The Listener

The Listener Who was the mysterious listener And what strange power did he offer to fifteen people on a desperate quest John Godfrey retired lawyer in a large midwestern city erects a beautiful marble sanctum as

  • Title: The Listener
  • Author: Taylor Caldwell
  • ISBN: 9780553244830
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Who was the mysterious listener And what strange power did he offer to fifteen people on a desperate quest John Godfrey, retired lawyer in a large midwestern city, erects a beautiful marble sanctum as a monument to his late wife Inside, behind an electronic screen that hides him from each visitor, is the unknown one who sits d listens.

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    1. I did not like one thing about this book. The perils of my self-imposed Big Fat Reading Project. I only read Taylor Caldwell because she keeps showing up on the bestseller lists. There will be four more, but finally in the mid 1970s she fades away. Ever since she got on her weird variety of Christian writing, she went right downhill in my opinion. But people who read books for comfort or reassurance from a Christian standpoint seem to like her which explains how she made #8 on the bestseller lis [...]

    2. I first read this book when I was 11 or 12 years old and it stayed with me for 30 years. I went on a mission to find and re-read it. Since it is out of print and my library did not have a copy, I searched ebay and found two copies - one hard cover to keep in on my shelf and one paperback to read and lend out to friends. No surprise that this book was still as wonderful as I had remembered from so long ago. Although written by a "romance" novelist, The Listener is in no way a romantic novel. It t [...]

    3. This is not my cup to tea: a book of plenty of moralism for my taste.4* The Arm and the Darkness5* A Pillar of Iron4* Dear and Glorious Physician4* The Earth Is the Lord's: A Tale of the Rise of Genghis Khan4* The Final Hour5* Captains And The Kings2* The Romance of Atlantis3* The Late Clara Beame3* Ceremony of the Innocent4* Answer as a Man1* The ListenerTR Dynasty Of Death (The Eagles Gather, The Final Hour)TR The Wide HouseTR Testimony of Two MenTR This Side of InnocenceTR Glory and the Light [...]

    4. I wanted to give this one 4 stars because it's core message deserves a solid 4 or 5 stars. But I got bored with reading the ins and outs of the different characters (or "souls") quickly. (Each chapter is a self-contained story and each character eventually makes a trip to go speak to the mysterious Man Who Listens.) After the second chapter, the reader KNOWS each person will end up going to the Listener. Therefore the repetition of the characters hemming and hawing about whether to go, as well a [...]

    5. I did enjoy it. Although published 33 years ago, I still found it pretty relevant. No real solutions, but keep an open mind. The author of this book has used pseudonyms.

    6. The ListenerTaylor Caldwell's The Listener was a book I read as a young man, and it is a book that has been a major influence in my life. It tells the story of a rich man who built a magnificent house when he died and in it was a room where people could come and be listened to by a person behind a curtain 24 hours a day. The person was Christ. People crowded the place, and they talked and in talking they found solace, strength and worked out their problems.That book shaped my view of being a pas [...]

    7. Incredibly MovingI first read this book in the 1970s and have re-read it several times since then. As the book was written in the 1940s it is truly amazing that the stories in the book are still so relevant today.I weep my way through many of the stories, even knowing what is to come. Somehow, they never lose the power to move me. Each person who comes has a different problem and Caldwell has the gift of giving each person his or her own voice. Some people come because they are in despair, other [...]

    8. I have to admit, I read this book about 20 years ago so this was a re-read. It didn't have the impact on me that it had the first time - I suppose because I knew the ending. Really, it isn't about figuring it out but about faith and the stories of ordinary people finding comfort.I did enjoy the book - it still made me cry.

    9. This is a great book for anyone just starting in ministry. Taylor Caldwell nails the human condition and the importance of simply having someone listen. Of course, the identity of the Listener is none other than

    10. This was one of the first books my mom recommended to me, so my enjoyment might have been more sentimental than anything else, but it was an interesting concept.

    11. A book that touches the spiritual side of the reader as individuals indulge in a sort of therapy or meditation by consulting an unknown counselor behind a screen with their problems, situations and concerns and somehow are led to knowledge and decisions that offer resolution.

