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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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    A. Martin Vermont 07-19-16
    A. Martin Vermont 07-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Sceptic, at first."

    My friend told me to read this book and at first I wasn't sure if I would like it but I love it! It has comedic parts as well as real solid logic. I plan to read piglets story next! Enjoy! :)

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    biology major 07-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great story!"

    this is a great story if you are looking for something short and meaningful. really makes you look at life differently!

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    Lance C. Lape Illinois 07-11-16
    Lance C. Lape Illinois 07-11-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing tour of the world of Pooh"

    A magical blend of Pooh and the Tao. The narrator brought this book to life. Over all a fun and enjoyable ride.

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    nathan 06-18-16
    nathan 06-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "good read of a great book"

    good read of a great book, fun and full of interesting thoughts. highly recommend it.

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    Damaris Dooley White Pine, Tennessee 06-14-16
    Damaris Dooley White Pine, Tennessee 06-14-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Refreshing & Enjoyable"

    I got the book off a college reading list, and it has been one of my favorites. To break down Winnie the Pooh as away of life, and with such a wonderful narrator, this book was so refreshing and enjoyable.

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    EB Westchester, NY 05-16-16
    EB Westchester, NY 05-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great- & simple.."

    I loved this. Interest in meditation so I decided to check this out. Narrator is amazing… It's a very quick listen. Leaves a smile on your face.

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    Olavi Saarikoski 04-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Simple and profound"

    This is a book of wisdom written in an easily accessible way and narrated by a very fitting voice. Thank you for this pleasure!

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    QtPi 04-05-16
    QtPi 04-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The Everything-Else-Is-Bad-For-You of Pooh"

    Perhaps if the author hadn't taken a no-holds-barred offensive stance against everything apart from Taoism, or if he hadn't torn the characters apart to get them to fit around the characters he needed them to be to get his point across, I might have thought his words were more worthwhile. But as far as this book is concerned, everything except Taoism is the root of all evil in the world and must be stopped with the principles and application of Taoism, and the beloved characters from Winnie the Pooh were left as casualties in the aftermath.

    Learning about Taoism was interesting, and the use of Winnie the Pooh in orchestrating that was creative (hence the two stars instead of one), but the entire book was riddled with accusations about every other mode of thought being unambiguously inferior to Taoism without even the consideration to say that there are benefits to them. Near the end of the book, the author even has the gall to say that being clever or scholarly (as opposed to following the way of Tao) will bring about the end of the world and that whatever is left to the few people who survive won't be worth looking at; that is a bit of a paraphrase, but only a bit.

    The book is aggressively against any sort of knowledge-gathering, any sort of self-advancing effort, and basically anything anti-Tao. This moral is expressed by manipulating the characters of Winnie the Pooh by stretching their characterizations out of shape. Poor Eeyore was changed into an aggressive, useless, self-aggrandizing monster for no reason than because he's usually a bit blue. And for being the characterizations of cleverness and scholarly knowledge-seeking, Rabbit and Owl are portrayed as hasty and useless respectively. And Pooh Bear is the Messiah and can do no wrong, even when he's being just as useless as anyone else. The original premise, that Pooh Bear epitomizes Taoist philosophy, may be correct and may be worthwhile, but the slaughter of the rest of the characters just so that they can suit the needs of an extended metaphor is a blatant misuse of them.

    The last straw for me was when the author extolled the virtues of a man living over two centuries by following the path of Tao. A philosophy causing substantial enough life changes to prolong the life of someone to nearly twice was the oldest living person at present has lived? And his life is so much better than he can outrun young men? The author has no incredulity and, after that bit, I can't find it in myself to take anything he says seriously.

    All in all, it was an interesting premise, but the application just didn't work for me.

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    sandysummer 04-04-16
    sandysummer 04-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful audio book. Simple and profound."

    I read this book several years ago, but this animated narration was simply delicious to mind and heart.

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    Laura 03-31-16
    Laura 03-31-16
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    "Fantastic!"

    First and foremost, I adored the narrator. British accent + character voices = perfection. It is a simplified explanation of Taoism interspersed worth Pooh tales. It is entertaining, though I forgot it was a book on Taoism at some point until 3/4 of the way through due to quite a bit of story telling. Enjoyable nonetheless.

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