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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Communion comes the mysterious true story of how an unknown visitor barged into Streiber's hotel room late one night and imparted extraordinary lessons in personal development and man's fate that challenge us to rethink every assumption about the meaning of life.

At 2:30 in the morning of June 6, 1998, Whitley Streiber was awakened by someone knocking on his hotel-room door. A man came in, and everything he said was life-altering. This is the unsettling and ultimately enlightening narrative of what happened that night. Strieber was never really sure who this strange and knowing visitor was - a "Master of Wisdom"? A figure from a different realm of consciousness? A preternaturally intelligent being? He called him the Master of the Key. The one thing of which Strieber was certain is that both the man and the encounter were real.

The main concern of the Master of the Key is to save each of us from self-imprisonment. "Mankind is trapped," the stranger tells Strieber. "I want to help you spring the trap." In a sweeping exchange between Strieber and the stranger - which takes the form of a classical student-teacher dialogue in pursuit of inner understanding - the unknown man presents a lesson in human potential, esoteric psychology, and man's fate. He illuminates why man has been caught in a cycle of repeat violence and self-destruction - and the slender, but very real, possibility for release.

In its breadth and intimacy, The Key is on par with contemporary metaphysical traditions, such as A Course in Miracles, or even with the dialogues of modern wisdom teachers, such as D. T. Suzuki and Carl Jung.

©2011 Whitley Strieber (P)2011 Penguin

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Good and worthwhile

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I had no idea that the author had so much trouble later in his life. This title was definitely a good pick.

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  • Barbara
  • Wilmington, NC, United States
  • 08-11-12

Very good, very interesting

Where does The Key rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Was among the best audiobooks I've read so far

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The possibilities

Which character – as performed by Gregory Itzin – was your favorite?

all

If you could give The Key a new subtitle, what would it be?

don't know

Any additional comments?

very good book, worth the read

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Fascinating story, wonderful message.

What made the experience of listening to The Key the most enjoyable?

The content. The story was good but the conversation between the teacher and Mr. Strieber was the most riveting thing I have read in a long time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The teacher was the character that the story was written about and he was wonderful

What about Gregory Itzin’s performance did you like?

He was great with the voices and delivery

What did you learn from The Key that you would use in your daily life?

Too many things, I'm still re-listening and digesting the information provided.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • Slinger, WI, United States
  • 01-23-12

Unlocking your Journey

What did you love best about The Key?

The level of Honestly the Author had.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Key?

When the Master identified how eternal life is achieved by surrender.

Which character – as performed by Gregory Itzin – was your favorite?

The Master

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Surrender your will to God and our fellow man

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Big, big dissapointment

"The Key" is on a chain of hundreds like a building maintenance workers' belt holder that can open every door in the building.

1 of 14 people found this review helpful

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DO NOT BUY THIS IS JUST DUMB

DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY FOR THIS AUDIBLE BOOK... DO NTO EVEN BUY IT. I FOUND THIS PROFOUNDLY REDICULOUS.... JUST RAMBLE OF JUNK..... WAY OFF INTO THE ABYSS. SOMEONE RAMBLING ON SOME KIND OF DRUG. WHERE DID HE GET THIS STUFF....???? FROM SOME MEETING OF SOME PERSON HE THOUGHT HE MIGHT HAVE MET... I WANT MY MONEY BACK........

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  • Martin
  • KNOXVILLE, TN, United States
  • 05-30-11

Hard to take

This book is a bit hard to take. It comes across as a dump of Popular Science, The National Enquirer and the same arrogant ignorance behind the "Coexisit" bumper sticker. The text offers an extremely contradictory suggestion that we accept The Gospel of Christianity with the surrender to God offered by Islam. Christians surrender to God by accepting Christ as our saviour - in other words, Christians surrender to God by accepting the Good News of The Gospel. Islam denies the death and Resurrection of Christ. Islam rejects the very foundation of Christianity. For a Christian, this is not optional and not up for debate. A religion that merges the major religions would be complete folly and solve nothing.

This book is an unfortunate mix of truths and half-truths. Read it (or listen to it) with your eyes and ears open. Listen carefully to who this book suggests we worship.

1 of 19 people found this review helpful