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The Key Audiobook

The Key: A True Encounter

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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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    KD 04-30-12
    KD 04-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Key Unlocks the Mystery Of Who We Are"
    What did you love best about The Key?

    This book fills your mind with peace and understanding of who we are and what we will be.


    What other book might you compare The Key to and why?

    Unleashing the Power of the God Code, by Gregg braden. Both books refer to the God within and how to open our minds to reach it.


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

    Master of the Key


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    We need to become a compassionate world.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful listen. Everytime I listen to it I learn something new.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Trevor Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 06-25-11
    Trevor Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 06-25-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Totally in line with Truth"

    I find it a bit sad that the two other reviews before this say what they do, as it's just this kind of close minded thinking that the visitor in the book would have been aiming to overcome with his visit to the author.

    I've been studying metaphysical priciples for 15 years now and I can assure you that you would be well served to expose yourself, with a relaxed and open mind, to this book.

    There is a shift in consciousness taking place towards an expanded context from which to see ourselves, which is ultimately healing. Mankind at large is asleep and people like this late night caller are whispers penetrating throught the dream, encouraging us to wake up.

    The narration is decent too.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn Huntingtown, MD, USA 01-08-13
    Taryn Huntingtown, MD, USA 01-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Which door will the "Key" open?"

    I have read many of Whitley's books over the years, starting with Communion which was published in 1987.

    Our generation has matured since that time and certainly we have all become more skeptical. In that sense, it is quite remarkable that despite the ridicule he has suffered, Whitley continues to share the extraordinary knowledge he has gained from his years of encounters and research

    The information contained in The Key is fascinating and contains "higher knowledge" that rings intuitively honest and forthright. The Key Holder, rather than judging or condeming the human condition, appears to seek only to give us alternate viewpoints, information and predictions regarding our unlimited potential.

    The narrator was a bit robotic and at times and it was difficult to differentiate between the two characters.

    We may never know who or what visited Whitley in that hotel room; a human, angel, alien or God him/herself, but there is little doubt that the wisdom and warnings that were shared with and through him have the potential to benefit our species and our planet.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Will CORAL SPRINGS, FL, United States 09-24-12
    Will CORAL SPRINGS, FL, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2016
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    "GREAT!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Key to be better than the print version?

    YES


    What did you like best about this story?

    It gave me lots to think about


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

    I like them both


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book probably six times in a row, and each time I've heard something new.
    An awesome book!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 07-13-13
    Pamela 07-13-13

    I am an amateur ethno- botanist, an Apple evangelist and an avid consumer of audio books.Audio- books have given more choices of what to have in my head while I am doing mindless tasks. Audible has become more important now than when I first joined since I have limited shelf space in our new apartment.

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    Would you listen to The Key again? Why?

    I would recommend listening to individual parts of The Key again. Although the information is clumsily scattered throughout the book, many parts are reiterated more than once.Bookmarking favorite sections of chapters are a must as it makes it easier to think about what is being conveyed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story is best considered a parable for the twenty-first century.


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

    The narrator has the job of being both voices. I feel there would be less confusion if he had changed pitch when playing both voices.


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

    We are responsible for our own souls.


    Any additional comments?

    Comparing The Key to other books with a similar message such as The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz, The Secret, or even a more metaphysical books, the listener is left with questions that can not be readily answer. There is many revelations that pull life on earth at this time, together and gives a feeling of being relieved of guilt for all that is wrong.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer NY, USA 02-22-13
    Amazon Customer NY, USA 02-22-13 Member Since 2015

    Jazz

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    "You really need to listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Key the most enjoyable?

    There is a lot of information contained in it. It is not for a casual read. Those that do not like it that is okay not everyone is in the right place to understand it. It does make sense for those who do have the ability to want to look beyond what organized religion has done to the words of both Christ and Mohammed.


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

    God wants companions not supplicants


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was confusing at times who was saying what


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Key?

    People tend to separate out others particularly religious types when in we really are connected to everything (quantum entanglement). There has been more bloodshed over traditional religion than most anything else which is just really sad.


    Any additional comments?

    I guess that I like to read comments that state "don't waste your money". I usually will buy the book because depending on the subject it takes some brain power to understand it, like The Key.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "strikingly accurate"

    it seems that when this happened, that weather and the predictions of the science community that we are entering into a mini ice age is not that far off from what michael the arch angel has predicted would happen. this is a very informative read to reach our next step.

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    jr 02-20-17
    jr 02-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Awful"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    George Itzin did a very good job reading the work. No issues with his performance, however when you are reading awful material you can only do so much with it.


    What could Whitley Strieber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Honestly nothing. His need to preach to the world and draw conclusinos about life - religion - and the future just made this effort feel more like a speach than a story. If I could give it zero stars I would.


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

    Yes. He is good at what he does.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Key?

    Irrelevant question - the entire thing was the authors attempt to be Neale Donald Walsh with a sifi twist.


    Any additional comments?

    I have suspended reality and read many things by Whitley in the past for entertainmet value and I have enjoyed his work... however, this book was just so poorly written - so rediculous as to be absurd, condescending, like sitting in a church listening to a God fearing narcissistic demagogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer NYC area 12-30-16
    Amazon Customer NYC area 12-30-16
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    "Interesting and at times Freighting. 😵"

    I listened twice in a two year time frame so yes it does keep the listener. But as I listened my mind was thinking it could be evil. But maybe just my Catholic upbringing. Especially when the "master" mentions "legion". That freaked me out.

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    Amazon Customer 06-17-16
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    "Astounding, Life Altering Information!"

    In a world full of confusion, comes the truth buried as the needle in the haystack. While "some" of you may roll your eyes because of the nature of some of Whitley's other books, to so with this one may be a true tragedy. The information in this book has the potential, if you allow it, to open your heart and mind to the nature and reality of that which we are entwined. I urge you from the wholeness of my heart to at least read this book, but I highly recommend the audio version. Gregory Itzin does a phenomenal job of narrating and he seems to pull in an energy that is very palpable. I myself have read somewhere around 300 books on encounters of every kind, paranormal, channeled information, and different occults which I feel gives me a reasonable knowledge on the subjects. All that I can say, is this book is different and it is profound. To miss out on this opportunity to grow would be tragic. I send out my love and wish you all peace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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