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Laura

Redmond, WA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Interior Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Teresa of Avila
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle is one of the most celebrated books ever written by a mystic on abiding in union with Christ. Writing in obedience to the requests of two of her superiors, the humble 16th century Spanish sister protests "...for the love of God, let me get on with my spinning and go to choir...like the other sisters...I am not meant for writing; I have neither the health nor the wits for it."

    Amazon Customer says: "falling in love with the Divine"
    "The voice of another century long ago"
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    If you could sum up Interior Castle in three words, what would they be?

    The Interior Castle offers a brilliant framework for self reflection, spiritual maturity, and transformation.


    What other book might you compare Interior Castle to and why?

    This book is a good companion to works written by St. John of the Cross as both he and St. Teresa of Avila share similar interior insights and perspectives on mystical experience with the Divine.


    What about Susan Denaker’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Denaker has a good nun voice :) She speaks with clarity and excellent diction. Listening to her is like sitting at the feet of St. Teresa of Avila and listening to her spiritual experience as it was shaped in her particular world view of Catholicism in the 1500's. Yet, what Teresa shares about the mystical experience is timeless! Susan Denaker gets better and better at capturing the nuances of St. Teresa's writing voice as the Castle progresses.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3905)
    Performance
    (2520)
    Story
    (2553)

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Joanna says: "A quest for dreams come true"
    "A Great Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I want all my friends to read this bookQ


    What did you like best about this story?

    A captivating story from the start!


    Which character – as performed by Jeremy Irons – was your favorite?

    All the characters were memorable. My favorite was the boy who sought his dream.


    If you could take any character from The Alchemist out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would like to take the Alchemist out to dinner because I have a few questions for him about lead.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a wonderfully told story with many wise, mystical insights.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Entering the Castle: Exploring Your Mystical Experience of God

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Caroline Myss
    • Narrated By Caroline Myss
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (75)

    This audiobook is a poweful program that will give you a deeply personal, revelatory experience of your soul. What is required is that you "enter your castle" and explore with great intent the contents of your "seven mansions" and their many rooms. You'll be introduced to a new spiritual renaissance as Caroline Myss explains the nature of mysticism and its experiences.

    Tom Nicholson says: "This is not the Audiobook . . ."
    "Resistance, Surrender, and Falling in Love"
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    Would you listen to Entering the Castle again? Why?

    I have listened to Entering the Castle twice so far. The first time was to see what it was about. That's when I encountered my greatest resistance to the challenge of listening to the critical voice of Caroline Myss between mansions. I sought out other voices on Teresa of Avila, but returned to listening again to Ms. Myss and realized that she was exactly the voice I needed to hear at this point in my life. I would describe my experience of listening to the audio the second time like surrendering to being in spiritual boot camp for mystic wanna-be's in the world. The second reading led me to listening to St. Teresa's voice in her work of the Interior Castle. I have found my self surprised by a sense of falling in love with the Saint, with Caroline's guidance, and with the experience of encountering the Divine in my daily discipline of meager but meaningful moments for quiet meditation. Thank you Caroline for interpreting St. Teresa's work to give it voice and connection to Divine Purpose for the soul towards all of creation in the 21st century.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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