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Publisher's Summary

A collection of Zen stories to amuse and illuminate. Includes all the stories from classic Zen literature: 101 Zen Stories, The Gateless Gate, The Ten Bulls and Centering. Includes the soundtrack The Mysterious Sound of Wind In the Bamboo - a 43 minute collection of Zen inspired Japanese music by The Matsu Take Ensemble.

©2009 Trout Lake Media (P)2009 Trout Lake Media

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Zen Stories To Go With Your Flute Music

What is advertised is what is got: Zen Stories and Zen Music. There really isn't much to say about the stories, they're Zen stories: some inspire, some feel like posturing, and some leave you scratching your head. Alec Sand reads the stories as well as they can be read, for which I give him five stars.

Beware, there is A LOT of flute music here. The forty-three minute music collection takes up the final twelve chapters of sixteen. I assume that the first four chapters correspond to the four story collections, but they aren't pure narration. Between each story is a ten-ish second burst of flute music, either to give you a moment to reflect or to pad out the time, and sometimes the bursts go on for quite a bit. I think these longer bursts indicate the end/beginning of a new book, but I'm not sure. They are the reason why I rated the Overall as less than the Performance and Story, which is a first for me.

The discounted price for Audible Members is just what I think this collection is worth. The current nine-dollar price is a bit much, and I certainly wouldn't use a credit.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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some chapters are just music

the stories are great but some chapters are just music. like 10 in a row...why?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Beautiful teachings

What made the experience of listening to Zen Buddhism Stories the most enjoyable?

the performance was esquisite and sensible

Which scene was your favorite?

some of the teachings are more easy to translate than others

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

inspirational, deep thoughts...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nicholas
  • Haenertsburg, South Africa
  • 05-10-11

Should be Free

Should be free really, audio quality wasnt there. The reason i like audible is most of the stuff is of good quality, reviews help you sift through the junk, unlike free sites where you not sure what to believe, you can find almost anything and downloading is not a hack. But they should offer more free stuff like these zen stories, I have downloaded loads of free talks that I enjoyed more than this AB.

12 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable stories

Enjoyed the stories. Separating stories with music nice. Narration is very good. Like to see more translated.

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Well read, but the music is distracting.

The stories are timeless. The music between stories is repetitive; it gets old fast. The overall performance would be better without.

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Great life lessons

This is a wonderful collection of stories. Practical applications in everyday life. A book to listen to over and over again you always hear something new each time.

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Perfect collection and presentation.

actually I purchase more than one copy of this on different devices at different times because it is such a perfect collection. I really recommend this highly for anyone who's interested in classical stories for enhancing their practice with koan study.

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Flute Music Provides Space For Reflection

Any additional comments?

I loved the harmony between the stories and the music. The music in between stories allows for thoughtful reflection on each. Additionally, the full music soundtrack is provided at the end.

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A fun and enlightening collection

A easy intro to Zen Buddhism. Fun stories teach real life lessons. Good musical interludes between stories. I have listened to the whole book many times. Good for zen children.

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  • Austin
  • 12-29-12

Zen stories

Really great audiobook, there are many short stories here clearly read and very enjoyable to listen to. During the gaps between a previous story and a new story there is a short interval where some oriental style music is played which actually I found to make listening even more enjoyable. I would recommend this audiobook

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr W
  • 08-27-16

100 pointless stories

imagine being asked to fake 100 zen stories and this book would be the result.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-15

Zen Buddhism stories. C

II really enjoyed the stories and the music. The narrator Was excellent !

I'm happy to recommend this book to everyone!
Hard to pick out one favourite story as they were all exceptional. Many thanks!