• The Story of a Soul

  • The Autobiography of the Little Flower - Tan Classics
  • By: St. Therese of Lisieux
  • Narrated by: Colleen Hammond
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (261 ratings)

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The Story of a Soul

By: St. Therese of Lisieux
Narrated by: Colleen Hammond
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Publisher's Summary

The Story of a Soul conveys St. Therese of Lisieux's "Little Way" of spiritual childhood - her "elevator" to Heaven, as she called it. This method was approved by Pope Pius XI as a way for all to grow in holiness through unfailing confidence and childlike delight in God's merciful love.

Again and again in this audiobook, St. Therese shows us how her "Little Way" of love and trust comes straight from Sacred Scripture.

This audiobook belongs in every Catholic home, for Pope St. Pius X called St. Therese of Lisieux the "greatest Saint of modern times".

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I love this book. the reading like in kindergarten

I have a hard time listening to the unnatural cadence and the choppy over annunciation.
The reader sounds like she is reading a children's story.

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Amazing Narration of a Great Book!

The content of this book is very rich and thought proving. It is also inspiring and causing a reader to evaluate his/her way of honoring God. I listened to this book on audible and I have to say that the narration was absolutely outstanding! I am convinced that reading it on my own would make it dry at times, but the performance of the narrator is so perfect and impeccable that it made even the most difficult passages interesting. I never thought of how important the performance of the narrator is before. I surely recommend this book! It's full of love and absolutely incredible insights!

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Enjoyable

Loved the narrator forgot it was narrated as reader was able to make one feel the Saint to be present. . Loved story

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A wonderful book!

I enjoyed greatly listening to this book. One I will listen to again. Anyone interested in this Saint would throughly enjoy it, as well as any Christian.

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spiritual classic that deserves its reputation

the simplicity of St. Therese is unique and irresistible. I enjoy reading Aquinas, et. al so I was skeptical -- worried this would be too saccharine, but it's not. now I see why she was made a doctor of the church. The narrator does an excellent job of conveying the innocence and simplicity of the saint. a great book.

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Saint Theresa the little flower.

I always wondered what was so great about Saint Theresa, the little flower. What did she do, why is she considered a saint, anyway? Now I know the answer.

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get to know a Saint as a dear friend

Loved it!!! I've been listening to certain parts several times. Anyone of faith in God will love this!

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St Therese of Lisieux is an incredible witness to us all

I loved the anecdotes and how she managed to explain how we can be martyrs in love for the glory of Christ. I highly recommend this book to all looking for a way to make their ordinary lives an offering to God

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Wonderful book ruined by narrator

I couldn’t finish the book even though I love the story and St Therese because the narrator has such an insufferable, condescending, contrived intonation. She reads every sentence as if she founds St Therese the most adorable stupid little baby. She (the narrator) seems to be about to burst into laughter with every sentence. EVERY SENTENCE!
While this attitude somewhat could be understandable once or twice, and her “oh how adorable she is haha!” tone would perhaps be somewhat fitting when retelling the events of 5 year old Therese. But she keeps it going through the book. It takes over the whole story.

It also doesn’t even make sense because the book is written in 1st person, so the narrator’s attitude would be that of St Therese. Did she think of herself as the most adorable wonderful thing to ever set foot on planet earth, like the narrator reads it? Definitely not. That’s the point. St Therese had humility and out of that humility grew her love for God. So the narrator is downright disrespectful.
But most of all annoying and impossible to listen to for a whole book.
I will have to find a better recording of this book and try again.

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Flawed presentation. The syrupy tone of the reader was very distracting at times. She doesn't sound sincere. The speech is very affected and I feel a natural tone of voice would have been perfect,

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  • B R.
  • 05-08-20

Beautiful Soul

I purchased this book because I couldn’t understand from my research what extra quality St Thérèse had to make her a saint.
After reading this book In her own words, I cannot believe that such a beautiful soul could even exist.
She has inspired me so much and if only once I could follow her little ways and thoughts, I will be happy.
Only by reading this book will you know what real love is.

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  • J.
  • 05-18-20

so edifying

i can see why this is a spiritual classic. it's an edifying and holy read.

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  • 02-17-21

spiritual

having only briefly heard of St Therese ,I went in hoping to discover more about faith, love & spiritual gifts. how i was not disappointed, the narrator's display was sent by divine guidance. I am in awe of both the story, St Therese & the narrator. God bless

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  • Lisa Dowling
  • 08-08-20

A Beautiful Story Told

From beginning to end, we learn how special Therese of Lisieux was. She was definitely a little flower who bloomed big.