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Publisher's Summary

Carlos Castanada was a student of anthropology when he met Don Juan Matus, a Yaqui shaman and the inspiration for Castanada’s The Teachings of Don Juan. In this controversial work, Castanada relays his experiences being challenged by his mentor on his perception of the world and all living things in it.

©1973 Carlos Castaneda (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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Powerful

There is a powerful underlying philosophy in this book. When you can hear the underlying messages, this is the type of book that can change your life.

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I Wish There Were More of The Series on Audible

Where does Journey to Ixtlan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Castaneda's classic series is a masterful collection of writings which show great insight into Toltec teachings. It is still the definitive source for Toltec knowledge.

What about Luis Moreno’s performance did you like?

Luis Moreno captures the expression o the people speaking when reading their quotes. He serves as a great voice for Castaneda, because he gives one the feeling that Castaneda is really reading the book to you. At the same time, he does not overdo it.

Any additional comments?

I wish there were more of Castaneda's books on Audible.

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Another of Castaneda's intriguing works

A story of his sorcerer teacher, don Juan Matus, and his instructions to Castaneda on his journey to power. Exceptionally narrated with voice changes and tones. Great story, great author and narrator.

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more?

when can we see more audio books by Castaneda? there are plenty on Kindle but it would be nice to listen.

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More Please!!

Where does Journey to Ixtlan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 20

Who was your favorite character and why?

Don Juan

What does Luis Moreno bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excellent Narrator. A good narrator makes or breaks an audiobook. Brings the story to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Brings a whole new perspective to what we call reality!!

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Was looking forward to the entire series but the other books have not been forthcoming. Would really love to see them released in audio format at least up to The Fire Within......

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Impeccable Narrator, Impeccable Tale

I would personally consider this the greatest self help book ever written. Some people discount Castaneda as having made up the characters and the dialogue, but those with the proper intent will realize it doesn't matter. Marvelous book.

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Luis Moreno brings Don Juan to life

Where does Journey to Ixtlan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10%

Who was your favorite character and why?

ALL three. The story is a dialog. The two main characters rise to the occasion perfectly, and don Genaro nails his role as well.

What about Luis Moreno’s performance did you like?

Impeccable. No doubt, Luis Moreno is a professional voice actor, but this even transcends professionalism. I've listened to it scores of times, including while I'm sleeping. One of my early impressions was, his ability to nail the characters takes the story to a whole different level. As I continued to listen over and again, I noticed that his particular ability to make don Juan believable makes me feel as though I'm listening to the real, live don Juan.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Tidbit? Hmmm... I read all extant Castaneda books in 1983-84, when there were 7. I was 15-16 years old then. Later, I lived in Latin America for about 13 years, beginning at age 29. I reread all 10 books in 2001-02, age 34. Now, as I reread, with special attention to this audiobook, I realize that the primary driving force that turned me to Latin America for so many years was clearly Carlos Castaneda. How's that for a tidbit?

Any additional comments?

By all means, get Luis Moreno to continue reading. Up next: Tales of Power.

Above and beyond my comments on Luis Moreno's performance, which has effected a cascade of reflections on my part, it has also caused me to consider in great detail HOW I read. After scores of listenings, the thought crossed my mind that Castaneda's books are DIALOGUES. Though I've read these books on paper at various times in my life, seen the quotation marks, along with dialog attribution phrases, I never truly heard the characters speaking in their voices while reading with my eyes. Although dialog, mixed with narrative and description, is supposed to make me feel like a sensory participant in the story and present for all conversation, it rather feels more like journalism -- like I'm reading a report of something that happened. And by far, to this reader, the key element in that perceived shortcoming is dialog: When I read it with my eyes, I don't truly hear the characters speaking in their unique voices, in "my mind's ear".

Enter the audiobook. I've got some great audiobooks, narrated by Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Emilia Fox -- all extraordinary performances, in which these excellent actors nail their characters to perfection. But these are all works of fiction. Castaneda is far more controversial, largely because we don't truly know if it's fiction or not. We know that Carlos Castaneda existed -- but what about this "Juan Matus"? And what about this body of teaching? When I read it on the page, I need to make a conscious decision: Do I believe this? But when I can hear don Juan speaking, in his own voice, with my own ears, at the same time as I can identify with Carlos Castaneda himself -- his "I" in the dialog effectively becomes me -- at that point, it becomes far more believable. Thus, an impeccable narration becomes essential. Case in point: "To be or not to be" are the words of Shakespeare -- the monologue fails to integrate itself with the character, it remains forever attached to the writer. By contrast, any significant quote from Castaneda contains the words of don Juan himself, detached from the author of the book. To me, that's far more credible when I actually hear don Juan say something, rather than read "don Juan said" with my eyes. It's crucial for such a controversial persona as don Juan, and that makes Luis Moreno's job that much more challenging. When I listen to his recording, I feel like I'm there, in the Sonora desert, or in the mountains of central Mexico, etc., listening to don Juan speaking.

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Great story! Great narration!

Would you consider the audio edition of Journey to Ixtlan to be better than the print version?

I never read the print version

Have you listened to any of Luis Moreno’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. He is always a great performer / narrator

Any additional comments?

This performance has good sound quality and Luis Moreno has a good voice to do performances.

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Fave book

Narration was somehow annoying. Could never put my finger on why. Still worth it for what it teaches and postulates.

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Excellent story, excellent narrative

What made the experience of listening to Journey to Ixtlan the most enjoyable?

The story is very well written and the narrator is really good, changing voices according to the characters makes it incredible fun and addictive. I highly recommend it.
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