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Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan

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Carlos Castanada was a student of anthropology when he met Don Juan Matus, a Yaqui shaman and the inspiration for Castanada’s The Teachings of Don Juan. In this controversial work, Castanada relays his experiences being challenged by his mentor on his perception of the world and all living things in it.

©1973 Carlos Castaneda (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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    John E. Burrowes Vancouver, Canada 12-25-14
    John E. Burrowes Vancouver, Canada 12-25-14
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    "Please hire Luis to read all of Castaneda's books!"
    Where does Journey to Ixtlan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Since '91 Castaneda has been my favorite author and Journey to Ixtlan my favorite book. So it goes without saying that I rank this as my all time favorite book - in any format.A close second would be The Power of Silence - wherein we finally find out how don Juan came to be a Man of Knowledge.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Man what a question. Where to begin? How about I just say that it has everything. Adventure. Humor. Suspense. Poignant Nostalgia - when we learn why Genaro can never return to Ixtlan. Above all it has a ring of authenticity few books that purport to impart wisdom have.

    If you could only read two books that would point the way to a joyous life it would be this one and Eckart Tolle's A New Earth. Both are masterpieces in their own way. Tolle's book, it must be said, is more direct but I LOVE Castaneda's narrative story telling style of writing.


    What about Luis Moreno’s performance did you like?

    Luis does a great job of reading this story. His voice is perhaps a bit sharper than I'd like but that's picking nits. I'm sure I'm not alone in wishing that, if the rest of Castaneda's books are put here on Audible, Luis does the reading.You are going to do all of the books right? Right?


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end part that recounts Genaro's encounter with an ally and how the world was different, but the same, afterward.


    Any additional comments?

    It bears repeating...PLEASE HIRE LUIS TO READ ALL OF CC's BOOKS.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Prsilla 01-10-13
    Prsilla 01-10-13 Member Since 2016

    Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.

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    "LISTEN CAREFULLY, LEARN TO BE A WARRIOR!"

    Castaneda tells us that he approached Don Juan, his shaman guru, to learn about peyote. So his first two books focus on the hallucinogenics; and he admits in this third book that he omitted the philosophy and other instruction from Don Juan which Castaneda discounted as nonsense. Well, I am not going to be using peyote, and I truly appreciated Don Juan's pointers for effective living. Not nonsense at all!

    I could identify with Castaneda's always taking notes, always talking, always asking questions. He is a graduate student who usually wears a suit and tie and carries a briefcase. Don Juan sometimes teases him about this. I could not identify with Castaneda's reluctance to talk to plants! The author is really anal at several points! Of course all these years later we are more comfortable with meditation, plant and animal communication, all the concepts of the New Age.

    I will be getting the paper book because some nuggets have to be underlined or at least marked with a page corner turned down. Don Juan is evidently quite an old man, and yet he can sit on the ground in such a way that he can stand up in one motion if necessary. He is as strong as he needs to be. He climbs or walks as far as he needs to. Carlos, the author, is often winded or needing to be helped! Don Juan gives several hints about how he stays fit -- for sure not a gym membership!

    This book is a must-listen for young and old because it lays the ground for so much more. I should have read it in the '70's, but I was reading the Seth books instead. Don Juan has an excellent attitude toward death, personal history, discipline, readiness. The book ends well at a good stopping place. Carlos does indeed "stop the world" and see the magnificent gridwork that Seth referred to and Stuart Wilde discusses. I wish I had skipped over "Separate" and "Teachings" to jump into this book.

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    BRIAN 11-05-12
    BRIAN 11-05-12
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    "One of my all-time favorites"
    Would you listen to Journey to Ixtlan again? Why?

    The humor, the wisdom, the passion for this existence we all share is abundant. A storyteller and teacher whose tales continue to resonate and make more sense as time passes.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The innocence, humility and growing awareness of the author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Setting up Dreaming:

    "I am going to teach you right here the first step to power. I am going to teach you how to set up dreaming. To set up dreaming means to have a concise and pragmatic control over the general situation of a dream, comparable to the control one has over any choice in the desert for instance, such as climbing up a hill or remaining in the shade of a water canyon. You must start by doing something very simple. Tonight in your dreams you must look at your hands."


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Unsatisfied Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-01-12
    Unsatisfied Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-01-12
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    "Incredibly bad narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Journey to Ixtlan the most enjoyable?

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    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    How could the performance have been better?

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    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

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    Any additional comments?

    I read this book quite a while ago; in my teens actually. Currently I have this book in written form. Thinking it might be convenient to listen to the book this time I purchased it from Audible. I feel it my duty to warn others that the narrator is one of the worst I have ever heard. He puts the wrong emphasis on the wrong syllables. His reading is slow and staccato. He almost calls out words rather than reading them. He seems to have no concept of how to read in a flowing manner. He expresses strong emotion in places it is not called for etc. etc. To sum up the narration is so bad that it is very hard get understand the book.

