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    One of the most beloved and best-selling novels of spiritual adventure ever published, Ishmael has earned a passionate following. This special 25th anniversary edition features a new foreword and afterword by the author.

    “A thoughtful, fearlessly low-key novel about the role of our species on the planet...laid out for us with an originality and a clarity that few would deny.” (The New York Times Book Review)

    Teacher seeks pupil.

    Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person.

    It was just a three-line ad in the personals section, but it launched the adventure of a lifetime.

    So begins an utterly unique and captivating novel. It is the story of a man who embarks on a highly provocative intellectual adventure with a gorilla - a journey of the mind and spirit that changes forever the way he sees the world and humankind’s place in it. In Ishmael, which received the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship for the best work of fiction offering positive solutions to global problems, Daniel Quinn parses humanity’s origins and its relationship with nature, in search of an answer to this challenging question: How can we save the world from ourselves? 

    Explore Daniel Quinn’s spiritual Ishmael trilogy: 

    • Ishmael
    • My Ishmael
    • The Story of B 

    Praise for Ishmael:

    “As suspenseful, inventive, and socially urgent as any fiction or nonfiction you are likely to read this or any other year.” (The Austin Chronicle)

    “Before we’re halfway through this slim book...we’re in [Daniel Quinn’s] grip, we want Ishmael to teach us how to save the planet from ourselves. We want to change our lives.” (The Washington Post)

    “Arthur Koestler, in an essay in which he wondered whether mankind would go the way of the dinosaur, formulated what he called the Dinosaur’s Prayer: ‘Lord, a little more time!’ Ishmael does its bit to answer that prayer and may just possibly have bought us all a little more time.” (Los Angeles Times)

    ©1992 Daniel Quinn (P)1995 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

    Commentaires

    “Deserves high marks as a serious - and all too rare - effort that is unflinchingly engaged with fundamental life-and-death concerns.” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    “[Quinn entraps] us in the dialogue itself, in the sweet and terrible lucidity of Ishmael’s analysis of the human condition....It was surely for this deep, clear persuasiveness of argument that Ishmael was given its huge prize.” (The Washington Post

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    This book makes no sense!

    Someone recommended me this book right after The Alchemist by Coelho. I loved the later so I thought I'd love Ishmael too, but it's not the case at all. Let me explain:
    This book has no depth, it's a though process based on believes and on a lot of assumptions.
    If you already are conviced that the Human modern race is evil then you will get confirmations here.
    But if you like to keep a distant, impartial mind and to get infos based on science or true wisdom you will find so many flaws in this book that you'll want to stop reading it.

    I actually forced my self to finish listening in case the end would actually contain some wisdom, but not at all, the author simply confirm what he thinks by non logical rethoric.

    I do not recommend this book, tho the author obviously deserves some credits for his work.

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    • Global
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    • Eric
    • 12/01/2008

    Unabridged PLEASE!

    I loved the book, so I thought why not the audiobook? The abridgment cuts out most of the "meat" of the story. The abridgment is better than nothing (thus four stars) but the book hits much harder with more information and draws the mind further into the story. Worth the read but could have been great.

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    • Telecommuter12
    • 20/11/2008

    Please read this book

    Ishmael was my first introduction to Daniel Quinn's work and it has started a love affair. After listenening to the audio version and clinging to every word- I went out and bought the book as I felt it must be a part of my library. However after reading the book, I so agree that Audible MUST add the unabridged version- every word is just too important to arbitrarily nip and tuck. Even so- this is a very well read version of the book- and does manage to convey many of the important themes and is definately worth the listen.

    This story is thought provoking and full of metaphor- I highly suggest that you listen / read this with a friend or as a part of a book club as it's a perfect catalyst for important conversations- and truly the themes have never been more timley. I have read or listened to this several times and each time get something new- something lovely. Some readers may struggle with this- have an open mind - enjoy the metaphor and illusion. I suggest that you read a bit at a time and take time to talk about it and digest it before reading / listening on- hang in there- it will be worth your time. Allow it to and it will change your life and your spirit.

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    • Julie
    • 23/04/2009

    Really thought provoking

    I wish Audible had the unabridged version of this book. It was so thought provoking and interesting that I wondered what nuances I was missing by having only the abidged version. But don't let that dissuade you. This is a very good condensed version. At no time did I encounter any awkward transitions. In fact part of my curiosity lies in trying to figure out where exactly the editor made the cuts.

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    • Lilly
    • 26/07/2005

    Life changing

    I only wish that you had all of Quinn's works on audio. Ishmael is just the beginning of a great journey.

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    • MA
    • 05/12/2003

    Excellent, Masterpiece!

    I have read the book and listened to the audio-tape. Highly recommend, would prefer an unabridged version. Amazing story told in a unique and creative manner. Can't wait for the audio version of My Ishmael, hopefully unabridged.

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    • Richard
    • 15/02/2012

    From WTF to HOLY KAW!

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Truth be told, the first couple of chapters were strange, odd to say the least. I hung in there, went with it and was rewarded with amazement. This book is brilliant!

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    • Jethro
    • 31/01/2014

    Great book! Horrible narration

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    Audible skips certain paragraphs from the book, it takes away from the overall enjoyment of the book in its entirety.

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    • Rob
    • 03/02/2005

    A book for the good of the future

    The messages in this book - and Quinn's other books - are so important that I own 2 copies of the book and loan them out as often as I can, and now have the audio so I can loan out my CD.
    I believe that this series should be part of the school curriculum - maybe Gr. 5 or 6. The earlier that we can get some fresh minds interested in the world and the future, the better chance that the earth will have to survive our greed and destruction.

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    • Scott
    • 02/01/2004

    A truly important book!

    I didn't agree with 100% of what Quinn is trying to say, but it is a very powerful idea presented in an entertaining way. This book is certain to change the way you look at the world to some degree. I have insisted that all my children read this book.

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    • Sanguine
    • 02/09/2018

    Terrible book and a waste of time

    Didn't find this interesting nor informative. not really a story while not really a non fiction.
    Kind of the worse of both.
    This is a story about a Gorilla that got psychic powers that tells a man that humanity suck because it is not living by the laws of nature. That's it. That is the whole plot. now you don't need to waste your time and money on this like I did.

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    • JasonRx
    • 24/11/2020

    Can we save ourselves?

    Enjoyed it. Narrators have a pleasant tone and keep us entertained until the end...that came to quick.

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    • Sumuş
    • 18/03/2020

    Truly a masterpiece

    beautifully written, wonderfully read.
    It engages the listener in the conversation
    A must read!

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    • Rabea Müller
    • 27/09/2019

    Bewegend

    Das hat deutliches Potential für eine Schullektüre! Wenn mehr junge Leute gedankenexperimente wie dieses hören würden, sähe die Welt wahrscheinlich schon anders aus. Trotz anspruchsvollem Thema sehr kurzweilig und spannend erzählt.

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    • LVattapally
    • 09/08/2019

    Well written short story

    Insightful, especially for the time it was written in. It's particularly relevant today where sustainability is a central issue for society at Large. Could have been cheaper for such a short book though

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 12/07/2019

    Outstanding

    This is much more than a fable, more than a sharp analysis of the flaws of modern civilization. This is a journey into the mind of a lonely encaged, never willing to give up the life he was given, only daring a few, philosophical thoughts on how beautiful life is.

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    • Wolfgang
    • 29/12/2016

    great stuff

    The story is great and the speaker adds a lot of theatrics what makes it even more enjoyable.

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 06/09/2016

    Great story, a must for thinkers

    This was a good narration and the story is amazing for both vegans and thinkers. The plot brings the "reader" in a completely different realm.