Recording (P)1994 by Audio Literature; Copyright ©1976 by Thomas Byron
While The wisdom and sayings are excellent. The reader is dry, mono-tone, and will actually start to put you to sleep.
This audio book is just simply one of the BEST i have ever had the pleasure of listening to. It is HIGHLY recommended, it has plenty of concentrated wisdom of the budda in it. Trust me this audio is good.
This audio version of the Dhammapada is a personal, intimate one and speaks directly to the deepest level of the human heart as none of the more expensive versions I've read or sampled on Audible have thus far. Don't let the relatively short duration, low price tag and sparse fan fare fool you, this is a profoundly executed Dhammapada that is classic in simplicity and sticks to the essentials of the original text, skipping the commentary temptations that sound like a good idea, but on audio do not serve much purpose when reaching for a meditational aid like this.
Jacob Needleman has a penetrating voice that can move one to tears just from the poignancy and conviction of Needleman's personable, moving baritone delivery, which has the power to make the listener feel that he IS the Buddha at times. His voice sounds very compassionate as it reveals the timelessly fragmentary and simple recipe to inner peace.
This collection of teachings wastes no words. I will listen to this audiobook over and over again without a doubt. The reader's voice is perfect for such a book, as it doesn't distract the listener in any way and allows one to focus solely on the words being read. I have a relatively large library of audiobooks and this is up there with the best audiobook experiences I've had yet. I'm glad I chose it.
This is the worst recording I've encountered on Audible. Most of the Audible recordings are very good. This is beyond bad. Every s or other sibilant sound hisses piercingly in your ear.
The content, if you can hear it, is excellent. The reader is probably pretty good, too, but how can you tell with all that racket going on?
Jacob Needleman is Jesus. This book is quite profound and he's also narrated a version of the Tao Te Ching (also found on Audible). His voice is an oasis and the teachings are Heaven. Must have.
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