Stephen Mitchell's best-selling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture.
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"Stephen Mitchell's rendition of the Tao Te Ching comes as close to being definitive for our time as any I can imagine. It embodies the virtues its translator credits to the Chinese original: a gemlike lucidity that is radiant with humor, grace, large-heartedness, and deep wisdom." (Huston Smith, author of The Religions of Man)
I've read it in paper form, I downloaded it from LibriVox, and I bought it here. This is the best version I've heard and I will definitively listen to it again.
When the reader said that the original Tao Te Ching wasn't gender specific which is against everything organized religion tells us.
His ability to read clearly and pronounce the words.
Easy to follow and understand. Gives a deeper insight into yourself. The best I've heard to explain the "tao te ching".
Stephen Mitchell has proved himself a master of translating in the most fundamental meaning of that term. He carries across not only the denotation of the words but the cultural contexts that are its connotation and which make the words live in our own culture as they did in their own. Mitchell has rescued Rilke from the gravel of Deutsch-speak and has presented the Tao as a Master himself--he not only presents the words to the reader but he subjects the reader to the words. Thus he accomplished what Lao Tse himself attempted--to make that which cannot be contained in word become alive within the words.
The "New English Version" is an ill-translated, uninspiring bore, narrated in a most drab, unenlightened manner.
I am so disappointed with this version of the "Tao" that I have not been able to listen to it through its conclusion. I have decided to purchase an earlier translation. Take my advice; try another version of the "Tao"
I'm in total love with the Tao te Ching. It is so clear yet so hard to capture. Indeed capturing it is like putting the river in the bucket. Stephen Mitchell is easy to listen to but a little effeminate, which works well with this book.
I have been reading versions of Tao te Ching for decades. This is a balanced, serene, insightful one, that I think fits modern sensibilities better than any I've read (in several instances giving phrasings that better expressed ideas I had groped for, but not fully reached with other versions). It has a neat, non-frilly clarity that is ideal. The sound quality is good as far as the voice but I can hear quiet background noise going on and off as each little segment ends and the next starts. It is mildly distracting, but no big deal.
The subject says it all. Nothing seems to convey how the world works better then Tao Te Ching. Read it.
If you can wrap your mind around the words and the energy behind them, you go into an altered divine state. If you can't, it is a stupid waste of time.
Worth a try.
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