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Ishmael

An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
Narrated by: Anthony Heald
Series: Ishmael Series (abridged), Book 1
Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
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Summary

Ishmael is an utterly unique and captivating spiritual adventure which redefines what it is to be human. We are introduced to Ishmael, a creature of immense wisdom. He has a story to tell, one that no human being has ever heard before. It is the story of man's place in the grand scheme, and it begins at the birth of time. This history of the world has never appeared in any schoolbook. "Does the earth belong to man?" Ishmael asks. "Or does man belong to the earth?"

Author Daniel Quinn is the first winner of the prestigious Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, awarded for fiction providing creative and positive solutions to global problems. Sly, witty, and profound, Ishmael is a tour de force of the mind and spirit, an extraordinary intellectual adventure that listeners will never forget.

©1992 Daniel Quinn (P)1995 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

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I wish I had more hours with Ishmael ❤️

I absolutely love this book! It became my favourite. I can't believe how the writer and the reader made me feel I want more of it, more knowledge, more sweetness. I think that nothing I can say it will do any justice to this book, there is a before and an after. If you will read one book in your entire life, may this be that one, it is that worth it. Thank you so much!

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Lifechanging

The book ended too soon. I wanted to hear more of Ishmael's wise words. I cannot recommend this book enough as it truly is food for thought.

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A must read before death

There is the world before this book...and the world after this book. It is a gem.

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Everyone should read this

i agree with others who didn't want it to end. i hope some of Daniel's other books will be available on audible soon. i should particularly like to hear the sequel.

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Truly fantastic

A revealing look at the most important topic of our generation. I was blown away with the perspective shown here. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in sustainable business, ecology and life after the flood

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Wonderful

Nicely read. Wonderful story. I'd read My Ishmael in my teenage years and was later shocked to discover it was the 2nd or 3rd in a series. Glad to have been able to listen to this one. Unfortunately My Ishmael is not available on Audible and that makes me pretty sad.

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exceptional

It recalibrates your mind and perfectly simplifies complex concepts to where you can fully grasp them. I read this book once a year.

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Beautiful recording of an intense book

What a read! Fully immersive story that challenges the very core of our paradigm of what it is to be human. Highly recommend you buy this and then buy another copy for a friend

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Loved it.

It was over so quickly. A great story. Will definitely read this again in time.

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Great story, shame it's abridged

I was absolutely captivated by this book from beginning to end. The story is beautifully told and really got me thinking. When it dragged me in, I thought it was just going to be 3 hours of preaching to the choir, but then I realised that it had purposefully made me comfortable so that it could challenge some of my most fundementally held beliefs. If nothing else, I am completely shaken by this book. It feels like someone has thrust an electric whisk into my chest and churned up my perception of the world. I'm not sure I entirely agree with all of the conclusions reached by Quinn, but the arguments themselves have energised me.

A lot of the enjoyment I got from this book is also thanks to the narration. Anthony Heald brings both Ishmael and his student to life in such a beautiful vibrant way and listening to these two characters interact felt very natural and engaging.

Unfortunately though, this is an abridged version of the story. I specifically try and listen to unabridged books because I frankly don't trust the person doing the abridging not to leave something important or interesting out. No where, that I can see, on the Audible page does it mention that this is the abridged version. I only found out after listening to the whole thing, at which point they inform you it was abridged. I feel put out and cheated. If I had known in advance that it was abridged, I would have read the book instead of listening to it. This is why I have taken two stars off of the overall score.

Overall a fantastic, challenging book that I'm glad I have 'read', just a shame it was abridged.

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  • Eric
  • 12-01-08

Unabridged PLEASE!

I loved the book, so I thought why not the audiobook? The abridgment cuts out most of the "meat" of the story. The abridgment is better than nothing (thus four stars) but the book hits much harder with more information and draws the mind further into the story. Worth the read but could have been great.

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  • Telecommuter12
  • 20-11-08

Please read this book

Ishmael was my first introduction to Daniel Quinn's work and it has started a love affair. After listenening to the audio version and clinging to every word- I went out and bought the book as I felt it must be a part of my library. However after reading the book, I so agree that Audible MUST add the unabridged version- every word is just too important to arbitrarily nip and tuck. Even so- this is a very well read version of the book- and does manage to convey many of the important themes and is definately worth the listen.

This story is thought provoking and full of metaphor- I highly suggest that you listen / read this with a friend or as a part of a book club as it's a perfect catalyst for important conversations- and truly the themes have never been more timley. I have read or listened to this several times and each time get something new- something lovely. Some readers may struggle with this- have an open mind - enjoy the metaphor and illusion. I suggest that you read a bit at a time and take time to talk about it and digest it before reading / listening on- hang in there- it will be worth your time. Allow it to and it will change your life and your spirit.

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  • Julie
  • 23-04-09

Really thought provoking

I wish Audible had the unabridged version of this book. It was so thought provoking and interesting that I wondered what nuances I was missing by having only the abidged version. But don't let that dissuade you. This is a very good condensed version. At no time did I encounter any awkward transitions. In fact part of my curiosity lies in trying to figure out where exactly the editor made the cuts.

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  • Lilly
  • 26-07-05

Life changing

I only wish that you had all of Quinn's works on audio. Ishmael is just the beginning of a great journey.

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  • MA
  • 05-12-03

Excellent, Masterpiece!

I have read the book and listened to the audio-tape. Highly recommend, would prefer an unabridged version. Amazing story told in a unique and creative manner. Can't wait for the audio version of My Ishmael, hopefully unabridged.

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  • Richard
  • 15-02-12

From WTF to HOLY KAW!

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

Truth be told, the first couple of chapters were strange, odd to say the least. I hung in there, went with it and was rewarded with amazement. This book is brilliant!

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  • Jethro
  • 31-01-14

Great book! Horrible narration

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Audible skips certain paragraphs from the book, it takes away from the overall enjoyment of the book in its entirety.

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  • Rob
  • 03-02-05

A book for the good of the future

The messages in this book - and Quinn's other books - are so important that I own 2 copies of the book and loan them out as often as I can, and now have the audio so I can loan out my CD.
I believe that this series should be part of the school curriculum - maybe Gr. 5 or 6. The earlier that we can get some fresh minds interested in the world and the future, the better chance that the earth will have to survive our greed and destruction.

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  • Scott
  • 02-01-04

A truly important book!

I didn't agree with 100% of what Quinn is trying to say, but it is a very powerful idea presented in an entertaining way. This book is certain to change the way you look at the world to some degree. I have insisted that all my children read this book.

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  • Virgil
  • 23-09-16

Most enjoyable listen, worthy of the purchase.

Based upon the strong recommendation of a friend sought out Ishmael and i am glad i found him. A simple story with a timely message, this is a worthy book.

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