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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (14,791 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Morrow Lindbergh Narrator: Claudette Colbert, Reeve Lindbergh Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2005 ISBN: 9780739318027
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Over a quarter of a century after its first publication, the great and simple wisdom in this book continues to influence women's lives.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Gift from the Sea is like a shell itself in its small and perfect form . . . It tells of light and life and love and the security that lies at the heart. New York Times Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh Wing | 2/20/2014

    " Written my Charles Lindbergh's wife, I was fascinated how relevant this book was in my life. Although she wrote it in the 1950's, the demands she felt are the same we feel today. Very helpful to understand where I am now, and where I might be in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/6/2014

    " Read this while staying on Criehaven Island a few years back. I found it to be inspirational and timely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 1/22/2014

    " This is one of the most comforting little books of wisdom I have read. I am re-reading it now after many years and have a new perspective and admiration for Ms. Lindbergh's insights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn Johnston | 1/18/2014

    " this is a really good book. there are parts where she kind of goes off in tangents, but there is so much truth to it about relationships, and i think she wrote this in the 50's (?) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/12/2014

    " I read this for a book club and enjoyed it for the most part. Some of it is still very relevant, like her idea of taking solitude to renew oneself, and her expression of the feeling many women still have and are still expressing - of being pulled in different directions all the time. Some of it felt very outdated to me, especially her heteronormative views on relationships, and her traditional views of motherhood, womanhood, gender roles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisamr8 | 1/10/2014

    " great symbolism of phases of life; light nighttime read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla | 1/9/2014

    " This is a beautiful little volume that you must, must read while vacationing by the sea. It has held up over the years, and I re-read it often. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitehouse16 | 12/11/2013

    " Introspective book for rainy day contemplations of the soul. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen Kolb | 12/5/2013

    " Every woman I know and love should read this and take it to heart. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy Goodnight | 11/29/2013

    " I feel bad that I didn't like this book more considering its status as a classic series of essays by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The writing was very lyrical, lots of imagery but they read to me like something that would be featured in a traditional woman's magazine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 11/26/2013

    " This was a really quick read, and a really, really great read. I loved the message that women should simplify their lives and find a better balance of physical, intellectual and spiritual life. I found this book very intriguing and helpful. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 11/11/2013

    " When reading this book, I had a strong desire to go to a deserted island and think about life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 11/7/2013

    " This book was soothing and thought provoking. It made me want to simplify life, and live in the present. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi Robinson | 11/1/2013

    " Timelss favorite! Read again (who knows how many times I've read this.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anord | 10/27/2013

    " Third time through and I still love this one. This time I read it during my annual trip to the beach, which made it even more meaningful. I highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri Harrington | 9/23/2013

    " A must read for any woman on a spiritual journey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy S | 9/10/2013

    " Wandering the path back to your artistic space to refresh is not an option. Find ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette | 8/12/2013

    " Timeless, inspiring, beautiful prose. I want to live in a cottage on a Florida beach for 2 weeks! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trelesa | 7/24/2013

    " A quick read. A self-analysis of the priorities of a mother and wife. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 5/11/2013

    " I think one day I will re-read this at a time when life is less distracting, and I will do a better job of taking it in, and I will like it even more. 4.5 stars? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen | 2/13/2013

    " A wonderful gift... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toni | 10/16/2012

    " One of my favorite books ever. Learned to let some things go and to really take care of the important things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaira Rouda | 9/7/2012

    " Another bold woman's voice - her timeless advice transcends roles and generations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Logan | 8/12/2012

    " An inspirational read to savor over and over again. I read it years ago but picked up the 50th anniversary edition in a gift shop on Cape Cod and enjoyed it again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Swhite | 6/6/2012

    " Another favorite that breathed grace into my life at a time when my kids were all small and needy and I was very sleep deprived. Perfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Connor | 6/4/2012

    " Thoughtful. A book I'd really like a copy of. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 4/29/2012

    " I had heard of this title for years but only just read it. I love it and expect to read it again sometime when I need a reminder about what is important in life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Chapko | 1/28/2012

    " Powerful book on relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cashewsmith | 10/24/2011

    " awesome, interesting, enlightening "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 April Lee | 9/21/2011

    " This book is incredibly stupid. Though its premise, nice... It's just so very bad. I don't even want to go into why. It's not worth the time. Sorry :-/ I feel bad for giving a bad review. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 9/14/2011

    " I really liked this book back in 2006. It was relevant and helpful at that time in my life. But now...she sounds whiny, self-righteous, and patronizing. I needed the book once, but I cannot stand it now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephani | 8/19/2011

    " Very quick read - reminded me, in some ways, of 'Sarah Plain and Tall'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Stephens | 6/28/2011

    " My all-time favorite non-fiction book. I've read it 4 times and I am challenged anew each time I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary | 6/16/2011

    " Not my favorite. It was a good book club book, though. Made people think about how boring it would be to be alone on the beach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/13/2011

    " LOVE it. I read this one every year and it is like therapy. Her wisdom is so relavent to me today - and yet she wrote this in 1955. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 6/6/2011

    " While it is an odd period piece, since it is written more than 60 years ago, and written largely to married woman, i really appreciated some of the thoughts and quotes Lindbergh had about relationships...the ebb and flow...the ability to let change happen and how to just be present. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Davetta | 6/1/2011

    " I read it at the start of most summers. It just keeps getting richer as I age and can identify with more shells. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 5/21/2011

    " I've read and reread this book several times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candy | 5/6/2011

    " I can see why this book was popular in it's time (published 1955), but there was no Wow in it for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lila | 5/4/2011

    " The first time I read this book my first child was about two weeks old. Needless to say the book didn't make much sense to me. However about 10 years and two children later I read it again and it was amazing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcia | 5/4/2011

    " Not too fond of this read...it was interesting to see, since it was written almost 50 years ago, that many things she talks about are the same today ~ timeless issues for women. But, I was really looking forward to the sea analogies and they just eluded me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 5/1/2011

    " A great book! Going to send a copy to my mom, because so much in it reminds me of her. A beautiful meditation on the ebb and flow of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zilzanne | 4/25/2011

    " A beautiful book that juxtaposes nature and its saving graces with human relationships. I try to read this once a year as it is like a cool breeze on a summer's day. Definitely one of the books I would choose for my desert island. "

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About the Narrator

Claudette Colbert (1903–1996) began her acting career in 1923 after landed a small role in the Broadway play The Wild Westcotts. While still starring in The Barker, she made her film debut in the silent movie For The Love of Mike (1927). In 1929 she made her first talking picture and thereafter worked solely on screen for more than twenty years. She returned to the stage in 1951.