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Song of the Sun: The Life, Poetry, and Teachings of Rumi | [Andrew Harvey]

Song of the Sun: The Life, Poetry, and Teachings of Rumi

Who was Rumi, and how does he continue to speak to us today? On Song of the Sun, Andrew Harvey, the Oxford-trained authority on Rumi and author of several modern spiritual classics, takes us inside the extraordinary life and teachings of this prophet and poet. Harvey sifts through the many legends and tales associated with Rumi's life to reveal a rich and inspiring portrait of what a human being in love with and empowered by God can become. He mines the thousands of odes and quatrains composed by Rumi, and shares the most sumptuous and ecstatic works, all with clear relevance to our spiritual lives today. At a time when we are hungry for a divine vision of our world as it can be - and should be - Song of the Sun is an invitation to Rumi's most sacred and glorious feast.
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Who was Rumi, and how does he continue to speak to us today? On Song of the Sun, Andrew Harvey, the Oxford-trained authority on Rumi and author of several modern spiritual classics, takes us inside the extraordinary life and teachings of this prophet and poet. Harvey sifts through the many legends and tales associated with Rumi's life to reveal a rich and inspiring portrait of what a human being in love with and empowered by God can become. He mines the thousands of odes and quatrains composed by Rumi, and shares the most sumptuous and ecstatic works, all with clear relevance to our spiritual lives today. At a time when we are hungry for a divine vision of our world as it can be - and should be - Song of the Sun is an invitation to Rumi's most sacred and glorious feast.

©1999 Andrew Harvey; (P) Sounds True

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    Iain BangkokThailand 01-03-05
    Iain BangkokThailand 01-03-05
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    "Beautiful Poetry, Beautiful Reading"

    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.

    A winner!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy C. Terrell British Virgin Islands 10-23-07
    Nancy C. Terrell British Virgin Islands 10-23-07 Listener Since 2006

    Nancy Terrell

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    "Excellent"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Woodstock, CT, USA 03-02-06
    Carl Woodstock, CT, USA 03-02-06
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    "Carl From Connecticut, US"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Julie CROWLEY, LA, USA 04-06-05
    Julie CROWLEY, LA, USA 04-06-05
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    "NOT FOR BEGINNERS"

    I LOVED THIS BOOK, BUT I HAVE BEEN READING A LOT OF EASTERN
    RELIGION BOOKS. ANDREW HARVEY IS BRILLIANT.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ulrich munich, NY, USA 12-16-04
    Ulrich munich, NY, USA 12-16-04
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    "interesting subject, book disappointing"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John in PA 07-18-14
    John in PA 07-18-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Endless and Unstructured"
    What disappointed you about Song of the Sun?

    No chapter or section breaks. Audio only! No text available to aid in establishing structure or organizing content. No way to interrelate content.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Andrew Harvey again?

    Absolutely not!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NONE - good content is not retrievable. It lacks structure to make what could be otherwise retrievable into useable content. Unredeemable!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C F Uys 03-21-14
    C F Uys 03-21-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A GEM"
    Would you listen to Song of the Sun again? Why?

    Yes - It is my most prized audiobook and I have many.....


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is profound and beautiful


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

    His narration is excellent and done with so much passion


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It stirs up the soul


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-03-09 Member Since 2000
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    "Awful"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda San Antonio, TX, USA 10-02-04
    Melinda San Antonio, TX, USA 10-02-04
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    "Disappointed"

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

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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