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Publisher's Summary

Who was Rumi, and how does he continue to speak to us today? On Song of the Sun, Andrew Harvey, the Oxford-trained authority on Rumi and author of several modern spiritual classics, takes us inside the extraordinary life and teachings of this prophet and poet. Harvey sifts through the many legends and tales associated with Rumi's life to reveal a rich and inspiring portrait of what a human being in love with and empowered by God can become. He mines the thousands of odes and quatrains composed by Rumi, and shares the most sumptuous and ecstatic works, all with clear relevance to our spiritual lives today. At a time when we are hungry for a divine vision of our world as it can be - and should be - Song of the Sun is an invitation to Rumi's most sacred and glorious feast.
©1999 Andrew Harvey; (P) Sounds True

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Beautiful Poetry, Beautiful Reading

I'm totally happy with having purchased this audio book.

Rumi is/was new to me. Fascinating biography, fantastic poetry and cleary the author, who doubles as the presenter is both knowledgable and in love with his subject.

Other reviewers seem to have had problems withe delivery/speech pattern of the author. I can only put it down to his English accent, though for me his joy for the subject radiates on the recording and brings the emotionality of the subject to the fore.

A winner!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Excellent

This audio book is only for those who understand and want to reach out to the mystical side of life. Harvey is an excellent spokesperson for the Mystic poet Rumi and his slow manner of speech is perfect for a greater understanding into the depth of Rumi's beautiful poetry. I give this reading a definite 5 stars - this is one of the few audiobooks that I have that I will listen to over and over.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Carl
  • Woodstock, CT, USA
  • 03-02-06

Carl From Connecticut, US

I was disappointed with this book. I really haven't had the chance to read much of Rumi and was expecting more readings of Rumi's writings. This book is more of the authors opinion of who Rumi was and how he came to be. I find that for a five hour long book I should have heard a vast array of Rumi's Poems.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Endless and Unstructured

What disappointed you about Song of the Sun?

No chapter or section breaks. Audio only! No text available to aid in establishing structure or organizing content. No way to interrelate content.

Would you ever listen to anything by Andrew Harvey again?

Absolutely not!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

In defense to the narrator - it is a good effort at being calming and serene. However, the style, while appropriate for the content, is not appropriate for all of the content TOGETHER. A wise person would have designated 2 narrators to establish some change-up and reduce monotony. But again, this is not on the narrator. This is the producer and writer's responsibility to see the work through to a good end product.

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

NONE - good content is not retrievable. It lacks structure to make what could be otherwise retrievable into useable content. Unredeemable!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Julie
  • CROWLEY, LA, USA
  • 04-06-05

NOT FOR BEGINNERS

I LOVED THIS BOOK, BUT I HAVE BEEN READING A LOT OF EASTERN
RELIGION BOOKS. ANDREW HARVEY IS BRILLIANT.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ulrich
  • munich, NY, USA
  • 12-16-04

interesting subject, book disappointing

i believe, reading this book would probably be a better experience that listening to it. what's really annoying is the undescribable "pathos" in the voice of the speaker; for me it was unbearable to hear this; I had to put away after one hour.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Rumi's work is pure music!

Andrew has won my heart with this book. His rendition of Rumi's life and how to lift the veil of our humanness to awakening the Divine heart is remarkable. Loved his prayers and meditations. Exceptional! Andrew Harvey is a pure angel.

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OUTSTANDING!

What did you love best about Song of the Sun?

What a beautiful presentation of Rumi & his songs. I expected to simply hear poetry & was amazed at the depth with which Harvey took us into its relevancy & meaning that I would never have appreciated without his insights. He laid out the whole mystical path clearly & with great passion that's completely contagious. This reading by Harvey is a timeless treasure.

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Awful

This audio book is much more about Andrew Harvey than it was about Rumi. This is a shame, since Rumi's own work is much more interesting than Harvey's self serving gloss on Rumi's life and writing.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A GEM

Would you listen to Song of the Sun again? Why?

Yes - It is my most prized audiobook and I have many.....

What did you like best about this story?

It is profound and beautiful

What does Andrew Harvey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His narration is excellent and done with so much passion

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

It stirs up the soul

0 of 1 people found this review helpful