Fabulous translation and performance. A jarring ad at higher volume ends the book. BAD decision.
I have been reading versions of Tao te Ching for decades. This is a balanced, serene, insightful one, that I think fits modern sensibilities better than any I've read (in several instances giving phrasings that better expressed ideas I had groped for, but not fully reached with other versions). It has a neat, non-frilly clarity that is ideal. The sound quality is good as far as the voice but I can hear quiet background noise going on and off as each little segment ends and the next starts. It is mildly distracting, but no big deal.
I really liked my old paperback Tao Te Ching, but 4 minutes in to this narration, and I felt, "this is going to be better". Mitchell's tone is very fitting to the content (sure he wrote it, but his reverence doesn't disappoint). Finally, I really enjoyed his preface, which is something I didn't have before. I'm very happy I found this.
Lau Tzu via Mitchell. Mitchell's reverence for the tao is inspirational.
Yes, but it's 81 self contained sayings are conducive to interruptions or short listenings.
I've read it in paper form, I downloaded it from LibriVox, and I bought it here. This is the best version I've heard and I will definitively listen to it again.
When the reader said that the original Tao Te Ching wasn't gender specific which is against everything organized religion tells us.
His ability to read clearly and pronounce the words.
Easy to follow and understand. Gives a deeper insight into yourself. The best I've heard to explain the "tao te ching".
The "New English Version" is an ill-translated, uninspiring bore, narrated in a most drab, unenlightened manner.
I am so disappointed with this version of the "Tao" that I have not been able to listen to it through its conclusion. I have decided to purchase an earlier translation. Take my advice; try another version of the "Tao"
Words will never be able to properly describe this philosophical masterpiece, the chains of duality prevent an intellectual understanding of it, so let go of thought and feel the truth of it.
this is my 1st translation of the Tao de ching and I am very pleased with this translation and the narrator does a fantastic job.
I have to add to what others have said. I listen to this book over and over and every time - the ad at the end shocks me. Audible.com, please, put something before the ad to signal the end of the book - like "audible hopes you enjoyed this book" - or put some music or something. At the very least- put a few seconds of silence or lower the sound level of the ad to match the book. With a name like "audible.com" you would think you would pay attention to consistent sound levels.