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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the best-selling Anam Cara comes a beautiful collection of blessings to help listeners through both the everyday and the extraordinary events of their lives.

John O’Donohue, Irish teacher and poet, has been widely praised for his gift of drawing on Celtic spiritual traditions to create words of inspiration and wisdom for today. In To Bless the Space Between Us, his compelling blend of elegant, poetic language and spiritual insight offers listeners comfort and encouragement on their journeys through life. O’Donohue looks at life’s thresholds - getting married, having children, starting a new job - and offers invaluable guidelines for making the transition from a known, familiar world into a new, unmapped territory. Most profoundly, however, O’Donohue explains “blessing” as a way of life, as a lens through which the whole world is transformed.

O’Donohue awakens listeners to timeless truths and shows the power they have to answer contemporary dilemmas and ease us through periods of change.

©2008 John O'Donohue (P)2020 John O'Donohue

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Better Read than listen

This beautiful book is a rich collection of blessings and poetic wisdom. The recording on Audible, however, was monotone and very difficult to enjoy.

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Beautiful passages, read in a monitone

I find great solace in the passages of this book. They are lyrical, poetic, profound. Because the blue font and yellow titles are difficult for me to read, I bought the audible version. The narrator speaks in a flat monotone, reading so fast that the depth of passages are difficult to grasp. I don’t recommend the Audible format at all. Wish I could get a refund

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Horrible Narration

The narration to this book is awful. He reads in an irritated monotone voice, and very fast. I had headphones in when I started listening, had to turn it off and physically rubbed my ears because the tone was so offensive to them. I don't mean to be dramatic but it's that unpleasant of a narration.
The words in this book are beautiful and meant for contemplation. The narration does not allow the listener to reflect on the words at all.

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Narrator is awful.

The narrator’s voice is devoid of nuance and feeling…and he’s speed-reading!!! Too painful.

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was there no audition for this reading???

wish i could get my money back for this audible. it’s read like a set of military marching orders. the words on the page are lovely, but you can hardly hear the beauty because the narration is so stunningly mismatched: the tone is...sour, staccato, barked, yet bored. the rhythm is that of an angrily chopping knife; the diction is flat and monotone; the pace impatient. it’s as though the meaning of “blessing” got on the wrong expressive train and is being hustled off to be executed at dawn.

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NARRATION HAS NO SOUL & IS READ LIKE A ROBOT

Honestly, so disappointing. This is my first John Donoghue book and it’s been ruined with such an monotonous drone of a narrator. Who hired this person to read such a delicate book? A shame. I’d like a refund.

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Monotone, uninspired…

Such a monotone, uninspired rendering of this beautiful work.
Whoever owns the rights to O’Donohue’s work should have stopped this from happening.
Couldn’t get through it.
Buy the book.

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Inspiring words

It is good to have a reference for blessings in sometimes difficult situations. This book opens up words that might be spoken in just such times.

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Not John O'Donohue's recording

This is not the recording of John O'Donohue reading his own poetry with his lovely brogue. I am not at all pleased. He even uses the same cover as the original recording.

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  • Mr B.
  • 05-19-20

Blessings

I have come to love the work of John O’Donohue but have been very disappointed with the narration of this book. It is read in a mechanical, unfeeling way that is at odds with the blessings of John O’Donohue.

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  • Greg
  • 03-02-22

So disappointed.

Unfortunately the style of narration here does no justice to the text and even less to the author. All of the colour and richness is lost in this too fast, too flat, bland reading of the book. Needs to be redone by someone who knows the authors voice, passion for language and poetic style. Could do more than 6 minutes before switching off.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-20

What a shame that it wasn't narrated by O'Donohue

If anyone has ever listened to John O'Donohue speak, you'll know that the lyricism and grace of his writing is matched by that of his voice. The narration in this audiobook did not do justice to his work. Instead of being inspired by the evocative and contemplative poetry of his blessings, I stopped the audiobook after about 5 minutes of listening to the didactic narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-17-20

I expected this to be read by John O'Donohue 💔

All due respect, Johns Irish accent delivers the beauty of these words. I do not like it being read by someone else :(