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Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit | [Daniel Quinn]

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

Ishmael is an utterly unique and captivating spiritual adventure which redefines what it is to be human. We are introduced to Ishmael, a creature of immense wisdom. He has a story to tell, one that no human being has ever heard before. It is the story of man's place in the grand scheme, and it begins at the birth of time. This history of the world has never appeared in any schoolbook. "Does the earth belong to man?" Ishmael asks. "Or does man belong to the earth?"

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Ishmael is an utterly unique and captivating spiritual adventure which redefines what it is to be human. We are introduced to Ishmael, a creature of immense wisdom. He has a story to tell, one that no human being has ever heard before. It is the story of man's place in the grand scheme, and it begins at the birth of time. This history of the world has never appeared in any schoolbook. "Does the earth belong to man?" Ishmael asks. "Or does man belong to the earth?"

Author Daniel Quinn is the first winner of the prestigious Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, awarded for fiction providing creative and positive solutions to global problems. Sly, witty, and profound, Ishmael is a tour de force of the mind and spirit, an extraordinary intellectual adventure that listeners will never forget.

©1992 Daniel Quinn; (P)1995 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

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    Eric San bernardino, CA, United States 01-12-08
    Eric San bernardino, CA, United States 01-12-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Unabridged PLEASE!"

    I loved the book, so I thought why not the audiobook? The abridgment cuts out most of the "meat" of the story. The abridgment is better than nothing (thus four stars) but the book hits much harder with more information and draws the mind further into the story. Worth the read but could have been great.

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Telecommuter12 Englewood, CO 11-20-08
    Telecommuter12 Englewood, CO 11-20-08 Listener Since 2002

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    "Please read this book"

    Ishmael was my first introduction to Daniel Quinn's work and it has started a love affair. After listenening to the audio version and clinging to every word- I went out and bought the book as I felt it must be a part of my library. However after reading the book, I so agree that Audible MUST add the unabridged version- every word is just too important to arbitrarily nip and tuck. Even so- this is a very well read version of the book- and does manage to convey many of the important themes and is definately worth the listen.

    This story is thought provoking and full of metaphor- I highly suggest that you listen / read this with a friend or as a part of a book club as it's a perfect catalyst for important conversations- and truly the themes have never been more timley. I have read or listened to this several times and each time get something new- something lovely. Some readers may struggle with this- have an open mind - enjoy the metaphor and illusion. I suggest that you read a bit at a time and take time to talk about it and digest it before reading / listening on- hang in there- it will be worth your time. Allow it to and it will change your life and your spirit.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Le Center, MN, USA 04-23-09
    Julie Le Center, MN, USA 04-23-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Really thought provoking"

    I wish Audible had the unabridged version of this book. It was so thought provoking and interesting that I wondered what nuances I was missing by having only the abidged version. But don't let that dissuade you. This is a very good condensed version. At no time did I encounter any awkward transitions. In fact part of my curiosity lies in trying to figure out where exactly the editor made the cuts.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    07-26-05
    07-26-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Life changing"

    I only wish that you had all of Quinn's works on audio. Ishmael is just the beginning of a great journey.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus Anthony Pittsburgh 12-05-03
    Marcus Anthony Pittsburgh 12-05-03 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent, Masterpiece!"

    I have read the book and listened to the audio-tape. Highly recommend, would prefer an unabridged version. Amazing story told in a unique and creative manner. Can't wait for the audio version of My Ishmael, hopefully unabridged.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Tinley Park, IL, United States 02-15-12
    Richard Tinley Park, IL, United States 02-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "From WTF to HOLY KAW!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Truth be told, the first couple of chapters were strange, odd to say the least. I hung in there, went with it and was rewarded with amazement. This book is brilliant!


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    Rob brooklin, ON, Canada 02-03-05
    Rob brooklin, ON, Canada 02-03-05
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    "A book for the good of the future"

    The messages in this book - and Quinn's other books - are so important that I own 2 copies of the book and loan them out as often as I can, and now have the audio so I can loan out my CD.
    I believe that this series should be part of the school curriculum - maybe Gr. 5 or 6. The earlier that we can get some fresh minds interested in the world and the future, the better chance that the earth will have to survive our greed and destruction.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scott North Little Rock, AR, USA 01-02-04
    Scott North Little Rock, AR, USA 01-02-04 Member Since 2002
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    "A truly important book!"

    I didn't agree with 100% of what Quinn is trying to say, but it is a very powerful idea presented in an entertaining way. This book is certain to change the way you look at the world to some degree. I have insisted that all my children read this book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jethro SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 01-31-14
    Jethro SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book! Horrible narration"
    Any additional comments?

    Audible skips certain paragraphs from the book, it takes away from the overall enjoyment of the book in its entirety.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Kitchener, ON, Canada 12-04-03
    Brian Kitchener, ON, Canada 12-04-03
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    "Ishmael"

    It is an excellent tale told in a thought prevoking way. I liked the reader as well, just wish they would make the sequel into an audio book

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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