Living with a Wild God: ¿A Nonbelievers Search for the Truth about Everything Audiobook, by Barbara Ehrenreich Play Audiobook Sample

Living with a Wild God: ¿A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything Audiobook

Living with a Wild God: ¿A Nonbelievers Search for the Truth about Everything Audiobook, by Barbara Ehrenreich Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Barbara Ehrenreich Publisher: Twelve Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781611138085

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28:19 minutes

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11:39 minutes

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20:52 minutes

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed comes a brave, frank, and exquisitely written memoir that will change the way you see the world.

Barbara Ehrenreich is one of the most important thinkers of our time. Educated as a scientist, she is an author, journalist, activist, and advocate for social justice. In Living With a Wild God, she recounts her quest-beginning in childhood-to find ""the Truth"" about the universe and everything else: What's really going on? Why are we here? In middle age, she rediscovered the journal she had kept during her tumultuous adolescence, which records an event so strange, so cataclysmic, that she had never, in all the intervening years, written or spoken about it to anyone. It was the kind of event that people call a ""mystical experience""-and, to a steadfast atheist and rationalist, nothing less than shattering.

In Living With a Wild God, Ehrenreich reconstructs her childhood mission, bringing an older woman's wry and erudite perspective to a young girl's impassioned obsession with the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all. The result is both deeply personal and cosmically sweeping-a searing memoir and a profound reflection on science, religion, and the human condition. With her signature combination of intellectual rigor and uninhibited imagination, Ehrenreich offers a true literary achievement-a work that has the power not only to entertain but amaze.

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“Emotionally evocative, at times disturbing, Ehrenreich’s work is engaging and invites—no, demands that its readers question the world around them and everything they believe about it. The author’s rational approach to researching ‘religious experiences’ similar to her own, her mission to find an answer to: ‘Why are we here?’ is profoundly relatable to those who have asked similar questions, who have wondered at humanity’s purpose, and who have probed at the presence of the Other. Part memoir, part mystical journey, this is essential for anyone with an interest in religious studies, contemporary history, or memoir and biography.”

— Library Journal (starred review) 


  • “Based on a notebook she started when she was fourteen after a series of puzzling ‘dissociative’ episodes that verged on the mystical, Ehrenreich…fashions an intensely engrossing study of her early quest for ‘cosmic knowledge.’…Using her journal extracts as a point of departure, Ehrenreich returns with vigor to her youthful quest, enlisting all of her subsequent scientific training to find an explanation for what had occurred to her as a girl, yet offering only a glimmer in her wise and tolerant later years of a possibility of a ‘living, breathing Other.’”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Barbara Ehrenreich is smart, forceful, and wryly entertaining, both in her writing and her narration…Ehrenreich’s performance is so honest and appealing that it demands attention.”

    — AudioFile
  • “A powerful, honest account of a lifelong attempt to understand that will please neither theists nor atheists.”

    — Kirkus Reviews


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, April 2014
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • An NPR bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller
  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2014
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2014

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About Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-2022) authored over a dozen books, including the New York Times bestsellers Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, Living with a Wild God, and The Worst Years of Our Lives. An award-winning journalist, she frequently contributed to Harper’s, The Nation, the New York Times, and Time magazine. She was born in Butte, Montana, studied physics at Reed College, and earned a PhD in cell biology from Rockefeller University. Rather than going into laboratory work, she got involved in activism and soon devoted herself to writing her innovative journalism.