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Listening Below the Noise: The Transformative Power of Silence Paperback – February 2, 2010
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At first, it is difficult for Anne's family and friends to accept that she will not take calls or talk at all on certain days. Then they begin to realize that certain things are not that important, they can wait a day. Anne begins to notice that she is getting calmer and more peaceful. The buzz of modern society begins to feel like an onslaught - the volume in a movie theatre is too much, for example. She begins to turn more and more towards nature, developing deeper appreciation of natural rhythms.
Along the way, she finds inpiration and wisdom among the world's spiritual traditions. After all, solitude and contemplation have been a prerequisite to enlightenment for many religious leaders. I found this aspect of the book a bit trite, because she draws on the usual suspects one would find on a Barnes and Noble religion or philosophy shelf.
In the end, however, I admit to some annoyance. Anne is a writer, her children are grown and away at college, her husband the naturalist is out of the house much of the time. She spends most of her day in solitude anyway. She comes from a certain background - white middle class New Englander - and lives out on Cape Cod year round; there is an inherent insularity already. What she has accomplished is not the big stretch it would be for someone in different circumstances. She is told as much by an Irani author that she meets at a writer's retreat.Read more ›
This is a touching memoir of sorts, beautifully written, illustrated with lovely photographs that seem to capture the very essence of the written words. I found the book so provoking, I read it twice and it has quickly become a favorite gift for friends. LeClaire's insights and experiences offer poignant lessons for us all and I would consider it a must read for anyone searching for a path to honesty and simplicity in his or her own life.
By nature I am a quiet person and easily overwhelmed by a lot of noise. I would love to devote a whole day to silence but until I can, I have started to drive in silence-no more radio-and I find I am much more relaxed by the time I get to where I'm going. This is a book I will read again and again. It's also going to be a book I will give as a gift. If all the noises of life have you exhausted or overwhelmed, this book will bring you back to center and give you the tools and ideas you can use to bring some peace into your life.
This is a great book for book clubs as it seems to generate a lot of reactions.
LeClaire is a good writer who explores what it means to actually listen to the world. So, it's not so much about being quiet as what happens when one tunes in.
Keeping silence on days such as Christmas and birthdays did not seem to make any sense - and felt more like creating distance from friends and family than being there to share celebrations with them. And refusing to answer anything, even in writing (despite the fact that she wrote on silent days) also seemed distant and antisocial.
I usually read a book through from beginning to end without taking a break for a while mid-way. For this one, I had to stop about half way through and read a few books before coming back to finish this one. It was just getting too long and drawn out and making me feel a bit listless. In the second half, her story perked up a bit, and her story became more interesting.
This was a bookclub book, and the title made it sound intriguing. By the time I finished it, however, it felt more like I'd read a book by someone tied into a path with no flexibility or enjoyment, almost as if she was trapped with no way out.
I have a lot of quiet time in my life, and quite moments and interacting moments seem part of a normal way of being. It seems rather odd and uncomfortable to make something so pronounced out of being quiet and to structure it so strictly. It's always good to take time for yourself and make time for yourself. But relax. Go with the flow. Breath. Enjoy life, and don't tie yourself in knots over schedules and calendars and can't do's and must do's.
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This is a fantastic book. Anyone dealing with the ego controlling their lives should read it. I learned a lot about myself and am pursuing a deeper look into transcending my ego. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michael Ruiz
The book is very helpful to me as preparation for a silent week at a retreat I'm planning to attend in September. Read morePublished 13 months ago by lynn Schubert
This book has greatly helped me. When I realized "quiet", or the absence of sound, was not "Silence", and that Silence is a divine state that cannot be... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Steven D. Alexander
Book was so meaningful that I have enrolled in a workshop where you have to read this book. It just makes such sense and will definitely mark this as one of my best reads.Published 22 months ago by Elaine Edelberg
Just what I needed at the time. So much wonderful info in the world to learn each day gets overwhelming...I loved to calm down. Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by Claire Dunleavy