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When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way. From a chocolate factory in Hershey to a bowling alley in South Bend, from a Cubs game at Wrigley field to his family farm near Bismarck, Otto is given the remarkable opportunity to see his world---and more important, his life---through someone else's eyes. Gradually, skepticism yields to amazement as he realizes that his companion might just be the real thing. In Roland Merullo's masterful hands, Otto tells his story with all the wonder, bemusement, and wry humor of a man who unwittingly finds what he's missing in the most unexpected place.

©2007 Roland Merullo (P)2011 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"The skillful Merullo, using the lightest of touches, slowly turns this low-key comedy into a moving story of spiritual awakening." ( Booklist)

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  • sam
  • Anchorage, AK, United States
  • 10-16-15

a trip along lifes road

an enjoyable story about one mans road trip, starting badly but becoming a life altering journey. The further I got into the book the more I found myself enjoying it.

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Delightful

Would you consider the audio edition of Breakfast with Buddha to be better than the print version?

I never have read the book but I loved the audio version...Truly enjoyable.

What did you like best about this story?

How real to life the story was and I could even imagine it happening as I have a dear friend just like Rinpoche..

What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The delightful way he spoke the words and brought the characters to life.. Gave me several laughs.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes when Otto became more open about another way to look at life. And how he begin to see his sister and Rinpoche in a new light. He began to value them.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this audio book and I am looking forward to the next one Lunch with Buddha... Thank you audible !!!!

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Loved Breakfast with Buddha!

I listened to this book on the recommendation of s friend. I would have preferred a hard copy, or so I thought.

I found myself thinking through each chapter, measuring my own values against Rinposhay's values. Quite the same I must say. I practice Yoga each day, but struggle with meditation as Otto did. I found myself eager to listen to each chapter. The narrator was superb. His accent clear and most engaging.

The author's vocabulary and descriptions were so vivid. I feel as though I were traveling in the same car with Otto and Rinposhay. I cannot recommend this book enough!

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Struggled to finish

I think the story has a lot of promise, but the main character was very unlikable and I am not a fan of the writing style of the author. It was hard for me to finish the book. The baseline of the story is all that kept me going.

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Lacks climax

I was waiting for something like a turning point to the story, or something unexpected. Until I realized that I was already past half of the Audiobook, and that it was all that there was to the nook; after that, I was not really that excited anymore to finish the book.

I think a reader expecting more about Rinposhe's track of thoughts would be better off reading Osho's books (non-audio).

Good narration though.

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Almost bailed.

Reading the review I got ready and tuned in to be taken away from my thought processing of that moment. I was so disappointed at mid point with the author's mindset that I wanted to end my listening immediately. So thankful my spirit would not settle until I moved on from where I had left off. It's a slow and for some, meandering read but like any awakening it hits it's stride and the story is an rewarding journey. Breakfast with Buddha is a heart holding ride through one's own presence. I am thankful for listening to me to hear me better.

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  • William
  • Winston Salem, NC, United States
  • 04-21-15

Quirky / Funny / Thought-provoking

Quirky and funny, but thought-provoking. The last half hour or so got to be a bit preachy, but still I was glad I listened to the book and some bits have stuck with me.

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Buddha

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

I'd recommend this book to absolutely everyone on the planet. If you're a spiritual seeker, this one's for you; if you don't care one way or another about spirituality, this book's for you; if you've been on a spiritual path for decades, if you meditate for hours on end, if you know that you know what life is all about, this book's for you.It's sweet, beautifully written, and a true pleasure to listen to. I'll be re-reading this book for years and years to come, I think.

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

Sean Runnette's performance on this book is perfect. Not good. Not really good. Not spectacular. Just perfect. Perfect with a capital P.

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Brilliant and great Fun.

Was so surprised by this book. I wasn't expecting to be carried away by it, but I was. I found myself creating bookmarks; fourteen of them to be exact. I am an atheist with a strong belief in love. I can't bear "religion" and the horrors that the have been rendered in its name. Breakfast With Buddha is a lovely fairytale, a wonderfully written and narrated morality play. It makes one feel good and I loved it.

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  • girorv
  • montreal, QC, Canada
  • 11-27-13

not too preachy!

When I bought this book, I made sure that it fell into the category of novels as I did not want a self-help book. While it is not a complicated plot it does unfold as a story. It was laugh out loud funny in spots but also very thought-provoking in others. It is the kind of book I will listen to again.

There are not a lot of characters here , nor is there much action, but the reader did a good job of conveying the right atmosphere for the book. I think he added to the story .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful