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Editorial Reviews

The Prophet is the classic masterwork comprised of several exquisitely flowing prose essays written by Lebanese writer, poet, and philosopher, Kahlil Gibran in 1923, that examines what it means to be alive and a human being and the love and tenderness we universally seek. Narrated with enlightened reason and down-to-earth wisdom by Alec Sand, this abridged version of The Prophet is a must-listen for anyone with a poetic heart, as the transcendent wonder in these lyrical words gush forth from the pen and heart of a true artist.

Publisher's Summary

Kahlil Gibran considered The Prophet his greatest achievement. He said: "I think I've never been without The Prophet since I first conceived it in Mount Lebanon. It seems to have been a part of me....I kept the manuscript four years before I delivered it over to my publisher, because I wanted to be sure, I wanted to be very sure, that every word of it was the very best I had to offer."

The Chicago Post said of The Prophet: "Cadenced and vibrant with feeling, the words of Kahlil Gibran bring to one's ears the majestic rhythm of Ecclesiastes....If there is a man or woman who can read this book without a quiet acceptance of a great man's philosophy and a singing in the heart as of music born within, that man or woman is indeed dead to life and truth."

Public Domain (P)2006 Trout Lake Media

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A Sad Injustice done to listener...

What didn’t you like about Alec Sand’s performance?

Alec Sand reads without any passion for the material and in monotone to make the material unlistenable.... I bought the one narrated by Robert Glenister.... Much much better

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Disappointing

It seems this classic is sold short by the reading. The narrator sounds way too mechanical, making this inspiring story boring.

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Uninspired

Yawwwwwn. Dreary empty text read by a tired narrator with a soft monotone voice. Delete

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Annoying narration

I really wanted to read this book and the chosen narrator was just not appropriate for me. I felt like I was listening to a school nativity play or something. The performance was over acted and left me distracted from what is ostensibly a beautiful story. I am sure there are some for whom the performance will be fine. I am not one and honestly just want to return it.

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Soul nourishing listen

Read years ago but after having Gibran show up in a couple of readings lately decided to read again. It is a very inspiring read for the soul. Favorite quote: "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far."

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  • Anchorage
  • 07-29-10

Please listen, but choose another reader.

I give this book one star not for the content, but for the reader. It's a book of poetry, yet he reads it as if he were called upon in a class to read some old economics journal filled with words he doesn't understand. There are other versions of this book on the audible site, and I encourage anyone interested to listen to the various readers before settling on one. (As with any book with multiple readings.)

As for the content, I'm no judge. People regard this book as a classic, and I can't disagree with them. I think, though, that poetry should be treated as one would treat good tea, in that the enjoyment comes not just with the content of the cup but with the trappings; a nice cup (or at least a favorite cup), an unhurried pace. This audio version is the equivalent of drinking fine tea out of a paper cup, cold. Please be aware.

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Old wisdom new venue

So glad they finally put this book in audio form. Enjoyed this when I was a teenager, enjoyed it more listening to it in the car on a long trip.

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Most Beautiful Words I've Ever Heard

The poetry brought tears to my eyes at points. Reminded me of thoughts long forgotten.

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Good Read(listen)

Liked the story line and lot of truths, which already known, is re-acquainted in a unique way. Never knew the book was so small. I had seen BIG hardbound books of 'The Prophet', probably they are with some commentary.

Good narration! but for you, I would never had read (listened) to this book.

Cheers,
VG

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  • AO
  • 04-29-15

Immaculate use of words

The use of word composition as well as metaphors and clear arguments were astonishing and attractive to follow.
Thank you

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  • CHRISTINA
  • 04-27-13

Thankyou my friend

This book was recently recommended to me by a young man who is living on the streets. He is 40yrs of age and he had nothing to give me - yet he gave me everything - he gave me the title and author of this precious book.

I listen to it regularly and it is beautiful in its simplicity and authenticity.

Thankyou Sean my friend.xx I hope I see you again one day to thank you in person.-

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