    12. I liked this novel. I liked the concept that there was a place for people to go to, to just be Listened to, and I interpreted it as also being a place to get away from everyday life and stress, and feel safe, a place where you can just BE, if that’s what you want.Each chapter features an individual who goes to The Man Who Listens. I like the way each character begins by presuming and projecting attitudes and ideas onto the Man, until s/he finds him/herself talking about things they never did, [...]

    13. Ugh. What a piece of crap. Major Spoilers ahead so don't read it if you don't want to know what happens.Here's the book in a nutshell. Nice old guy has his house torn down and replaced with a chapel / shrine / theater / whatever. It's a simple elegant little 2 room building. The sign on the front says "The Man Who Listens". The old guy dies and his estate is left to support the building . Each chapter is about a different person. Each one goes into a private room and talks to a closed curtain, t [...]

    14. The Listener is a very unique novel that involves the reader as well as the characters. An "eccentric" has created a building that anyone with problems can go into and be guaranteed that someone there will listen, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Of course, the disbelievers scoff and ridicule this concept but the ordinary person ignores them and goes to tell their troubles to the Listener. Basically each chapter is a dialogue of the troubled one. Remarkably, the reader can pinpoint when the transi [...]

    15. An eccentric widower builds a small, window-less chapel-type building in the center of a city, where people of all walks of life, and all manner of earthly trials can go to have conference within a room containing only a chair, a stage and a curtain. There is no person there, other than themselves; just a quiet peace, and this curtain. They have heard of this place from others who have been there, but they do not know what to expect or to whom-if anyone-they are speaking. Still, they feel some s [...]

    16. While I read this a very long time ago it's one I still think about from time to time. The biggest thing I took away is how important it is for everyone to have somebody listen to them, without judgment, without trying to 'fix' the problem, sometimes without even saying anything at all. Few of us have access to the kind of room in this book, but all of us have the ability to be a listener ourselves.

    17. It's been a couple of years since I read this book and it has stayed with me. Why? Caldwell has hit upon a subject which affects everyone the need to be listened to. Just by telling our 'stories' we get to move through what is troubling us. Hopefully we discover the silliness that is often in those stories that seem so deadly serious at first. Our societal sense of community is lacking today and I imagine this book will be a welcome read to many.

    18. I read this and its sequel over 40 years ago when I was on a Taylor Caldwell kick. Of course. these two books are very different from her typical novels. I was surprised and moved by them and I think they contributed in a small way to my young adult faith formation. I know my reading tastes have evolved and often when I try to re-read a book I am disappointed so I won't mess with my memory of them being worthy of 5 stars.

    19. So, this is a Christian book my mom gave me a long time ago and didn't read until college. Even though it is Christian, it's an awesome book. It kind of gives a non-denominational perspective on people's lives with their Christian lives. Really easy read, not very long, and set back in the early 1900's.

    20. I had a vague memory of this book and wanted to see if it held up with the passage of time. It did not. The message is wonderful, but the people are too set in a specific time period. It lacks the feeling of a timeless story.

    21. This is a unique book of "confessional eavesdropping," in which each character sounds off at "God" and then comes to the realization that "He" is always there for them all situations. It really uplifted me and made me think a lot about my own level of gratitude and depth of prayer.

    22. FULL REVIEW HEREI don't recommend this book at all. However, the good parts of the book were good enough that I am going to read some of Caldwell's other work.

    23. I love this book. We need more listeners in the world, more people who will try to understand though we can never fully understand. Caldwell presents the struggles of humanity, and she is also able to point to the answer every time, yet without losing the weight of hardship.

    24. Hey ---- Calling y'all Holy friends --- I know you will love this! Never thought Taylor Caldwell would write something like this!

    25. Read this years ago on the recommendation from my bride. Thought provoking, insightful and well worth your time.

    26. I really liked this book. It seemed to move from simple to complex and certainly made the case for being heard, in that it profoundly validated and energized the ones sharing with the listener.

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