The Cloister Walk

  • by Kathleen Norris
  • Narrated by Debra Winger
  • 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How can an understanding of celibacy strengthen a marriage? How does the mundane task of doing laundry become as sacred as ritual? Let Kathleen Norris explain. For over 10 years, thoroughly Protestant Norris has been an oblate at a Benedictine monastery. During this period, she has gained tremendous insight into the languages, customs, ceremonies, and sexuality of the men and women who have chosen the cloistered life. In this revealing account of the hidden world of the monastics, Norris explores the true monastic life and inspires us to evaluate our own lives and values.


What the Critics Say

Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award: Best Audio of 1996, Spiritual Wisdom.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


I have to steer my fellow Audibilians toward "The Cloister Walk". Let me make this short and sweet, just like the book. Here's three reasons why I loved it -- and why you might too:

1. Kathleen Norris had some very practical things to say to me as a human being, with all of the positive/negative, physical/spiritual, temporal/eternal things that being human can mean.

2. I found her style of gently revealing an idea to be simply elegant. The thoughts were substantial without being overly dense or heavy - in other words, I gained understanding without gaining a headache.

3. For me, Debra Winger's voice is to sound what Monet is to sight - pleasing, skillful, wonderfully textured, and rendering each word perfectly.

Overall, a real joy to listen to. Try this one.
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- Mark Bolgiano

Poor Reading

I was surprised at the poor quality of the reading. I have read the book and liked it. But, for some reason, even though I love Debra Winger this reading was off. It was hurried and flat. It needs to be re-done.
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- Cyd

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books