Chuang Tsu

Inner Chapters, A Companion Volume to Tao Te Ching
Narrated by: Chungliang Al Huang
Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (95 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Brilliant, mystical, pragmatic and witty, some have called Chuang Tsu the world's first anarchist. Even 2,000 years after his death, this provocative Taoist text remains in the forefront of ancient Chinese philosophical study. A companion to the Tao Te Ching, Chuang Tsu: Inner Chapters is a spiritual classic in its own right and a source book second only to the Tao Te Ching in importance in the Taoist canon. The sublime prose serves as a profound and paradoxical commentary to the Tao Te Ching.

©1997 Jane English (P)1999, 2014 Audio Literature, Phoenix Books

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Supreme audiobook!

Would you listen to Chuang Tsu again? Why?

The performance is worth a million dollars. The guy really put a lot of energy into the act and you can tell just from the sample. The chinese language and music cuts are excellent and everything about the audio is perfect. Of course Chuang Tsu is an amazingly fun philosopher also.

What other book might you compare Chuang Tsu to and why?

I think I own all of the audio books for Lao Tsu's Tao De Ching and I say narration by Jacob Needleman is best and I would recommend it to anyone who is getting into this taoist stuff.

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Helps direct real understanding ofTao Te Ching

Would you consider the audio edition of Chuang Tsu to be better than the print version?

The reader is absolutely phenomenal in this! It helps you really get into the stories

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Listened to in one sitting and then again several times!

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Incredible

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and will relearn frequently. The arrangement, narration, and language put me in a very receptive state for the stories of Chuang Tsu. The teachings combined with the commentary made the experience of Chuang Tsu's Taoist teachings very human and accessible. Perfect.

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Great book

I recommend this to those of you who want more out of life truths and mysterious journey

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Do nothing with the words.

If you’re interested in this, then your heart and mind must be divided like mine. If only I had both enough to never engage with wisdom. Then, maybe I would have life more and be without more, too. Alas, the lightness of angel wings as wide as heaven though, is more complex than confusion allows.

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Something weird in the recording.

I might be not getting it, but the "Echo" audio effect is frustratingly distracting. Hope it is just an odd technical issue.

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Exceptional performance

it captures the souls journey and opens the minds . Thank you for sharing. Peace

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half in Chinese

can not finish. wish to return. not worth the cost. do not buy. do not buy

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  • Bolazuli
  • 06-17-17

just live with it

listen and live. it's one of the simplest and most beautiful lessons learned from this.

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  • Dave Kinsella
  • 06-01-20

"This is Perfection in [Narrating]!"

Some narrators detract from a written work. Not this fellow. He's great. I'm so glad I listened to this work before I read it. Now I will have his wonderful voice ringing in my ears as I read. Whenever I am stressed I hear him say "Ah, don't worry about it." And it really helps. Like a good friend. I don't know his name. Maybe that's okay. I think of his voice as Zhuangzi's. Laozi says the sage does his job and the people don't even know he is there. Another excellent narrator of Taoist works is the translator and narrator (and in my opinion another real sage) Stephen Mitchell. His Second Book of the Tao, which includes much from Zhuangzi, includes the story of the cripple Shu (this present work also does). You should listen to Mitchells version too if you can. In Mitchell's version Shu seems to me cracking a joke when he wonders if his arm will turn into a bow so he can catch a duck for dinner and if his arse will turn into a chariot so he never has to have horses again. The image is hilarious to me. I laughed out loud the first time I heard this story. This version, while joyful in almost every verse, does not carry the same feeling at this point. It's a little more serious in tone, so I do recommend Mitchell's two books on the Tao if you enjoyed this one.

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  • Gusto
  • 01-05-17

Well translated

Well translated and well read.

My only gripe is I felt as if the last chapter would have been better as an introduction and feel that maybe it was intended to be.