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    Jason San Diego, CA, United States 08-25-12
    Jason San Diego, CA, United States 08-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only if they were in tune with the ideas of Don Juan.


    What other book might you compare Journey to Ixtlan to and why?

    The ones that come before.


    Have you listened to any of Luis Moreno’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, on so many levels.


    Any additional comments?

    I continue to hope that Luis Moreno will complete the series of books related to Don Juan and Carlos Castaneda.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    bob pantelis 09-25-15
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    "More Please!!"
    Where does Journey to Ixtlan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Don Juan


    What does Luis Moreno bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent Narrator. A good narrator makes or breaks an audiobook. Brings the story to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Brings a whole new perspective to what we call reality!!


    Any additional comments?

    Was looking forward to the entire series but the other books have not been forthcoming. Would really love to see them released in audio format at least up to The Fire Within......

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    Tobias 09-09-15
    Tobias 09-09-15
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    "Impeccable Narrator, Impeccable Tale"

    I would personally consider this the greatest self help book ever written. Some people discount Castaneda as having made up the characters and the dialogue, but those with the proper intent will realize it doesn't matter. Marvelous book.

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    Scott 08-28-15
    Scott 08-28-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Luis Moreno brings Don Juan to life"
    Where does Journey to Ixtlan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10%


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    ALL three. The story is a dialog. The two main characters rise to the occasion perfectly, and don Genaro nails his role as well.


    What about Luis Moreno’s performance did you like?

    Impeccable. No doubt, Luis Moreno is a professional voice actor, but this even transcends professionalism. I've listened to it scores of times, including while I'm sleeping. One of my early impressions was, his ability to nail the characters takes the story to a whole different level. As I continued to listen over and again, I noticed that his particular ability to make don Juan believable makes me feel as though I'm listening to the real, live don Juan.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Tidbit? Hmmm... I read all extant Castaneda books in 1983-84, when there were 7. I was 15-16 years old then. Later, I lived in Latin America for about 13 years, beginning at age 29. I reread all 10 books in 2001-02, age 34. Now, as I reread, with special attention to this audiobook, I realize that the primary driving force that turned me to Latin America for so many years was clearly Carlos Castaneda. How's that for a tidbit?


    Any additional comments?

    By all means, get Luis Moreno to continue reading. Up next: Tales of Power.

    Above and beyond my comments on Luis Moreno's performance, which has effected a cascade of reflections on my part, it has also caused me to consider in great detail HOW I read. After scores of listenings, the thought crossed my mind that Castaneda's books are DIALOGUES. Though I've read these books on paper at various times in my life, seen the quotation marks, along with dialog attribution phrases, I never truly heard the characters speaking in their voices while reading with my eyes. Although dialog, mixed with narrative and description, is supposed to make me feel like a sensory participant in the story and present for all conversation, it rather feels more like journalism -- like I'm reading a report of something that happened. And by far, to this reader, the key element in that perceived shortcoming is dialog: When I read it with my eyes, I don't truly hear the characters speaking in their unique voices, in "my mind's ear".

    Enter the audiobook. I've got some great audiobooks, narrated by Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Emilia Fox -- all extraordinary performances, in which these excellent actors nail their characters to perfection. But these are all works of fiction. Castaneda is far more controversial, largely because we don't truly know if it's fiction or not. We know that Carlos Castaneda existed -- but what about this "Juan Matus"? And what about this body of teaching? When I read it on the page, I need to make a conscious decision: Do I believe this? But when I can hear don Juan speaking, in his own voice, with my own ears, at the same time as I can identify with Carlos Castaneda himself -- his "I" in the dialog effectively becomes me -- at that point, it becomes far more believable. Thus, an impeccable narration becomes essential. Case in point: "To be or not to be" are the words of Shakespeare -- the monologue fails to integrate itself with the character, it remains forever attached to the writer. By contrast, any significant quote from Castaneda contains the words of don Juan himself, detached from the author of the book. To me, that's far more credible when I actually hear don Juan say something, rather than read "don Juan said" with my eyes. It's crucial for such a controversial persona as don Juan, and that makes Luis Moreno's job that much more challenging. When I listen to his recording, I feel like I'm there, in the Sonora desert, or in the mountains of central Mexico, etc., listening to don Juan speaking.

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    Reverend 05-10-15
    Reverend 05-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story! Great narration!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Journey to Ixtlan to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version


    Have you listened to any of Luis Moreno’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. He is always a great performer / narrator


    Any additional comments?

    This performance has good sound quality and Luis Moreno has a good voice to do performances.

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    Keith W. Brown Denton, TX United States 03-23-15
    Keith W. Brown Denton, TX United States 03-23-15 Member Since 2012

    Philosopher, mindfulness practitioner, lover of sci-fi/fantasy, class literature, history, and philosophy.

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    "Fave book"

    Narration was somehow annoying. Could never put my finger on why. Still worth it for what it teaches and postulates.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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