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Beauty: The Invisible Embrace

Rediscovering the True Sources of Compassion, Serenity, and Hope
Narrated by: John O'Donohue
Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
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The human soul is hungry for beauty; we seek it everywhere in landscape, music, art, clothes, furniture, gardening, companionship, love, religion, and in ourselves. When we experience the Beautiful, there is a wonderful sense of homecoming; we feel fully alive. Our lives become illuminated, and behind the shudder of appearances we come to glimpse the sure form of things. On Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, Irish poet and philosopher John O'Donohue invites us to remember and to awaken the Beautiful; it is always secretly there, awaiting but our attention and reverence in order to come alive. Beauty is the true priestess of individuation. But our times are dominated by anxiety and by what is vulgar, coarse, and artificial. Were Beauty to awaken in the fields of politics, religion, planning, discourse, and seeing, our world would heal, and fresh wells of hope would refresh us. Kathleen Raine, the English poet says: "Strangest of all is the ease with which the vision is lost, consciousness contracts, we forget over and over again, until recollection is stirred by some icon of that beauty. Then we remember and wonder why we ever forgot."

©2006 John O'Donohue (P)2006 John O'Donohue

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A Pleasurable Listening Experience

This seeies of talks from the late John O'Donohue is a thoughtful and inspiring journey into the many facets of beauty to be found within the world, within people, within the human soul. I will listen many times to this, just for the meditative and inspirational content and the joy of listening to his lilting Irish accent.

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I am in love with Beauty

speaking from his heart to ours. There is a sacred recognition in these words. John O'Donahue I visited your grave - I would love to have been in your presence.

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  • Steven
  • 18-01-2018

A book as beautiful as its title would suggest

What made the experience of listening to Beauty: The Invisible Embrace the most enjoyable?

This is some of the most moving, profound, wisdom-inducing literature I have ever encountered. I began to look at the world with fresh vision from the initial minutes, and my growth in perception continued through to the end and into subsequent listenings (three to date).

The book would be only half of itself without the author's lyrical delivery--a thing of beauty in itself--but even then that would be plenty. I recently heard a poem by Donohue recited by another reader, and it was beautiful and insightful, but nothing can replace Donohue's own inimitable voice in its expressive power and understanding.

I came to learn about the meaning of reverence and the relationship between mystery and beauty, and so much more. I felt truly edified by this book, and that I grew as a person from it. Thank you John O'Donohue.


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  • Kelly
  • 19-06-2017

Stunning book

One of the best and most beautiful books I have ever read. This book is beauty itself.

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  • Suzan H. Conger
  • 25-02-2020

Full transportation!

Transported me to another world-lyrical, magical, Spiritual. Changed my lifelong thoughts. I will listen again and again and again

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  • Maggie Hess
  • 30-10-2019

expansive view of beauty

I have been researching beauty and came across this book that goes so far beyond most people's understanding of beauty. I am amazed by this book. I am drawn by its depth and should study it forever as some kind of bible.

O'Donohue sees beauty in the physical realm and inside each person. Most people seem caught up in the first ideas we all seem to have on beauty, but O'Donohue goes so much further.

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  • jimzartman
  • 22-01-2020

Wonderful- but doesn’t match the book

Will listen several time. Great to hear content and execution. Beautifully spoken and beautiful words. Wanted to listen again and follow along with the book but it doesn’t match at all.

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  • B3cc4M
  • 13-04-2018

John O'Donohue and Beauty

What made the experience of listening to Beauty: The Invisible Embrace the most enjoyable?

Its beautiful listening to John O'Donohue narrate one of his own works. It feels like he is talking to you as a friend and pointing out some wonderful things he has reflected on about beauty.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beauty: The Invisible Embrace?

One thing that stood out to me was that this world is all about glamour when what we really want is beauty in life.

What about John O'Donohue’s performance did you like?

His Irish accent is beautiful. He is careful to enunciate so its not too hard to understand (I understand some people can have thicker dialectal accents that make them hard to understand, but I believe O'Donohue worked on this and was very aware)

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The True Search for Beauty

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  • CoopMom
  • 11-08-2017

a wealth of insights

John O'Donohue wisdom on beauty is incredible. Having it read by the author is a true gift.

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  • Susan Unbridled
  • 24-12-2016

Beautiful in Every Way ...

And enlightening book read with verve and passion by it's author John O'Donoghue. I highly recommend this book for anyone who needs to see the magnificence of this world through new eyes.

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  • Sparkles Galore
  • 17-09-2016

Rediscovering the Beauty around us and in us.

If you could sum up Beauty: The Invisible Embrace in three words, what would they be?

Thoughtful. Brilliant. Peaceful.

What did you like best about this story?

Not a story - duh. John O'Donohue is a gifted teacher and weaver of words.

What about John O'Donohue’s performance did you like?

Gaelic Lilt.

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

Had to listen to much of it more than once. Full of deep heart.

Any additional comments?

I ll likely listen to it again.

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  • Toi M Geil
  • 14-09-2019

inspiring

a great way to reconnect with beauty and the eternal. worth the listen. what's up with the word count inbedded in the review program...succinct is better.

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  • Jennie
  • 23-01-2017

Captivated.

I have listened and will continue to listen to this audio book over and over again. Each time a little bit more gold sticks to me.

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  • Ms. Bhavna Raithatha, Counsellor
  • 24-07-2018

Exquisite

I have listened to this incredible piece of work during every break from work or sleeping. I was enchanted, soothed, mesmerised by the content and Mr O'Donohue's tender voice. I want to hear more of his work and this is a book I have and will, recommend to friends and clients. It is especially poignant having lost a dear friend through suicide a couple of weeks ago, I was particularly moved by the chapter on our relationship to spaces. This is a book everyone on earth should read, and I am not normally do emphatic.

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  • Naomi
  • 29-09-2018

beautiful and evocative

a very healing book that sheds light on hidden depths with us and offers a great source of strength through appreciation of the beauty in every day

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  • Mary Hurley
  • 04-11-2018

Excellent.

Deep, meaningful and unforgettable. John O Donaghie is the voice of beauty and knowledge. What a gift to the ears.!

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  • mizhanid
  • 08-05-2020

Brilliantly inspiring

I loved this book, I will actually listen again so I can wrote down some gems. John O'Donohue was a very special man and has given great inspiration to me as an artist and human being in general!

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  • Mr Tony look
  • 24-01-2020

Beauty

I shall come back to this book again and again, the beauty of the words and insights take one's breath away.