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Said to be the world's longest poem, Mahabharata was originally composed in 100,000 Sanskrit verses by the ancient Indian sage Vyasa. Revered as a sacred text within Hinduism, it contains the great spiritual teaching Bhagavad-gita. Krishna Dharma has condensed the epic into a fast paced novel that fully retains the majestic mood of the original. A powerful and moving tale, it recounts the history of the five heroic Pandava brothers, sons of the Emperor Pandu. Cheated of their kingdom and sent into exile by their envious cousins, they set off on a fascinating journey during which we meet gods, sages, mystics and mighty warrior kings. Profound spiritual themes underlie the thrilling narrative, making it one of the world's most revered texts. Culminating in an apocalyptic war, Mahabharata is a masterpiece of suspense, intrigue, and illuminating wisdom.
©1999 Krishna Dharma (P)2015 Krishna Dharma

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the narrator was monotonous and monotone

the narrator's voice was monotone and monotonous and I had to force myself to listen to the audio . sorry it was below par

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Great Listen

What made the experience of listening to Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time the most enjoyable?

Heart felt reading. well translated. I have read/listened to many renditions -not having time to read a full translation. This and Jaya are my favorite so far.

What did you like best about this story?

Its comparative completeness.

What about Sarvabhavana Das’s performance did you like?

Very heartfelt, warm reading. However, if you have no patience with a homey read, this may not be for you. Can sometimes hear his chair squeak or can tell he has a cold. Chapter ten was obviously never edited and he has a cough that can be distracting.

Any additional comments?

Jaya is another rendition of the Mahabharata that I highly recommend. If you like to feel you are listening to a friend read, this is an excellent listen. I downloaded in parts and the end of part three and beginning of part four have three or four incomplete sentences. In such a long production, I felt the problems were small quirks. But I do hope if they go back and edit the production, Audible will offer us the edited version to replace this one.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Narrator's constant mispronunciations ruined it...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different, preferably Indian, narrator

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

couldn't stick it out that long, though I really tried

How could the performance have been better?

Narration did not appear to be edited and/or directed at all. At points you can hear him breathing heavily, swallowing and even coughing. Sloppy work.

Any additional comments?

I think this version is far below Audible's typically high standards. I've n been listening to audio books for 20 years and this is by far the worst "professional" reading I've ever come across. Westerners in the U.S. doing a lazy and sloppy job with stories like these borders on cultural insult.

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Mispronunciation and artifacts

An otherwise fine performance is marred by numerous mispronunciations and audio artifacts. Production quality is not to the level I've come to expect from Audible.

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Wow! Truly loved the book. Narrator could have done better.

Can’t imagine the amount of detail in the story. What an epic! No wonder its success is so widespread. I always wanted to read the Mahabharata, but never really got a chance. Once I began this book, I started becoming anxious every single day. I wished I could listen to this all the time.. I began looking forward to the next day’s commute just for this.

Only wished the narrator could have modulated his voice a bit better. But the story is so strong, it made the voice be overlooked.

Thanks for making it available. Truly cherished it!!

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Outstanding. Top-notch retelling. Thank you.

My knees went weak and literally buckled on me during the last five minutes. Phenomenal story.

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By far the greatest story I’ve ever heard!

And I’m blown away that this is not a more popular story and it hasn’t been turned into a Hollywood movie.

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Love the story, reader, not so much.

You can hear the reader swallow, breathe heavily, and make other gross mouth noises. Highly unprofessional, and the gross mouth noises do not show much respect to the text. This and the mispronunciations are distracting. This is nearly unlistenable.

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A transcendent experience

I couldn't stop listening. the calm,soothing voice of the narrator suited the transcendental story . this was an amazing experience for me,hearing the story of Krishna and Arjuna,whom I am named after, and the other pandavas. a window into a time far superior to our own, where true virtue lived, and how our current age of Kali began. this is the best English translation of the Mahabharata, respectful and mindful of Lord Krishna as the supreme person, the true God. i recommend this to anyone.

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Very engaging

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I really enjoyed this book. I do not know a lot about Hinduism, but the story was quite engaging and interesting. Unlike other religious texts, it was written well and worth listening to as a story.

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  • Vraja
  • 09-15-15

Wish I could give it 10 stars

I just finished and I'm going back to the start to listen again.
It really is epic.
Thank you for this wonderful book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ross T
  • 10-06-15

Culturally fascinating and wonderfully gripping

A true epic beautifully translated. Whether religiously interested or looking for a top piece of literature, this will certainly fit any bill.

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  • Mrs A Higgins
  • 02-08-16

An Epic, beautifully read

Where does Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the best audiobook I've ever listened to

Who was your favorite character and why?

Krishna is my favourite character, it's impossible not to fall in love with him

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Its impossible to choose a single scene as they all make up the story

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The best book in the world

Any additional comments?

A must read for everyone

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Samir Patel "Sam"
  • 11-29-16

Truly an epic

So many lessons can be learned from here if you are open to it. A superb book!

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  • P. Parekh
  • 03-10-16

Excellent narrative with good flow. Great epic bought to life by the reader. Fantastic insight in to the Indian history and phil

Excellent narrative with good flow. Great epic bought to life by the reader. Fantastic insight in to the Indian history and philosophy.
Vedic yoga threads are well discussed as well as metaphysical musings.

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  • Ruth
  • 03-02-16

Mahabharata

Truly insightful and absolutely sublimely enjoyable. The stories are wonderful to hear again and again.

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  • Mark
  • 04-10-18

Wonderful!

I really enjoyed this audiobook and found it very easy to listen to. It's great to hear the background leading up to, and the speaking of, the Bhagavad Gita . I plan to listen to it again as it deserves more than one hearing.
Highly recommended.

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  • Mr. D. Tipper
  • 03-25-18

Transformational

Beautifully read. This story felt like it opened up my heart and soul. Intellectually, morally and spiritually challenging. Life in all is glory, love and pain.

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  • chief2000
  • 02-26-18

Excellent

Definitely one of my most favourite book. I wish they come with audio version of Bhagavad Gita As It Is. Will be listening to Ramayan soon by the same author.

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  • Zoot
  • 01-03-18

A very long average story.

Viewed in the light of fantasy, I found the immense amount of virtue signaling a little less obnoxious, being a somewhat interesting story. But that’s all it is. If considered in its religious context – there is the obvious lack of reasoning or explanations to its advice, logical inconsistencies, and the clear manipulation tactics found in any religious text.
The narrator was quite monotonous which made it quite difficult to interpret what was going on. Many other books on Audible have either a variety of voices for different characters or a narrator performing distinctively different voices, something absent in this recording. It would have added a lot to the story, especially considering the immense amount of different characters in it.

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  • vinny
  • 09-07-18

Many parts seem to b made up

- Arjuna tells Krishna, have no fear. iwill slay Karna.
why would he say this to the Lord himself.

- Pandvas havebeenportrayed as way more powerful than Kauravas.

- Bhima was a mace fighter but in some instances, he hasbeen portrayedas more skilled Archer than Karna and Arjuna

this story has many flaws.

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  • Wayne
  • 09-06-18

Truly the greatest spiritual epic ever told

I was moved so many times by the wisdom contained in this heartfelt rendition of the Mahabharata. I feel a powerful sense of spiritual devotion and renewed closeness to that ineffable Universal Soul, after imbibing the divine nectar of this great spiritual classic.

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  • Rohita
  • 09-07-17

Masterpiece !!!

Highly recommend to all to hear this valuable and enriching story. Fantastic translation of Mahabharata and the narrator is exceptional, very captivating wish this never ended. Thank you making this available.