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Becoming Animal

An Earthly Cosmology
Narrated by: David Abram
Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
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As the climate veers toward catastrophe, the innumerable losses cascading through the biosphere make vividly evident the need for a metamorphosis in our relation to the living land. For too long we've inured ourselves to the wild intelligence of our muscled flesh, taking our primary truths from technologies that hold the living world at a distance. This audiobook subverts that distance, drawing listeners ever deeper into their animal senses in order to explore, from within, the elemental kinship between the body and the breathing Earth.

The shapeshifting of ravens, the erotic nature of gravity, the eloquence of thunder, the pleasures of being edible: all have their place in Abram's investigation. He shows that from the awakened perspective of the human animal, awareness (or mind) is not an exclusive possession of our species but a lucid quality of the biosphere itself - a quality in which we, along with the oaks and the spiders, steadily participate.

With the audacity of its vision and the luminosity of its prose, Becoming Animal sets a new benchmark for the human appraisal of our place in the whole.

©2010 David Abram (P)2017 Tantor

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a life changer

I put this book among the pantheon of soul excavating and deeply grounding books that have helped me expand my understanding of the world and my relationship to it. I will be recommending this book to all of my friends looking to do a bit of soul work.

Like the authors listed below, David Abram is an amazing narrator of his own work. His wisdom and inner peace come through in his voice. Yet, his passion for these profound and consequential perspectives makes his reading aloud inspiring and motivating.

If you like this book I would suggest Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic by Martin Prechtel, Tea Medicine by Wu De (Aaron Fisher), and anything by Clarissa Pinkola Estés.

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Abram offers a sensuous perspective on Nature

Becoming Animal is more about Abram bringing his experiences with Nature and the mystical reality of the natural world alive for the reader. There are so many experiences that most modern humans have no idea exist. A reality most have no idea is real, from which we came, and are connected to. Humans live as aliens on this planet because we've strayed much too far from our origins. David Abram brings to life the sensual positibilities of what one can feel and see and how one can think when patience and open eyes and open hearts are applied to the living world. I found this book to be a bit long but very immersive, and illuminating along my studies and experiences. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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the most important book I've read this year.

this is a profound book that I will want to revisit at least once a year.

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Ecstatic

Poetically written, not a regurgitation of familiar information. The type of invocation that leaves your walls breathing.

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Prepare to be permanently transformed...

I'll never walk through a forest the same way ever again. Abram's use of the English language is a treasure to humanity and the place we call home. His gift serves to pull us into direct, felt experience with the many-forms of sentience and their unique communication styles, reminding us of our inherent belonging-ness and interconnection with the living earth-our own flesh! This art form is a tool for transforming, re-membering, and re-storying our place in the depths of our larger ecologically informed flesh. You'll never look at the living landscape the same, and you'll probably be forever transfixed by the simple profundity of your own breath.

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  • BELLINGHAM, WA, United States
  • 09-27-17

narrator was hard to listen to

struggled to finish, the narrators tone was forceful and didnt match the tempo of the meandering poetics

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