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The Tao of Pooh Audiobook

The Tao of Pooh

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, Personal Development, 2013

Author Benjamin Hoff shows that the philosophy of Winnie-the-Pooh is amazingly consistent with the principles of Taoism and demonstrates how you can use these principles in your daily life.

Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey. Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us as our morning breakfast bowl. Romp through the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living.

While Eeyore frets and Piglet hesitates and Rabbit calculates and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is. And that's the clue to the secret wisdom of the Taoists.

The Tao of Pooh is an international bestseller and the first Taoist-authored book in history to appear on bestseller lists, it remained on The New York Times’ bestseller list for 49 weeks.

©1982 Benjamin Hoff (P)2012 Tantor

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    Barbara 04-16-12
    Barbara 04-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to The Tao of Pooh the most enjoyable?

    If you are curious about the Tao, this is an excellent introduction, because the explanations by analogy are so easy to relate to. It helps if you are a fan of Winnie the Pooh! but any true Pooh fan knows that Pooh is only a children's book on the surface...I have listened to many direct translations of the Tao, and other interpretations, but Pooh is by far the clearest....


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    monica 04-01-12
    monica 04-01-12
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    "Perfect!!!"
    Would you listen to The Tao of Pooh again? Why?

    Yes, to fine something I may have missed .


    What did you like best about this story?

    The teaching ,


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    He was perfect in all areas of this book BRAVO !


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

    How would you spell 2uesday.?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heath SEATTLE, WA, United States 03-20-12
    Heath SEATTLE, WA, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Short and enjoyable."
    Where does The Tao of Pooh rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top half.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pooh, of course. He's the hero/role model.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Good use of character voices.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LMB 03-12-12
    LMB 03-12-12 Member Since 2015

    LMB

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    "Excellent Lifesaver"

    Had read this before at a Tai Chi retreat in UK, but had to listen again, and then I listened again then I let others listen, and then bought 3 of the Tao of Poohs paperpacks to send to friends. Life-changing in the best way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Troy 04-29-13
    Troy 04-29-13

    I grew up on Golden Age Radio, I love to learn about a great many things, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Me, bored? Never!

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    "Less is More Profound"

    I had heard whispers that this book was nothing short of amazing. Turns out, the rumors are true! This book delivers profound Eastern thought in the form of Winnie the Pooh, as told in the style of Milne's classic tale and referencing it heavily. I was amused and sent gliding into sheer appreciation of this work that, quite frankly, words can't really do justice. This book has to be experienced.

    As always, Simon Vance delivers a performance, and while I'm continually impressed by the dignity he brings to his narrations, I feel like he captured most of the voices dead-on perfectly right out of my childhood, and for those few he didn't, he came really close. His performance as Pooh is otherworldly good, and all of his characters help to drive the messages home in a way that is guaranteed to live in your heart for a long time to come.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ben D. Durall Front Royal, VA 06-04-12
    Ben D. Durall Front Royal, VA 06-04-12 Member Since 2011

    Audiobooks are the bacon of literature.

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    "Pooh is the Man!"
    Where does The Tao of Pooh rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Was a very easy listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    I found that I'm very Pooh-esque


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Very Casual reading style.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I learned that I should re-read the orignal Winnie the Pooh.


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    Ayaz Nairobi, Kenya 09-29-16
    Ayaz Nairobi, Kenya 09-29-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Simple, insightful, comes from the nothingness"

    What a wonderfully written and narrated audiobook this is. My favoritism and I have heard it over and over again. It is so insightful for those who want to explore the Tao and the path to the Tao. I highly recommend it. The narration is expertly done as well. Get this book, you will not regret it

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    Daniel 09-24-16
    Daniel 09-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting and confusing"

    Great concept but the narrative can get confusing and hard to file at times. Narrator is pleasant to listen to.

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    Rejena 09-19-16
    Rejena 09-19-16

    Books make work bearable until work becomes writing and reading books.

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    Where does The Tao of Pooh rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my number one favorite book of all times and I am not at all disappointed in the audio version. It is one of the VERY FEW audiobooks that I will just turn on again and again - like when I've just read a John Green book in practically one sitting and I have to wait a WHOLE MONTH to get another credit. I admit it, I'm an Audible addict, so I have to stay solid in the idea that I DON'T buy more credit- I digress.

    This story brings me to my center, it helps me settle and right along side it is my paperback version of the Te of Piglet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    POOH- Piglet- the thief.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Piglet makes me smile and Simon did a fine job with this very small creature in this book.


