The Story of a Soul

Read by Ann Boulais

(4.4 stars; 105 reviews)

Marie Francoise Therese Martin, affectionately known as 'The Little Flower', was born on January 2, 1873, in Alencon, France to Louis Martin and Zelie Guerin. She was the youngest and one of five surviving sisters of the nine Martin children. When Therese was 3, her mother died. Louis Martin moved his family to Lisieux to be closer to his late wife's brother and his family. It was there that Therese's sister, Pauline, entered the Carmel at Lisieux on October 2, 1882. Therese at that time also heard the Divine Call to religious life. Therese entered the Carmel on April 9, 1888, after much oppostion to her entering at the age of 15. It was there that she wrote L'Histoire d'une Ame (The Story of a Soul) through obedience. Eventually, Therese's other sisters entered the religious life, one at the Carmel of Lisieux and the other became a Poor Clare at the Visitation Convent at Caen. Therese died on September 30, 1897, at the Carmel of Lisieux of tuberculosis. She was beatified on April 29, 1923 and canonized on May 17, 1925. (Summary written by Ann Boulais.) (6 hr 54 min)


Dedication, Preface and Prologue 21:57 Read by Ann Boulais
Chapter I - Earliest Memories 24:08 Read by Ann Boulais
Chapter II - A Catholic Household 26:55 Read by Ann Boulais
Chapter III - Pauline Enters the Carmel 22:56 Read by Ann Boulais
Chapter IV - First Communion and Confirmation 30:51 Read by Ann Boulais
Chapter V - Vocation of Therese 30:44 Read by Ann Boulais
Chapter VI - A Pilgrimage to Rome 34:09 Read by Ann Boulais
Chapter VII - The Little Flower Enters the Carmel 23:16 Read by Ann Boulais
Chapter VIII - Profession of Soeur Therese 31:43 Read by Ann Boulais
Chapter IX - The Night of the Soul 40:24 Read by Ann Boulais
Chapter X - The New Commandment 32:28 Read by Ann Boulais
Chapter XI - A Canticle of Love 38:20 Read by Ann Boulais
Epilogue 56:55 Read by Ann Boulais


the story of a soul

(5 stars)

Told me we meet many people here in the world but not many souls. Not so with The Story. Reader was enthusiastic as if it were that important and met Therese for the first time

thank you this changed my life

(5 stars)

Though I read it mostly this audiobook inspired me to read it. Now that I have listened and read it it has changed my life. Thank you and God bless you.

(5 stars)

Thanks Ann for reading this book. I have very little time for reading. Audio books have become a great resource for me. After work on my home while driving I greatly enjoy hearing this book. Great job.

(5 stars)

I liked the reader very much. She has a beautiful voice. After listening to this version whenever I think of St There's it is the readers voice that runs thru my mind.

Excellent book.

(5 stars)

I enjoyed this book very much. In addition, I love to listen to all the books that Ann Boulais reads. In my opinion, she is a very meaningful reader.


(1 stars)

This negative review is not at all for the content, which is amazing and life-changing, but the reading. The reader is frantic and hurried, and painful to listen to.


(5 stars)

Interesting mindset. Purely Catholic, but was she born again? One could ask, how can she speak of loving Christ as she has and has never encountered Christ?

thank you, reader!

(5 stars)

Thank you for reading this book! I have small children and don't have time to read much right now. Audio books are my spiritual food.