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Summary

The Seven Storey Mountain is the extraordinary spiritual testament of Thomas Merton (1915-1968), a man who experienced life to its fullest in the world before entering a Trappist monastery. By the end of his life, he had become one of the 20th century's best known and loved Christian voices. This autobiography deals...not with what happens to a man, but what happens inside his soul.
Public Domain (P)2009 Phoenix

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  • isaias
  • 05-04-15

Missing paragraphs

I like the story but it skips over a lot of paragraphs and I really hate that. Get this updated.

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  • Victoria A. McCargar
  • 06-08-17

Letter to Audible

There is a wonderful recorded version in full by the late and great Wolfram Kandinsky. It was rented on cassette by Books On Tape. Can't Audible make that available to us?

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  • Janet
  • 11-01-16

Woefully incomplete audio version of a great work

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Unless you want only the cliff notes of Merton's story and development of his ideas, this audio version is a waste of your time. I have the book (have not read it) and hoped this would cover it, but it doesn't. Feel cheated. Abridged obviously suggests that some portions are omitted, but it feels like more than 50% of the book is omitted although I have not done a detailed assessment to say the omission is closer to 25 or 75%, but a quick at the final chapters suggests its at least 50%.

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  • KMS
  • 07-02-15

Engaging

There are some passages in this book that took my breath away. I listened several times to the very compelling story of Thomas Merton's life and faith journey. I know I will listen again.

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  • Mike M. Javanmard
  • 09-01-15

Good but the reading not so

Overall a good story but the reading kept putting me to sleep. Also the audio quality had some kind of hissing in the back ground.
I would read this rather than listen to it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-13

Modern classic

If you could sum up The Seven Storey Mountain in three words, what would they be?

Thirst for truth

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author

What does Sidney Lanier bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A sense of what the author's emotional state was for vignettes in the book.

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  • charmaigne lawless
  • 31-07-15

Enjoyed

Really enjoyed listening to Merton life story. Thank u for making it possible for me to listen to it. God bless.

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  • Patrick Raymond Craig
  • 12-05-15

Excellent abridged edition

Very well written abridged edition of Merton's life. Read well and catches your attention. I recommend to anyone interested in Merton.

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  • Steven S
  • 09-05-15

The start of philosophy is a question.

I think this is an important book for many people searching for Truth. Not just satiation but the true joy that can only come from the full internal understanding of the Truth. It speaks from a position that isn't drawn from brith to be indoctrinated into a way of thinking. Rather Thomas comes from an unlikely background. The intellectual community that for the most part seeks to discredit the immaterial as being non-existent.

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  • Jacob
  • 14-07-15

Easy to get lost in

There is a point at which this is so long a time yet so quickly complete that it is fascinating

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