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Publisher's Summary

The Red Shoes is a dramatic excursion into the realm of the soul with analyst Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Using an ancient tale deeply rooted in our collective psyches, Dr. Estes illuminates how people fall prey to destructive impulses while seeking to balance thier inner lives.

In our culture, she begins, we may travel life's path in two ways: In handmade shoes, crafted with love and care according to the unique needs of the individual soul; or In Red Shoes, which promise instant fufillment, but ultimately lead to a painful hollow-split exsistence.

©2005 Sounds True (P)2005 Sounds True

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A beautiful reminder.

A beautiful story, and reminder to nourish the soul; to live the creative life.
Clarissa is magical. I would have liked it to go for longer.

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Love it!

Another well illuminated classic well told by Clarissa. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in the genre.

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  • Pam
  • 02-01-2014

Origins of self-destructive behavior

I'm a fan of Dr. E., and I've "attended" her live webcasts at Sounds True. I could listen to her voice for hours and hours (and come to think of it, I guess I have!). Here, Dr. E. delves into the issue of why we sometimes sabotage ourselves and how we might begin to change this behavior. This book is on par with the rest of her work, and though it is short, every time I listen to it, I pick up on something I missed the last time. I recommend it for repeat listens.

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  • Jacqueline
  • 07-03-2015

Life changing

One of the most impactful stories I've ever heard. I love everything I've heard from Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

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  • Kathleen
  • 06-05-2015

Guide to a fruitful life

Every aspect of this work was inspiring, satisfying and joyous Dr Esters never fails to leave me wanting more. I highly recommend it to all, especially young women as a guide to a rich and fulfilling life but whatever your age, don't fail to pick this up!

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  • Kemetra
  • 09-06-2018

Dr. Estès is amazing

She is my crone mother in my mind. I love her work and her singing in this narration is mesmerizing yet soothing. Love her.

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  • Cellar Door
  • 03-02-2017

A recipe for making a happy life

Dr. Estes shares with us a story of Handcrafted Life, an idea so poweful for a contemporary listener. Illuminating for artists and those interested in leading a considered life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-04-2021

So rich

I don’t think this author can write any bad books. This was so full of relevant and important details to re-discovery in the soul. It’s very timely. I just might listen to it again

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  • Susanne
  • 19-01-2021

My intro to Estés

Gorgeous, soothing voice. I plan to go through her entire Wise Woman series. I feel empowered and part of a tribe.

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  • Ann
  • 23-07-2020

Phenomenal

Thank you. You’re an amazing gift to so many throughout so much time and space. I appreciate your dedication and compassion.

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  • Perry Hoffman
  • 10-06-2020

Always a joy!

Clarissa is a wonderful gift to the world, her voice a comfort, and her message a blessing. This performance is a great joy to hear, as always.

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  • BellaDonna
  • 04-04-2020

Blue Smoke

I enjoyed everything about Dr Estes writings and find her to be a brilliant thinker and writer. I would recommend her books for anyone who’s feel dragged, tired and saddened by life. She turns pain into a healing balm for the soul.

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  • booklover
  • 21-01-2017

Deep, moving, amazing.

What did you like most about The Red Shoes?

How the author spoke directly to the listener like over a cup of tea.

Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, all as good.

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  • Lisa Smith
  • 28-03-2021

Excellent ❤️

This inspired and soothed me just when I really needed it. I love it ! Beautiful 💖

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  • CH
  • 26-11-2020

CPE is THE BEST storyteller

This is one of many allegories explained beautifully by CPE. Her blend of story and psychological archetype is truly inspiring.

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  • I M.
  • 25-02-2019

The same brilliant shit as always. My guru.

I love all her work. She always, always delivers. Nothing else to add. Highly recommended.

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  • melody
  • 30-08-2018

beautifully told

loved this story and it's deeper meaning, another gem from my favourite author, Dr Clarissa

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