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    • The Great Transformation

    • The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions
    • By: Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated by: Karen Armstrong
    • Length: 22 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 293
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 154

    From one of the world's leading writers on religion and the highly acclaimed author of the best-selling A History of God, The Battle for God, and The Spiral Staircase, comes a major new work: a chronicle of one of the most important intellectual revolutions in world history and its relevance to our own time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fills in the blanks

    • By Laura on 09-20-06

    Regular price: $42.60

    • The Case for God

    • By: Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated by: Karen Armstrong
    • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 259
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 179

    Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which humankind has gone in order to experience a sacred reality that it called by many names, such as God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. Focusing especially on Christianity but including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Chinese spiritualities, Armstrong examines the diminished impulse toward religion in our own time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great recasting of how God should be interpreted

    • By Kindle Customer on 02-18-11

    Regular price: $39.93

    • The Bible

    • A Biography: Books That Changed the World
    • By: Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 181
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      4 out of 5 stars 104
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 105

    As the work at the heart of Christianity, the Bible is the spiritual guide for one out of every three people in the world. It is also the world's most widely distributed book, having been translated into over 2,000 languages, as well as the world's best-selling book, year after year. But the Bible is a complex work with a complicated and obscure history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Listen

    • By Gary on 06-30-09

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

    • By: Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated by: Karen Armstrong
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161
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      4 out of 5 stars 130
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    Karen Armstrong believes that while compassion is intrinsic in all human beings, each of us needs to work diligently to cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion. Here, in this straightforward, thoughtful, and thought-provoking book, she sets out a program that can lead us toward a more compassionate life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Accessible, Digestible Manifesto About Kindness

    • By Elizabeth L. Smithson on 01-15-14

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Islam

    • A Short History [Modern Library Chronicles]
    • By: Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 237
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 129
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      4 out of 5 stars 129

    Best-selling author and renowned religious scholar Karen Armstrong presents a concise and articulate history of Islam, the world's fastest-growing faith. Beginning with the Prophet Muhammad's flight from Medina and concluding with an examination of modern Islamic practices and concerns, Armstrong delivers an unbiased overview. She contends that no religion is more feared and misunderstood by the Western world as Islam, and firmly challenges the notion that these two civilizations are on a collision course.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Read the Book, pass on the audible!

    • By J********** on 08-21-06

    Regular price: $13.95

    • Buddha

    • By: Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 274
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129

    This rich, timely, and highly original portrait of the Buddha explores both the archetypal religious icon and Buddha the man. In lucid and compelling prose, Armstrong brings to life the Buddha's quest, from his renunciation of his privileged life to the discovery of a truth that he believed would utterly transform human beings and enable them to live at peace in the midst of life's suffering.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Buddha (Unabridged)

    • By Fred on 03-15-05

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Fields of Blood

    • Religion and the History of Violence
    • By: Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated by: Karen Armstrong
    • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 270
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 239
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 239

    For the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in American. Some analysts have cited as cause a post-9/11 perception: that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance, and divisiveness - something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? With deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong sets out to discover the truth about religion and violence in each of the world’s great traditions, taking us on an astonishing journey from prehistoric times to the present.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Rethinking Violence and Religion

    • By Milton Big Elk on 11-05-14

    Regular price: $38.50

    • A Short History of Myth

    • The Myths
    • By: Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    The history of myth is the history of humanity; our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand the world, link us to our ancestors and each other. Myths help us make sense of the universe. Armstrong takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the myths of the hunters right up to the "Great Western Transformation" of the last 500 years and the discrediting of myth by science.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good but not unabridged

    • By maggie0405 on 04-13-11

    Regular price: $17.47

    • St. Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hate

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    • By: Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated by: Karen Armstrong
    • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 108
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 94

    St. Paul is known throughout the world as the first Christian writer, authoring fourteen of the twenty-seven books in the New Testament. But as Karen Armstrong demonstrates in St. Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hate, he also exerted a more significant influence on the spread of Christianity throughout the world than any other figure in history.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Devoid of fresh insight

    • By Rev. David B. Smith on 11-26-16

    Regular price: $17.99

    • Muhammad

    • A Prophet for Our Time
    • By: Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated by: Karen Armstrong
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 178
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 172

    From the best-selling author of Islam: A Short History comes an important addition to the Eminent Lives book series. A former Roman Catholic nun and winner of a Muslim Public Affairs Council Media Award, Karen Armstrong shows how Muhammad's life can teach us a great deal about our world. More is known about Muhammad than any other major religion founder, yet he remains mysterious.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Karen Armstrong did justice with this biography

    • By Dr Naveed on 08-05-12

    Regular price: $27.97

    • The Future of God

    • The Reclaiming of Spirituality’s Mystical Roots
    • By: Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated by: Karen Armstrong
    • Length: 1 hr
    • Original Recording
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      5 out of 5 stars 25
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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    What does tomorrow hold for the way we worship God? In The Future of God, Karen Armstrong guides us through a bewildering landscape, over many centuries and civilizations, to show how our concept of God has evolved with the passage of time. Armstrong suggests ways that prayer, imagination, and silence can help everyone on the spiritual path today enter the mystery within our depths and recognize God in ourselves and others.

    Regular price: $7.33

    • The Great Transformation

    • The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions
    • By: Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated by: Karen Armstrong
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 64
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      4 out of 5 stars 27
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    From one of the world's leading writers on religion and the highly acclaimed author of the best-selling A History of God, The Battle for God, and The Spiral Staircase, comes a major new work: a chronicle of one of the most important intellectual revolutions in world history and its relevance to our own time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book

    • By Gary on 10-06-09

    Regular price: $31.93

    • A Short History of Myth

    • By: Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Human beings have always been myth makers. Karen Armstrong's concise yet compelling investigation into the history of myth takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the mythology of the hunters right up to the 'Great Western Transformation' of the last 500 years.

    Regular price: $11.78