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Tao Te Ching Audiobook

Tao Te Ching: A New English Version

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Phil O. San Diego, CA, United States 04-20-15
    Phil O. 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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    Ryan KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 07-28-12
    Ryan KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Very accessible"
    Where does Tao Te Ching rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really liked my old paperback Tao Te Ching, but 4 minutes in to this narration, and I felt, "this is going to be better". Mitchell's tone is very fitting to the content (sure he wrote it, but his reverence doesn't disappoint). Finally, I really enjoyed his preface, which is something I didn't have before. I'm very happy I found this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lau Tzu via Mitchell. Mitchell's reverence for the tao is inspirational.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Mitchell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it's 81 self contained sayings are conducive to interruptions or short listenings.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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
    Danielle plantationUS Minor Outlying Islands 11-04-09 Member Since 2012
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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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    Shabnam 09-14-16
    Shabnam 09-14-16
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    "Great lessons in simple words"

    Its not easy for me to follow audio books but this book was so easy to follow because of both the narrator and the translation itself. Thank for making great lessons available.

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    Ann 09-11-16
    Ann 09-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "so wonderful. . . the ad at the end, unneeded."

    so wonderful. . . the ad at the end, unneeded. Enjoy Stephen Mitchell's distillation of the way.

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    CJ 09-08-16
    CJ 09-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Best English Tao Te Ching translation period. "

    This translation really strikes true to Lao Tzu. Where others wrap subtle Taoist principles in heavy and flowery English vocabulary, Stephen speaks directly using colloquial English. His words reverberate in the heart rather than the brain.

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    Stephanie 07-30-16
    Stephanie 07-30-16
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    "Wonderful, with the exception of the ad at the end"

    Experiencing this book, especially with Stephen Mitchell as your guide was an experience I'll never forget. I read the reviews regarding the ad at the end and indeed what is a meditative experience almost gets ruined by the lack of pause at the end of the book and before the advertisement. I would forward to experiencing more work done by the author with hopes that audible will take these review seriously and take the feedback into consideration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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