Audiobook Review: Women who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés


ashley | I have started Women Who Run With the Wolvesby Clarissa Pinkola Estés more than once and more than once, my reading got derailed. Most recently, I actually lost the book. So I decided instead, I would get the audiobook. If I lose that, well I have much bigger problems to deal with. 

In any reading I’ve done about wellness or mindfulness or just general well being as a woman, this book inevitably comes up. I’ve always admired the imagery of the wolf and Esté merges that imagery so flawlessly with the idea of the wild woman. Through legendary myths and stories, Esté dissects the female psyche in a way that should hopefully resonate with all women on some level. At least it did with me. 

Of course, there are certain things that I didn’t fully agree with or relate to. Sometimes it seemed a bit too narrow viewed, sometimes a bit overwritten (which to me, was far more apparent while reading it as opposed to listening to the audiobook, the audiobook took on a much more casual feel which I liked a lot better) and sometimes a bit easy to roll your eyes at, but if you keep that in mind and take this for what it is, it can be instrumental in realizing and connecting to something you might be looking for. 

I think the impact this book will have on you all comes down to timing and where you are in your life. Some people will find this when they absolutely need it and will praise this and tell everyone about it, while others will gain nothing from reading it. Personally, I was in a good, open place when I finally managed to make it through and that definitely has changed my perspective of this and made it a bit more special for me. 

Now, if only I could find my paperback copy to go through it again.


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november 27, 1996