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Ramayana Audiobook

Ramayana

This wondrous tale of cosmic adventure immerses the listener in a world of heroes, gods, and demons. It tells the story of the Lord Rama, the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. At about 50,000 lines the original Ramayana is one of the largest epic poems in history - as well as one of the world's most important literary and spiritual masterpieces. This translation by William Buck makes the ancient text accessible to the modern Western world, while preserving the richness of the original.
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This wondrous tale of cosmic adventure immerses the listener in a world of heroes, gods, and demons. It tells the story of the Lord Rama, the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. At about 50,000 lines the original Ramayana is one of the largest epic poems in history - as well as one of the world's most important literary and spiritual masterpieces. This translation by William Buck makes the ancient text accessible to the modern Western world, while preserving the richness of the original.

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    Amazon Customer 03-04-04 Member Since 2013
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    "Great narration of a timeless epic"

    Ramdass brings alive this timeless story in way only he can do it. I not only recommend this book but also other audio books of Ramdass found on Audible.com and other places. Ramayana assumes new meaning from the mouth of someone so well educated , in full meaning of the word in both eastern and western contexts, as Ramdass.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 12-23-10
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 12-23-10 Member Since 2016

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "Outstanding"

    One of my most prized possessions is a hardcopy of the Ramayana retold by William Buck and forward done by Ram Dass. This is an incredible story that is often read and reread throughout one's life in the Far East. It has much to offer to those of all ages. It relates, among other things, the background and place in Hindu culture of some of its most important religious figures. But this is mostly the story of Prince Rama, his beautiful consort Sita, the monkey king Hanuman and their satanic archenemy Ravana.

    The story introduces us to a world created almost 2000 years ago by the poet Valmiki. It is a saga about good and evil, nobility and betrayal, heroism and treachery. It's all here but told in a story unlike that ever told before or since.

    Ram Dass is the perfect narrator. He is one familiar with the characters of the book unlike many others. He tells the story with passion and intrigue, compassion and delight that probably could not be equaled by many others.

    This is a wonderful story beautifully narrated and my only reservation is that it is abridged. I never spend a credit on an abridged version of anything. But since this is all that is available, it is more than worth it. Hopefully, it will be enough to whet the appetites of new readers to acquire an unabridged version.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Staten Island, NY, United States 03-06-10
    Julia Staten Island, NY, United States 03-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A lot of fun for an important classic"

    This was a fun reading to listen to. The story is so wonderful and the characters are so important in Hindu religous life. What makes this reading fun is the quirky voice of Ram Das, and also just hearing Ram Das conjures up images of a kind of flipped out, off the grid lifestyle that I couldn't entirely separate that from the text itself. I ended up liking that, so if you want that kind of Hindu/American psychadelic juxtaposition, its a good listen for you.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sasha Atlantic Beach, NC, USA 12-04-09
    Sasha Atlantic Beach, NC, USA 12-04-09
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    "Yogic Wisdom in story form"

    In this reading of the Ramayana, Ram Das does a superb job of voicing the characters, and giving life to such an epic story of the very heart of Yogic philosophy and wisdom.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Naalehu, HI, USA 09-26-09
    Sandra Naalehu, HI, USA 09-26-09
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    "Ramayana"

    Very beautiful and engaging. Ram Das is awesome as the narrator. Love the epic of Ramayana. This audiobook makes it available to all who seek ancient wisdom like Ramayana.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Knoxville, TN, United States 04-17-12
    Jill Knoxville, TN, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Ram Das brings alive characters that will be written on my heart forever.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narrators interpretation.


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    Macrellim 05-25-16
    Macrellim 05-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant performance of an excellent retelling"

    With this masterful and heart-opening performance, Ram Dass retells this ancient and profoundly beautiful tale of the Ramayana. I have tried to read translations of this text before, but have found them to be dry and montonous. William Buck retells the story magnificently as he breathes new life into it for the modern reader. I am grateful for having come across it.

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    Michael S Morey 05-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Such blessings"

    Ram Dass gives a very passionate and emotional reading of the Ramayana. He brings you there.

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    William J. Black Sillyclone Valley, CA USA 05-19-16
    William J. Black Sillyclone Valley, CA USA 05-19-16
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    "One of the Great Ancient Epics"

    I'd recommend this version highly for anyone studying Hinduism; the characters are vivid and developed well in this retelling and the story is compelling.

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    Mike 11-01-15
    Mike 11-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Classic For Any Person"

    What can there be said really? It's a famous Hindu classic for a reason. The Ramayana has an amazing fantastical story that is waiting to be read and analyzed. Come one come all to the pages off this timeless tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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