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Download The Sibyl Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (471 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Par Lagerkvist Narrator: Lorna Raver, Kristoffer Tabori, and Yuri Rasovsky Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN:
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In this powerful, poetic, and moving parable, the Wandering Jew of medieval Christian legend journeys to Delphi to consult the famed oracle of the pagans. He is turned away but not before learning that one of the most adept of the old priestesses, or sibyls, lives in disgrace in the mountains above the Temple. In her crude goat-hut he seeks the meaning of his disastrous brush with the son of God. She reveals that she, too, has been touched by the son of a god, a very different son, not quite human, born of her own body. He dwells with her as a constant reminder of the betrayal of her mystical and erotic union with the divine, her punishment, and, perhaps, her redemption. 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 John | 1/20/2014

    " The Wandering Jew meets The Disgraced Oracle. The two swap stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kissmyshades | 1/13/2014

    " This was a bit of a predictable parable but lovely nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 1/4/2014

    " One of the high points of 20th century allegory. Beautiful, haunting, in a "Winter Lights" Bergman sort of way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanna | 12/16/2013

    " I thought this book was just beautifully written. Im sure most of the symbolism was over my head, but that didn't stop me from loving it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa Pelka | 12/6/2013

    " Style & insight "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 11/13/2013

    " Everyone who believes in God should read this parable of human and divine love. (Atheists might like it even more.) Bottom-line message; hope the deity doesn't single you out for special attention! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 7/18/2013

    " A rather short novel about mystery and grace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alvin Rc | 6/29/2013

    " Seriously thoughtful and meditative ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K Nolfi | 2/25/2013

    " Religious freakiness. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gauthaman | 3/4/2012

    " very poetic. draws from myths. dark.dark.dark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Farris | 10/13/2011

    " I can't help but feel that so much of the lyricism of this book was lost in translation. You can feel it around the corner, but much of the language feels flat. That being said, crazy ecstatic oracle carnally loving a goat god? Sign me up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 7/12/2011

    " Was she possessed, or was it all in her imagination? You decide... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra | 4/9/2011

    " A strange allegorical tale of humans grappling with the "divine." Lyrical and beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlene | 3/18/2011

    " By far this is the one book I think about often, after reading it almost 40 years ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 2/24/2011

    " [summer 2008] another quasi-mythical tale from lagerkvist, again filled with paradoxes and religious themes of faith and devotion. he's a fascinating writer and, in the limited exposure i've had to him, has had the great benefit of effective translators. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shruti Rao | 9/19/2010

    " One of those books that needs you to be in a particular phase in life to truly be epiphanic. Clearly I'm nowhere close to whatever that phase is. Must re-read sometime in life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cns | 7/16/2010

    " I know this is a parable, but I would have to spend a lot of cold, long nights in Norrbotten to figure it out... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 6/8/2010

    " I can't help but feel that so much of the lyricism of this book was lost in translation. You can feel it around the corner, but much of the language feels flat. That being said, crazy ecstatic oracle carnally loving a goat god? Sign me up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 7/29/2009

    " A rather short novel about mystery and grace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlene | 6/10/2009

    " By far this is the one book I think about often, after reading it almost 40 years ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 5/8/2009

    " Everyone who believes in God should read this parable of human and divine love. (Atheists might like it even more.) Bottom-line message; hope the deity doesn't single you out for special attention! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cns | 1/27/2009

    " I know this is a parable, but I would have to spend a lot of cold, long nights in Norrbotten to figure it out... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 9/13/2008

    " [summer 2008] another quasi-mythical tale from lagerkvist, again filled with paradoxes and religious themes of faith and devotion. he's a fascinating writer and, in the limited exposure i've had to him, has had the great benefit of effective translators. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 9/2/2008

    " This is my favorite book. It is odd and of course why I loved it.

    I had never really read anything about being an oracle before this book. It was fascinating to be introduced to here and then to read about the transformation of this little girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 8/11/2008

    " Gosh I wish I was reviewing this right after I read it instead of years later.

    I loved this book. Kinda wierd, but thoughtful and thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe | 6/17/2008

    " Read this for a class and was struck at how beautiful and bizzare this book was while remaining lucid and interesting.

    Really, Lagerkvist is hard to review without just spewing adjectives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra | 5/3/2008

    " A strange allegorical tale of humans grappling with the "divine." Lyrical and beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 1/4/2008

    " One of the high points of 20th century allegory. Beautiful, haunting, in a "Winter Lights" Bergman sort of way. "

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