Carlos Castanada was a student of anthropology when he met Don Juan Matus, a Yaqui shaman and the inspiration for Castanada’s The Teachings of Don Juan. In this controversial work, Castanada relays his experiences being challenged by his mentor on his perception of the world and all living things in it.
©1973 Carlos Castaneda (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
this book contains interesting story.
when reading i kept hoping to find a spiritual enlightenment but i didnt find what i was looking for at the end. perhaps its just me though.
great read nonetheless.
"Journey To Ixtlan"
Fantastic Book full of wisdom with lots of humor, more of the carlos books need to be put on audiobook. The way of looking at ourselves and our death and the reality of how serious it should be, but how in reality we believe things about ourselves that are false images,this book makes me listen !
Great narration / direction
not overly dramatic
pause and effect
Would love to have ALL the Castaneda books on audible by this narrator
"Fantastic Audio Book!"
I couldn't ask for a better reading and performance of this book. Luis Moreno does an incredible job and I really wish they would hire him to do the rest of Carlos Castaneda's astounding books.
"So well done! How about doing Tales of Power?"
This classic Castaneda story, the first which doesn't feature psychedelic drugs, holds up well in time. I first read it 40 years ago. Immediately, after listening to Journey to Ixtlan, I tried to find the audiobook version of Tales Of Power, the book that follows this one, but it apparently does not exist in audio format. I would beg Luis Moreno to do this sequel, as the new generation of audiobook listeners shouldn't be tantalized with Journey To Ixtlan, salivating for more, only to find the series abruptly terminated.
Autobiography of a Yogi is the closest that comes to mind. Truly, there is little out there that compares to Castaneda's writing. He's in a class by himself.
The "hiding" of Carlos's car was a lot of fun.
I love the concept of a "Worthy Opponent," and Carlos's experiences with his.
Put Tales of Power into Audiobook format!
"Made me cry"
His teaching style is so different to that of Don Juan. He plays a much more important role in this book.
The perceptions of reality without the use of psychotropic plants. (the lost car in particular)
Close second is the details of the feud with Catalina.
Yes. Don Genaro's story at the end made me cry. The insight he gives into the life of a 'Man of Knowledge' was something Don Juan never touched on.
You must listen to the first 2 books before this one
"Journey to Ixtan an awakening."
I would have to reccomend this book on the premis that it exposes the illusion of our reality.
The most compelling aspect I would have to say is the adventures Don Juan takes our hero on.
The narrator was adequate enough to get the story told.
I had read it years ago. This performance was very well done and I might
"tales of power!"
loved every second of this book it's wisdom is timeless and will endure! One Love!
"Philosophy In The Desert"
One of the best in the Don Juan/Carlos Castaneda series, in my opinion. Castaneda reviews the non-hallucinogenic plant events during his meetings with Don Juan in various Mexican locations. Don Juan lays out many advanced philosophical concepts and techniques relating to paths followed by seekers of enlightenment. Prepare to have your world views destroyed and expanded.
I enjoyed the reader's characterizations of Carlos and Don Juan. Carlos as an inquisitive student and Don Juan as a commanding mentor. His style is entertaining, without over doing anything. I truly hope that he will produce an audiobook of the fourth Castaneda book in the series, "Tales of Power."
"Enjoy for the story or as a textbook on life!"
This is my third Audible Castaneda book and I am hoping for more soon. I think following his journey in succession is key to understanding his experience. It seems that each book becomes more "mature" in its content.
I laughed out loud a great number of times when picturing Don Juan and Don Hernado responding to Carlos' inane questions, only to realize I would have asked the exact same question ... funny because it's true.
Honestly I think Mr. Moreno's accent brings an air of authenticity to the story.
The last five minutes of the book summed up so much of what life is all about, I was moved to tears.
Don't get hung up on whether or not this is entirely factual. That is not important, suspend you disbelief and learn through the excellent story telling. Then decide for yourself. I struggled with some of Castaneda's experiences, but I prefer to take his word for it and understand that there is more out there that I have NOT experienced than what I have!
"Living Life On The Edge"
This book will help people to realise the need to understand that nothing is ever permanent in life and to learn to live their lives as if today was their last day.
Outstanding. I have ordered the rest in the series as this one was so good. The narrator is as shown in the sample clip and after a little time getting used to his voice the book was a beauty. The pace is well read with sensible and natural emphasis. The price is steep so use a credit, but for such a long book and high recording quality (no background noise etc. ) I highly recommend it.
"What a Journey!"
Well, having read the book at least eight times over the years, I was delighted when I saw it was in audio format recently. I listen to the book when there is quiet around (which I feel is a must) as you need all your concentration to fully absord the wonders which are presented to you. The use of an American/Latino reader -Luis Mareno- adds to the sense of reality of the piece. I will be moving on to part two shortly and have just purchased A Separate Reality parts 1 & 2 also! Happy Days!
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