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If Women Rose Rooted

The Journey to Authenticity and Belonging
Narrated by: Heather Wilds
Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
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This is the second edition of a uniquely empowering, international word-of-mouth best seller about wild landscapes, female mythology, and the challenges facing modern women. It is a book for any woman who has ever lost her way and who sees a wasteland at the heart of modern existence and longs to live a more authentic, rooted life once again.

©2016 Sharon Blackie (P)2017 Tantor

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Please re-record this incredible book.

I really want to listen to this audio book, but I find the cadence of the speaker almost intolerable. It feels cold and disengaged, as if she is reading off a checklist. It is not the voice we need.
I rarely leave a negative review, but because I feel this content is of such immense importance, I feel compelled to leave a review, imploring the author to re-record the audible version of this book.

46 of 46 people found this review helpful

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Beautiful book! Narrator rushes the story...

This is a gorgeous book!! The words and messages are to be savored. Unfortunately, the narrator rushes the delivery of the narrative; thus, she doesn't match the needed pace for dwelling and lingering as the story unfolds. Just a bit slower delivery would have made all the difference! I would still recommend the book in that it holds such an important message for women as we find ourselves coming back into and tending what matters most to us.

26 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Please Record Again!!

I would love to listen to this but the narrator is just awful! This is one of my favorite books and it’s a shame ... I tried to listen but could only make it through the first hour before I gave up. Please re-record!

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Boring narrator

I find the content and story in this book to be powerful and interesting. However the narrator ends every sentence in the exact same sing song voice throughout the entire book. It is tiresome and was very irritating to me. This book deserves a new redo with another reader, one who interesting and not monotonous. Not sure if I can complete this book with this narrator.

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had to turn it off

i go this book based on recommendation of content - as an avid audible listener i purchased this book - to my horror the narration made it unbearable to listen.... please re record.. its a lovely book!

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Awful narration

I literally could listen to this. The most repetitive narrative intonation—I almost cant believe it. It’s almost a caricature of narration. Bad bad bad

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Life affirming and altering!

Brilliant, inspiring, and motivating...THIS is what I've needed for so many years! THIS is what I will share with my teenage daughter now so that her children can start hearing, seeing, and learning it at birth. Deeply grateful to have stumbled across this book!!

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This book changed my life.

I first read this book a year ago. It was unlike anything I had come across. It is a powerful shift in the way a book is made. This is an inspirational way to be on the planet, to move through the world and a powerful story to accompany you on your own journey. Sharon Blackie quickly became a heroine of mine. A particular and different kind of book. but WOW it blew me away... can carried me away on the wind, on the river and into the magical world. READ THIS.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE

Would be a great book to read as a book club, or with a friend or two and talk through it and explore our own self discoveries. Beautiful book! I just finished it for the first time and am excited to read it cover to cover once more!

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Amazing book, horrendous narration

Listening to this book has brought about a strong desire to gouge out my eardrums with the narrator's constant sing-song everything-is-a-question intonation. I couldn't even finish it and had to return it despite loving the book itself. I did however buy the paperback. Unless it's re-recorded, don't waste your money or credit!

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  • Elena Harris
  • 12-16-17

Terrible narrator

The book is actually wonderful but is entirely let down bu the wierd and emotionless narrator. For a book like this, there is no warmth or rhythm to the narrators voice. I really don't understand why they chose this narrator. I endured the first chapter and could go no further.

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  • JulieGibbons
  • 12-03-17

Bad narration makes this impossible to complete

I’ve had this on my bookshelf for ages without yet finding time to read, so I was excited to see it here in Audible. Finally, I’ll get to ‘read’ it, I thought!

Alas, after an hour or so of trying hard to listen, I admit defeat.

This is nothing to do with content and everything to do with narration.

It’s simply impossible to follow or make sense of due to the narrator’s weirdly stilted style.

Not recommended unless it’s rereleased with a competent narrator.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • A W.
  • 11-08-18

Narrator is so bad

I was looking forward to hearing this but the narrator's stilted and choppy style is making it impossible. Waste of a credit. I will just have to buy the book and read it myself. Disappointed!

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  • gypsywandering
  • 10-28-18

Terrible awful narration

I’m so disappointed, and a total waste of a credit. I think the company has let the author down badly with this choice of narrator. I can’t bear to listen! The book seems lovely but the voice has killed it. I’m asking for my credit back. It is the first truly unlistenable audiobook I’ve come across. What were they thinking??? I’d rather have root canal treatment than listen to this pretentious, unsympathetic, unnatural reading.

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  • Susan
  • 01-09-19

Flat Presentation

I wanted to love this and get totally wrapped up in it, and although I was able to relate to the overall message of the book the flat verbal presentation plus the overly repetitive story thread through the book stopped me dead around chapter 4. Just couldn't go back to it after that.

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  • Mia Maitland
  • 10-25-18

dreadful reader. I'm sending this straight back

the reader is completely not in touch with the feeling of the words. I only survived a few minutes of her heartless and repetitive voice. the prose is evidently beautiful, I'll buy the paper copy and read it.

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  • Elizabeth G
  • 03-11-19

The narrator sounds like a robot

Amazing book. Awful narrator. No emotion, expression. I think she is a robot. What a shame for such an incredible book.

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  • Reinet
  • 03-08-19

Don’t buy the audible negation of this book!

I am sure this is a good book but I would not recommend the audible narration. It is monotonous and irritating. It sounds like the text is converted to audio via computer and not read by a person. Very unnatural and monotonous speech. A waste of money! As a result I could not progress past the first page.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-18

Awful reading

The content of this book is ruined by the awful reader, who has only one pattern of intonation. For me, it really jars and makes listening virtually unbearable. I gave up mid way through chapter 2.

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  • Miss L E Vale
  • 03-20-18

Terrible narration let’s the contents down

I’ve read this book before and it is wonderful. The narration, however, is awful. It’s a cross between a newsreader and an automated voice. It’s a shame as I was looking forward to listening to this during my commute but I couldn’t last more than two minutes.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-29-18

So disappointed

This is the first review I've ever written and I just had to share. I was so excited to listen to this book having seen it recommended and based on something close to my heart. So, I got into my car after downloading it yesterday full of expectation and excitement only to turn it off after just 3 minutes. I couldn't stand it! The narrator's voice was incredibly monotonous and sounded like she was reading off a shopping list with the same upward tone at the end of each sentence and sounded bored and rushed. So disappointed and will be asking for a refund.
I'm putting out for another narrator sometime soon...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-19

A wonderful journey

Loved this sweeping journey of reconnection to my Celtic roots & the sacredness of the women's journey.... so much so I have bought the book to read through sections again.... highly recommend especially those with Celtic ancestry

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  • Gareth
  • 06-18-19

I loved this book!

Amazing book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Would recommend to every woman! I am so glad I ignored the other reviews saying how they found the narrators voice. I actually really enjoyed her voice, she is a little monotone but once you get used to it her voice is very soothing and easy to listen to.