A collection of Zen stories to amuse and illuminate. Includes all the stories from classic Zen literature: 101 Zen Stories, The Gateless Gate, The Ten Bulls and Centering. Includes the soundtrack The Mysterious Sound of Wind In the Bamboo - a 43 minute collection of Zen inspired Japanese music by The Matsu Take Ensemble.
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Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!
the performance was esquisite and sensible
some of the teachings are more easy to translate than others
inspirational, deep thoughts...
Should be free really, audio quality wasnt there. The reason i like audible is most of the stuff is of good quality, reviews help you sift through the junk, unlike free sites where you not sure what to believe, you can find almost anything and downloading is not a hack. But they should offer more free stuff like these zen stories, I have downloaded loads of free talks that I enjoyed more than this AB.
What is advertised is what is got: Zen Stories and Zen Music. There really isn't much to say about the stories, they're Zen stories: some inspire, some feel like posturing, and some leave you scratching your head. Alec Sand reads the stories as well as they can be read, for which I give him five stars.
Beware, there is A LOT of flute music here. The forty-three minute music collection takes up the final twelve chapters of sixteen. I assume that the first four chapters correspond to the four story collections, but they aren't pure narration. Between each story is a ten-ish second burst of flute music, either to give you a moment to reflect or to pad out the time, and sometimes the bursts go on for quite a bit. I think these longer bursts indicate the end/beginning of a new book, but I'm not sure. They are the reason why I rated the Overall as less than the Performance and Story, which is a first for me.
The discounted price for Audible Members is just what I think this collection is worth. The current nine-dollar price is a bit much, and I certainly wouldn't use a credit.
Really great audiobook, there are many short stories here clearly read and very enjoyable to listen to. During the gaps between a previous story and a new story there is a short interval where some oriental style music is played which actually I found to make listening even more enjoyable. I would recommend this audiobook
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