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Brahma Dreaming

Legends from Hindu Mythology
Narrated by: John Jackson
Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
4 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Listen to the tales of the Hindu deities as they've never been heard before!

Brahma Dreaming is master storyteller John Jackson's intriguing versions of the legends surrounding the Hindus' great gods. These are the tales of the Trimurti - the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Brahma Dreaming is divided into three sections representing their continuous forces of creation, preservation and destruction.

The work begins with Lord Brahma dreaming the universe into being and from there unfolds an enthralling collection of interconnected tales that span the history of Hinduism. Here are brave princes, divine divas and demon kings, family feuds and epic battles, burning loves and lies, tragic deaths and glorious rebirths. There are tales about dancing elephants, peacock warriors and monkey armies, all narrated by Jackson himself with great character, warmth and wit.

A novel for sophisticated listeners of all ages.

©2013 John Jackson (P)2013 John Jackson

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Surprisingly Good

When I first heard the narrators voice I was a little hesitant to get this book, but the price sold me in the end. As a Bharatanatyam dancer I really enjoy researching and listening/reading the various translations of the old stories from India. I found this one was quite nice to listen to either at work or in the car because of the narrator. His voice has definitely grown on me and in fact I'm re-listening to it right now.

I would definitely recommend it to people who listen to various translations of these tales because as I always find that they change every time. The best example is the Ramayana, it is what people want you to get out of the story.

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Stories a wrong

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I wanted an introduction to Hindu mythology, and this book appeared to be it. However, after further research, some of the stories as told here are incorrect. Its entertaining, but you cant just alter an ancient sacred text to make it say what you want for dramatic effect. Now I dont know which stories are accurate or not without checking against the original text, so there really was no point in buying this book in the first place.

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John Jackson is amazing.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you enjoy stories of the Hindu gods told by an amazing narrator this is the audio book for you.

What other book might you compare Brahma Dreaming to and why?

My favorite story is the first were Brahma creates everything and the sound of OM is heard. They are all really good but I also enjoy the stories around Ganesha.

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

I listen to it in the sauna or going to bed and I end up literally dreaming of Brahma.

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  • VK
  • 10-05-18

Inauthentic Narration 


The Narrator of this book is so disengaging and inauthentic, so it almost impossible to separate the story from the storyteller. In summary, I would not recommend this book to anybody. 

As an example (Comparing the Incomparable:), narrator Paul Bazely, who is simply superb and keeps you attentive and interested throughout the whole book.

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Fantastic telling of Hindu mythology

An outstanding anthology of Hindu mythos, read by the author, whom delivers a fine narration. I enjoyed this book so much I immediately played it through a second time.
I'm retelling these stories now to entertain others, but even more so to lock these story versions into my head permanently.
Retelling is how we keep myth alive, and keep the old gods from fading.

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Minor inaccuracies

It scratches not even the surface of Hindu mythology, but that's expected from any book of limited size. Minor inaccuracies apart, it's an interesting read.

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Beautiful Stories

Loved every bit of this book, beautiful stories that capture the imagination. Love the three Sections of Stories

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1st in Hindu mythology

I enjoyed this book. following my yoga class I was able to picture the Gods

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loved every single word

the most beautiful stories i have ever heard. hearing about all the beautiful stories then getting to the end i wanted to cry.

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A beautiful look at some Hindu myths

When it comes to stories from mythology, there's always a hidden wisdom to extract. This is the case here. Beautifully told stories from the best the Hindu pantheon has to offer, be ready for stories that take you into the best and worst of human nature, and even beyond death and back.

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  • I_nthuman
  • 10-05-18

Good introduction

Good introduction but I wish it was a bit deeper and more in-depth. The reader needs to improve his pronunciation also!

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  • Andrea B.
  • 04-18-18

a window into hindu stories

A good start for non Hindus to learn the stories that many in India grew up with.