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.
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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.
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.
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.
More ancient wisdom passed on humbly through fairy tales. The explanations of the keys to the stories guarantee to give you a kinder perspective on your own patterns. Enriching stuff.
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.
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.
Only turn off my car stereo, I'm afraid.
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.
This is one of the most important book you will ever read
It blows apart everything you think you know about how to live your life
Clarissa Pinkola Estes is an extraordinary storyteller
Heartfelt, fascinating and honest.
The bringing to life much of Dr Estes' written work which I have followed for many years.
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!
The chapter on the Ugly duckling moved me to tears because it felt as though she was reading it to me and me alone,
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
"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!
"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.
"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.
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.
"A true story teller"
I have recommended this book to many friends.
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.
I love to listen to her, she is really a great story teller.
Just love her - her voice is incredible and the stories completely take you away.
"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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