• Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

  • By: Natalie Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Natalie Goldberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-16-99
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Sounds True
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (240 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What is writing? Can anybody do it? What's the best way to get started? And keep going? Over a decade ago, when Writing Down the Bones first appeared, Natalie Goldberg started a revolution in the way we practice writing. Instead of looking at writing as something open only to a few, she made it available to everybody. Her simple, ingenious exercises set free a generation of writers waiting to experience the inner and outer pleasures only writing can provide. Now, for the first time, Goldberg reads her classic work, while offering new commentary about the creative, spiritual, and practical dimensions of writing. This collector's edition also includes an exclusive interview with the author.
©1999 Natalie Goldberg
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5 out of 5 stars
By Becky on 04-24-05


This book is the best I've read from Audible since I've become a member. The audio itself is a little sketchy...I believe it wasn't recorded in the same way as most books. But none of that matters, just turn the radio up higher, and on headphones, you don't even notice it.
Natalie Goldberg is a treasure. Her accented style of speaking makes the reading sound cozy, like you are getting stories from a neighbor or friend. And if you don't want to write, this book is still immensely enjoyable and pleasurable. I don't know if it has to do with Natalie's practice of Zen Buddhism, but her speech is slow and measured, without being monotonous. Everything is explained, you are never left to wonder. The entire effect made me feel peaceful whenever I listened. And it's a good long book....I can't remember exactly, but I'm thinking in the realm of 5 hours. I wish it had gone on longer.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Aisha on 05-06-04

An excellent edition to any writer's toolbox!

There's a sweet, gentle reflection in her voice as she reads Writing Down the Bones, fourteen years later. From a different perspective she is able to connect with the listener, answer questions of why she continues to write, how she has grown as a writer since the success of the book, and tell that she became depressed after Writing Down the Bones was published. With as much insight and hindsight, Natalie, at age 50, offers new advice at the end of each chapter, discusses how her opinions have changed and matured, and shares fresh points of view that an established writer, or someone new to the art, will be surely gain from.

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10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By Ian on 02-19-08

Ultimately disappointed

It feels strange saying that I feel 'ultimately disappointed' with a book that contains a lot of good information. However, I know that only because I have read the book previously.
What was disappointing was the audio quality. The maximum available was level 2 which was described as 'good', but actually sounded like Natalie Goldberg was talking from several feet below the surface of a swimming pool. I have - generally - a good quality of hearing, but I found the quality to be awful, which is a shame. Still, I now know not risk purchasing anything with an audio quality of less than a 3, but to preferably stick with the 4's. I'll look upon it as part of my Audible learning curve.
Best avoided, but only on account of the audio quality.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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