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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,458 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Salzman Narrator: Linda Stephens Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Mark Salzman received critical acclaim for Iron & Silk, his personal account of two years spent in China. In Lying Awake, he creates a fascinating spiritual landscape that lies behind the walls of a monastery. Listeners around the world have praised the beauty and originality of this novel.

Sister John has devoted her life to serving God. For almost 30 years, she has lived in a Carmelite monastery near Los Angeles. There, she experiences religious visions of such intensity that she is revered by the other nuns. But these visions also bring on excruciating headaches. When she is offered an operation that may stop the pain, she realizes that it may also stop the visions. Now Sister John wonders how this change will affect her faith.

Lying Awake is an eloquent examination of religious experience that transcends the boundaries of church and doctrine. Narrator Linda Stephens perfectly conveys Sister John's thoughts, feelings, and visions. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Melody Rudenko | 2/11/2014

    " A little dull and frustrating. I found the lifestyle of cloistered nuns self centered rather than philanthropic, and than was frustrating. Maybe that was the intention of the author, too portray a cloistered religious lifestyle as hypocritical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary Lynn | 1/28/2014

    " A beautifully written novel about a Carmelite nun in present-day Los Angeles with temporal lobe epilepsy. Salzman's prose is lyrical and rich. I enjoyed the book very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andrea Hecklinger | 1/24/2014

    " Interesting look into a society--cloistered nuns--that I had no idea about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chris Bernard | 1/18/2014

    " Salzman is oblique, contemporarily so. His writing is brilliant, but not the style I enjoy most. "

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