Ramayana

Narrated by: Ram Dass
Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (315 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This wondrous tale of cosmic adventure immerses the listener in a world of heroes, gods, and demons. It tells the story of the Lord Rama, the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. At about 50,000 lines the original Ramayana is one of the largest epic poems in history - as well as one of the world's most important literary and spiritual masterpieces. This translation by William Buck makes the ancient text accessible to the modern Western world, while preserving the richness of the original.
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Outstanding

One of my most prized possessions is a hardcopy of the Ramayana retold by William Buck and forward done by Ram Dass. This is an incredible story that is often read and reread throughout one's life in the Far East. It has much to offer to those of all ages. It relates, among other things, the background and place in Hindu culture of some of its most important religious figures. But this is mostly the story of Prince Rama, his beautiful consort Sita, the monkey king Hanuman and their satanic archenemy Ravana.

The story introduces us to a world created almost 2000 years ago by the poet Valmiki. It is a saga about good and evil, nobility and betrayal, heroism and treachery. It's all here but told in a story unlike that ever told before or since.

Ram Dass is the perfect narrator. He is one familiar with the characters of the book unlike many others. He tells the story with passion and intrigue, compassion and delight that probably could not be equaled by many others.

This is a wonderful story beautifully narrated and my only reservation is that it is abridged. I never spend a credit on an abridged version of anything. But since this is all that is available, it is more than worth it. Hopefully, it will be enough to whet the appetites of new readers to acquire an unabridged version.

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Great narration of a timeless epic

Ramdass brings alive this timeless story in way only he can do it. I not only recommend this book but also other audio books of Ramdass found on Audible.com and other places. Ramayana assumes new meaning from the mouth of someone so well educated , in full meaning of the word in both eastern and western contexts, as Ramdass.

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A lot of fun for an important classic

This was a fun reading to listen to. The story is so wonderful and the characters are so important in Hindu religous life. What makes this reading fun is the quirky voice of Ram Das, and also just hearing Ram Das conjures up images of a kind of flipped out, off the grid lifestyle that I couldn't entirely separate that from the text itself. I ended up liking that, so if you want that kind of Hindu/American psychadelic juxtaposition, its a good listen for you.

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Yogic Wisdom in story form

In this reading of the Ramayana, Ram Das does a superb job of voicing the characters, and giving life to such an epic story of the very heart of Yogic philosophy and wisdom.

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Ramayana

Very beautiful and engaging. Ram Das is awesome as the narrator. Love the epic of Ramayana. This audiobook makes it available to all who seek ancient wisdom like Ramayana.

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Ram Ram Ram

Truely inspiring spiritual classic told wonderfully by Ram Dass. The entire read captivated my fascination and before I know it, the book was finished. Will definitely revisit this again and again!

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Inspirational

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

Yes. Ram Das brings alive characters that will be written on my heart forever.

What did you like best about this story?

Narrators interpretation.

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this is not the William buck version

I bought this audiobook to read along for my copy of The Ramayana retold by William buck. nothing matches.

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Awesome! Love this interpretation and Ram Dass'

Loved it. Both the interpretation and the loving and energetic naraton of Ram Dass! Listened to it four times now.

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One of humanity's greatest tales.

Sincere seekers of all persuasions will love this simple retelling of a beloved Indian classic.

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  • Juy Hepner
  • 05-17-20

Rama is loveable but Hanuman is reliable

Ram Dass is obviously passionate about Rama and it shows in his intonations as he reads the various characters, and what his voice lacks in melody is made up for by the ring of truth.
The story of a super god that forgets his true identity by being incarnated as a human is very exciting. It seems that the son of god theme, not the tripartite godhead theme is not just in Christianity or in the Greek demigod spawn of Zeus, but Rama is almost like a cross between Christ and Hercules...he is a mixture of hero and compassionate king.
The best twist for me was (rather like Slugworth in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) Ravenna turns out to love Rama. I guess a similar character is Judas in the bible, without who’s betrayal Jesus couldn’t have fulfilled his destiny. I also enjoyed the relationship between Rama and Hanuman. There is a great scene where Hanuman actually chides Rama about despairing and saves him from quitting his path.
I’m interested to read more about the fight between Rama (as Narayana) and Garuda that cursed him to always lose Lakshmi. Does anyone know if there are other texts that expand on this??