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An Autobiography Audiobook

An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth

A holy man to Hindus, a hero to Muslims, and a criminal to the British, Mohandas K. Gandhi was an inspiring figure of the 20th century, a man whose quest to live in accord with God’s highest truth led him to initiate massive campaigns against racism, violence, and colonialism.
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“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always."
--Gandhi

In 1999, this book was designated as one of the "100 Most Important Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century" by HarperCollins Publishers.

A holy man to Hindus, a hero to Muslims, and a criminal to the British, Mohandas K. Gandhi was an inspiring figure of the 20th century, a man whose quest to live in accord with God’s highest truth led him to initiate massive campaigns against racism, violence, and colonialism.

From his youthful rebellion against vegetarianism, to his successful law practice in South Africa, his struggle with his own sexual excesses, and his leadership of the movement to free India from British rule, Gandhi describes the story of his life as a series of spiritual “experiments” and explains how he developed his concept of active nonviolent resistance, which propelled the Indian struggle for independence and inspired countless other nonviolent struggles.

Public Domain (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    taylor storey California/China 03-19-14
    taylor storey California/China 03-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Maybe a Biography would be better..."

    A good read, but lots that I didn't care about. I have more and less (moral) respect for Ghandi now that I've listened to it. He was bound to a a strict conscience without a doubt. I don't know that I would recommend this over any of the biographies written about him....

    I learned a lot about Ghandi from this book. He wasnt really a religious figure, definitely interested in spirituality (as in, how to be in a life-giving state of being) but could not really spell out his Hindu beliefs until after he came in contact with a lot of evangelical Christians in South Africa (which was post-college, beginning his career). Those people drew him to begin to try to articulate his religion. He was most influenced by John Ruskins 'unto this last', Tolstoy's 'the kingdom of god is within you' and Jesus' sermon on the mount (Matthew 5-7). He could not accept the exclusivity of evangelical Christianity, but valued and even took part in many christian beliefs and practice especially when the result was love, joy, peace etc... Despite his Christian influences He read the Bhagavad Gita in a more devotional manner than he did the Bible or any other religious works.

    He was really a principle driven lawyer. He had a strong conscience that he endeavors to be faithful to. There are countless times when doctors tell him to drink milk for his health, but he will not as he was different forms of vegan his whole life. A lot of the book is dedicated to describing court cases with which he was involved. He would not take any case which was false. One time he was tricked and recommended to the judge the case be dismissed.

    This book is dedicated to his experiments with truth. Everything was an experiment to him, I like that mindset a lot, it is ok to fail. He experimented a lot, even with his own family. He spent a lot of time away from his wife and kids (his marriage was pre-arranged). And later decided he would seek bramacharrya aka celibacy.

    I also enjoyed hearing him talk about various Eastern ways of thinking and his endorsement of smaller class sizes/customization of education...mostly 1 on 1!

    In retrospect, Gandhi and his emphasis on celibacy and dedication to law and only mild connection to previous theological thinking reminds me a lot of Augustine. Obviously a little different on the specific religion angle, but If they get past their religions, I think they are buddies...maybe Gandhi is Augustine reincarnated. hah!

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    Anil Canada 11-22-13
    Anil Canada 11-22-13 Member Since 2014

    I love history, literature & photography

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    "Face to face with truth"
    If you could sum up An Autobiography in three words, what would they be?

    True simple soul !


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    M.K. Gandhi, because of his experiments, commitments and delivery through truth.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think a lot and touched my inner self.


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    Judy 05-10-13
    Judy 05-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Yes, but..."
    Would you try another book from Mohandas (Mahatma) K. Gandhi and/or Bill Wallace?

    Ghandi yes, Bill Wallace, depends.


    Any additional comments?

    The telling/reading in my opinion did not match the book. Bill Wallace's performance is casual, at times flippant-like and does not match the content. I would have loved for this to be read by someone different. Had a hard time finishing it, in fact I skipped some pieces.

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    Catharina APPLETON, WI, United States 03-09-13
    Catharina APPLETON, WI, United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful Book"
    Where does An Autobiography rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Gandhi has a wonderful memory and recalls significant events in his life. He identified how to contunue an improvement in the human race and challanges your thoughts toward self.


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    Lorna 12-02-12
    Lorna 12-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book! Subpar narration"
    Would you listen to An Autobiography again? Why?

    Yes I love when people tell their own story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gandhi


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fantastic book. I think it is a must read for everyone. However the narration does not do this book the justice it deserves.

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    Wade T. Brooks Portland, OR, USA 06-25-12
    Wade T. Brooks Portland, OR, USA 06-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    This was a bit of a strange book. I was expecting something more poignant around the life changing events in Gandhi'€™s life. Instead this book revolves around Gandhi'€™s belief in Brahmacharya (celibacy) and vegetarianism. There is some information on his early career and his education as a barrister but beyond that it is a very long book with a lot of white space.

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    Diane White Horse Beach, MA, United States 05-14-12
    Diane White Horse Beach, MA, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    Any additional comments?

    This is the autobiography of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, covering his life from early childhood through to 1920. It was ooriginally written in weekly installments and published in his journal Navjivan from 1925 to 1929 because of this the narrative is not a continuous story but is instead a collection memories in a rough timeline. With that said it is an incredible look into the growth and development of a pivotal, historical figure. I had to smile as he was far from perfect even at his best and that made me feel better about my own development and for someone famous for great compromises he was very certain that he was right in his beliefs and that others ought to capitulate to his superior sensibilities out of plain common sense. i highly recommend this novel and the narration is superb.

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    Roberta Jundiai, Brazil 02-29-12
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    "Passionate!"
    What made the experience of listening to An Autobiography the most enjoyable?

    I simply cannot stop listening to that. I did not know beforehand Gandhi has written its autobiography. The story told this way (directly by


    What did you like best about this story?

    I got suprised with many details he tells about his story and youth.


    What does Bill Wallace bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He interpretates Gandhi thougths, fears and doubts very well. He is very good at it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I have not finishet it yet, and have listen to ~4 hours. I am always thinking about what will come next! Very intersting!


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    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 06-04-11
    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 06-04-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring, long but gives insights into his thoughts"

    Very, very long and boring audio. I did not finish it. It assumes you know the political events and personalities of the day in South Africa, England & India. To much detail of areas that did not seem worth mentioning at all. On the positive side it gave detailed insights into his thought process. It showed things like his lack of confidence when young and his characteristic of sticking to his principles no matter the cost for himself and those he was responsible for. To give an example when his son was deathly sick and the doctors said to give him meat he decided against that in order to stick with his beliefs.

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    Jamie 04-30-12
    Jamie 04-30-12
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    "Not My Cup of Tea"

    I have nothing personally against Gandhi. I unfortunately purchased this book thinking it would focus more on the political events of his life but instead was centered more around his experiments with celibacy and eating nothing but fruits to name a few topics that are covered.

    I still have great respect for the Ghandi's accomplishments but I'm just not interested in his philosophical reference, more the actual events that occurred because of him.

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