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Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives | [Dan Millman]

Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives

This audio edition of the international best seller Way of the Peaceful Warrior is based on the story of Dan Millman, a world-class gymnast who has it all, but is troubled by a vague sense of dissatisfaction with his everyday life. He meets an eccentric old mentor named Socrates, who sets him on a spiritual odyssey that will ultimately deliver or destroy him. Along the way Dan encounters realms of light and darkness, of romance and magic, as he learns what it means to live as a peaceful warrior.
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This audio edition of the international best seller Way of the Peaceful Warrior is based on the story of Dan Millman, a world-class gymnast who has it all, but is troubled by a vague sense of dissatisfaction with his everyday life. He meets an eccentric old mentor named Socrates, who sets him on a spiritual odyssey that will ultimately deliver or destroy him. Along the way Dan encounters realms of light and darkness, of romance and magic, as he learns what it means to live as a peaceful warrior.

Way of the Peaceful Warrior is a rare story with the power to transform lives. It conveys piercing truths with drama, heart, and humor and speaks directly to the universal quest for fulfillment and happiness, for finding our place in the world. It is a story for all times that can inspire joy, expand perspectives, and remind us of the deeper truth we already know, that real freedom lies within us right now.

©1984 Dan Millman; (P)1997 New World Library

What the Critics Say

"As narrator as well as author, [Millman] has ample skill and showmanship." (AudioFile)

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    Keith Belle Mead, NJ, USA 01-06-10
    Keith Belle Mead, NJ, USA 01-06-10 Member Since 2003
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    "My Favorite Audiobook"

    At this point, I have read, and re-read this book enough times to know most of it by heart - not just the main story line which is pretty simple, but the lessons contained within the story that are really what the book is all about.

    I initially made the mistake of trying to figure out which parts of the story were claimed to have actually happened vs which parts were just there to illustrate a point. Eventually I came to the conclusion that it really doesn't matter how much or little was fact - The basic point of the book is to guide the reader to a philosophy that is aligned to the world around them instead of living one that is opposed to natural order. Without challenging religious beliefs, the book can lead you to look at how you live, how you interact with others, and to think carefully about all aspects of your life - from breathing to eating, to exercise, to how you look at the world every minute of the day

    Read it, think about it, then read it again. I don't normally take the time to write reviews of the hundreds of audiobooks I have read, but I feel very strongly about this one

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Decatur, GA, USA 06-03-06
    Kenneth Decatur, GA, USA 06-03-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Very Fun"

    This is a very fun book. I thouroughly enjoyed it and pretty much needed it. This is the book that I thought "motorcycle maintenance" was going to be and turned out to suck wind. Have a great time with this book. There's a gem here and there for you to carry forever. Great stuff.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 05-27-04
    Greg Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 05-27-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Way of Simple Happiness"

    Not many unabridged titles can be listen to, with such ease and pleasure. The 'Way of the Peaceful Warrior' is a story about finding pleasures in every aspect of our lives.
    This title shows a great way how to distance yourself, from everyday chaos and madness. It shows step by step, how to rediscover happiness and simple pleasures.
    In my personal case, I was able to better understand what I really, really, really want...

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Annas Chicago, IL, USA 07-29-06
    Annas Chicago, IL, USA 07-29-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Very realistic and fun"

    Just finished listening to this audiobook. It was wonderful... so realistic despite having elements of fiction. It is incredibly fun and entertaining to read, even if read just as a novel. Reflecting on the book lessons, I realized that many of its revelations are valid even in the world we live in. Many of my questions about life got answered in this book, and it brought me closer to awakening. Enjoy!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    C. Oneal California 12-26-13
    C. Oneal California 12-26-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.

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    "Short but as long as it needed to be"
    Would you listen to Way of the Peaceful Warrior again? Why?

    Yes, because I think there's a depth to it you may not catch the first time.


    Have you listened to any of Dan Millman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I read Spirit Laws


    Any additional comments?

    I understand why he would want to read his own work, another narrator may have been a better choice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Perry, FL, United States 12-05-11
    Michelle Perry, FL, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "An Inspiration"

    I truly love this book. I have already listened more than once. I give it 4 stars because of the narative is not great. I know it is Dan Millman himself so I'm not going to be harsh and I do appreciate when a writer reads thier own story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nowdla Miami Gardens, FL, USA 10-03-07
    Nowdla Miami Gardens, FL, USA 10-03-07
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    "Definitley Valuable"

    I found Dan's book to be quite good. I became familiar with the materiel from watching the movie starring Nick Nolte. I'm almost hesitant to say that I enjoyed the movie even more. Even though the book has much more content. Definitley a worthwhile listen or read

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hal Cleveland Heights, OH, USA 07-25-07
    Hal Cleveland Heights, OH, USA 07-25-07
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    "Good story BAD narrator"

    It's a good book overall. What keeps me from giving it 5 stars is the reader. The author read the book and as is often the case he would have been better served to have brought in an experienced narrator. He constantly over pronounces T's. The hard T's are grating and make this good book a tough listen. While it is worth the listen it is very distracting.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Pierre Toronto, ON, Canada 03-26-13
    Pierre Toronto, ON, Canada 03-26-13
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    "Compelling and thought provoking"
    Any additional comments?

    It's a fascinating listen. Compelling.

    But it's frustrating when a little research revealed that the author himself will not confirm which parts of this story are fact or fiction, confirming also that it contains fiction. A lot of the 'inspiration factor' in this book is about hearing of grand feats of fate and universal power. Without his confirmation, I am forced to assume that all of these are the fiction, and exaggerations.

    This brings this amazing tale down to the level of "story which discusses fascinating concepts". It's still worth the listen for those seeking for more out of life.

    It's food for thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Gordon Serna 04-30-12
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    "Inspiring Book"
    What made the experience of listening to Way of the Peaceful Warrior the most enjoyable?

    This novel can potentially open doors to new planes of existence, provided we decide to take up the Warrior's path.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Socrates, his intensity and willingness to do whatever it takes to assist in the growth of his pupil.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Disappointing"
    What would have made Way of the Peaceful Warrior better?

    I bought this title on the strength of all the glowing reviews both on Amazon and Audible, so I was disappointed to find it didn't live up to those expectations at all.

    I found the book was very badly written, with weak dialogue, poorly structured plot, and very little in the "changing lives" department.

    The plot was similar to the equally bad "The Buddha, Jeff, and Me"; disillusioned young man meets annoying "zen master", who trains him in the way of the peaceful warrior and ultimately takes 8 years to impart a ridiculously simple message.

    Much too esoteric throughout, with the protagonist being taken on mystical journeys of the mind to learn "valuable" lessons.

    The dialogue read like a children's story, very unconvincing.


    What could Dan Millman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Get a professional actor/narrator to read it. It could be that the narration took something away from the enjoyment of the book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Poor phrasing, over-enunciation, and bad acting let the book down immensely.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom and disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe a good book for self-help junkies or people unfamiliar with any kind of buddhist teachings at all. If you really want to read it, consider the printed version instead as it may be more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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