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The Key Audiobook

The Key: A True Encounter

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Communion comes the mysterious true story of how an unknown visitor barged into Streiber's hotel room late one night and imparted extraordinary lessons in personal development and man's fate that challenge us to rethink every assumption about the meaning of life.

At 2:30 in the morning of June 6, 1998, Whitley Streiber was awakened by someone knocking on his hotel-room door. A man came in, and everything he said was life-altering. This is the unsettling and ultimately enlightening narrative of what happened that night. Strieber was never really sure who this strange and knowing visitor was - a "Master of Wisdom"? A figure from a different realm of consciousness? A preternaturally intelligent being? He called him the Master of the Key. The one thing of which Strieber was certain is that both the man and the encounter were real.

The main concern of the Master of the Key is to save each of us from self-imprisonment. "Mankind is trapped," the stranger tells Strieber. "I want to help you spring the trap." In a sweeping exchange between Strieber and the stranger - which takes the form of a classical student-teacher dialogue in pursuit of inner understanding - the unknown man presents a lesson in human potential, esoteric psychology, and man's fate. He illuminates why man has been caught in a cycle of repeat violence and self-destruction - and the slender, but very real, possibility for release.

In its breadth and intimacy, The Key is on par with contemporary metaphysical traditions, such as A Course in Miracles, or even with the dialogues of modern wisdom teachers, such as D. T. Suzuki and Carl Jung.

©2011 Whitley Strieber (P)2011 Penguin

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    Terri 03-06-16
    Terri 03-06-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing story!!"

    I absolutely loved the story. I believe all of it. Gregory is an excellent reader.

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    widmark cano 12-31-15 Member Since 2016
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    "entertainingly thought provoking"

    thought provoking and challenges the concept of who and what are we. I will reread this book and use it for reference.

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    Jonny Ringworm 03-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I like Whitley Strieber but this one..I dont know"

    I have a really hard time with this one, First let me say I do believe his other true stories. I don't know why, this one gives me issues. Oh well I do love his other books...

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    Computer Nut 07-30-14

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    "Good and worthwhile"
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    I had no idea that the author had so much trouble later in his life. This title was definitely a good pick.

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    Barbara Wilmington, NC, United States 08-11-12
    Barbara Wilmington, NC, United States 08-11-12 Member Since 2015

    love horror, true crime, and biographies

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    "Very good, very interesting"
    Where does The Key rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Was among the best audiobooks I've read so far


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The possibilities


    Which character – as performed by Gregory Itzin – was your favorite?

    all


    If you could give The Key a new subtitle, what would it be?

    don't know


    Any additional comments?

    very good book, worth the read

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cherie Greenberg 06-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fascinating story, wonderful message."
    What made the experience of listening to The Key the most enjoyable?

    The content. The story was good but the conversation between the teacher and Mr. Strieber was the most riveting thing I have read in a long time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The teacher was the character that the story was written about and he was wonderful


    What about Gregory Itzin’s performance did you like?

    He was great with the voices and delivery


    What did you learn from The Key that you would use in your daily life?

    Too many things, I'm still re-listening and digesting the information provided.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Slinger, WI, United States 01-23-12
    John Slinger, WI, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Unlocking your Journey"
    What did you love best about The Key?

    The level of Honestly the Author had.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Key?

    When the Master identified how eternal life is achieved by surrender.


    Which character – as performed by Gregory Itzin – was your favorite?

    The Master


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Surrender your will to God and our fellow man

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Heffley Rockville, MD United States 06-25-11
    James Heffley Rockville, MD United States 06-25-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Big, big dissapointment"

    "The Key" is on a chain of hundreds like a building maintenance workers' belt holder that can open every door in the building.

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    Francine B. Struve STOCKTON, CA USA 05-31-11
    Francine B. Struve STOCKTON, CA USA 05-31-11 Member Since 2013
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    "DO NOT BUY THIS IS JUST DUMB"

    DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY FOR THIS AUDIBLE BOOK... DO NTO EVEN BUY IT. I FOUND THIS PROFOUNDLY REDICULOUS.... JUST RAMBLE OF JUNK..... WAY OFF INTO THE ABYSS. SOMEONE RAMBLING ON SOME KIND OF DRUG. WHERE DID HE GET THIS STUFF....???? FROM SOME MEETING OF SOME PERSON HE THOUGHT HE MIGHT HAVE MET... I WANT MY MONEY BACK........

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    Martin KNOXVILLE, TN, United States 05-30-11
    Martin KNOXVILLE, TN, United States 05-30-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Hard to take"

    This book is a bit hard to take. It comes across as a dump of Popular Science, The National Enquirer and the same arrogant ignorance behind the "Coexisit" bumper sticker. The text offers an extremely contradictory suggestion that we accept The Gospel of Christianity with the surrender to God offered by Islam. Christians surrender to God by accepting Christ as our saviour - in other words, Christians surrender to God by accepting the Good News of The Gospel. Islam denies the death and Resurrection of Christ. Islam rejects the very foundation of Christianity. For a Christian, this is not optional and not up for debate. A religion that merges the major religions would be complete folly and solve nothing.

    This book is an unfortunate mix of truths and half-truths. Read it (or listen to it) with your eyes and ears open. Listen carefully to who this book suggests we worship.

    1 of 18 people found this review helpful

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