This is a story about the spiritual awakening of a fussy guy (Otto) with everything going for him. Circumstances align for Otto to take a cross country trip with a guru, and we follow Otto's transformation over the course of the trip.
I like the premise, and I like the idea of presenting spiritual lessons in story form. However, I found everything too easy for Otto - he had nothing at risk. The biggest challenge that Otto faced during the trip was a yoga session, which was so much for Otto that afterwards he immediately scheduled a massage session....you get the idea. By the end of the story Otto started to get on my nerves. That being said, I liked the guru's lessons. I suspect everyone will like the guru's lessons since they are pretty universal and don't offer anything too difficult to consider.
People who don't read miss out. I almost missed out on this one due to the slow start of the story, but thankfully the book gained momentum after about half an hour or so, picking up more with each chapter.
Peals of laughter from deep in my chest, lumps in my throat, sometimes tears in my eyes that were left from laughter or some emotion that was brought forth from the writing.
In the movie Avatar, there is saying "I see you" and this is something that the author brought forth in this book again and again. We see humanity, with faults and gifts, angry, kind, childish, witty, mean, or compassionate. We see humanity through the various people described, observed, or met in this road trip, and especially in the unfolding of one character and the evolution of the other.
I started out knowing this was a fictional book, but midway couldn't help doing an internet search just to make sure. Because I hoped it was not. But, it is.
I hope the sequel will be put on Audible too. A book to bring forth the best in the reader as we are given moments to contemplate, be thoughtful, and maybe come out at the end of this book a little better for the experience.
The funny parts were really funny too. I love it when an author can make me laugh.
Excellent and perfect narration.
The challenges of the writer to face the prejudices of his own beliefs while slowing opening his mind.
The miniature golf.
I did have a few emotional reactions that provided both laughter and a tear on occasion as I faced my own demons.
A journey worth taking
I would rate it as one of the top stories.
The narrator was excellent. The story was both funny and insightful.
The bowling scene when the guru discovers fun!
The plot was a little weak but interesting enough to keep me looking forward to the next chapter.
This book totally captured me. I loved it.
And then it fell apart in the last chapter.
So, for the first umpteen chapters, 5 stars. For that last falling apart drivel in the last chapter, 1 star.
It is very different from most my other books. I bought it with Daily Deal.
It wasn't a moment, it was a slow evolution. I don't want to spoil it. There were some lulls that lasted to long, but overall it was really good.
The last third of the book was my favorite and especially the end.
Yes. The key to making it four stars for me is will I listen to it again. I will listen to this one probably one more time. I will also recommend it to a friend.
I really liked how this book was not preachy. It could have been any of us angry skeptics in that car.
Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.
I loved the tension between Otto and Rinpoche, or rather the tension Otto feels toward new ideas and an unknown personality. His Western skepticism is logical. How else could one distinguish the authentic from the charlatan? One can't accept everyone who professes to be a teacher, nor even accept all of the ideas that a great teacher might espouse. But it's a fascinating study of how Rinpoche, a duck-out-of-water who lacks social skills (by Western standards) breaks down the defenses of Otto's rigid thinking and steers his adversary toward, if not enlightenment, at least toward a more open minded exploration of existence. The common decency displayed in the bowling alley scene actually had tears streaming down my face.
Beautifully told with all the interior skepticism and walls I myself have. Heard on a day I truly needed it.
I can't believe I'm saying this! THIS JUST MIGHT BE MY FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME. I usually listen to and watch murder mysteries! If you are spiritual, religious, or just want to hear an easy going, funny and delightful book..... Even if you are a Human, this is perfect for you.