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Publisher's Summary

Come to the stage between two worlds - come to the Theatre of the Imagination. On this six-part live performance series, best-selling author and beloved cantadora (keeper of the old stories) Clarissa Pinkola Estes shares the work of her lifetime: myths, tales and poetry with the power to nourish and heal.

Contained within the audio for Theater of the Imagination are the great univeral themes - tales of loss and ressurection, of love and sacrifice; of the courage to survive- yet it is if Dr. Estes is speaking only to you.

©2005 Sounds True (P)2005 Sounds True

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Chicken soup for the creative soul

Clarissa Pinkola Estes is the Malcolm Gladwell of Jungian theory, for good reason. Like Gladwell, she has extracted from a rich sea of theory a storyline that explains to us so much of our own experience, and validates so many hunches that lurk just below the radar, always niggling but never resolved. Although I find her narration corny at times, she's also a good story teller, and sets a delightful campfire-tales atmosphere. If Jungian archetypes resonate with you at all, you'll find a treasure trove in Estes. Creatives types, or anyone not fulfilled by culturally mainstream roles, will find powerful balm in her Theater of the Imagination series.

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Wisdom and beauty

This is the first time I have written a review and I felt compelled to tell you that this is amazing. Clarissa Pinkola Estes style is a joy to listen to and I felt that I was on this amazing journey of discovery. I will definitely be getting Volume 2!

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Theatre of the Imagination, Volume 1

I love it!!! Clarissa Pinkola Est?s'poesie and stories are mystical and profound. She is witty and funny. She has a way to talk to her audience which is very genuine and intimate.I feel that she is taking to me. I am moved by the weaving of her profound reflection with the lightness of her imagination. I will get the volume 2.

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lovely

like all of her works she never fails to captivate the listener. I truly wish she would do a full audio version of Women who run with wolves. my eyes are too weak to read it. I purchased volume 2 of this series now so hopefully it as delightful and life changing as I know it will be.

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Just....WOW

I think I could listen to Clarissa's voice - forever. These stories have moved me deeply and I feel like a changed person after having listened to them. Beautiful, sensual, tragic - it's all here. What a spiritual feast and delight.

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  • 09-25-16

Grab a broom and sweep your imagination!

Would you consider the audio edition of Theatre of the Imagination, Volume 1 to be better than the print version?

Clarissa Pinkola Estes is a storyteller, a cantaora... Theatre of the Imagination is not a book narrated by the author, it is the wild way to transmit weapons for self knowledge.

What did you like best about this story?

Stories old and new came to life and that would have been enough, but wait, there is more! Theatre of the Imagination is a journey of self discovery that leads to consciousness, to a bigger life and is not for the faint of heart.

Have you listened to any of Clarissa Pinkola Estes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was the first time I ever heard Clarissa Pinkola Estes and I was swept by her rich voice and mastery of the spoken word, plus she made me laugh!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Grab a broom and sweep your imagination!

Any additional comments?

I'm ready for the next journey...

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One of the greatest audiobook of Dr Estes

I’ve hear many of her books and this one maybe for its tittle didn’t attract me much. One day after the loss of a lovely uncle I knew I had to listen to her to help me cope with my pain. I didn’t expect many great stories but something called me towards this audio. Amazingly there was a story that helped me , and later on a few other stories that REALLY touched aspects of my life and helped me understand and heal. This audiobook is one of the greatest I’ve ever heard. I love you Dr Estes. You help me so much with your work. You are blessed , may you enjoy good life and good health for many more years.

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Estes is as gifted entertainer and intellectual

I found this book inspirational, fascinating, and an excellent jumping off point for an exploration of Jungian psychology and archetypes.

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A true story teller

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

I have recommended this book to many friends.

Have you listened to any of Clarissa Pinkola Estes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I read "women who run with the wolves". Some of the stories are the same however there is added depth, and supporting stories that come with this reading.

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I love to listen to her, she is really a great story teller.

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Chapter 3 cut 40 min short! 😔

I purchased this title digitally to replace my much-loved CD set that I'd had for decades, but if I'd known that Audible would cut one of the chapters (Vasalisa & the Baba Yaga) about 40 minutes short, I would have purchased from Sounds True instead. Disappointed!! 😔

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  • L&L
  • 09-06-11

Absolutely enchanting

I can't begin to describe how much I am enjoying this book, get it and see, its simply wonderful!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-31-10

Another winner!

