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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,193 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ron Hansen Narrator: Barbara Caruso Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781461810704
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One of the most highly acclaimed and best-selling novels of 1991, Mariette in Ecstasy inspires even the most discriminating listener to some degree of reverence. This captivating story of faith and divine madness may move you to examine your own belief system. Since the tender age of four, Mariette Baptiste has had visions of her Savior. Now, at 17, she is entering the convent to dedicate her life to Him. At first, she is welcomed and admired. Then she begins to bleed from stigmata, and the villagers regard her as a saint. Emotions from the other Sisters of the Crucifixion range from admiration, to jealousy, to hatred. Readers will be stunned by the conclusion to Mariette’s journey of faith. Recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Ron Hansen writes sensuous and compelling prose that is pure pleasure to listen to. Barbara Caruso’s expressive voice beautifully conveys the rhythms reminiscent of haiku that the author so skillfully intersperses throughout.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Hanscom | 2/17/2014

    " Maybe a little less; nothing much happens. A novice received the stigmata and there is the predictable set of reactions. The issue is left unresolved. I wish the author had spent more time on narrative and less on bunnies and flowers. He seemed to want to mix poetry and narrative, and achieved neither. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 2/16/2014

    " This book was crazy & gooood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/10/2014

    " It was a very long time since I read this book (but I've read it twice), I think eleven or twelve years. I had something of a "confused/religious" phase when I happened to stumble across it. What I remember about this one is that it made a very, very deep impression on me. Must re-read it! (I read it in Swedish translation.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fitz | 2/4/2014

    " I can't say I've liked Mr. Hansen's other work so much, but this book rings with a lyricism that is rare, so perhaps one novel of this caliber in a person's lifetime is enough. Some passages read like poetry, and there is an intimacy in the tone that draws the reader in. Please don't think you wouldn't want to read a book about nuns! Give it a chance and you'll likely be happy you did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin Morgan | 1/29/2014

    " Beautiful poetic language and fabulous culmination, but a little frustrating to keep all the characters (with slightly unfamiliar French names) in order in my head. I was continually consulting the cast of sisters, their ages and positions in the convent listed in the front of the book. The subject matter is a bit particular, but anyone interested in monasticism, American religious history, or the fine and subtle matter of the miraculous, would find much in this book to make one happy and reflective. A few years ago I read a collection of essays by Hansen, one of them on the speculative subject of stigmatics, and ever since then, this thin little novel has been on my to-read list, I'm just now getting around to it. He manages to create a beautiful suspense throughout the book, keeping the reader guessing just exactly what is happening and where he is taking us. Really, the last few pages are completely worth the read, and the culminating sentences really gather together the subtlety and nuances of sincere devotion while allowing the reader the freedom to come to her own conclusions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Sunderland | 1/20/2014

    " This is a haunting novel of experiencing God. The style is sparse and the pace languid, but the phrasing is poetically rendered. A unique portrait of mystical encounter that, for the most part, rings true as the character falls more deeply in love with God. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 1/18/2014

    " This book is enjoyable if you have a few hours to read it all at once and ignore the comments on the cover about a "stunning ending". The author's ability to capture life in the convent was very impressive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marshaferz | 1/13/2014

    " Interesting - I was quickly drawn into the world, and the ending was well done, if a bit unsatisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen Valentine | 1/10/2014

    " Possibly the most beautiful book I have ever read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 1/7/2014

    " Tedious writing-style and slow progression of characters = bored now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire Hoipkemier | 1/4/2014

    " my housemate, former dominican sister, says "it's not all about sex in a cloister." i say, "i read this book in four hours during my eight day silent retreat and it made me tremble." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 12/19/2013

    " Well done. The language is so well done; this books reads like a moving painting. My mind is still spinning over the details...processing the evidence but savoring the imagery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yolie | 12/8/2013

    " Sparse prose, esthetic existence and a mystery left for the reader to comprehend - overall, enjoyable. Will add another Hansen novel to my To-Be-Read list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ldrhc | 11/29/2013

