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  • Living with the Monks

  • By: Jesse Itzler
  • Narrated by: Jesse Itzler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586

Thinking all monasteries were like the ones he saw in the movies, Jesse Itzler arrived at the New Skete religious community in remote Cambridge, New York, with a shaved head and a suitcase filled with bananas. To his surprise, New Skete monks have most of their hair. They're Russian Orthodox, not Buddhist, and they're also world-renowned dog breeders and authors of dog-training books that have sold in the millions. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another amazing book!

  • By sammy on 05-18-18

Sublime

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-18

This book was excellent and had much insight. You will not be disappointed, as the book was funny, entertaining, and chucked full of wisdom. Bueno!

  • The Second Book of the Tao

  • By: Stephen Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mitchell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

The Second Book of the Tao is a gift to contemporary readers, granting us access to our own fundamental wisdom. Mitchell's meditations and risky reimagining of the original texts are brilliant and liberating, not least because they keep catching us off-guard, opening up the heavens where before we saw a roof. He makes the ancient teachings at once modern, relevant, and timeless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sequel to the Tao Te Ching

  • By Robert on 08-03-10

Sublime!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-12

Would you listen to The Second Book of the Tao again? Why?

I would and have listen to this book again. It is an excellent book and I enjoy the commentary from Stephen Mitchell. This book gets you closer to the ineffable nature of the Tao. I loved Mitchell's translation of the Tao De Ching, but this book offers even more perspectives. There is humor and stories that illustrate what the Tao may be or look like. However, if anyone is familiar with the Tao, then they would know not to even try to know what it is!

What other book might you compare The Second Book of the Tao to and why?

This book was written as companion book, or at least that's what Mitchell states.
I believe he has done an excellent job with following-up to the original. Though I listen to the original often, The Second Book of the Tao has an entertainment quality to it.

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

Yes, I have listen to the Tao De Ching and they are both 5 star ratings.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, in the sense it brought the Tao into clearer focus, if such a thing could be even be done.

Any additional comments?

I study Aikido and this book is an excellent book about non-doing. It doesn't matter if it is Aikido, Golf, or cooking, the Tao is in all actions. This book will help you understand things are the way they are because they are supposed to be that way. With that, approaching everything without effort is truly liberating.

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