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  • Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

  • By: Natalie Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Natalie Goldberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
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  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

Over a decade ago, when Writing Down the Bones first appeared, Natalie Goldberg started a revolution in the way we practice writing. Now, for the first time, Goldberg reads her classic work, while offering new commentary about the creative, spiritual, and practical dimensions of writing. This collector's edition also includes an exclusive interview with the author.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Becky on 04-24-05

Natalie Goldberg is a treasure!

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Reviewed: 09-15-17

What made the experience of listening to Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within the most enjoyable?

With some books, it's OK to have an actor read it, but with others, it's better to hear it straight from the author. This is one of those books. Natalie has such a distinct, memorable voice--and it's what I'll hear whispering encouragement to me as I write from now on. Thank you, Natalie!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within?

I have read this book many times, but never thought to look for the audio version. In general, it was great to hear Natalie read my favorite chapters of the book.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Sound quality was very poor. Would have loved to hear Natalie in full, clear voice in a regular studio, like the other Audible books. Still, what a gift to be able to hear the real Natalie behind her own words.

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

Too many to mention, but overall I enjoyed when Natalie spoke about her relationships with her students.

Any additional comments?

The only drawback--and it's a big one--is the sound quality. I likened it to someone talking on phone with bad service. Still, in a strange way, the sound quality made it more intimate, as if Natalie were giving me a pep talk over the phone.