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".
Stephen Mitchell has proved himself a master of translating in the most fundamental meaning of that term. He carries across not only the denotation of the words but the cultural contexts that are its connotation and which make the words live in our own culture as they did in their own. Mitchell has rescued Rilke from the gravel of Deutsch-speak and has presented the Tao as a Master himself--he not only presents the words to the reader but he subjects the reader to the words. Thus he accomplished what Lao Tse himself attempted--to make that which cannot be contained in word become alive within the words.
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"
Its not easy for me to follow audio books but this book was so easy to follow because of both the narrator and the translation itself. Thank for making great lessons available.
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.