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Ishmael is an utterly unique and captivating spiritual adventure which redefines what it is to be human. We are introduced to Ishmael, a creature of immense wisdom. He has a story to tell, one that no human being has ever heard before. It is the story of man's place in the grand scheme, and it begins at the birth of time. This history of the world has never appeared in any schoolbook. "Does the earth belong to man?" Ishmael asks. "Or does man belong to the earth?"

Author Daniel Quinn is the first winner of the prestigious Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, awarded for fiction providing creative and positive solutions to global problems. Sly, witty, and profound, Ishmael is a tour de force of the mind and spirit, an extraordinary intellectual adventure that listeners will never forget.

©1992 Daniel Quinn; (P)1995 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

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  • Eric
  • San bernardino, CA, United States
  • 01-12-08

Unabridged PLEASE!

I loved the book, so I thought why not the audiobook? The abridgment cuts out most of the "meat" of the story. The abridgment is better than nothing (thus four stars) but the book hits much harder with more information and draws the mind further into the story. Worth the read but could have been great.

52 of 52 people found this review helpful

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Please read this book

Ishmael was my first introduction to Daniel Quinn's work and it has started a love affair. After listenening to the audio version and clinging to every word- I went out and bought the book as I felt it must be a part of my library. However after reading the book, I so agree that Audible MUST add the unabridged version- every word is just too important to arbitrarily nip and tuck. Even so- this is a very well read version of the book- and does manage to convey many of the important themes and is definately worth the listen.

This story is thought provoking and full of metaphor- I highly suggest that you listen / read this with a friend or as a part of a book club as it's a perfect catalyst for important conversations- and truly the themes have never been more timley. I have read or listened to this several times and each time get something new- something lovely. Some readers may struggle with this- have an open mind - enjoy the metaphor and illusion. I suggest that you read a bit at a time and take time to talk about it and digest it before reading / listening on- hang in there- it will be worth your time. Allow it to and it will change your life and your spirit.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Julie
  • Le Center, MN, USA
  • 04-23-09

Really thought provoking

I wish Audible had the unabridged version of this book. It was so thought provoking and interesting that I wondered what nuances I was missing by having only the abidged version. But don't let that dissuade you. This is a very good condensed version. At no time did I encounter any awkward transitions. In fact part of my curiosity lies in trying to figure out where exactly the editor made the cuts.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Life changing

I only wish that you had all of Quinn's works on audio. Ishmael is just the beginning of a great journey.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • MA
  • Pittsburgh
  • 12-05-03

Excellent, Masterpiece!

I have read the book and listened to the audio-tape. Highly recommend, would prefer an unabridged version. Amazing story told in a unique and creative manner. Can't wait for the audio version of My Ishmael, hopefully unabridged.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard
  • Tinley Park, IL, United States
  • 02-15-12

From WTF to HOLY KAW!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Truth be told, the first couple of chapters were strange, odd to say the least. I hung in there, went with it and was rewarded with amazement. This book is brilliant!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Rob
  • brooklin, ON, Canada
  • 02-03-05

A book for the good of the future

The messages in this book - and Quinn's other books - are so important that I own 2 copies of the book and loan them out as often as I can, and now have the audio so I can loan out my CD.
I believe that this series should be part of the school curriculum - maybe Gr. 5 or 6. The earlier that we can get some fresh minds interested in the world and the future, the better chance that the earth will have to survive our greed and destruction.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A truly important book!

I didn't agree with 100% of what Quinn is trying to say, but it is a very powerful idea presented in an entertaining way. This book is certain to change the way you look at the world to some degree. I have insisted that all my children read this book.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Good

Not the full novel, but a great story with all the great and important details.

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  • Jethro
  • SILVER SPRING, MD, United States
  • 01-31-14

Great book! Horrible narration

Any additional comments?

Audible skips certain paragraphs from the book, it takes away from the overall enjoyment of the book in its entirety.

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  • Stephen J
  • 10-20-17

A Talking Gorilla

Interesting info to consider, a challenge to the senses and beliefs. heart warming affection develops in the student for the Teacher (The Gorilla).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-17

eye opening rawness

verty enjoyable. thought provoking! a story told about humans through the eyes of a gorilla

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  • Jordana Meazza
  • 09-26-16

I wish I had more hours with Ishmael ❤️

I absolutely love this book! It became my favourite. I can't believe how the writer and the reader made me feel I want more of it, more knowledge, more sweetness. I think that nothing I can say it will do any justice to this book, there is a before and an after. If you will read one book in your entire life, may this be that one, it is that worth it. Thank you so much!

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  • Mark
  • 05-24-16

Amazing philosophy!!

This book is fascinating and really allows you to explore our place in the world. This book is fantastic for anyone who is interested in helping humanity out if the apparent hole we are in. Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-22-17

all time favorite book

read this as a teenager. to listen again was fabulous. my only criticism is it was an abridged version. I'd have much preferred the unabridged.

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  • aaran
  • 07-28-17

The power of story.

If ever there was a way to slip the reality of the human condition and the situation we are in because of it. Ishmael is it.
Wake up and become a leaver!

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  • Symon Peters
  • 03-24-16

loved it a beautiful story full of hope.

one day man may realise his destiny does not need to include the destruction of a world be belongs to.