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The Stones, the Crows, the Grass, the Moon

Written by: Walter Kirn
Narrated by: Walter Kirn
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins

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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times bestselling author of Up in the Air and Blood Will Out embarks on a journey that begins with the death of his beloved mother - and ends in an inexplicable spiritual awakening.

After the utter grief of taking his mother off life support, Walter Kirn is compelled to understand his recurring visions of a Native American holy site. With his children and girlfriend, he follows them. In opening himself up to the mysticism he sees in religion, music, and nature, Walter discovers something magical and transcendent: solidarity and solace in the world around him.

Walter Kirn’s The Stones, the Crows, the Grass, the Moon is part of Missing, a collection of six true stories about finding, restoring, or accepting the losses that define our lives - from the mysterious to the inspiring. Each story can be listened to in a single sitting.

©2018 Walter Kirn (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Georgia McNabb
  • 10-06-19

This gentleman went on a Spiritual Journey

I am Native American and I am aware that Spirt speaks to all who will listen no matter what color the skin. I heart is glad he had these experiences to easy his grief.

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  • AL Harbour
  • 09-09-20

Loved this book!

Speechless. If you have felt or had similar mystical experiences after losing a loved one, this book makes complete sense. I can not wait to listen to the remaining collection. Bob Marley, "Three little birds" is our song.

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  • J@YD944
  • 06-09-20

The Stones, the Crows, the Grass, the Moon

I’m not sure what I expected when choosing to read this short story but by it’s ending, I found tears streaming warm down my cheeks. I found the words touched my soul & sounding familiar personally. I considered the message to be very thought provoking & reinforcing my own feelings that we are all connected. I’m glad I chose to read it.

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  • Ellen
  • 29-04-20

A Rare Bird

I've never read a story that so eloquently captures an event from so many different points of view so perfectly. I spent my career as a critical care nurse and I've experienced critical illness as a family member, both when a family member's end of life wishes were made clear to me and in the case of a severe MVA involving my 17 year old sister, which was an unpleasant surprise for the entire family. As a nurse, I spent every hour of every working day trying to hold death at bay - even when it's clear to the health care team that we are only prolonging suffering and death. This is why health care workers often joke about having DNR tattooed across our chests. It's in large measure a result of the combination of complete lack of understanding of how medical science works and also (perhaps even more so) the unfortunate consumer model of medicine that has taken over medicine. (Also, intellectual relativism and the "democratization" of experts/truth has landed us in a new intellectual dark ages that has led to serious public health disasters and hundreds of thousands of deaths, as we try (and fail) to navigate the current covid19 pandemic, as the current administration values the economy over human life.) The scenario of "euthanasia light" is a real one and was realistically portrayed in this story. As is the mystical component, which is not easy to describe in language. In spite of my own status as a card-carrying atheist, there are experiences that I've witnessed that have convinced me that agnosticism is the philosophically more responsible position. I'm particularly grateful that the author read it himself. Too often Audible has narrators who sound like a computer "voice" or narrators who blow it on timing and emphasis. Many thanks to Walter Krin for getting such complex issues so spot on; and special thanks for giving nurses a leading role, which is entirely consistent with 'in real life.' Very well done! Thank you! We would all do well to remember that there are things worse than death.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-20

Needed More of Something

I didn't hate it, but it didn't stick with me either. There were a few good parts to the story, but some things needed to be tied together. There were a few parts I thought were disconnected to the story. Message was good though. I think this is subjective to the "reader". Just not my taste.

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  • M. Moreland
  • 18-02-20

Interesting and fun

Very interesting and unusual story utilizing the symbolism of crows,which I love! Want to listen to it again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-11-19

Interesting.

Interesting tale, but not capturing. When it was finished, I felt, "huh". Not one I recommend.

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  • Traveler
  • 27-07-19

a mother's death & a son's life

loved it! Kirn engages the reader in the emotions following the death of a parent in a way that I found touching and true.

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  • missdawes
  • 21-02-19

lovely use of language

The story closed beautifully. I wasn't watching the clock, so I didn't know to expect it when it came. But when it did I said: "Yep, I can go with that." The author had the right voice for the role as narrator. I don't know to what degree it was autobiographical - but it was easy to follow the scenes he set. There was a liberal peppering of well-chosen clever words and phrases throughout the story. It was a good story, well-written, and well-narrated. I enjoyed it a lot. Thank you!

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  • Becky Lake
  • 14-10-18

Fantastic short story.

I absolutely loved this short short story. So much story in such a short time. Well narrated. I related to the story. These free listens from Audible are so delightful. This is the third one. Listened too.