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Summary

The Story of a Soul (l'Histoire d'une Âme) is the autobiography of Thérèse of Lisieux. It was first published on September 30, 1898, a year to the day after her death from tuberculosis at the age of 24, on September 30, 1897. The book was a single volume formed from three distinct manuscripts - manuscripts of different length, written at different times, addressed to different people, and differing from one another in character. The work of unifying these disparate manuscripts was carried out by Pauline, the sister of Thérèse. It was initially published with a limited audience in mind, the Carmelite convents and certain religious personalities, and just 2000 copies of the 475-page book were printed. It quickly became a publishing phenomenon, however, and Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus was canonised in 1925. St. Dismas Catholic Classic editions are all new translations.

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Ruined by an awful narration!

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is a Christian literary and teaching classic which I would recommend to anybody.
I have it in both paper and kindle versions and as I often use WhysperSync these days I decided to invest in the audio version. What a mistake! I don't want to be unkind but it is impossible to listen to this - the drawl and the blandness; it sounds inane. I can't help but wonder who thought this narration was good enough to release.
I'd recommend waiting until a better performance is released.

Would you recommend The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux to your friends? Why or why not?

Highly recommended but get it in text form.

Would you be willing to try another one of Melissa Silvestro’s performances?

Never.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Very disappointed.

Any additional comments?

Can we have a new version with competent narrator please.

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Wading through treacle!

It’s difficult enough to stay with this kind of spirituality - and it’s well worth it- but the reading is so overdone with piety thatI would have given up on what is, in fact, quite a unique document of the life of devotion: if I hadn’t already read the brief but superb intro by Thomas Keating I might have been tempted to dump the book because of the reading: Iwill be avoiding anything read by her in future.

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  • MightyMighty
  • 18-01-15

Sounds like a robot with a drawl is reading

What disappointed you about The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux?

The story is a classic--obviously. However, this performance was so bad that I couldn't bear more than 5 minutes. I returned it. She drew out words to more syllables than you could believe (God became Gah-ah-ad). Strangely robotic.

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  • Xavier Velasco-suarez
  • 27-01-19

I couldn't get over the narrator's voice

There's nothing wrong with the sound of the narrator's voice, but the cadence and intonation is totally devoid of emotion to the point that it made me wonder if it has been electronically contrived. I'm sorry to write a bad review to such an amazing and lovely book.

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  • Big Al
  • 07-01-19

A beautiful story of a beautiful soul

I have a hard time putting into words how I felt while listening to the story of ”The Little Flower”. At times the story will bring the listener to tears and it is hard to continue. It is very hard to not know that God does exist when presented with the words written by “The Little Flower”. I know that God loves me and it is evident that she loved him with every fiber of her being.

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  • jhanns
  • 04-01-19

claims this is narrated are not true

claims this is narrated are not true; this ruins what it could have been


fifteen words

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  • M. Garland
  • 24-11-18

The voice is annoying

Great content, but the voice is annoying. The reader stretches out the last word of every paragraph, but speeding up the audio a little helps some. Otherwise, its a great way to enjoy a great work, but you might want to listen to a sample before buying.

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  • Brendan
  • 21-08-18

The Story of a Soul - A great listen.

This is a very good product and it is easy to listen to while driving or walking. I think it is ideal for listening to it rather than reading her autobiography. It might be good to listen to it over after reading it first. It is very good overall and it is narrated very well.

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  • Priscilla
  • 24-04-16

Wonderful book

This book give new understanding of not only the life of Saint's but how faith can lead us all

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  • Maria
  • 30-01-22

I want to return this book

The narration is so bad it sounds like a robot narrating, so bad!

It is a great book but bad choice in narrator.

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  • Mary Margaret
  • 05-01-22

Computer voice big disappointment

I was disappointed with the presentation/reading of this book. It sounds like a machine, which makes it unbearable for me to listen to. I tried to give it a second chance weeks later, and nope, it is still unbearable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-11-21

Could not get past the narrator’s voice to continue with the book

Could not get past the narrators voice to continue with the reading of the book. It sounded like a computer was reading to me