• The Cloister Walk

  • By: Kathleen Norris
  • Narrated by: Debra Winger
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-15-99
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (51 ratings)

Regular price: $12.57

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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.
Recording (P)1996 by Audio Literature; Copyright ©1996 by Kathleen Norris
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Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award: Best Audio of 1996, Spiritual Wisdom.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark Bolgiano on 05-13-03

Wonderful

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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21 of 21 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Stuart Scarborough on 03-08-18

Enjoyable, but what did I miss?

i enjoyed it, but halfway through i tried to follow along with the hardcopy book that I had previously purchased and discovered that the Audible version skips over chunks of the book. I guess I should have known that you couldn't fit 382 pages into 2.5 hours. Shouldn't the Audible book be advertised as "abridged, " or something like that?

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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