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The Teachings of Don Juan Audiobook

The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

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Publisher's Summary

For over 40 years, Carlos Castaneda’s The Teachings of Don Juan has inspired audiences to expand their world view beyond traditional Western forms. Originally published as Castaneda’s master’s thesis in anthropology, Teachings documents Castaneda’s supposed apprenticeship with a Yaqui Indian sorcerer, don Juan Matus. Dividing the work into two sections, Castaneda begins by describing don Juan’s philosophies, then continues with his own reflections.

©1969; 1996 Regents of the University of California; Carlos Castaneda (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"It's impossible to view the world in quite the same way after reading him.... If Castaneda is correct, there is another world, a sometimes beautiful and sometimes frightening world, right before our eyes at this moment - if only we could see." (Chicago Tribune)

What Members Say

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    Anna 06-13-16
    Anna 06-13-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A story for those interested in the unexplainable"

    I hope to be a shaman one day. This book is awesome and worth reading

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    Cole 10-05-15
    Cole 10-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "end was hard to decipher"

    beautiful beggining, the end was hard to understand. his wording was over my head good read still

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    Reverend 03-25-15
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    "great story"
    What does Luis Moreno bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Moreno gives a great reading of this story. I am happy with his narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 09-03-12
    Thomas 09-03-12
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    great book for anyone interested in learning about different world views. Both the narrative and the analysis complement each other

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 03-25-13
    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 03-25-13 Member Since 2017
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    "And the point is ....???"

    There are entities living in hallucinogenic plants. One of them has a lizard. You must listen very carefully to what this lizard says and do exactly what it tells you. Of course, you have no hope of ever achieving enlightenment if you and this lizard dont click, or if you fail to inhale or imbible this specific plant.

    If I had access to these plants, I might conceivably find a Blou Koggelmander lizard and it might even dance for me, providing we have a good connection, and my cats don't eat it first.

    I have no idea what I was meant to have gleaned from these "trips" or how to make any sense of it. So what when he turned into a crow, or managed bodily to fly around? How very irritating. I have even less idea of what this book was trying to tell me. The only part which had any reasonable cognitive content was the Addendum. Couldn't he just have written that, and saved us the punishment?

    Toltec wisdom can be rather difficult to grasp at times, but this book is an exercise in exasperation and futility. Perhaps those interested in experimenting with these plants could find more value in it.

    Although it was adequately read, I found the narrator's voice to be rather too forceful, lecturing and hard.

    I've read other Castaneda books, which I find far better than this.

    Possibly the worst book I've come across on Audible.



    6 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    S C 08-11-15
    S C 08-11-15 Member Since 2017

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    "includes 30th anniversary commentary"

    I was pleased to hear the 30th anniversary commentary... in the appendix of the book. in the book it is in the beginning. here it is the last chapter. enjoyed the reader in all three books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Belfast, South Africa 09-21-12
    Pat Belfast, South Africa 09-21-12
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    "boring and outdated"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    nothing


    Has The Teachings of Don Juan turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another one of Luis Moreno’s performances?

    yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    dissapointment


    Any additional comments?

    what was considered a classic is actually outdated and boring. Nothing much to be learned from these "teachings"

    4 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    B. Patton San Francisco 10-08-12
    B. Patton San Francisco 10-08-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Finally, I heard the story"

    I think I was expecting more writing mastery. I have heard about this book for forty years before hearing it, and had read reviews. Overall, I am glad I finally got the story, but it seems anticlimactic. After having real experiences like this myself, it doesn't seem so new or mysterious. The book has such acclaim that my expectations were probably too high. I read that most of it was debunked as not being true, which doesn't matter one bit to me, he is telling stories that might represent other people or real experiences. This is just inspiring me to write about my own experiences, if he can do it, then so can I!

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mike M. Javanmard 10-14-12

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    "Some sections were boring"
    What did you love best about The Teachings of Don Juan?

    The stories were great but at times it felt like a lecture.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Teachings of Don Juan?

    The experiences of the author while hallucinating. I found the section with the lizards very interesting.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 09-28-12
    Judith 09-28-12
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    "Disappointing"

    Although I first read this book many years ago and had fond memories of it I found with this listen that the characters generally were were annoying and pointless, particulalry the central character. I was unable to finish it as I got bored.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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