Stephen Mitchell's best-selling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture.
©1988 Stephen Mitchell; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
"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)
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.
Calming smooth tone
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.
Overall book just really good.
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.
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]
"We hope you have enjoyed this audio program"
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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