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Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel | [Roland Merullo]

Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

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.
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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)

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    Amazon Customer Stevens Point, WI, United States 03-09-13
    Amazon Customer Stevens Point, WI, United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Charming"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, It really made me think.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breakfast with Buddha?

    The voice of Rinpoche was very innocent and yet sophisticated. I was charmed by this book. It really made me think about the American culture.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    I loved the way he spoke in Rinpoche's voice. He made him very intriguing and likable.


    Who was the most memorable character of Breakfast with Buddha and why?

    Rinpoche. I wanted to be in his presence. He was so unassuming and forgiving.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this audio book. It touched my heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Ruston, WA, United States 03-05-13
    Kevin Ruston, WA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Entertaining and Light"
    Where does Breakfast with Buddha rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Nothing like the Mystery Thrillers I typically listen to.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    Good Narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, extreme reaction, but I did laugh out loud a couple times.


    Any additional comments?

    Light hearted read. Funny at times, and life contemplating at others. I would suggest this book for a break from your regular genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Hinsdale, IL, United States 03-04-13
    Judy Hinsdale, IL, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth the listen"
    Would you listen to Breakfast with Buddha again? Why?

    I would listen again because there are many great lessons and it can't hurt to have them reinforced.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    Rinpoche


    Any additional comments?

    The story is a little too contrived and some may find it preachy, but I liked it.

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    Gerry Meridian, ID, United States 03-04-13
    Gerry Meridian, ID, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have been looking for answers to many of life's questions, and this book help me to realize that the answers are right there in front of me. I need to just stop and look. The book is very well written and the story line is wonderful. I found that I could not stop listening, the narrator does a great job of keeping the carrot just out of reach, just long enough to keep you reading, and then they give you the carrot and it is good.

    This book allows one to see the many possibilities that are out there if one opens the mind and takes a good look. It is not preachy,nor does it try to convince the reader that one religion is better than another, it simply demonstrates the opportunities that surround us all.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breakfast with Buddha?

    I have to say the ending of the book really spoke volumes for me. I will not tell you why, it would ruin it for you. Lets just say that it brought it all together.


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

    I enjoyed the impersonation of the Monk, and the joy in which he experinced America. From bowling to gambling, the narrator does it very very well.


    If you could take any character from Breakfast with Buddha out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would have to be Volvo Riponche, if I had such an opportunity I would not hesitate for a moment. To have someone of such insight and peace would be a wonderful experience. I could imagine having similar conflicts with myself and his beliefs, and I would also like to come away more enlightened like Otto does.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for answers to the meaning of life. You must have an open mind and a yearning for insight into the world of possibilities that none of us truly know for sure when it comes to the mystery of our existence.
    I finished this book with a smile on my face. :)

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    Sarah Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-27-13
    Sarah Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-27-13
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    "Delightful"
    What did you love best about Breakfast with Buddha?

    I enjoyed the story. It was light enough to keep my interest yet heavy enough to make me think.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the comparisons and descriptions of the enlightenment concept such as the dirt in the water glass and the painting of the goddess.


    Who was the most memorable character of Breakfast with Buddha and why?

    The guru.


    Any additional comments?

    Very delightful listen. It puts you in a peaceful mood after listening to it. I purchased it for less than $5 and was very worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bibi sterling San Diego, CA, United States 02-24-13
    bibi sterling San Diego, CA, United States 02-24-13
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    "Loved getting Buddhist lesson in a story, Really enjoyable"

    Unique & enjoyable book, able to convey the Zen concept in a story. The story contrasts the thinking of two seemingly opposite perspectives, A great way to demonstrate the subtle shift in thinking & how it cures many ills.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel BUCKHANNON, WV, United States 02-13-13
    Rachel BUCKHANNON, WV, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "My Secret Shameful Indulgence"
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    I was ashamed of the fact that I enjoyed this book so much. It has the same sort of popular appeal, like Eat Pray Love or Tuesdays with Morrie. But the story is pretty addictive, and it is a good choice for the car to because you don't have to concentrate extremely hard to enjoy it.

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    Noreen WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 02-12-13
    Noreen WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about Breakfast with Buddha?

    The awareness of his own spiritual emptiness, and how Otto finally embraced learning from the Buddha. The slow change was sweet.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breakfast with Buddha?

    The discussion at the first lecture with Otto's questions. It really gave Otto the chance to think and challenge himself to Buddha with his questions. The bowling scene was excellent.


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

    At first I didn't care for his voice, but later it was perfect. Thoughtful, very expressive, and I really felt he was Otto.


    If you could rename Breakfast with Buddha, what would you call it?

    Traveling with a Yogi Master.


    Any additional comments?

    Thoughtful, and raised cultural and spiritual ideas and myths. Very insightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Toronto, Ontario, Canada 02-02-13
    Ed Toronto, Ontario, Canada 02-02-13
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    "A Wonderful Drive!"
    Where does Breakfast with Buddha rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In terms of Spirituality, this is the best book I've read - including audio and print books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The character of Otto as a skeptical person really reflects so much of the cynisim we see in the world today - it reflects myself. So, I related to Otto very well.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    The narrator does a brilliant job. His voice is always appropriate and lets the listener just sit back, relax and enjoy.


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

    Many moments. I find a greater sense of appreciation weaving its way through my activities.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer 01-25-13
    jennifer 01-25-13
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    "Good Novel Unexpectedly Grabs Your Attention"
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    I enjoyed listening to this Book. The narration very good and the story line different however grabs your attention. Very easy listen, and a good way to spend your time. I listened to the book in one sitting. You will enjoy this book.

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