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Publisher's Summary

In 81 brief chapters, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, as well as a serene and generous spirit. It teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao: the basic principle of the universe.

Stephen Mitchell's best-selling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture.

©1988 Stephen Mitchell (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Stephen Mitchell's rendition of the Tao Te Ching comes as close to being definitive for our time as any I can imagine. It embodies the virtues its translator credits to the Chinese original: a gemlike lucidity that is radiant with humor, grace, large-heartedness, and deep wisdom." (Huston Smith, author of The Religions of Man)

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Narrator was a bit dry

The performer was dry but I'm this case it's about the content not theboerformance so I still go with 5 stars.

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Awesome... except the end.

The end is unexpectedly cutoff with a terrible ad. It totally wrecks the ending. Everything else is good.

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Life Changing!

Material and Content is simple yet transformative. When you hear truth and you know it to be so!

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Long Awaited...

Nicely narrated... and an easy listen... meditative and calming as I worked along on some other tasks... I found myself making a few bookmarks as I listened... and I'm sure it's something I'll return to again for further thought...

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What would have made Tao Te Ching better?

The problem is not with the Tao, it is with the guy reading it. He tries to read it as if he's being "mystical" or something and it comes across as extremely creepy or simply weird.

What was most disappointing about Lao Tzu and Stephen Mitchell ’s story?

Lao Tzu did a great job and virtually every translation before was awesome. This one was bizarre, and the word you are looking for to describe something that is neither female or male is "it". I know it's hard to understand when you're caught up in yourself, but "it" perfectly fits the Tao since it is neither male or female. This weirdo tries to make the Tao male in some parts an female in others, when that completely goes against the total neutrality that the Tao tries to teach.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Mitchell?

Anyone not trying to be a creep.

What character would you cut from Tao Te Ching?

Stephen Mitchell, since he apparently thinks the Tao is about him.

Any additional comments?

Yeah, remove the stupid ad from the end.

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Life lessons 💖

This audio book is a delight! I've always wanted to grasp the teachings of the Tao and what forks be better than listening to them. It almost feels like meeting Lao in person.

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Ancient Teachings translated

I liked Stephen Mitchell's earnest rendering of such a mind blowing teaching. I will listen to this recording often to be with the words and ideas.

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BE THE TAO

I was captivated within the first 2 minutes, and have listened daily since being gifted this amazing treasure. The narrator draws you in and is easy on the ears. This book contains timeless considerstions for "being". Inspirational guidance on how to become! My children will be listening.

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a beautiful listen anytime!

I loved it I've listened to it at least 7 times. As I sent it to a good friend of mine who is well read. As I'm sure I'll listen to it again more than seven times.... my dog loves it as well very much very calming for all.. Please Enjoy. ONENESS LOVE AND RESPECT TO ALL

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so enlightening

I will return again to these words, so exquisitely read, moved and touched my spirit.