Architectural Photographer based in Florida
As long as you're not looking for anything of depth this is a gentle way to spend an afternoon listening to the musings of 2 men trying to make sense of their lifes. I enjoyed it but was somewhat disappointed in its lack of substance.
3 hours in and I had to stop. Too boring! White upper middle class male pretentious ramblings! It's more like a journal of a man who fancies himself interesting, and you get the feeling he thinks his thoughts are profound. They aren't.
Voice was as boring as the book.
The main narrator of the story.
I've listened to this book several times - it's upbeat and very light, but every time I hear it I find just a little bit more insight on finding internal peace. I found the end a bit disappointing because it seemed a little far-fetched in a book that, although sweet and silly in places, always felt down to earth up to that point. I find it pairs nicely with "Opening the Door of Your Heart and Other Buddhist Tales of Happiness" by Ajahn Brahm, which I also bought on Audible.
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.
I am a retired teacher who listens because she is vision impaired and can no longer read. I love history, a touch of fantasy, and mystery!
I have read - in college - a lot of Buddha's writings. They were interesting - but I never understood how they would be lived out as a part of life in a faithful Buddhist. This book, was an easy, "non-Preaching" way to learn a little more about Buddhist beliefs.
There were only two main characters - and I enjoyed them both. I could easily relate to Otto, a man on a journey to settle the estate of his deceased parents halfway across the U.S. The monk he travels with is almost a foil for Otto's discovery of the shallowness of his own life. I could almost feel Otto could have come to the same realizations through self-examination on a solitary drive to resolve the estate. Settling a family estate and tying up the loose ends of our own lives, seems the best natural opportunity for such introspection. I also can relate to the "holy man - monk" he travels with. The man is obviously a sincere believer - but he knows the futility of talking to a sceptic - so he just continues to live his life the way he normally does and only responds when questioned - and then in a very non assuming way.
He did an excellent job. He portrayed both characters without interfering with the writer's intentions - or the characters themselves.
I enjoyed the book and also enjoyed the self-examination it encouraged. After reading it, I went to a meditation - Tai Chi class and enjoyed it without feeling like it in anyway meant I was rejecting my own conservative Biblical faith. The book helped me see meditation as a way to relax and value your own life.
I wish my own life - was as good an example of my belief system as this "monk's" life was of his. I will pursue more meditation - without supplanting my own faith or threatening it in anyway.
Just what I need to listen too....timing is everything and I enjoyed the tempo, the story and the lessons I took away from it! can't wait to listen to lunch with Buddha?
There's so much to take in; I think I'll go buy the printed version. I'm really glad I can listen to it again. Definitely worth getting!
I considered reading this book many times but passed it by, thinking it didn't sound quite like the type of novel I prefer. Boy, am I glad I gave it a try. The story is so unexpected. I never had a clue as to what might happen next.
A man is conned by his free-spirited younger sister to give her friend, a Buddhist monk, a lift as he travels to North Dakota to settle their parent's estate. What happens along the way is one enjoyable road trip. At times funny, at times serious and sometimes very moving. While the story is not an attempt to convert you to Buddhism, it does make you think about how you view the world.
This book is the first of 3. You can read it as a stand-alone novel, but you won't be able to resist reading the final two books in this short series.
Was not sure what to expect but you just could not stop listening. Intriguing, light reading that strangely calmed me. Worth listening to for some spiritual guidance without a denomination of organized religion.
I stumbled upon this story in the audible collection accidentally. There must have been some sort of special on and thank goodness I clicked the purchase button. It was an amazing journey, with thought-provoking tales and ideas. I absolutely thought the narrator was perfect, as were his accents! I highly recommend.