The Key: A True Encounter Audiobook, by Whitley Strieber Play Audiobook Sample

The Key: A True Encounter Audiobook

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Read By: Gregory Itzin Publisher: Penguin Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2011 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781101483473

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Longest Chapter Length:

58:00 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

12 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

30:45 minutes

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Publisher Description

From the bestselling author of Communion comes the mysterious true story of how an unknown visitor barged into Streiber's hotel room late one night--and imparted extraordinary lessons in personal development and man's fate that challenge us to rethink every assumption about the meaning of life.At two-thirty in the morning of June 6, 1998, Whitley Streiber was awakened by somebody knocking on his hotel room door. A man came in, and everything he said was life-altering.This is the unsettling and ultimately enlightening narrative of what happened that night. Strieber was never really sure who this strange and knowing visitor was--a "Master of Wisdom"? A figure from a different realm of consciousness? A preternaturally intelligent being? He called him the Master of the Key. The one thing of which Strieber was certain is that both the man and the encounter were real.The main concern of the Master of the Key is to save each of us from self-imprisonment. "Mankind is trapped," the stranger tells Strieber. "I want to help you spring the trap." In a sweeping exchange between Strieber and the stranger--which takes the form of a classical student- teacher dialogue in pursuit of inner understanding--the unknown man presents a lesson in human potential, esoteric psychology, and man's fate. He illuminates why man has been caught in a cycle of repeat violence and self-destruction--and the slender, but very real, possibility for release.In its breadth and intimacy, The Key is on par with contemporary metaphysical traditions, such as A Course in Miracles, or even with the dialogues of modern wisdom teachers, such as D.T. Suzuki and Carl Jung.

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"I own the original version of this book from when it was first released 20 years ago but have only recently discovered it as an audio. Hearing it again now has been an unsettling experience. I remember it as a powerful book, but perhaps because so much of what The Master Of The Key said has come to pass, it has a frightening new resonance. The technological aspects of the discussion are one thing – the rise of AI in recent years being most topical at present – but the words of warning about how we treat each other and how we treat our planet very disturbing indeed. Disturbing because he is right, his words were true then, staggeringly more so now in fact. So the suggestions he makes such as bowing to a third world child, complete surrender to the deity within amongst them – are that much more powerful now. This audio is very well performed and is the complete unabridged updated version. Whitley Strieber is a brilliant writer, and like Philip K Dick will be remembered as a prophet. "

— Setken (5 out of 5 stars)

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About Whitley Strieber

Whitley Strieber is the author of more than twenty-five novels and works of nonfiction, including The Wolfen, The Hunger, Communion, The Grays, and The Coming Global Superstorm (with Art Bell), which was the inspiration for the film The Day after Tomorrow. His website, Unknown Country, which explores the edge of science and reality, is the largest of its kind in the world.

About Gregory Itzin

Gregory Itzin is an American film and television actor. He is best known for his role as President Charles Logan in the series 24, a role for which he was twice nominated for a Primetime Emmy. He has had appearances in a number of television’s most popular shows during the span of his career, including, Matlock, ER, CSI, Friends, The West Wing, and three different Star Trek series. He’s also had roles in numerous films including, Adaptation, The Ides of March, and Lincoln. Most recently he’s had recurring roles in The Mentalist and Covert Affairs.