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The Cloister Walk | [Kathleen Norris]

The Cloister Walk

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Publisher's Summary

How can an understanding of celibacy strengthen a marriage? How does the mundane task of doing laundry become as sacred as ritual? Let Kathleen Norris explain. For over 10 years, thoroughly Protestant Norris has been an oblate at a Benedictine monastery. During this period, she has gained tremendous insight into the languages, customs, ceremonies, and sexuality of the men and women who have chosen the cloistered life. In this revealing account of the hidden world of the monastics, Norris explores the true monastic life and inspires us to evaluate our own lives and values.

Recording (P)1996 by Audio Literature; Copyright ©1996 by Kathleen Norris

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  • Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award: Best Audio of 1996, Spiritual Wisdom.

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    Mark Bolgiano Takoma Park, MD 05-13-03
    Mark Bolgiano Takoma Park, MD 05-13-03 Member Since 2000

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    "Wonderful"

    I have to steer my fellow Audibilians toward "The Cloister Walk". Let me make this short and sweet, just like the book. Here's three reasons why I loved it -- and why you might too:

    1. Kathleen Norris had some very practical things to say to me as a human being, with all of the positive/negative, physical/spiritual, temporal/eternal things that being human can mean.

    2. I found her style of gently revealing an idea to be simply elegant. The thoughts were substantial without being overly dense or heavy - in other words, I gained understanding without gaining a headache.

    3. For me, Debra Winger's voice is to sound what Monet is to sight - pleasing, skillful, wonderfully textured, and rendering each word perfectly.

    Overall, a real joy to listen to. Try this one.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Lourdes Houston, TX, USA 04-15-10
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    "5 stars for content: 1 star for audio"

    The book is wonderful and terrible to listen to in this format. Can you please offer the enhanced version?

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    Lisa Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-07-09
    Lisa Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-07-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Couldn't get through it"

    I am very sorry to say that I just couldn't get through this! The author appeals to me and so does the narrator - I really had great expectations. But, the reading was so dry and dull! She just sounded like she was on the verge of a yawn the entire time!

    Really disappointed. I think I'll have to skip the audio and try to read it for myself.

    Save your credits for something else!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Like listening in a tunnel"

    I wanted to like this, but the audio quality was terrible. Like listening to someone in a tunnel. Couldn't get very far through it :(

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    I was surprised at the poor quality of the reading. I have read the book and liked it. But, for some reason, even though I love Debra Winger this reading was off. It was hurried and flat. It needs to be re-done.

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    MG Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-01-12
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    Would you listen to The Cloister Walk again? Why?

    Several years after listening to this book, I still get a feeling of relaxation when I think about the book. I'm going to listen to again soon.


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