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A Separate Reality

Further Conversations with Don Juan
Narrated by: Luis Moreno
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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Publisher's Summary

With The Teachings of Don Juan, Carlos Castaneda chronicled a journey toward enlightenment under the tutelage of Yaqui Indian guru don Juan. Having sold more than eight million copies of his books around the world, Castaneda has inspired countless readers with his awareness-expanding experiences. After spending five years with Don Juan in the early 60s, Castaneda returned to Mexico in 1968 to continue his exploration of non-ordinary reality and draw ever closer to his ultimate goal of becoming a man of knowledge. Far from Western civilization, Don Juan and his world of hallucinogenic drugs offer insight and inducements toward true awakening—wisdom that Castaneda passes on in this astounding work.

©1971 Carlos Castaneda (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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Fascinating book

Really enjoyed the book. Took a while to get going but it was very interesting. First of many.

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  • jesus
  • 09-07-2013

Continue the lessons....

Where does A Separate Reality rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The 3 Castaneda books available have to be my favorite series ever. I've listened to each 3 times now.

What did you like best about this story?

The fluidity of lessons.

Which scene was your favorite?

The conquering of Carlos' internal fears when he decides to reinstate his apprenticeship.

Any additional comments?

Best series I've encountered.

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  • Javier
  • 26-12-2012

Great book and narrative

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

The story is very well written and the narrator is really good, changing voices according to the characters makes it incredible fun and addictive. I highly recommend it.
About the book is full of information and great insights.

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  • Avid Book Lover
  • 02-09-2011

I loved it!!

This was wonderfully done and I would love it if Audio would obtain other audio books by Casteneda and read by Luis Moreno. I would especially like to see "Tales of Power" and The Power of Silence."
Carlos Castaneda is a masterful storyteller and Luis Moreno was a great choice to read his works.

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  • Chani
  • 04-03-2013

As perfect a reading of this amazing text as can b

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

I'd read the Castaneda books multiple times in college, and knew the reading would have to be very special to preserve the beauty and integrity of Don Juan's words. Moreno is pitch perfect.

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  • Brian Thurm
  • 09-01-2019

Simply Incredible, Impassioned Natration

What a wonderful follow through from the Teachings of Don Juan. The narrator is so stunning and really carries the baton into this second book, fluidly tying in the previous story. The subtleties of the narration and Castaneda’s exquisite account start to reveal themselves. Bravo! I can see this being adapted into a badass Netflix series [or rather hopefully, the tale stays underground].

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  • PNW Prime
  • 14-01-2015

Not for everyone, but everyone could learn from it

What did you love best about A Separate Reality?

Luis Moreno is a very good, engrossing narrator for the Castaneda books. Of course, it can't hurt that I am totally enthralled by the story and experiences portrayed.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, more laughter than tears but there were experiences at both extremes.

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This is a very powerful story and while I disagree, some extreme religious readers may find too much issue with the perspective portrayed to get the real meaning and truth behind the story.

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  • Jacques de Villiers
  • 21-05-2015

Mind shifting

A necessary follow on from the first book. Lots of food for thought. There weren't as many messages as in teachings. But those that there were, are a total mind shifter.

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  • Ryan
  • 12-05-2015

Wonderfully done

What a wonderful insightful book! I can't believe that I'm just now reading this. I'm sure I'll read it again.

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  • Julie Schneider
  • 17-02-2015

Unreal, exotic, interesting, superb writing

I knew Carlos Castaneda's graduate professor at UCLA. He told me he never doubted CC's experiences. They were not made up stories, they were authentic. Then a nurse friend of mind told she frequently saw CC at a psychological clinic at UCLA. She assumed he was struggling and visited frequently for help. After reading all the Don Juan books I felt as if I understood CC'd experiences. I wondered if different types of psychoactive plants had been consumed, but not mentioned in his writings due to his professors or that his readers would find ingestion of drugs to mean his experiences were not real. This would be a shame if the reader felt this way, CC was being a cultural anthropologist and ethnologist who expressed his experiences quite well. I felt fortunate to understand more about Mexican Indian traditions, ways of life and a true rendition of CC's dedication to understanding the sorcerers lives.

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  • C Ra McGuirt
  • 02-02-2012

Castaneda: Magical as ever!

Would you listen to A Separate Reality again? Why?

I have been reading the books for 40 years, and they always seem fresh and new to me. The narrator did a fine job here.

What did you like best about this story?

The core of reality within the unreality.

What about Luis Moreno’s performance did you like?

He's a fine voice actor.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, if i could have.

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I would purchase the rest of the series if it became available.

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  • Dumb Potato
  • 01-10-2020

The story and narration A+

I followed the story with great interest. It was sad when it's ended -- not because the ending is sad but because I'll miss the characters so much. Narration was absolutely spot-on. Brilliant!

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  • Charlie Crome
  • 23-09-2019

another classic from castenada

As always castenada delivers another masterpiece to add to the Don Juan series of books. This book is incredible, stop reading reviews and go listen to this book, it's life changing.

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  • Kevin Mitchell
  • 23-07-2018

Mind altering

Fascinating insights into an alternative way of seeing. Interesting synergies with many other belief systems. An interesting journey into a little travelled place.

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  • naradi
  • 16-02-2014

Excellent all round

What did you like most about A Separate Reality?

The story was gripping - one wanted to know always what was going to happen next...

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Separate Reality?

when Carlos began to understand towards the end what it means to be a sorcerer and becoming aware of his powers - his opening towards this knowledge.

Which character – as performed by Luis Moreno – was your favourite?

Don Juan

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really!

Any additional comments?

I would highly recommend.. i found it very helpful to go over sections again few times to understand - it helped me to let go of my thoughts and I felt on a similar path to Carlos at times even though I don't take the psychotropic drugs, that was what i found fascinating

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