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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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    Polly Earth 09-25-12
    Polly Earth 09-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Words of truth..... period."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tao Te Ching to be better than the print version?

    I can't comment on this accurately as I have not read the printed version. Personally I absorb more through audio versions as I can listen while doing less taxing activities - i.e. I don't have to pay full attention to reading the words on the page, I can do other things while listening.


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    Adam LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 06-30-12
    Adam LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2006
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    "The worst placed ad of all time."

    This is a great translation and a wonderful narration but.. It ends with an ad or something for something? Honestly, I couldn't even hear what it was for I was laughing so hard. Its so poorly placed and edited into the end of the book I honestly just had to laugh at the insanity of it. If you could find a way to edit the last minute off the end of this recording, it would be full 5 stars.

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    Terrell Loves Park, IL, USA 05-18-10
    Terrell Loves Park, IL, USA 05-18-10
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    "Slow"

    An important book, but the narrator reads at a snail's pace. I ended up stopping listening to it on my Kindle and switched to my Clip to I could take advantage of it's "Fast" speed option.

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    Kriss Carrollton, TX, United States 10-22-10
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    "Bad Translation, Bad Narration"

    I bought this despite the 1 star comment someone else left. I should have listened. The narration is so slow it is distracting. Going to buy the other version now.

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