©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.
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.
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.
The audio sample was better than the volume. Poetry by an east Indian mystic...I expected more commentary, and less biography and poetry
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