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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (577 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joel ben Izzy Narrator: Joel ben Izzy Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When a storyteller loses his voice, he believes he’s lost everything. In fact, he’s been given a great gift.

Once upon a time, a successful storyteller lost his voice to throat cancer. Deprived of the instrument of his art and his livelihood, he retreated into dark, sullen silence and depression. While searching for a spiritual explanation, he encountered his former mentor, a cantankerous and often drunk old man. Their meetings began a journey into the timeless wisdom of ancient tales: of beggars and kings, monks and tigers, lost horses, buried treasures, and ultimately the secret of happiness.

In this altogether original book, Joel ben Izzy shares his personal account of surviving loss, gaining wisdom, and rediscovering one’s true purpose. Weaving in tales he’s collected over the years from Sufi, Muslim, Chinese, Jewish, Iraqi, Zen Buddhist, Italian, and Indian cultures, he passes along the lessons he has learned. As we travel with ben Izzy from tragedy back into light and sound, we are encouraged to see our own lives as stories, and to open our own hearts to happiness.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alexandria | 2/18/2014

    " Stole this book from my house in New Brunswick. I read it twice in a row and forced everyone around me to read, and fall in love with it too before regifting it to my favourite high school teacher. Possibly my favourite book I might never own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 2/8/2014

    " Awesome book. Awesome, awesome, seamlessly awesome. I'm sorry Ben Izzy had to go through all that, but on the other hand -- this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tisha | 2/2/2014

    " This book had a different style from most books I've read which made it interesting and refreshing. It is about a Jewish storyteller who loses his voice and has to figure out what to do with his life. It starts each chapter with a folk tale from a different country around the world. The book is very philosophical, and really makes you think about your own life. "

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

    " A pearl. I feel like this book has a certain message that I wasn't able to understand yet; perhaps I need to gain more life experience before I get it. "

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About the Author
Author Joel ben Izzy

Joel ben Izzy tells stories at festivals throughout the world and has written and produced several CDs, which have won awards from the American Library Association and the Parents’ Choice Foundation. He’s been a storytelling consultant to various companies, including Hewlett-Packard, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and Pixar Animation Studios. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and children.