Versatile actor Chris Hendrie breathes life into this poetical and allegorical novel and leads us on a profound spiritual journey to finding enlightenment. With a deep and compelling humanity, its young hero moves through self-discovery into self-knowledge, and finally into pure joy as he encounters the river of life. Published in 1922, this book has inspired millions worldwide.
Public Domain (P)2011 Chris Hendrie
I recommend it because it is Hesse's most beautiful story.
Life of Pi??
I have heard Gatsby and Treasure Island, and Metamorphosis - this is hard to compare since it is more of an epic poem than a "novel".
No Keanu Reeves!
Yes, I wrote a review and you lost it This is a beautifully rendered version of "Siddhartha" that captures the music of Hesse's tone and rhythm - Chris Hendrie's skills bring out the respect and love Hesse had for the life of this great teacher - in a voice that is captivating.
I loved Hesse's book, but the narrator had a halting rhythm and some distracting pronunciation. He really emphasizes the first /h/ in Siddhartha's name. He was clearly enthusiastic about the text, but not the best performer.
Somehow the reader manages to be overly melodramatic, while simultaneously reading in a voice that reliably provokes my inattention. Inconsistency in pronunciation and half-assed chopped together sound editing round out the worst audiobook I've ever listened to. Great book though...
Would I? I did many years ago. Hesse is a fabulous story teller. He, Conrad and Kerouac made my late teens, early twenties very interesting. Chris Hendrie does a fine narrative. I have no issues with his performance here.
It was... I do not remember it well.
Audio levels/production quality is variable. You'll have to adjust your volume level a couple times while listening to this book. As I listen to books the first time for the story and there after to fall asleep to, I give this one a passing grade for Awake listening (3.5/5 A's), and a needs improvement for sleep aid (2.25/5 Z's).
It was really hard to follow the narrator. He tries to do some kind of poetic sounding reading but it just came a across as a 4 hr run on sentence.
Guess I'll be springing for the paperback version to fully appreciate the story.
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