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Publisher's Summary

Written in the 13th century by Japanese Zen master Muju. Well-known koans in the collection include "A Cup of Tea", "The Sound of One Hand", "No Water", "No Moon", and "Everything Is Best". Includes the soundtrack The Mysterious Sound of Wind in the Bamboo - a 43 minute collection of Zen-inspired Japanese music by The Matsu Take Ensemble.

©2012 Trout Lake Media (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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Lovely Tales

Lovely Zen tales read with a lovely voice. The music, though, is even more lovely than the tales! It is played with each story, then there is a long segment of uninterrupted music at the end of the 101 tales. What a beautiful ending it was! I plan to use this uninterrupted music for meditation...or whenever I need to soothe my soul...

Namaste... Jade Dragon

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  • Mark
  • Saigon Vietnam
  • 11-22-17

Stories not Useful Without Good Narration

As an editor for Zen stories myself, I understand how it is not an easy job to convey simplicity. The narrator does her job as a technical reader, but it lacks substance in conveying Zen. The recording also seems to lack warmth for her voice which adds a little to how disconnected it sounds from the content. So, combined with the narrators possible unfamiliarity with the simplicity and warm tone of Zen and the very empirical language that is employed by the book itself, I would not recommend this book very highly.

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Loud Music!

The stories are beautiful and the narration is perfect but the stories are separated by very LOUD music. I found it very stressful to listen to. Also the music is not melodic and is very intense. This would have been so lovely without the music!

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Music gets louder and softer.

I like what they're trying to do here with this, but it bugs me a little that the music gets louder and quieter. I'm constantly fiddling with the volume in order for it to be at a comfortable listening level. The classic koans and narration are excellent, however.

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A waste of time

Has 101 Zen Stories turned you off from other books in this genre?

No,

Would you be willing to try another one of Freda Cooper’s performances?

No

Any additional comments?

Audible's policy of rejecting a book and getting the credit back is very attractive.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • SJRod
  • 10-20-17

Brillante. Loved it

Great stories and the last 7 or so chapters with around 30 minutes of music for meditation. Really enjoyed and will listen to often.

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  • Madeleine
  • 03-05-17

101 well known Zen stories

Two thirds of this Audible 'book' is Japanese flute music, most of the stories are found in Ram Dass's work and the narration is amateur. Very disappointing.

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  • vincenzo cupello
  • 01-06-17

Gems of inner peace

A great collection of stories. A great way to meditate, find inner strenght and practice inner dialogue. Very soothing and readsuring. Well read and easy to follow. It would be great if it came with an analysis as well.

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  • Stuart
  • 11-04-16

Classic Koans

A nice collection of Koans, each spaced out with a little music; so you have time to reflect.

A few of the Koans are obscure, but on the whole an enlightening listen!

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  • Christopher
  • 09-27-16

does exactly what it says on the tin

If you could sum up 101 Zen Stories in three words, what would they be?

BE WARNED, this book is not 3:45 minutes of zen tales, its 2:45 minutes of zen tales and 45 minutes of (not very good) music. <br/><br/>not sure why?