    " Library Book Club. Very different. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/17/2013

    " The community review by Rob Kauzlaric says everything that I would (although I am not as disturbed by the present tense narrative.) I kept waiting for something to happen, a story or character to develop, 3/4 of the way through the book I realized that there would be no there there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 6/7/2013

    " In a somewhat tangential way, reminds me of the movie "Primal Fear". Mariette & Ed Nortons' character have definite parallels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben Loory | 4/18/2013

    " i feel like i knew more about nuns BEFORE i read this book. good writing, though, except for how it's boring as hell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 1/8/2012

    " Interesting look at life in a nunery and the difficulty of accepting a miracle even within a religious community. While I enjoyed the book, the end was so unsatisfying, that the earlier part of the book could not redeem it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vanessa | 10/30/2011

    " Completely overrated and so forgettable that I had indeed forgotten that I'd read until today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 gaudeo | 9/1/2011

    " The writing is beautiful, and the author very realistically portrays human nature--both in our desire to believe and in our jealousy and hatred. Still, the book leaves me strangely hollow. I wish there were more to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Howard | 8/10/2011

    " I had wanted to read this book for sometime but I was disappointed with it. It was a fairly predictable story and the ending fell flat without any good resolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 7/7/2011

    " Ron Hansen sure can write. Beautiful language throughout and a story that satisfies and surprises. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 6/17/2011

    " Looks like the reviews are all over the map on this one. I think Ron Hansen is a talented author. I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it to others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 6/8/2011

    " This book reads like forbidden erotica. Mariette is a young nun having a ecstatic affair with Jesus. Naughty, naughty. It blew my little catholic schoolgirl mind. Of course, that was twenty years ago. "

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

    " I guess this book just was not my cup of tea. RH is a Catholic and I guess that
    commitment informs the essence of this book. He's a gifted writer so I had no
    trouble finishing the book. I just didn't "get "it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Balika | 11/27/2010

    " interesting book (rather what I imagine Saint Theresa's life to be like) but disturbing in that 'Catholic' sense. Well written but strange ending that left me.... underwhelmed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 9/11/2010

    " Great writing - suspenseful historical thriller about a nunnery in 1906 - famous author. But the ending...WTF?? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 8/22/2010

    " A brilliant account of the mystery of faith confronting the ordinary. Hansen is probably one of the best American writers living today. He's incredibly versatile: not one of his books is like any other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 8/18/2010

    " Interesting story on early 20th century Catholic nuns and stigmata. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 8/4/2010

    " Interesting look at life in a nunery and the difficulty of accepting a miracle even within a religious community. While I enjoyed the book, the end was so unsatisfying, that the earlier part of the book could not redeem it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marshaferz | 5/14/2010

    " Interesting - I was quickly drawn into the world, and the ending was well done, if a bit unsatisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas | 5/2/2010

    " Sentence by sentence a stunning novel—a tight 179 pages, not a word wasted. A cliffhanger written in language that would fill most poets with holy envy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/26/2010

    " Well done. The language is so well done; this books reads like a moving painting. My mind is still spinning over the details...processing the evidence but savoring the imagery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 F Tessa | 3/17/2010

    " This is an odd book. Strangely comeplling. The language is simply beautiful. But I am full of doubt at the end, and I don't think I will recommend it. "

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About the Author
Author Ron Hansen

Ron Hansen is the author of many novels—including Mariette in Ecstasy, Desperadoes, and A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion—and two short-story collections, among them She Loves Me Not. His novel The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. He graduated from Creighton University in Omaha and went on to the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop where he studied with John Irving. He is now Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ Professor in Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University in northern California.

About the Narrator

Barbara Caruso is an accomplished actress and critically acclaimed audiobook narrator. A graduate of London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she was a featured player in the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has played starring roles on Broadway and in theaters across the country. She won the Alexander Scourby Reader of the Year Award for her performances of young adult fiction, and has more than one hundred audiobook narrations to her credit.