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Tao Te Ching | [Lao Tsu (translated by Gia-fu Feng, Jane English)]

Tao Te Ching

The Tao Te Ching, a 6th century B.C. Chinese masterpiece, is one of the world's most revered sources of spiritual wisdom. This authoritative translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English captures the essence of Lao Tsu's language, bringing the Tao Te Ching's powerful message to a whole new generation of students.
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The Tao Te Ching, a 6th century B.C. Chinese masterpiece, is one of the world's most revered sources of spiritual wisdom. This authoritative translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English captures the essence of Lao Tsu's language, bringing the Tao Te Ching's powerful message to a whole new generation of students. This collection is read by renowned philosopher and author Dr. Jacob Needleman, who also provides illuminating commentary on the text. This ancient classic presents timeless spiritual meditations on wisdom in action, illustrating important lessons that have resonated with its students for centuries.

Recording (P)1990 by Audio Literature; Copyright ©1972 by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English

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    zrer10 Knoxville, Tn United States 08-12-10
    zrer10 Knoxville, Tn United States 08-12-10 Member Since 2010

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    "Tao Te Ching always great, but the naration hertoo"

    The Tao Te Ching is of course as always great, this version is also complemented by excellent thought provoking commentary at the end. But I think what sets this version apart is the narration. With the Tao Te Ching, it far to tempting to put into any reading of it an unneeded emphasis on certain words that implies a narrative that I don't think is necessarily intended by the author. For instance in some readings the narrator may simply emphasize certain words that make it sound like "ohhh this is really wise stuff here" or they may make it sound like the Tao Te Ching was written in the Matrix.. The narrator must put in some effort to separate his beliefs or feelings about the tao te ching or a particular topic with his reading of the Tao Te Ching. On the other hand, a computeristic reading can also be unpleasant and hard to listen to. I think Mr. Needleman gets the reading right with a nice flow, but nothing unneeded.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Benedict San Francisco, US, Canada 01-23-10
    Benedict San Francisco, US, Canada 01-23-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Very good, indeed"

    My review of this book is as much a review of the book itself as well as the Audible presentation.

    Many years ago a Taoist here in San Francisco said, "Buy this book. It will change your life!"

    I did so, and it did. I think if you buy the book, and listen to this book, your view of life will indeed change, and for the better.

    Some of the Tao "dicta" require analysis over a long period of time but I was amazed at how much the Tao applies to the modern way of American government. If we had followed its easy to understand advice, we would have saved literally a trillion dollars. This is a lot to get from one short little book.

    This book is for the most intelligent and highly trained among us as well as gives counsel to those not quite there, yet.

    The Tao gives advice that can be followed at the highest level of governance, and the advantage is that anyone at this level will appreciate the advice yet never ever have to admit to being a "Taoist."

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew mORRINSVILLENew Zealand 04-07-07
    Andrew mORRINSVILLENew Zealand 04-07-07
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    "Are you Ready?"

    A wonderful translation with an equally wonderful analysis and guide by the translator at the end. As he says, the Tao Te Ching speaks to the readers ability to understand, and as understanding deepens so does the Tao Te Ching.
    One of the great wisdom works. The Nag Hammadi Library, The Bhagavad Gita, The Tao Te Ching, The Upanishads, The Kabbalah.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Seeley Tulsa, Oklahoma 01-14-13
    Richard Seeley Tulsa, Oklahoma 01-14-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Fine Reading of a Classic"

    Jacob Needleman gives a very listenable reading of the classic Tao. However, I was less impressed with the second part where he lectures on the text. He gets carried away refuting the "go with the flow" cliche, which seemed like overkill.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jason FPO, AP, United States 08-15-13
    Jason FPO, AP, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very good all the way around"

    This is the second audiobook version of the TTC I have (the first being S. Mitchell's), and although I first hesitated to get a second version of something I already had, I am glad I did.

    The translation is quite interesting and although similar to Mitchell's, it is different enough to be fresh and provoke new thoughts.

    The reading style is a bit more stoic and scholarly, and again I think this provides a nice contrast to the Mitchell version. I thought the reader did a wonderful job, and had no problems listening on earbuds or speakers. It is a bit more "brisk" than the Mitchell version.

    There is also an interesting commentary at the end, well-worth a listen in its own right.

    I've mentioned this on some other reviews, but I wish the audiobook chapters matched up with the book chapters. I guess that's not a concern or something, but it bothers me just a bit. It makes jumping to desired parts of the book almost impossible. I suppose the extra effort of manually "chaptering" a reading is not seen as being an important goal?

    Overall: a great translation and recording!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Benedict 03-12-13
    Benedict 03-12-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Life changer"

    Many years ago, I walked into a store here in San Francisco that sold trinkets, but had this book up on a shelf.

    I asked the woman about it and she said get it, read it, and it will change your life. Even if I just read it once.

    It did.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 05-04-15
    Scott 05-04-15
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    "Ancient wisdom, well told"

    Not only is this one of the most important philosophical works from ancient times, but it is one I have listened to more than a dozen times. Each time I listen I hear something new.

    I must also say that the narration is absolutely one of the best.

    This audiobook will reward the listener, and reward those that re-listen even more.

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    PAUL JOHN LANGE Rijswijk, Zuid Holland Netherlands 03-28-15
    PAUL JOHN LANGE Rijswijk, Zuid Holland Netherlands 03-28-15
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    "A timeless classic"

    this is more than simply a piece of the puzzle to life, existence, the universe, how the world works et al . it is the entire puzzle and by the end you realise that the puzzle has no pieces. a great read over 20 years ago and at least one every year since. every time you gain something more from it. every time you realise there is less. if you try to hard to understand this you will miss understanding it at all

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    Kurt 12-10-14
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    "Simply Profound - Poetically Wise"

    The depth and simplicity of the stanzas forced it to be paused regularity. One of the greatest Wisdom books...

    Nice and concise clarity of the Tao is brought forth at the end.

    I loved the book because of the B/W photos so illustrated the thoughts presented. A perfect coffee table top book.

    Kurt Krueger

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