I have never read the printed version, but I would definitely say so even if I had read the book. The audio version feels like your are in the middle of a buddhist teaching session. Sitting around with your peers and asking your spiritual teacher questions together. Most of the questions I had are asked in the book.
Tolle walks you through the processes of expanding your mind to think outside of itself. Although some me say this as some type of new religion, I believe it is more of a teaching on a thought process that can be utilized to help better ones self. You don't have to believe everything you hear. A person may feel as if they are trying to be converted but I never felt that way. I just wanted to learn how this particular person achieved peace in there life, and then see if I can utilize any of those practices to help further my own.
When I listened to this book, I sat with my two friends. We lit up a hookah. Sat on the back porch on a warm summers evening and listened to it together. The entire experiences was very calming and I would suggest that when reading this book you find and equally calming situation for yourself, in order to focus on what is being said.
I found it hard to get in to this for two reasons. The first was Ekhart Tolle's voice, which is unfortunate. There were times I didn't think I could finish it. But I learned that that was because I wasn't ready to hear it yet. When the time came that I was, my mind was blown. It became one of the most important things I've ever hear, and I will endeavour to listen to it or read it again.
Although I was expecting half of the book to be filled with guided meditations, I still benefited from hearing a repetition of "The Power of Now", but much shorter.
I like the book. The voice is nice and the pace is optimal for me. It is not easy to catch all the things for the first time, but I enjoy listening again and again. When I listen to it I feel calm.
This book must be listened to at least 4 times.
I found this book life changing.