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The Celestine Prophecy
By James Redfield
Read by Lou Diamond Phillips
Reviewed by Angela Evans - February 27, 2006
The Celestine Prophecy has long been a standard of New Age Spirituality literature. Now this work of fiction by James Redfield has been released for the first time on audio CD. Although a work of fiction, the book is written in such a style that it easy to mistake it as a work of nonfiction about one man's journey of discovery and spiritual growth. This audio CD is read by the dreamy Lou Diamond Phillips. This audio version of the book brings all the excitement and mind-opening insights of the printed text to life. If you've never read this book before, you are in for a treat. If you have read the book, you will find that Phillips' reading brings a whole new dimension to the book.
For those not familiar with the story, the premise of the book is based upon a document that was found in Peru that lists nine key insights that are vital to the continued development of the human race. When it is discovered that this ancient Peruvian manuscript contains pivotal insights that could chance the moral and spiritual fiber of manking, dangerous forces are unleashed, tasked with the job of seeing that the manuscript never sees the light of day. Can it, and its message be shared with the world before it is too late? Throughout the book, Redfield not only weaves a compelling and suspenseful story, but by extension he also examines how you can employ these keen insights into your own life. Basically, The Celestine Prophecy is a novel hiding a self-help book on spiritual growth. This book helped to propel the New Age Movement into the mainstream, in part because it has been a phenomenal seller, and because it has struck a cord with such wide and varied audiences since its debut in the early nineties.
Even if you are not enthralled with the New Age Movement, you will still find this book an exciting and fun book to read. It contains just about everything you could want from an adventure thriller including travel to an exotic land filled with paranoid priests, overly aggressive soldiers, devious politicians and paranormal activities to the nth degree. While the literary quality of the book is not of the highest caliber (which is part of the book's charm), you will find that the dialog is crisp and expository prose is kept to a minimum, making this book ideal for the audio medium.
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