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Tao Te Ching: A New English Version | [Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell]

Tao Te Ching: A New English Version

In 81 brief chapters, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, as well as a serene and generous spirit. It teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao: the basic principle of the universe.
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In 81 brief chapters, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, as well as a serene and generous spirit. It teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao: the basic principle of the universe.

Stephen Mitchell's best-selling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture.

©1988 Stephen Mitchell; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-26-12
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great translation with the a great reader"
    Would you listen to Tao Te Ching again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tao Te Ching?

    When the reader said that the original Tao Te Ching wasn't gender specific which is against everything organized religion tells us.


    What about Stephen Mitchell’s performance did you like?

    His ability to read clearly and pronounce the words.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tricia Cookeville, TN, United States 11-15-11
    Tricia Cookeville, TN, United States 11-15-11
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    "The best I've heard to explain the tao te ching."

    Easy to follow and understand. Gives a deeper insight into yourself. The best I've heard to explain the "tao te ching".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bob LAWRENCEBURG, IN, United States 09-08-10
    bob LAWRENCEBURG, IN, United States 09-08-10

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    "The Tao as Lao Tse would write it today."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle plantationUS Minor Outlying Islands 11-04-09
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    "don't waste your money"

    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"

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Karolina Borkowski astral 06-17-15
    Karolina Borkowski astral 06-17-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Yes please"

    A very wise and wonderful classic!!!
    Should be on the list of all seekers of truth.

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    Baker614 06-11-15
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    "Simply amazing"

    Words cannot do this piece any justice. I do agree with the other comments about the lady at the end of the book, unwanted.

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    Charles J Bucek 05-20-15
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    "Listen to reduce your stress levels"

    A pleasant relaxing experience that soothes the soul. Simplicity, patience, compassion these are our greatest gifts

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    Jared O. 04-26-15
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    "The Purest Water"

    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.

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    PHIL San Diego, CA, United States 04-20-15
    PHIL San Diego, CA, United States 04-20-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A "new" favorite Tao te Ching"

    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.

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    Julius 04-10-15
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    "Worth a listen to"

    If you are interested in Taoism it is a must for a collection. Very easy listen. It was worth the money spent.

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