If You Meet the Buddha On the Road, Kill Him

Narrated by: MIchael McConnohie
Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
4 out of 5 stars (157 ratings)

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Therapists do not and cannot give answers. Explore the true nature of the therapeutic relationship, and realize that the guru is no Buddha. He is just another human struggling. Understanding the shape of your own personal ills, will lead you on your journey to recovery. Sheldon Kopp has a realistic approach to altering one's destiny and accepting the responsibility that grows with freedom.
©1972 by Science and Behavior Books, Inc. (P)1990 Audio Renaissance Tapes, Inc.

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Too Short

Having read & enjoyed the book some time ago I was looking forward to hearing the audio version. To say that this book is "abridged" is an understatement. I'm sure that if there was a Cliff Notes version of this book it would contain 10 times the information than this audio version.

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"AAA"bridged version

The audio book is toooo short. It's a really "A"bridged version of the book. Good material. But not enough for a book.

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Not the full book

This is not the full book. Just a small part of it. I was listening to it and reading it from Amazon's Look Inside at the same time. Paragraphs were being skipped and then entire chapters. Misleading.

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A disappointment

This is a wonderful book in its entirety. However this very badly abridged recording is less than a Cliffs Notes summary. Thumbs down.

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Highly abridged version

Whole chapters are missing from the book. I have it in paperback in a box in the closet, I bought the audiobook because my eyes aren't as good as they used to be, and this is nowhere near all of the material in the hardcopy. What's there is good, but what's missing makes it not worth buying.

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It Is a short book with a good messag to tell.

It sounded like it was recorded in the 60's but overall all is nice book that points is simple view of life.

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Much needed

Requested to read it by me psychologist, reluctant to participate, found the audio version and so glad I did. I am on a pilgrimage and this book gives insight that we are truly not alone, regardless of how we feel and where we are at in life.

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Very little substance

What disappointed you about If You Meet the Buddha On the Road, Kill Him?

I found very little of substance here... lots of long, drawn out stories followed by an attempt to draw a lesson or piece of information to learn from, but mostly it falls flat. To be fair this edition is SO abridged that I wonder if the actual book would deliver a totally different message. But for this audiobook, thumbs down.

What didn’t you like about MIchael McConnohie’s performance?

The music in the background was both distracting and made the narrator hard to hear.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyed at the lack of real substance.

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Good, but not great.

Good ideas, optimism intermixed with western, eastern philosophy. The psychotherapist as the flawed healer. I found the stories and text interesting, but lacking in depth. The music was distracting. The narrator made the rather sophomoric prose come alive.

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great book

loved it read it over and over recommend to others to read great great book

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  • Nicky
  • 06-12-15

Abridged

I was disappointed this was an abridged version. I think this needs to be made clearer.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 03-16-20

Good narrator, short text

The narrator is awesome, as well as the story. However, the text is shortened and doesn't adjust to the hardcover edition of the book.