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The Anam Glyphs

Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
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Beautimus Potamus - A talking hippo on the mythical planet, Rendaz - is a university professor at Dr. Pimbly’s School of Goodly Educated Adults, a writer, and a maker of oracles.

From Rendazian and Earthian archetypical symbols, Beautmus developed her own divination tool, The Anam Glyphs. And, with the assistance of her “Hu Man” co-author on Earth, Peggy A. Wheeler, she has created a book about her oracle.

Part fantastical fiction and part “how to,” The Anam Glyphs is a guide to creating and interpreting universal divination stones so that seekers may better define their life’s path, discover answers to pressing questions, and catch a glimpse of their destiny.

There are 32 glyphs, each with its own distinct symbol. Beautimus and Peggy provide instruction on how to create the stones, cast them, read them, and interpret their meanings. Woven throughout the guide are oft-time humorous anecdotes from Beautimus’ life on Rendaz, and brief commentary from Peggy A. Wheeler.

Written as the companion to The Splendid and Extraordinary Life of Beautimus Potamus, The Anam Glyphs can also be used as a standalone piece for those interested in fun oracles and unusual divination tools.

©2018 Peggy Wheeler (P)2019 Peggy Wheeler

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Targeted at rather specific readers...

Not everyone will appreciate this particular book. It's not a novel, it's not fiction, really - it's a spiritual guide to a fictitious set of glyphs (or runic stones). If you're into meditation, I Ching, Feng Shui and broadly speaking the whole range of spiritualism, then you'll find the book very entertaining. And I generally think the idea of Anam Glyphs is a great one. Both the descriptions of the glyphs and their interpretations sound beautiful and useful - you can really make them and use them in real life.

Why, then, did I give the story only 3 stars? Well, it's totally my personal feelings towards its matter. As I'm not into that world of spiritualism and meditation and Zen at all, I've found the book slightly annoying; but I generally get annoyed with the "self-development" stuff, with its "you're the sunshine of the world" approach (I just don't believe I need runes / horoscopes / Tarot cards / magic - whatever you use - to direct my life and "discover" myself...) That's why I gave the "story" 3 stars - which just means I really liked the book but I probably won't come back to it because it's not my cup of tea...

The interpretation by Ms Hazen is great, though:) She makes Beautimus Potamus a wonderful narrator and a believable scientist presenting one of her works to the public. This interpretation is what made me listen to the end, really:)

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • 08-10-19

Follow on from Beautiums Potamus

This second book in the collection is all about how Bea created the Anam Glyphs which she uses in the first book. There's an explanation of the glyphs, how to make them and how to use them. If you're interested in fortune telling then you'll find this intetesting. Otherwise it doesn't really add anything to the story.
There is also a note from the author describing how Beautimus Potamus came to her.