©1999 Andrew Harvey; (P) Sounds True
I'm totally happy with having purchased this audio book.
Rumi is/was new to me. Fascinating biography, fantastic poetry and cleary the author, who doubles as the presenter is both knowledgable and in love with his subject.
Other reviewers seem to have had problems withe delivery/speech pattern of the author. I can only put it down to his English accent, though for me his joy for the subject radiates on the recording and brings the emotionality of the subject to the fore.
This audio book is only for those who understand and want to reach out to the mystical side of life. Harvey is an excellent spokesperson for the Mystic poet Rumi and his slow manner of speech is perfect for a greater understanding into the depth of Rumi's beautiful poetry. I give this reading a definite 5 stars - this is one of the few audiobooks that I have that I will listen to over and over.
I was disappointed with this book. I really haven't had the chance to read much of Rumi and was expecting more readings of Rumi's writings. This book is more of the authors opinion of who Rumi was and how he came to be. I find that for a five hour long book I should have heard a vast array of Rumi's Poems.
No chapter or section breaks. Audio only! No text available to aid in establishing structure or organizing content. No way to interrelate content.
In defense to the narrator - it is a good effort at being calming and serene. However, the style, while appropriate for the content, is not appropriate for all of the content TOGETHER. A wise person would have designated 2 narrators to establish some change-up and reduce monotony. But again, this is not on the narrator. This is the producer and writer's responsibility to see the work through to a good end product.
NONE - good content is not retrievable. It lacks structure to make what could be otherwise retrievable into useable content. Unredeemable!
i believe, reading this book would probably be a better experience that listening to it. what's really annoying is the undescribable "pathos" in the voice of the speaker; for me it was unbearable to hear this; I had to put away after one hour.
Andrew has won my heart with this book. His rendition of Rumi's life and how to lift the veil of our humanness to awakening the Divine heart is remarkable. Loved his prayers and meditations. Exceptional! Andrew Harvey is a pure angel.
What a beautiful presentation of Rumi & his songs. I expected to simply hear poetry & was amazed at the depth with which Harvey took us into its relevancy & meaning that I would never have appreciated without his insights. He laid out the whole mystical path clearly & with great passion that's completely contagious. This reading by Harvey is a timeless treasure.
This audio book is much more about Andrew Harvey than it was about Rumi. This is a shame, since Rumi's own work is much more interesting than Harvey's self serving gloss on Rumi's life and writing.
Yes - It is my most prized audiobook and I have many.....
It is profound and beautiful
His narration is excellent and done with so much passion
It stirs up the soul
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