A young man, blessed with loving parents and a safe home in a world where want and neglect abound, leaves this haven in search of himself. He joins the Samanas, a band of wandering ascetics without possessions or earthly ties. His quest unfulfilled, he descends into a life of unbounded luxury and indulgence. Where is truth? Where will his soul find true ease? In denial? In decadence? Or in some truth far greater than himself, so simple, so close to him, yet so obvious that only clear eyes may see it?
Siddhartha reawakens questions most of us have long ceased asking ourselves and opens paths to spirituality many of us have never traveled.
Translated by Joachim Neugroschel.
Originally published in 1922. Translation ©1999 Joachim Neugroschel; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC.
Sometimes with short reads we think there isn't enough story or details but this is not that type of book. A short read but very mind provoking. I'll really enjoyed the book and it will be one I always recommend.
An unbelievable fictional story that takes some very deep lessons from ancient Buddhism/Hinduism and transposes them into easily read/heard and understandable concepts which are just as applicable today.
I strongly recommend this story. I listened during my commute and enjoyed every minute.
This book will always be one of my favorites. I really admired the narration and the way in which Hermann Hesse wrote this novel. I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.
I don't know that it is better than the print version. Usually I like to read books of this sort on my own (which I did long before buying this version) but the narrator did a very good job so I guess I'd have to call it a draw.
This book made me very thoughtful.
This is a well written, beautifully narrated tale for the contemplative of spirit, with a good introduction and an informative epilogue. 'Very enjoyable!
This book will keep you thinking for months or even years after you are done with it. Great food for thought.
Best of the best
It's hard to say. His speaking with the old man on the river was incredibly moving to me.
Loved everything about this performance. His pacing and character work were absolutely perfect.
You should have listened to the audible version
I was surprisingly taken with this book. Very meditative and wonderful to listen to.
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