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The Tao of Pooh Audiobook

The Tao of Pooh

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, Personal Development, 2013

Author Benjamin Hoff shows that the philosophy of Winnie-the-Pooh is amazingly consistent with the principles of Taoism and demonstrates how you can use these principles in your daily life.

Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey. Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us as our morning breakfast bowl. Romp through the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living.

While Eeyore frets and Piglet hesitates and Rabbit calculates and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is. And that's the clue to the secret wisdom of the Taoists.

The Tao of Pooh is an international bestseller and the first Taoist-authored book in history to appear on bestseller lists, it remained on The New York Times’ bestseller list for 49 weeks.

©1982 Benjamin Hoff (P)2012 Tantor

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    A. Tillery Alabama 09-17-12
    A. Tillery Alabama 09-17-12 Member Since 2017

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Tao of Pooh to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but thoroughly enjoyed the audio version. Hit rewind multiple times to catch some great Ah Ha moments.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm very fond of the workings of the Pooh narratives so using this format to illustate Tao was a great idea.


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

    I've listended to several books that he's narrated and I must say his calm, steady manner allows the listener to focus on the story and not the narration. Just as you have to use imagination to envision the print version, so to with this.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Oh my. There were so many that I couldn't pick just one.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dCote 05-20-12
    dCote 05-20-12

    Again loving to experience books in a new way. Audible form with my handy ipod has given me the ability to "read"

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    "Delightful & Accessible"

    A joyful listen and should be a must read in high school. It seems so natural to use the Pooh characters to explain Taoist tenets. Pooh is the "effortless will do" character and unburdened by life especially it's surprises. In contrast, Owl and Rabbit with all their seemingly wise expertise just over-complicate matters while Eeyore's poor life view just inables him to live a joyful life, and of course, there is Piglet with heart and soul. I will listen to again and again. Strive to Live in Harmony

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    Barbara 04-16-12
    Barbara 04-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to The Tao of Pooh the most enjoyable?

    If you are curious about the Tao, this is an excellent introduction, because the explanations by analogy are so easy to relate to. It helps if you are a fan of Winnie the Pooh! but any true Pooh fan knows that Pooh is only a children's book on the surface...I have listened to many direct translations of the Tao, and other interpretations, but Pooh is by far the clearest....


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    monica 04-01-12
    monica 04-01-12
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    "Perfect!!!"
    Would you listen to The Tao of Pooh again? Why?

    Yes, to fine something I may have missed .


    What did you like best about this story?

    The teaching ,


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    He was perfect in all areas of this book BRAVO !


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How would you spell 2uesday.?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heath SEATTLE, WA, United States 03-20-12
    Heath SEATTLE, WA, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Short and enjoyable."
    Where does The Tao of Pooh rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top half.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pooh, of course. He's the hero/role model.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Good use of character voices.


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    LMB 03-12-12
    LMB 03-12-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Excellent Lifesaver"

    Had read this before at a Tai Chi retreat in UK, but had to listen again, and then I listened again then I let others listen, and then bought 3 of the Tao of Poohs paperpacks to send to friends. Life-changing in the best way.

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    Troy 04-29-13
    Troy 04-29-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Less is More Profound"

    I had heard whispers that this book was nothing short of amazing. Turns out, the rumors are true! This book delivers profound Eastern thought in the form of Winnie the Pooh, as told in the style of Milne's classic tale and referencing it heavily. I was amused and sent gliding into sheer appreciation of this work that, quite frankly, words can't really do justice. This book has to be experienced.

    As always, Simon Vance delivers a performance, and while I'm continually impressed by the dignity he brings to his narrations, I feel like he captured most of the voices dead-on perfectly right out of my childhood, and for those few he didn't, he came really close. His performance as Pooh is otherworldly good, and all of his characters help to drive the messages home in a way that is guaranteed to live in your heart for a long time to come.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ben D. Durall Front Royal, VA 06-04-12
    Ben D. Durall Front Royal, VA 06-04-12 Member Since 2011

    Audiobooks are the bacon of literature.

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    "Pooh is the Man!"
    Where does The Tao of Pooh rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Was a very easy listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    I found that I'm very Pooh-esque


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Very Casual reading style.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I learned that I should re-read the orignal Winnie the Pooh.


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    Stotes 05-03-17
    Stotes 05-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome. "

    Sometimes a little challenging to follow, but I don't fault the book or performance... just my attention span. I plan to buy the book and actually read it.

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    Dustin N Drenk 04-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    This book is a great compliment to The Tao te Ching. Explaining with show and showing to explain. Pooh's song of Tao is.

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