We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Breakfast with Buddha Audiobook

Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

Regular Price:$27.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way. From a chocolate factory in Hershey to a bowling alley in South Bend, from a Cubs game at Wrigley field to his family farm near Bismarck, Otto is given the remarkable opportunity to see his world---and more important, his life---through someone else's eyes. Gradually, skepticism yields to amazement as he realizes that his companion might just be the real thing. In Roland Merullo's masterful hands, Otto tells his story with all the wonder, bemusement, and wry humor of a man who unwittingly finds what he's missing in the most unexpected place.

©2007 Roland Merullo (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"The skillful Merullo, using the lightest of touches, slowly turns this low-key comedy into a moving story of spiritual awakening." (Booklist)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (2310 )
5 star
 (1165)
4 star
 (740)
3 star
 (304)
2 star
 (66)
1 star
 (35)
Overall
4.3 (2042 )
5 star
 (1043)
4 star
 (613)
3 star
 (291)
2 star
 (65)
1 star
 (30)
Story
4.4 (2037 )
5 star
 (1215)
4 star
 (576)
3 star
 (188)
2 star
 (37)
1 star
 (21)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Big John Montana 08-21-13
    Big John Montana 08-21-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    64
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    87
    43
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A lighter introduction to spirituality."

    Some people are not capable of taking in purely spiritual books yet, so this one has a lot of spiritual messages hidden in an actual story and story telling format, it's pretty good actually, but it needs to be recognized as a mostly spiritual book, not a mostly story book.

    29 of 41 people found this review helpful
  •  
    sam Anchorage, AK, United States 10-16-15
    sam Anchorage, AK, United States 10-16-15 Member Since 2006

    sjdickey

    HELPFUL VOTES
    27
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    333
    37
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "a trip along lifes road"

    an enjoyable story about one mans road trip, starting badly but becoming a life altering journey. The further I got into the book the more I found myself enjoying it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dk Chambers New Zealand 09-30-15
    Dk Chambers New Zealand 09-30-15 Member Since 2015

    Shazza

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Delightful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Breakfast with Buddha to be better than the print version?

    I never have read the book but I loved the audio version...Truly enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How real to life the story was and I could even imagine it happening as I have a dear friend just like Rinpoche..


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

    The delightful way he spoke the words and brought the characters to life.. Gave me several laughs.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes when Otto became more open about another way to look at life. And how he begin to see his sister and Rinpoche in a new light. He began to value them.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this audio book and I am looking forward to the next one Lunch with Buddha... Thank you audible !!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Prayer Lady Winter Park, FL 09-25-15
    Prayer Lady Winter Park, FL 09-25-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved Breakfast with Buddha!"

    I listened to this book on the recommendation of s friend. I would have preferred a hard copy, or so I thought.

    I found myself thinking through each chapter, measuring my own values against Rinposhay's values. Quite the same I must say. I practice Yoga each day, but struggle with meditation as Otto did. I found myself eager to listen to each chapter. The narrator was superb. His accent clear and most engaging.

    The author's vocabulary and descriptions were so vivid. I feel as though I were traveling in the same car with Otto and Rinposhay. I cannot recommend this book enough!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Danielle 07-18-15
    Danielle 07-18-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Struggled to finish"

    I think the story has a lot of promise, but the main character was very unlikable and I am not a fan of the writing style of the author. It was hard for me to finish the book. The baseline of the story is all that kept me going.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Reinald 05-01-15
    Reinald 05-01-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Lacks climax"

    I was waiting for something like a turning point to the story, or something unexpected. Until I realized that I was already past half of the Audiobook, and that it was all that there was to the nook; after that, I was not really that excited anymore to finish the book.

    I think a reader expecting more about Rinposhe's track of thoughts would be better off reading Osho's books (non-audio).

    Good narration though.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Erica Samuels Teruel JAMAICA, NY USA 04-29-15
    Erica Samuels Teruel JAMAICA, NY USA 04-29-15 Member Since 2013

    free

    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    67
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Almost bailed."

    Reading the review I got ready and tuned in to be taken away from my thought processing of that moment. I was so disappointed at mid point with the author's mindset that I wanted to end my listening immediately. So thankful my spirit would not settle until I moved on from where I had left off. It's a slow and for some, meandering read but like any awakening it hits it's stride and the story is an rewarding journey. Breakfast with Buddha is a heart holding ride through one's own presence. I am thankful for listening to me to hear me better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tomodachi 04-23-13
    Tomodachi 04-23-13 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    216
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    170
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    12
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "New Insights with Every Listen"

    I've listened to this book several times - it's upbeat and very light, but every time I hear it I find just a little bit more insight on finding internal peace. I found the end a bit disappointing because it seemed a little far-fetched in a book that, although sweet and silly in places, always felt down to earth up to that point. I find it pairs nicely with "Opening the Door of Your Heart and Other Buddhist Tales of Happiness" by Ajahn Brahm, which I also bought on Audible.

    15 of 24 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 03-31-15
    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 03-31-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    513
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    199
    80
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    47
    10
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Nice but Too Easy"

    This is a story about the spiritual awakening of a fussy guy (Otto) with everything going for him. Circumstances align for Otto to take a cross country trip with a guru, and we follow Otto's transformation over the course of the trip.

    I like the premise, and I like the idea of presenting spiritual lessons in story form. However, I found everything too easy for Otto - he had nothing at risk. The biggest challenge that Otto faced during the trip was a yoga session, which was so much for Otto that afterwards he immediately scheduled a massage session....you get the idea. By the end of the story Otto started to get on my nerves. That being said, I liked the guru's lessons. I suspect everyone will like the guru's lessons since they are pretty universal and don't offer anything too difficult to consider.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Marius 09-17-14
    Marius 09-17-14 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    42
    19
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Nothing spiritual here!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, a story of someone traveling with a enlightened person and then has very little to say. Pointless


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The unbearable likeness of being


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance did fit the book. a Little boring.


    Could you see Breakfast with Buddha being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. There is too little story


    Any additional comments?

    When you feel you have something to say and can say it in 5 minutes - don't write a book - think of the readers

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.