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

    I laugh a lot through this book. I laugh at the story. I laugh at myself. I laugh at our world!


    Any additional comments?

    BUY IT NOW- you won't regret it if you are looking for a nice explanation of Tao.

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    Tracet Hamden, CT, United States 07-27-16
    Tracet Hamden, CT, United States 07-27-16
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    "Bisy backsons need not bother"

    For some time I referred to one co-worker as Eeyore, because every time anyone asked her in ordinary conversation how she was, instead of saying "fine" or what-have-you she always says "oh, well" and follows with a description of how tired or headache-y or what-have-you she is. The odd thing is she's always pretty darned cheerful. But it was still inevitable that she be labeled "Eeyore".

    Then I realized that another co-worker, who barges into every situation, takes over conversations, assumes control over things she has no right to controlling, and never does anything quietly – she is Rabbit. And another girl, who climbs rock walls and goes for long hikes for fun (an alien mindset) and whose laugh can be heard rooms away, and who despite being half my size makes ten times more noise just walking … Tigger. It didn't take long to assign the rest of the Pooh Gang to coworkers. I would be Piglet – being somewhat round, and more than somewhat timid in some situations – but someone else round and timid wanted it, so I took a deep breath and admitted to being Wol Owl, the notorious know-it-all who really doesn't. So I laughed out loud when Simon Vance read the line "Owl told him in 25,000 monotonous words or more ..." Heh. Who (whoooo) knew? I'm even more Owl than I thought.

    It's funny, though – I'd forgotten that in addition to being Mr. Frowny Face Eeyore was such a horrid know-it-all. That (sadly) means that my co-worker is not as Eeyore as I thought. Or rather, she is Disney Eeyore, not Real Eeyore.

    It's been a very long time since I first read this, and I took on the Audible edition based on a low price and a Simon Vance narration. The great Simon Vance, one of the upper echelons of narration rock stars, reads Pooh? Oh, you know I'm in. And it was terrific. Now, the reason I listen to audiobooks at work is that my coworkers have no filters, and no indoor voices. Eeyore isn't so bad, but when I say Rabbit does nothing quietly, I mean it literally: she flops into her chair with a clunk that used to make me think she fell, badly injured; she types loudly with her artificial nails; she yawns at the top of her lungs. Between her and a coworker I will refer to as the Heffalump (I'm just deeply greatful that Tigger is in a different room), the volume and stupidity get so thick on some days you could cut it with a chainsaw; complaining (and breaking down into tearful whimpering) to management has resulted in absolutely no change in their behavior, but instead the suggestion that I listen to something using earphones.

    Hence a really healthy Goodreads Challenge number.

    And hence my very deep appreciation for the Taoist philosophy outlined in this book and illustrated by Winnie-the-Pooh. "He advised those who wanted strong health to: sit like a turtle, walk like a pigeon, and sleep like a dog. When asked for his major secret, though, he said 'Inner quiet'." To listen to that surrounded by people who have literally no concept of "inner quiet" is an interesting experience.

    Like silence after noise or cool, clear water on a hot, stuffy day, emptiness cleans out the messy mind and charges up the batteries of spiritual energy. Many people are afraid of emptiness, however, because it reminds them of loneliness. Everything has to be filled in, it seems ...

    I loved this book as a kid, and I think I love it more now. Benjamin Hoff takes not only a bone-deep understanding of Tao with an even more impressive knowledge and understanding of Pooh Bear and melds them beautifully. No: as he points out, they are already one, and he simply reveals that. He's right. And he's funny.

    And as to that narration: I've been referring to Simon Vance and his ilk, and seeing them referred to, as rock stars for a long time. So when at one point Himself is called upon to recite some (possibly made-up - who knows?) popular music lyrics – "Oh baby don't leave me" – Oh, baby. It is magnificent. Just magnificent.

    So. Listen to this book, and bask in the beautiful narration of a clever, clever book, and try – do try – to be more Pooh than Eeyore or Rabbit or Owl.

    Just, whatever you do, don't be a bisy backson.

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    "The Tao of Pooh"

    A simple, but beautiful book, and beautifully narrated by Simon Vance. I enjoyed it as an adult, but this would also be suitable for children. This must become a timeless classic. It was a joy to listen to.

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  • Eliza
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    "Brilliant"

    Seriously, my new favorite book. I don't remember falling in love with a book this way in quite a while.

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