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Would you consider the audio edition of Sex is Forbidden to be better than the print version?
I haven't read the print version
What did you like best about this story?
It's an accurate portrayal of the experience of noble silence. The protagonist (the book is in the first person) has been on retreat longer than I ever have, and she's more neurotic than I, but her flights of fancy and experiences confronting the fetters and hindrances are all told faithfully, exactly the way they happen. The particulars are different, but they are exactly the way they happen. It's really well-told!
What does Suzanne Heathcote bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I haven't read the book, so it's hard to say, but she is very strong at portraying the internal world of a yogi/retreatant. She understands the whimsy and the humor and the desperation that are equal parts of the process of confronting the self and the mind when you're observing noble silence. It's a thoroughly convincing performance.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It would have been a very long sitting, but I did enjoy coming back to it at every opportunity.
Any additional comments?
All around fine performance and strong story. The ending was disappointing for me, but the rest of it made up for it. If you've ever wondered what it was like to be on meditation retreat, this is the experience. Hopefully you're not as neurotic as the protagonist, but that shouldn't change the fact that this is what retreat is like. Well done!