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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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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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    Amazon Customer Seattle 06-17-10
    Amazon Customer Seattle 06-17-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Relaxing Listen"

    Listening to Tao wisdom any faster, would lose the point of what is being spoken. This audio book was the right speed and authors voice is easy on the ears. Many of the translations are easy to understand and give you plenty to contemplate.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jason FPO, AP, United States 08-12-13
    Jason FPO, AP, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful translation and reading, but..."

    Unfortunately, this recording is seriously marred by a loud and obnoxious Audible advertisement that starts IMMEDIATELY after the book is done. It is startling and incredibly out of place, especially considering the nature of this audiobook.

    Audible absolutely needs to release an updated version, changing nothing save removing this offensive advertisement, and this would be a fantastic recording!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Meg LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 08-30-11
    Meg LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 08-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Translation; Weak Production"

    A beautiful translation of the Tao read perfectly by the author/translator is marred by the production value. When listening with an iPod or Nano, I can actually hear the recording turning on and off. When using the recording for meditative purposes the noise becomes distracting.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Greensboro, NC, United States 05-11-09
    Lawrence Greensboro, NC, United States 05-11-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Another phenomenal translation by Mitchell"

    if you've ever read his translations of Rumi, the Book of Job, etc., you know what i mean!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Forest Hills, NY, United States 11-21-11
    Marie Forest Hills, NY, United States 11-21-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Infuriating "punch line""

    I loved every aspect of this book. The translation, granted I know no other, was in clear and modern English that allowed me to fully appreciate the content in all its subtleties. Stephen Michell's soft tone of voice and the slow pace of his reading gently lead me through the meanders of Lao Tzu's thoughts.
    As I heard the gentle voice say "by not dominating, the master leads", I was sinking deeper into a comfortable meditative mode. When suddenly, that Jack sprung out of her box: "Hello, this is Cherry Jones... bla bla bla". What possessed the producers of that book to kill it with that obnoxious ad at the end, which jumps into the listener's ears without a iota of a pause or a transition to isolate it from the reading of the Tao? That is how I learned that the reading of the Tao was over. With Ms Jones yelling in my ears.
    That explains my one star for "Overall." There should be a grading for production quality.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Robert ALPENA, MICHIGAN, United States 11-18-12
    Robert ALPENA, MICHIGAN, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Not Tao te ching"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Written with the formal Zen practitioner mind, but if you wish to read the tao te ching, you must find a different version. Jane English's, is the only other one I have read and would recommend it highly. As it is accurate


    What was most disappointing about Lao Tzu and Stephen Mitchell ’s story?

    The author "Zen"ed up the story. To much of the translator not enough Tao


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The author did depart from all other translators and use she, rather then he. I found this change to be wonderful and useful.


    Any additional comments?

    The book ends very VERY poorly. With some woman yelling at you about audio books and children. like being thrown in ice cold water. It hurts

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 07-28-12
    Ryan KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2010

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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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    Amazon Customer Toronto, Ontario, Canada 03-12-12
    Amazon Customer Toronto, Ontario, Canada 03-12-12
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    "Excellent Translation of a Classic Text"
    What made the experience of listening to Tao Te Ching the most enjoyable?

    Stephen Mitchell uses his 14 years of Zen training in this well-regarded translation to capture the spirit of Laotse's seminal book on the Art of Living


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Way


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 01-26-12
    Amazon Customer 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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