One act of courage can change the world.
The year is 2048. Climate change and bio-warfare have ravaged much of the Earth, and societal meltdown has splintered the US into fragments. But out of the ruins, Northern California has built a thriving culture based on respect for the four sacred things: air, fire, water and earth.
The Fifth Sacred Thing is an epic tale of freedom and slavery, love and war, and the potential futures of humankind. It tells of a 21st century California clan caught between two clashing worlds: one based on tolerance, the other on repression. It is both a love story between two people and a war story between two opposing ideals.
©1993, 1994 Miriam Simos (P)2016 Miriam Simos
I have read the paperback of this book 8 or nine times and given away as many copies. I was initially nervous that the audio version might be substandard, but I should not have worried. The story was incredible. The reader did an excellent job. She saying when they were singing. She read an animated different voices. I highly recommend this!
I have loved this story for over a decade and was so happy, but a bit nervous when I heard it was coming out in an audible form. I was not disappointed. Maya Lilly (this cannot be her real name, but brilliant!) was amazing. You will be moved.
The story itself a little slow to start but feels a little like present day. Beautifully written though. Maya does an amazing job at telling the story with different, distinct voices for each character. Well done!
Connection to character development and the story immediately drew me into this epic adventure. From start to finish, I looked forward to my daily visits to the pages of this book, reading it in paper form first. And now being able to immerse myself and my partner into the electronic pages having the story told to us is even more special.
I enjoyed how the story wove in and through a story of hope and of optimism. Even in times of fear and terror, the way in which Star Hawk created the environment and the individuals inside of that environment was one that kept me awake at nights. Wondering what was going to happen next. Diving from the heights of pain and the scary possibility of a possible future and existence. To swimming and surfacing in the pools of love and acceptance and joy that we, as a species, have the potential to become.
Bird was my favourite. The hardships he faced and the shifts of love and acceptance that he entered into when cradled in his community and the people that helped to shape his life. I can only imagine the fear and uncertainty that he faced in so many ways, to again be able to love and let love into his world.
Oh my goodness... yes. But to be sitting for 21hrs... not so easy. It is something that can be visited and re-visited very effortlessly. Like a television series or movie that you can pause and be with for a time, then return to it's beauty and imagery that is created in the telling of the story.
I think it is a very special thing when we can be read to. Told stories to. Share in the feelings as translated from someone's voice when being told a story. It is something that we begin our lives with as small ones, the sharing of imagination and story telling... to then learn how to share these journey's with others as we grow. Taking us back to a time of innocence, comfort and being held in a space of wonder and curiosity.
I feel like a changed person....what a beautiful and powerful story. I hope to see it put on the screen.... The narrators voice was perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed listening and found it hard to stop. kinda sad it's over ;)
I first heard about this book from Aubrey Marcus' recommendation on his warrior poet website, and thanks to all the positive reviews on amazon and audible i dove in. Plenty of positive things have been said, so I'll just leave a warning to not give up too soon for those who might feel the same way as I did about some aspects of the book.
Narrator => The narrator really draws you deep into the story. The book is like a powerful river as the plot begins to unfold, and the narrator is a skilled sailor guiding you on this journey.
Writer=> The writing is exceptional
I think it's a fair warning for those who might be anything like me that there are things about this book that might turn you off, if even for a brief moment. Every time “Chi worlds”, aura, and energy healing were mentioned I cringed. Especially near the beginning of the book, during the first and second chapters I nearly gave up on the book, but boy am I glad that I continued to listen! There is some quirky language that made me uncomfortable, but that was quickly changed as I was once again sucked into the author's brilliant writing, which is ultimately a great story with lots of wisdom (the hypnotizing narration was just as powerful). I thought I would put this out there just in case someone else feels the same way as an encouragement to not give up too soon! 30+ hours well worth the listen
Being a conscious hippie from California, I understand implicitly the culture shown in this book. The pardigm is expressed so well and the drama is real. Explore this book with an open heart and rewards await.
One of the most inspiring. enlightening stories ever. If you are looking for a wisdom, for a spiritual cleanse, don't go further. This is it.
I've cried for quite few times during the story, while the truth resonated deep down in me and transformed me. Thank you Starhawk.
I could not stop listening to this beautiful story. It deeply saddened me at times, enraged me, felt so real to what is happening but ultimately it opened me up. It gave me faith in a different future. A future where we learn to live differently for the benefit of all beings. I wish this were required reading!
a book for brave souls who have the courage and willingness to peek into a world that is not so far off from our own and come to terms with the harrowing realities of it, and also be inspired by what is possible. also, the narrator is wonderful
"Excellent story and good telling"
An excellent story well told and very apt for these times of major change in the worlds' politics.
" Beautifully Apt in These Dark Times.. "
Full of hope.. beauty.. love.. truth and connection.. A stunning story wound around the premise of living in harmony with each other and All Our Relations.. Cutting and honest.. not afraid to name the darkness faced in cruel hearts, minds and actions.. Or the paths that led to those states of being.. The fierce inner and outter battles we face in this and every day.. in our past.. and stretching into the future.. all seem aptly bound in this masterful story telling.. one can only hope that love and truth will eventually win in the face of adversity.. and evolve into a kinder future..
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