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Siddhartha | [Hermann Hesse]

Siddhartha

Siddhartha is Nobel Prize-winning author Hermann Hesse's most famous and influential work, a novel of self-exploration that will linger in your mind and spirit for a lifetime. 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.
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Siddhartha is Nobel Prize-winning author Hermann Hesse's most famous and influential work, a novel of self-exploration that will linger in your mind and spirit for a lifetime.

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.

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    Ramanujam Murphy, TX, USA 07-23-08
    Ramanujam Murphy, TX, USA 07-23-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Very Interesting to Listen"

    The narrator is very expressive. The story itself
    is simple but extra ordinary in the vivid descriptive passages.
    For the impatient and for those curiously after the twist and turns,
    it would turn out to be outright boring. But for those
    in a spiritual path, it is time worth spent.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Drew CANYON LAKE, TX, USA 10-14-07
    Drew CANYON LAKE, TX, USA 10-14-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent!"

    This presentation of one of my favorite books, is nothing short of excellent.I enjoyed listening very much. The narrators vocals were pleasantly soothing and harmonious with the the story of Sidhartha. The story is told without revision, silly soundtrack, or irritating sound effects. There is an informative lecture and commentary after the reading about Herman Hesse, and this classic tale of Sidhartha.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-08-12
    Glenn Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Simple and meaningful"

    I liked how this went through the ups and downs of a persons life... it has hidden meanings and provokes thought and reflection in ones own life. This is a great addition to a persons collection of self help books, the meaning of life, people searching for something more. It is easy to listen too in a story book fashion. Nice change of pace from the "do this, do that" type self help books

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    MICHAEL J NICOLLS Swansea, IL USA 03-11-11
    MICHAEL J NICOLLS Swansea, IL USA 03-11-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Loved It"

    Wonderful story. Loved the narration. Has become one of my favorite books on tape.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stanley New York, NY, USA 08-09-07
    Stanley New York, NY, USA 08-09-07
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    "a shame ..."

    To cut to the chase:

    The narrator of this version of Siddhartha isn't one whose other work I'll be chasing down. I had hoped to be swept back to the place I landed when I first read the book (decades ago), but with this reader and a translation that struck me as anything-but-lyrical, I finished the recording hugely unsatisfied.

    It's a shame that Audible offers only an abridgement of Sherab Chodzin Kohn's translation -- widely considered sensitive and poetic.

    18 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Professor Sombrero 08-29-12
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    "I don't get it."
    What did you like best about Siddhartha? What did you like least?

    In short, I don't understand why this is a classic and so loved by others. It's a about 3 hours too long and it didn't tell me anything new or even anything old in a new way. I guess at the time this book was written it may have been unique and thought provoking . Given the amount of information available today about spirituality of all kinds, this made me wonder when it was going to give me that I've-never-thought-of-it-that-way moment. It never happened.

    I normally like mystery/thrillers but I have enjoyed other books in this and other genres and wasn't expecting action and adventure - but this book, particularly the first part, was a little too much pontification by a man who comes across as a little arrogant. Perhaps it was the narrators tone and not the words giving me this impression so reading may be different than listening. Having said that, the narrator was expressive and I did like him overall.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Hermann Hesse again?

    Probably not.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    fred LAKE OSWEGO, OR, United States 04-09-14
    fred LAKE OSWEGO, OR, United States 04-09-14 Member Since 2010

    I'm Trying to see the world with my ears.

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    "recommended as a spiritual experience..."

    I would have never read this book had it not been for the advice from someone I admire greatly. It was highly recommended as a spiritual experience....so I tried it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 04-06-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 04-06-14 Member Since 2011

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Spiritual evolution through life's events"

    Story of self reinvention and spiritual growth through the stages of life. The author looks into the teachings of Buddha through observing the lives of the highly religious, highly worldly, and those living lives in the vast grey areas in between. The struggle of Siddhartha as he struggles with holding his son back by in trapping in his own world and finally setting him free to find his own path in life is an impassioned look at being a parent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Futuredave Santa Monica, CA 06-03-14
    Futuredave Santa Monica, CA 06-03-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Beautiful book, wonderful narration"
    Where does Siddhartha rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best of the best


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Siddhartha?

    It's hard to say. His speaking with the old man on the river was incredibly moving to me.


    What about Firdous Bamji’s performance did you like?

    Loved everything about this performance. His pacing and character work were absolutely perfect.


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

    You should have listened to the audible version


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprisingly taken with this book. Very meditative and wonderful to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phil Loudon, TN, United States 04-08-14
    Phil Loudon, TN, United States 04-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Stays with you"
    Would you listen to Siddhartha again? Why?

    I've read Siddhartha once, and listened twice. It's deep on many levels.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favorite scene. The whole book is a joy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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