I love audio books and I love the Dalai Lama and other audio books he has participated in, but this one was poorly narrated, so to briefly answer:
No, because the narration was not paced well. There were awkward pauses after every couple words, as if to drive meaning and give time for it to sink in, but it just made the pacing slow. The narrator was monotone with zero emphasis or emotional content placed on any words. It was so drab I had to stop listening to it in my car because I was becoming dangerously close to falling asleep.
The story and meaning behind the words was fantastic, so the paper bound version would be a more enjoyable experience.
The Dalai Lama is an excellent teacher who easily explains some of the deepest ideas of spirituality and Buddhism, which is beneficial to both novices and long-time practitioners.
The translator, spoke in the same pace as the Dalai Lama when the Dalai Lama is concentrating to convey his message in English. This is very agreeable when the Dalai Lama does this because he always has a spark to his voice, you can hear his emotions come through, even in his tertiary dialects. However when this is translated to a fluent English speaker, and they use the same pacing, only without the emotional content, it is not as agreeable, to me. In voice, and language, the emotion and inflection behind the voice is extremely important. I could tell he was simply reading. It did not sound like natural talking, feeling the message, it felt like a manuscript was being read. Which from an instructional standpoint, such as in a classroom, this might be tolerable, but part of why I got this book was also for a degree of entertainment, because the Dalai Lama is very entertaining, and the stories in his books are always fantastic, it would be fairly simple to for a narrator to have fun and make it not only educational but entertaining, which makes the mind more alive and awake and able to actually absorb the deeper meanings.
I have read a ton of self-help type books trying to be happier, more at peace, freer, more confident etc. This book clearly stood out to me as something extraordinarily special. And the humor is always meant to teach. It is told in a series of short stories. Each story has deep and profound meaning.
I have the audible audio version. The narrator has an Australian accent, but he is easy to listen to, is spot on with tone, spot on with pace, and has deep emotional content portrayed through his voice. You can listed to an audio sample at audible, which is a great amazon service in my opinion. They let you refund books and their subscription fee is very fair.
A bit about myself. I, like many people have a tendency towards depression, negativity, and an overly critical view of the world. This book is one of the steps I am taking to change myself to be happier, and kinder.
I have studied Buddhism extensively. I find many Buddhist books to be dry and poorly translated, putting me to sleep. This book is so refreshing. It is very light on dogma/tradition and instead is in the form of a series of light-hearted short stories that always carry a deeply profound message. I have also read many self help books on this topic, and other topics. This is just so refreshing compared to the self help format, it is more helpful, more free flowing, and easier to get into, and stay glued to. And since every message is based on a real life event or story, there is no need to wonder how an idea is applied, as it is in the example itself, which makes it instantly more accessible and applicable in your own life!
The content of the book itself is amazing. It is so entertaining. Many stories had me laughing out loud, with happiness, and a new understanding to past pains and thinking how silly I was for ever looking at situations with the negativity I had in the past! And it is so uplifting, SO positive, and so enlightening. This book has the power to bring you to your knees, bring tears of joy, and maybe sadness to your eyes, and change your life forever. It is that powerful of a message. You will leave the book changed, and uplifted, seeing not only others more clearly, with more love, with true forgiveness, and with true freedom, but yourself as well. This is the kind of book you can read over and over and over again and reach a new understanding, and a deeper meaning every time. The beautiful part about an audio book is you CAN listen to it over and over, on your way to work, at home relaxing, while you are cooking, without having to turn a tattered (well loved) page. The book is an absolute joy to listen to, you will want to listen to it at least twice.
I hope that helps, and good luck on your path to inner freedom and happiness!
The uplifting humor to normally horrible situations, the silver linings, the unique ways of looking at the world that make it a benevolent teacher instead of a horrible master.
Each story is moving. All of them are inspirational and uplifting. I loved how honest the author was about his own failures and how they taught him to be more open and more loving.
This book changed my life. I tell the stories in the books to friends and family now. They are beautiful.
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