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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,578 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Abelard Narrator: Claire Bloom Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN:
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The deepest currents of passion seldom break the surface of literature. Romantic classics abound; but however skilled a writer may be in verbalising an emotional experience, he cannot publicly evoke the heat of blood, the yearning of soul, bared in perfect intimacy between two beings. But letters can do this, and songs never meant to be sung by any but the lover, or the beloved.

The Letters of Heloise and Abelard perpetuate perfectly the bitterness of love thwarted and betrayed. How these letters were preserved no one quite knows. But they are as authentic as the two people from whose tormented lives they were wrung. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 12/2/2013

    " Never have I been so moved by the billets-doux of lovers past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 10/28/2013

    " I don't read many non-fiction books, but I'm glad this one fell into into my lap. It was interesting, although I'm not sure I'd consider it one of the greatest love stories ever. There isn't enough to understand how their relationship really worked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally Atkinson | 10/17/2013

    " I loved this book. Reading the letters between these famous lovers was just such a wonderful, intimate experience. It was a glimpse into a time that I knew next to nothing about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin Marineau | 10/10/2013

    " Read this book if only for Heloise. Her letters are lyrical, intelligent, and passionate. Despite the years that have gone by since their tragic affair, and how much Abelard attempts to distance himself from their past, Heloise will not be denied, and her voice rings through the middle ages in a way that almost no other woman's has from that time period. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 9/7/2013

    " This book seems like it would be super romantic, but it's more of an instructive manual for how-not-to-conduct-your-first-relationship. Ladies - if you're ever feeling blue about that jerk-off who's way dumber than you are who knocked you up and then stole all your good ideas, you can take comfort in the fact that you have not been locked up in a nunnery for the rest of your life as punishment. And note to Levi Johnston: compared to Abelard, you've gotten it quite easy. At least Todd Palin didn't have you castrated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 8/19/2013

    " I fucking love Heloise! She is such a badass! This book is def going to remain in my collection and probably be re-read till the binding comes apart! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krista | 8/14/2013

    " Definitely not a book I'd turn to for mindless entertainment. However, I must admit there's value in the historical perspective the letters provide. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Berkles | 2/12/2013

    " for: medieval history nerds; people that believe in chaste, long-distance relationships "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bhatta | 1/12/2012

    " Abelard's self-absorption and egotism makes it unsurprising his wife's family castrated him. Glad such an unusual history and correspondence survived the ravages of time so we can read about it today. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Quincy | 12/19/2011

    " I had a hard time getting through this book! I love history but....120ish pages on how to become a good nun is just not really interesting to me (or anyone else?). I really wanted to stop and just read something, anything else. So, needless to say this book quiz is going to be rough. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Corrie | 11/1/2011

    " I remember in my first book club I was selected to pick the first book. After searching online I came across this book and the reviews made it seem like such a great read. For me...I hated this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 8/2/2011

    " I actually enjoyed this. For reals. Forget that I was FORCED to read it. It was still pretty awesome to read what people back then would have actually written to one another-- and thier story really is such a sad one. Sigh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 S. E. | 6/28/2011

    " This was a very intense look into the lives of some actual people living in the 11th and 12th centuries. I thoroughly enjoyed how real it was... and thoroughly appreciate that I live here and now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy Huebner | 5/25/2011

    " Nothing says good read like middle ages love letters. Not. Historical value, yes. Entertainment value, no. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 2/26/2011

    " This is another from my senior seminar that did not get sold back. This collection of letters between separated lovers is tragic and lovely. You can feel their pain and see their personalities on paper just as if they were in your own life. True story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 12/17/2010

    " I should only hope that one day I am loved as much as Heloise loved Abelard. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 11/9/2010

    " This is not a romance, it's a compilation of whiny letters between a man and a woman who both needed to stop wallowing and get over themselves. Peter Abelard is a bastard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E | 9/30/2010

    " yeah dr levitan. this is very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rudi | 8/10/2010

    " A pretty easy read, and very interesting, knowing that it was written so long ago. What a tragic love story. Got it from my sister, who'd read it for a history class. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 7/2/2010

    " Favorite book to teach in seminar. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frightful_elk | 1/21/2010

    " For once there is an Introduction worth reading, the story of these two lovers is hardly to be believed! But the letters themselves better reflect the repression which their faith exercised over their passion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/3/2009

    " This book is almost priceless for both the level of passion shown be Abelard and Heloise, and the amount of information pertaining to 12th century monasteries and convents. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the Medieval Period, or Christian History. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 9/5/2009

    " A beautiful love story of 2 people that can never be together. Or another way to describe it: The most celibate book of sexual tension ever written. "

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