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Buddha

A Story of Enlightenment
Narrated by: Deepak Chopra
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
4 out of 5 stars (720 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"The Buddha was as mortal as you and I, yet he attained enlightenment and was raised to the rank of an immortal. The miracle is that he got there following a heart as human as yours and mine, and just as vulnerable."

Best-selling author Deepak Chopra brings the Buddha back to life in this gripping account of the young prince who abandoned his inheritance to discover his true calling. This iconic journey changed the world forever, and the truths revealed continue to influence every corner of the globe today.

A young man in line for the throne is trapped in his father's kingdom and yearns for the outside world. Betrayed by those closest to him, Siddhartha abandons his palace and princely title. Finally alone and face-to-face with his demons, he becomes a wandering monk and embarks on a spiritual fast that carries him to the brink of death. Ultimately recognizing his inability to conquer his body and mind by sheer force, Siddhartha transcends his physical pain and achieves enlightenment.

Although we recognize Buddha today as an icon of peace and serenity, his life story was a tumultuous and spellbinding affair filled with love and sex, murder and loss, struggle and surrender. From the rocky terrain of the material world to the summit of the spiritual one, Buddha entertains and inspires - ultimately leading us closer to understanding the true nature of life and ourselves.

©2007 Deepak Chopra (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"The narrative moves forward simply and inexorably. Especially imaginative and intriguing is the low-key nature of the Buddha's enlightenment experience....An epilogue and concluding "practical guide" offer nonfiction commentary and teaching on core Buddhist principles. ( Publishers Weekly)
"The audio version of this text may very well trump the written one because of Chopras deft character performance, authentic Indian pronunciation, and familiarity with the story of a fellow Indian who came to be known as the Buddha." ( AudioFile)

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Thought-provoking, great listen

Excellent historic fiction. Great listen, well done performance.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic Read

Though much of the story of Buddha was from the imaginations of the Author, I would say that the story was very well planned and laid out. I was drawn in by the spiritual presence Deepak created in his portrayal of one of our greatest spiritual leaders. Even for someone with limited understanding, I believe this would be a good start to expanding one's mind to greater possibilities.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • Bronson, FL, USA
  • 07-21-09

Couldn't Stop Listening

Excellent book. Spent my lunches in the car listening! Deepak does it again.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Excellent +++++

This is probably the best audiobook I have listened to. Both parts one and two should be considered together. It is a spellbinding biography of Buddha, masterfully read by Deepak Chopra. If you have any interest in Buddha or Buddhism, this is a must-listen. Very inspiring too.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Pretty good

I have read a few books on Buddhism and Chopra does a great job of telling the story of Siddhartha. I have my own reservations regarding the religion but Chopra does not preach at all, he just merely tells the story. I like the fact that he does the reading himself as well, surprisingly great job.

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mixed feelings

Unfortunately, Chopra was not a good reader, difficult to listen to. The story was well intentioned but, in my opinion, not very good. He spends half the book on Buddha's childhood, the most uninteresting part of story. I felt none of the charm or sense of wonder that I have reading other books on Buddha.

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  • Brandon
  • Miami, FL, United States
  • 04-01-11

Eye opener

As someone always interested in buddism and never really knowing where to start this was a great listen. It's opened my eyes and made me hunger for more.

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  • Helen
  • Miami, FL, USA
  • 12-17-09

Fabulous!

Deepak Chopra in both word and voice combined the myth and dharma of Buddha in a charming and "enlightened" way.



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informative and interesting telling

I would have liked more breakdown of why we think these particular stories are true.

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Loved it

It was a slow start, but patience is a virtue. I loved the story and the narration. I took a lot away from this book and I think you will too.