This translation really strikes true to Lao Tzu. Where others wrap subtle Taoist principles in heavy and flowery English vocabulary, Stephen speaks directly using colloquial English. His words reverberate in the heart rather than the brain.
Experiencing this book, especially with Stephen Mitchell as your guide was an experience I'll never forget. I read the reviews regarding the ad at the end and indeed what is a meditative experience almost gets ruined by the lack of pause at the end of the book and before the advertisement. I would forward to experiencing more work done by the author with hopes that audible will take these review seriously and take the feedback into consideration.
"Do your work, then let go" says the Tao, and echoes (or prefigures) great western thinkers such as Epictetus and Caussade who advocate the acceptance of the way things are in preference to the multitude of distractions which we tend to pursue.
Without a doubt an exceptional book and an equally exceptional narrator. Stephen Mitchell was effective and masterful.
BUT whats with the advert in the end? That voice was a rude shock and left a bad taste, to say the least. Please consider cutting out that ANNOYING ad and that TERRIBLE voice (yieks!!)
I recommend to any one that is struggling with a loved one or work issues. it puts a whole new perspective on self.