorce.
I've bookmarked nine conversations between the Solid People of Heaven and the Ghosts of the Gray Town. All reveal to me something of my own character or of someone I know (when they strike too close to home!).
Because of Whitfield's creative reading, I continually forget it is only one person reading this book as opposed to a large cast of readers.
I'm 61 years old. This is a distillation of most important lessons I've learned in my 35 year 'quest' for enlightenment, growth, self-improvement, etc.
I can't say what was most compelling, but in this 23 minute audio I've placed 25 bookmarks.
Get this and listen to it. I try and listen to it at least once a day to remind me to "wake up!"
Because I've bookmarked it very well and can hear my favorite passages whenever I please.
The 'immense' job of bookmarking everything because the chapters in no way match up with the chapters of the Bible was a real pain in the rear. Everything else is great.
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