Part II to this is on automatic purchase!

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  • Martin
  • 12-01-15

Mesmerising journey through traditional stories

Where does Theatre of the Imagination, Volume 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is a wonderful listen, Clarissa's voice is wonderful to listen to and I will listen to this again. The stories and her commentary around them really kept me mesmerised. There is a lovely trail and connection between the stories which draws you through. And there is a wealth of sub-text and mythical imagery that means the stories are much more than just a few short stories.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This book has excited me about the power of story telling, archetypes and myth. There is a real clarity that comes from the way the stories are told and the connection they make with the listener. I will definitely be making further efforts to learn about story telling, archetypes and myth.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The story telling skills of Clarissa draw you in quickly, in re-telling each story she uses atmospheric music and her wonderful tone of voice to weave compelling tales and give insights into their origin and meaning.
Each story has a message that touches the listener and brings mythical meaning to light.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Nothing

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  • Dog in a Flat Cap
  • 01-24-15

not quite bearable

Would you try another book written by Clarissa Pinkola Estes or narrated by Clarissa Pinkola Estes?

I've read Women Who Run With the Wolves - albeit years ago - and enjoyed it a great deal. However, although the author had a few interesting comments to make I found her voice and style absolutely unbearable. I had to turn it off completely when she started singing. This is a personal preference no doubt so I suggest potential purchasers sample before purchase.Purchasers do note that this isn't actually a book; there is a live audience and Estes provides a free-floating ramble for their edification, punctuated now and then with a soft and vaguely sinister snickering when she finds herself to be funny.

Would you be willing to try another one of Clarissa Pinkola Estes’s performances?

I'm afraid I am unlikely to listen to anything else narrated by this author; I haven't got even a fraction of the way through this one.

Did Theatre of the Imagination, Volume 1 inspire you to do anything?

Only turn off my car stereo, I'm afraid.

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Aside from my personal preferences, I wasn't sure what this 'book' was trying to do. There were some stories, some anecdotes,a dreadul bit of singing, but all-in-all I wasn't sure where it was supposed to be taking us. I love fairy tales, folklore and psychology so it should have been a win-win, but for me it was rather a no-no. :(Admittedly I haven't heard all of it, but this is only because I found the first hour or so unbearable. Other reviewers clearly had a better experience.

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  • TazzyD
  • 07-07-14

So very worth it!

If you could sum up Theatre of the Imagination, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

Heartfelt, fascinating and honest.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Theatre of the Imagination, Volume 1?

The bringing to life much of Dr Estes' written work which I have followed for many years.

Have you listened to any of Clarissa Pinkola Estes’s other performances? How does this one compare?

At 7 plus hours it lasts but still doesn't seem long enough, the sections fly by so fast you just never want it to end!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The chapter on the Ugly duckling moved me to tears because it felt as though she was reading it to me and me alone,

Any additional comments?

This book holds wisdom that can be heard on many levels. If you are a complete beginner through to a seasoned fan, there will be a lesson for all

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  • Ruth Cava
  • 08-23-17

Wonderful

I love this audible book. Many poems and stories that Clarissa Pinkola-Estes reads sends shivers all over my body. She brings me endless smiles, laughter and a sense of acceptance and of nurturing.

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  • Anna
  • 05-18-17

Step by step closer

Beautiful journey there and not necessarily back... the lift beyond, with the need to heal and the obligation to teach... once listened, one should never remain the same...

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  • Ruth
  • 05-15-17

Exquisite!

Every chapter like liquid, like silk, sinking into my soul. I have savoured the journey for particular moments and will come back to it again and again! Thank you Clarissa.

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  • Adrienne Scott
  • 01-16-17

Inspiration and Celebration

Stunning, as always, I have come to love Clarissa Pinkola Estes through her work and this is both inspiring and a celebration of who and what we are.

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  • hepzibah
  • 09-18-16

Gripping!

Through audio I found a new dimension to Dr E' s work. Listening to a live performance gave me new insights and I discovered Dr E' sense of humour woven into her gripping stories and anecdotes! This audio book has confirmed DR E s role as mentor in my life.

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