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.
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I am Indian. I have read his original Gujarati autobiography. I have also read its official translation by Mahadev Desai. This audio book refreshed my reading. If you worship truth, you may like this.
A bold description. It shows how a common man arise to great humenly possible level.
High for content, low for performance.
He mispronounces every 4th word. No idea what he's saying.
Only one character mattered - Mohandas K. Gandhi
I would have selected another narrator. Not because of his skill which was excellent, his ability to read Indian names made it at times difficult to understand. An individual who was from India may have made the listening more enjoyable.
Wonderful book - enjoyed it very very much.
This is the best autobiography I have ever read. I hope a person of like this would born in Syria, Iraq or Palestine/Israel who could really bring in radical change in the mind sets of people. I know it is only a dream.
Gandhi because of his simplicity and love for truth.
Same "My experiments with Truth"
Wonderful book. I couldn't do any thing until I completely listed to this book.
I wanted to write this review particularly to state that the narration is top class at least for me. I loved Bill Wallace's narration. I agree his pronunciation of the names of Indian leaders/places could have been better, but one must acknowledge that he pours life in the story the great man wanted to tell. Bill tells it with awesome energy which enhances the beauty of the experiments with truth. His voice modulation and the way he captured emotions between the lines was so true to the story that I couldn't help but imagine that Gandhiji himself would have told the story the same way at certain times! Great job!
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!
I love history, literature & photography
True simple soul !
M.K. Gandhi, because of his experiments, commitments and delivery through truth.
It made me think a lot and touched my inner self.
Ghandi yes, Bill Wallace, depends.
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.
"Huckleberry Finn narrates Ghandi!"
A great story about one mans spiritual journeyand his personal growth as he encounters his Indian roots, colonial racism and subjugation and his own sexuality.Very annoying American accent diminishes a wonderful book.
"Ghandi, an example to mankind, with flaws"
This long audiobook of the life of Ghandi, read by Bill Wallace, is a riveting account of one man's struggle against colonial rule. The reading is at first a little odd, with Ghandi's voice given an American accent. However, Wallace's interpretation, with very careful enunciation of the more challenging Indian surnames, becomes a very good way to access the great man. I was fascinated by Ghandi's determination to get a British education, after having been married at the age of 13, and had children as a teenager. Having become a British trained barrister, and fended off the attempts to pair him off with English women (he hadn't shared the information that he was already married), leaving his wife and family for several years, he travelled between India and South Africa, sometimes with and sometimes without the family, to champion the lot of the Indians in South Africa, himself suffering from the racism there, before working tirelessly in India to grow the Congress Party and fight (non-violently of course) for Indian independence from British colonial rule. Explanation of the vows of "brahmacharya" (restraint in sexual, dietary and other areas) and the principle of non-cooperation to achieve political ends non-violently is extremely interesting, as is his relationship with his wife, Kasturba, and his children, who were forced to follow his vegetarian practices, even to the point of refusing life-saving medicines, which, in his wife's case, she did professing (according to Ghandi) complete agreement with his principles.
The book is extremely well written and read, and rates as one of the most accessible and interesting accounts of the life of a great human being.
"I read the reviews, should have listened"
No, The narrator put me off listening to this book with his hideous droney Amercian accent and intonation. Another reader commented on this and I thought 'it can't be that bad'. It was. I gave up in part one. He manages to make what should be an interesting text thoroughly boring. Awful.
The new Robert Galbraith book, the Silkworm.
No thank you.
"I really wished this had been good"
In the past year I have listened to many autobiographies of great leaders and they all reference Gandhi for inspiration.... But sadly this book was long winded and in places very boring. It does give you all the facts and timelines etc but felt like listening to a boring history teacher who didn't give a dam about if the listener was going to enjoy. This is no reflection on the ideals of the main man himself.
"An interesting read."
Hard going at times but inspiring, well worth perseverance with. This book is well read and easy to listen to.
"Were no Indian narrators available?"
I struggled through hours of this before giving up and removing it from my device. The text is insightful and interesting, and the slow pace at which the narrative unfolds didn't cause any problems. Unfortunately, although I would happily listen to other books narrated by Bill Wallace, he was not at all the right choice for this autobiography. He is American, which makes it hard to hear Ghandi's voice, and in places he even mispronounced words (for which the editor must also bear responsibility). I'm going to buy the print version of this book so I can read further.
"Gandhi's teaching are simple and timeless."
wish to be strong enough to follow those. Asian Narrator would've helped some Indian names.
"Fascinating insight into Ghandi's life"
Heavy going yet fascinating insight into Ghandi's life - definitely recommended. The narrator articulately conveys Ghandi's thoughts and attitudes despite the obvious challenges in doing so.
"insightful, enriching. well presented ."
The story was very well narrated , a must read for all seeking self realisation .
"Unfit narration by author"
I wish the author had put in more effort to get the Indian words right. I had to go over the sentences twice to understand what or who he is talking about.
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