This book made a perfect audiobook. We listened to it while painting one weekend. Colorful story and great narration. It's not going to end up as required college reading, but nevertheless opens people up to a world about which most of us are completely clueless.
I have to agree that Michael York has a negative effect on the audiobooks he narrates. I first came across his read of Brave New World. I never finished it because his voice was like nails down a chalkboard. It has forever colored my impression of that story. Anytime I come across the word "soma" I hear his voice and it just grates and grates on my nerves. His female characters are particularly annoying.
I was so disappointed when I recognized his voice on this audiobook. So much for getting myself geared up for the movie.
I was very excited to download mantras, so I could chant along. One major problem: they don't tell you the words or syllables associated with the mantras. They also don't tell you what the mantras mean.
The audiobook is not exactly like the print edition. Worth getting both. They each contain little bits that aren't in the other.
This is a well produced audio program, with wonderful music and good pacing. Shiva Rea's voice is quite soothing. For basic postures and meditation, this book works well, but I find that she has trouble describing more complicated or less commonly taught postures. She often uses sanskrit terms exclusively.
Even as a yoga teacher myself, I found that sometimes I wasn't sure what she was explaining, and would have to rewind and listen again. Having said that, I'd get another of her book.
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