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Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time Audiobook

Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time

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Said to be the world's longest poem, Mahabharata was originally composed in 100,000 Sanskrit verses by the ancient Indian sage Vyasa. Revered as a sacred text within Hinduism, it contains the great spiritual teaching Bhagavad-gita. Krishna Dharma has condensed the epic into a fast paced novel that fully retains the majestic mood of the original. A powerful and moving tale, it recounts the history of the five heroic Pandava brothers, sons of the Emperor Pandu. Cheated of their kingdom and sent into exile by their envious cousins, they set off on a fascinating journey during which we meet gods, sages, mystics and mighty warrior kings. Profound spiritual themes underlie the thrilling narrative, making it one of the world's most revered texts. Culminating in an apocalyptic war, Mahabharata is a masterpiece of suspense, intrigue, and illuminating wisdom.

©1999 Krishna Dharma (P)2015 Krishna Dharma

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    Bill 09-29-15
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    What made the experience of listening to Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time the most enjoyable?

    Heart felt reading. well translated. I have read/listened to many renditions -not having time to read a full translation. This and Jaya are my favorite so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its comparative completeness.


    What about Sarvabhavana Das’s performance did you like?

    Very heartfelt, warm reading. However, if you have no patience with a homey read, this may not be for you. Can sometimes hear his chair squeak or can tell he has a cold. Chapter ten was obviously never edited and he has a cough that can be distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    Jaya is another rendition of the Mahabharata that I highly recommend. If you like to feel you are listening to a friend read, this is an excellent listen. I downloaded in parts and the end of part three and beginning of part four have three or four incomplete sentences. In such a long production, I felt the problems were small quirks. But I do hope if they go back and edit the production, Audible will offer us the edited version to replace this one.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    rfi123158 01-19-16
    rfi123158 01-19-16 Member Since 2016

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    "the narrator was monotonous and monotone"

    the narrator's voice was monotone and monotonous and I had to force myself to listen to the audio . sorry it was below par

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    GrayDharma 11-23-15
    GrayDharma 11-23-15
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    "Narrator's constant mispronunciations ruined it..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different, preferably Indian, narrator


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    couldn't stick it out that long, though I really tried


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narration did not appear to be edited and/or directed at all. At points you can hear him breathing heavily, swallowing and even coughing. Sloppy work.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this version is far below Audible's typically high standards. I've n been listening to audio books for 20 years and this is by far the worst "professional" reading I've ever come across. Westerners in the U.S. doing a lazy and sloppy job with stories like these borders on cultural insult.

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    Edward 11-22-16
    Edward 11-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Mispronunciation and artifacts"

    An otherwise fine performance is marred by numerous mispronunciations and audio artifacts. Production quality is not to the level I've come to expect from Audible.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas 02-19-16
    Nicholas 02-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding. Top-notch retelling. Thank you."

    My knees went weak and literally buckled on me during the last five minutes. Phenomenal story.

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    Pahj 04-18-17
    Pahj 04-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "True to its title!"

    This book has it all; love, war, fantasy, sci-fi, gods, demons, and spiritual meaning as well.

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    Eric L Aust Kansas City, MO United States 03-22-17
    Eric L Aust Kansas City, MO United States 03-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "liked it"

    the only complaint is It gets repetitive but worth the time to read so would recommend if you are interested in any Mythology. It does give guidance although some of scenerios seems flimsy

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    Douglas Lenexa, KS, United States 03-07-17
    Douglas Lenexa, KS, United States 03-07-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Good narrative of an epic story"

    I enjoyed this respectful telling of the epic tale. The characters represent different aspects of one's internal spiritual life.

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    shannagen 02-15-17
    shannagen 02-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "beautiful epic"

    so glad this is available in the audio version.. i could hv nvr completed the book.. listening to it made it possible. This is a multi layered epic with so many stories running parallel.. truly thought provoking. I thinj the narrator did a good job.

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    Nicole C. 12-30-16
    Nicole C. 12-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    Why an amazing epic. I am so blessed to be able to have such a difficult book read aloud for me. I tried reading it and it is a challenge! 💚 loved it!

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    10/6/15
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    "Culturally fascinating and wonderfully gripping"

    A true epic beautifully translated. Whether religiously interested or looking for a top piece of literature, this will certainly fit any bill.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Vraja
    9/15/15
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    "Wish I could give it 10 stars"

    I just finished and I'm going back to the start to listen again.
    It really is epic.
    Thank you for this wonderful book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs A Higgins
    2/8/16
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    "An Epic, beautifully read"
    Where does Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best audiobook I've ever listened to


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Krishna is my favourite character, it's impossible not to fall in love with him


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Its impossible to choose a single scene as they all make up the story


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The best book in the world


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for everyone

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • P. Parekh
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    3/10/16
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    "Excellent narrative with good flow. Great epic bought to life by the reader. Fantastic insight in to the Indian history and phil"

    Excellent narrative with good flow. Great epic bought to life by the reader. Fantastic insight in to the Indian history and philosophy.
    Vedic yoga threads are well discussed as well as metaphysical musings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth
    3/2/16
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    "Mahabharata"

    Truly insightful and absolutely sublimely enjoyable. The stories are wonderful to hear again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/22/16
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    "The best epic of all time! loved every minute!"

    I just loved loved it! I wanted to read this epic for a long time. .but listening was for more enjoyable. . kudos to the narrator for a such as excellent rendition. . I'm going to listen this beautiful epic over and over again!

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  • Samir Patel "Sam"
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    11/29/16
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    "Truly an epic"

    So many lessons can be learned from here if you are open to it. A superb book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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