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The Journeys of Socrates | [Dan Millman]

The Journeys of Socrates

In 19th century Tsarist Russia an orphaned child born of Jewish and Cossack blood grows up in a land of wealthy aristocrats, struggling peasants, and growing discontent. Sent to an elite military academy at the tender age of four, Sergei Ivanov (Socrates) comes of age training to protect a way of life he doesn't understand. When a sudden death forces Sergei to flee, he escapes into the wilderness.
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In 19th century Tsarist Russia an orphaned child born of Jewish and Cossack blood grows up in a land of wealthy aristocrats, struggling peasants, and growing discontent. Sent to an elite military academy at the tender age of four, Sergei Ivanov (Socrates) comes of age training to protect a way of life he doesn't understand. When a sudden death forces Sergei to flee, he escapes into the wilderness.

From the heights of love to the depths of despair, from the threat of a mortal enemy to the search for a child he has never met, Sergei Ivanov's odyssey unlocks hidden wisdom at the heart of life. He could never have imagined that from the moment of his birth he was destined to become the peaceful warrior who would change the lives of millions worldwide. The odyssey that unfolds is not about the revolutions of history, but about the revolution in one man's heart. A stirring story emerges as Sergei encounters mentors and masters who reveal secrets about the arts of war and, ultimately, the path to peace.

©2005 Dan Millman; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

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"Millman's fluid storytelling makes this an easy read." (Publishers Weekly)

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    mcc 07-25-10
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    "Great Book!"

    I have read several Dan Milman's books and loved everyone of them. I expected more of a self help type of book told in a story, but it turned out to be one of the best stories I've read in a long time. Anyone who has read Way of the Peaceful Warrior will love this book and be astounded by how Dan ties it all together in the prologue.

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    Dan Stirling, Ontario, Canada 06-29-09
    Dan Stirling, Ontario, Canada 06-29-09
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    "Fantastic Story"

    I was totally captivated by this book. I couldn't put it down. It has both emotional highs and lows. Some great insights into life and a great ending.

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    Richard Goldstein Pleasanton, CA USA 04-01-13
    Richard Goldstein Pleasanton, CA USA 04-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful story with deep life lessons"
    If you could sum up The Journeys of Socrates in three words, what would they be?

    Here, Now, In-The-Moment


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of the life lessons. The only important time is here and now. The joy, happiness and peace in life comes from the journey, not the destination. Many more.


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

    Calming voice and tempo that is consistent with the theme of the book.


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

    The many moments demonstrating Socrates' resiliency.


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    Jayson Amherst, Massachusetts, United States 10-01-12
    Jayson Amherst, Massachusetts, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "An Extraordinary Journey, but it is a novel..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Journeys of Socrates to be better than the print version?

    I can't say, but the performance was absolutely superb. Kudos to Sam Tsoutsouvas!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characterization was quite impressive, Dan Millman succeeded in transporting his reader into a different world through characters both alive and vibrant.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I found Sergei's training particularly meaningful, it fills in many gaps made in Way of the Peaceful Warrior and paints a better picture.


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

    No, I didn't which is a shame. Sergei's family's death was tragic, but far too predictable as were many of the plot twists.


    Any additional comments?

    While I did enjoy the book tremendously, I can't help but be disturbed by small inconsistencies here and there. Parts of the story that just don't fit right in my mind I applaud Dan Millman's story writing abilities but I must say I put down the book entertained, but not truly moved.

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    Charley Billings MT USA 10-04-06
    Charley Billings MT USA 10-04-06
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    Awesome, just like all millmans work

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