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Versatile actor Chris Hendrie breathes life into this poetical and allegorical novel and leads us on a profound spiritual journey to finding enlightenment. With a deep and compelling humanity, its young hero moves through self-discovery into self-knowledge, and finally into pure joy as he encounters the river of life. Published in 1922, this book has inspired millions worldwide.

Public Domain (P)2011 Chris Hendrie

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Great Narration

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

I recommend it because it is Hesse's most beautiful story.

What other book might you compare Siddhartha to and why?

Life of Pi??

Have you listened to any of Chris Hendrie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have heard Gatsby and Treasure Island, and Metamorphosis - this is hard to compare since it is more of an epic poem than a "novel".

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

No Keanu Reeves!

Any additional comments?

Yes, I wrote a review and you lost it This is a beautifully rendered version of "Siddhartha" that captures the music of Hesse's tone and rhythm - Chris Hendrie's skills bring out the respect and love Hesse had for the life of this great teacher - in a voice that is captivating.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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first audio book!

Really enjoyed this book. the storey in wonderful and enlightening. I hated the narration changes.

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Bad recording

Great book, great reading, terrible recording. Cuts in and out; often barely audible. Skip this one.

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Poor sound editing.

Other version a far easier listen. This one has a decent narrator, but sounds like it has been pieced together from various clips recorded at different times. Not a pleasant experience.

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Enlightening!

A truly life changing experience! My worldview has been turned upside down. A must read.

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Very moving

This is one of the few books that deeply influence you. Truly deep,soulful and moving.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Story, Good Voice, Production Quality... Meh

Would you try another book from Hermann Hesse and/or Chris Hendrie?

Would I? I did many years ago. Hesse is a fabulous story teller. He, Conrad and Kerouac made my late teens, early twenties very interesting. Chris Hendrie does a fine narrative. I have no issues with his performance here.

Could you see Siddhartha being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It was... I do not remember it well.

Any additional comments?

Audio levels/production quality is variable. You'll have to adjust your volume level a couple times while listening to this book. As I listen to books the first time for the story and there after to fall asleep to, I give this one a passing grade for Awake listening (3.5/5 A's), and a needs improvement for sleep aid (2.25/5 Z's).

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Wonderful story, very distracting narration

I loved Hesse's book, but the narrator had a halting rhythm and some distracting pronunciation. He really emphasizes the first /h/ in Siddhartha's name. He was clearly enthusiastic about the text, but not the best performer.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Terrible narrator

Somehow the reader manages to be overly melodramatic, while simultaneously reading in a voice that reliably provokes my inattention. Inconsistency in pronunciation and half-assed chopped together sound editing round out the worst audiobook I've ever listened to. Great book though...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great content not so good narration

It was really hard to follow the narrator. He tries to do some kind of poetic sounding reading but it just came a across as a 4 hr run on sentence.

Guess I'll be springing for the paperback version to fully appreciate the story.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful