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Publisher's Summary

As a child growing up in a family of cantadoras (keepers of the old stories) Clarissa Pinkola Estes learned first hand how a story told at bedtime can soothe away the troubles of the day and prepare the way for another night's dreams to follow.  

Now a beloved cantadora herself, Estes shares this treasured family tradition with you on Bedtime Stories, her own special collection of tales to relax and ease you to sleep.

©2002 Sounds True (P)2002 Sounds True

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Exceptional

I'm new this author, but I was impressed enough to buy her other works as well. This audio book is very soothing, and lush with visuals. The evenings when I listen to it I find I dream deeper and more vividly.

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A great cure for insominia!

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The narrator's voice is incredibly soothing and caring. After she encourages you to fix your favourite pillow in place and assures you that there is no judgment if you fall asleep whilst she is reading, it took me four days to listen to the entire (very short) book. The bedtime stories are not new, but they do take you back to a time when they mattered for many of us. Somewhere in between thinking that adults 'don't do this' and the alluring sense of feeling that all is okay, it is hard not to submit to sleep. Once listened to, I won't re-listen again too soon, but can't bring myself to delete the book from my library either!

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Wonderful. Except Audible ruins it.

It is a wonderful relaxing, calming, comforting program. Too bad that at the end as you re sailing into dreamland, a loud voice comes on announcing AUDIBLE.

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It works!

Amazing book. Wish there was a way to disable the Audible closing message which wakes you back up!

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over all nice

ok, so here's both sides. the best elements is the background music really nice.. 2nd her voice is soothing and parts we're calming, comforting and enjoyable.
the negative side is the stories..they didn't relax my mind at all. especially the first one.
it caused more anxiety than I had prior to listening. I said the over book was nice but really just ok based on the story.

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Essential

Of course the stories are wonderful and her voice mesmerizing, but what is essential for me is the fact that they are bedtime stories, and. It is a soothing package I use night after night and year after year to soothe me to sleep.

It's a package of relaxation, empowerment and travel to other worlds. It puts my nervous system in just the right place for a good nights sleep and it is better than a sound machine

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Excellent with unfortunate “Audible” tag at end

This is excellent, as is everything by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. I’ve had insomnia for years. The stories and storyteller help me drift to sleep. I’m very happy with it.

However, why did the Audible producers include an “Audible” tag at the end of the recording? The voice is completely dissonant with the experience of the stories and jolts me awake. I can set the timer to turn off the stories prior to the end and, therefore, the Audible tag doesn’t play. Simple enough, but the experience and overall quality would be much improved if Audible did not include its own tag at the end.

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Breathy conjecture not story

This should not even be listed as a bedtime story, it’s a terrible compilation of breathy thoughts of what a “story” should be interpreted as. Just awful.

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Old Fashioned Stories

Her voice puts me to sleep every time. I wish there were more stories to listen to.

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Disappointing

I love her work, and looked forward to more of Dr.Estes spoken word since buying Women Who Run With The Wolves many years ago. I have The Beginners Dream Interpretation and one or two others.

This was a bit of rehash for me. Her gorgeous mellifluous voice felt very precious towards the ends...a bit contrived and I lost interest.

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  • ShabadooGMan
  • 12-23-12

Zzzzzz - but in a very good way

Like many people, I can find it hard to fully switch off and drift off to sleep at night. I've tried several audiobooks, with varying degrees of success down the years, however, I can heartily recommend Clarissa Pinkola Estes' book.



It's not just what she's saying, but the way she says it, that will have you dozing off within minutes.



The fact that I'm yet to actually make it through to the end of the book would be seen as damning criticism for most audiobooks, but, given what Estes sets out to achieve, it is obviously incredibly high praise.



A must-download for anyone searching for sweet dreams come bedtime.

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  • Kathryn
  • 07-08-13

Even grown ups need a bedtime story.

If you could sum up Bedtime Stories in three words, what would they be?

Goodnight, sleep tight!

What other book might you compare Bedtime Stories to, and why?

The Creative Fire by the same author, otherwise this audiobook is quite unique.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I love the way Clarissa Pinkola Estes retells familiar tales so that they sound fresh and new.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Well, it's just not that kind of book, it's designed to sooth you off to sleep, so it would be something like, "You won't stay awake long enough to see the ending."!

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CPEstes has such a lovely voice and she lulls you into a dreamy state in which her reading works on a subconscious level. The only thing that spoils it is the corporate man's voice that wakes you up at the end saying, "Thank you for listening to Audible." Perhaps Audible could consider leaving this off their products designed to induce sleep.

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  • Ms. Debra Sequoia
  • 07-22-12

Dreamy Storytelling

Lovely storytelling with the addition of some interesting information and helpful suggestions for sleep. She is a fantastic storyteller with just the right tone of voice and a pace that leads towards sleep.

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  • Ms. M. Considine
  • 12-20-12

antidote to restless mind

I love listening to Dr Estes, she has a warm and mystical voice. I used to avoid going to sleep until completely exhausted but with this book I am training my mind and body to prepare for sleep in a healthy way.

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  • karen
  • 07-31-15

So Relaxing!

I bought this audiobook about 4 years ago,have never listened to it in one sitting,never fails to send me to sleep,but that is why I bought it,therefore I have to give it 5 stars all round.

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  • winnie
  • 03-26-21

Why the branding

Right at the end. Can’t they delete the audible bit. Makes me loath Audible with a passion. Just as you’re nodding off you get this horrific “audible hopes you have enjoyed this programme. Urgh

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-25-19

You will listen over and over ....

Whenever I find myself not able to sleep easily, I always turn to Bedtime stories by Clarissa Pinkola Estes . Her voice is instantly calming and soothing. She is one of the greatest storyteller in the world.

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  • RishiGraham
  • 10-10-16

beautiful

I would have given a five star review if it were a bit longer audio file

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  • suzanne
  • 04-21-15

Love this!

Sends me off in a deep, calm sleep, leaving the dramas of the day behind me.

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  • Deborah
  • 12-19-11

sweet dreams

If your struggling to go to sleep then this is a must listen to and if your sleeping ok then this is still a good listen

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  • Margrethe
  • 01-17-17

Wonderful. enchanting. spell binding.

Wonderful. enchanting. spell binding. clarissa reads with a magical voice leaving you floating on your dream cloud.