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Tao Te Ching Audiobook

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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    Eric J USA...mostly 04-05-16
    Eric J USA...mostly 04-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "if it could be improved, it wouldn't be the Tao"

    Great tone, pace and very succinct introduction, just how an audio on the Tao Te Ching should be, IMHO.

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    Kyle W. 03-26-16
    Kyle W. 03-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Remove the ad from the end of the book"
    Any additional comments?

    The book was good, but there was this weird ad at the end. Not only was it jarring and annoying, the information was wrong! They were trying to say that "listening to audiobooks helps kids learn to read," which, as a teacher, I know to be untrue. If they listen to an audiobook in CONJUNCTION with reading the words in front of them THEN it can be beneficial, but if they just listen to a book read to them out loud then it won't make them better readers. I am disappointed and perplexed by the inclusion of this crass and inaccurate advertisement being placed at the end of this deep little book.

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    Alisha Worsham 03-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Translation"
    If you could sum up Tao Te Ching in three words, what would they be?

    Calming smooth tone


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Nothing


    What does Stephen Mitchell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The tone. Mitchell makes the book have a calming meditative tone that makes you pay a little bit more attention to what is being said.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Overall book just really good.


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    Christopher 03-01-16
    Christopher 03-01-16
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    "this book has advertising in it..."

    ...very disruptive, obnoxious, and inappropriate considering this is a book that people have to pay their hard earned money for.

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    Barry K. Dillard 02-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "a true pleasure to listen to"

    I've enjoyed listening to this book more than reading it. I've liked being able to stop and start the audio to relisten when necessary

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    Julia S. 12-18-15
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    "Not for meditation"

    There is much discuss beforehand, and a rather abrupt switch to another speaker promoting something at the end. This was purchased as an aide to meditation, but these details make it worthless for this purpose.

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    Adult Reader in Calgary Calgary, Canada 12-05-15
    Adult Reader in Calgary Calgary, Canada 12-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible spiritual book marred by Audible"

    This is a great translation and reading of a beautiful book. It's fantastic right up to the last second, and then ... disaster.

    Audible has grafted an ad into the text of the Tao Te Ching. The narrator speaks the final sentence and before you realize the book's even finished in the very next breath there is an ad for Audible.

    I wouldn't mind an Ad, but it should be clearly separated from the main book. Something like:

    [end of narration]

    [Long pause]

    "We hope you have enjoyed this audio program"

    [pause]

    [Advertisement]

    It sickened me to hear it because the book puts you into a meditative trance and suddenly you're out of it without warning. What a bummer.

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    Julian 11-19-15
    Julian 11-19-15
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    "Awesome"

    Great to hear what we know but forget too often when we allow our selfs to do so.

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    Jessica 10-23-15
    Jessica 10-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Book even closed is open to being open"

    Wow. what can i say that would describe the magnitude of this book?


    ______________________________. yep.

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    RedHeadMomma 10-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A great way to experience the Tao"

    This is the Tao skillfully translated and told by someone who cares deeply for the audience.

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