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Tao Te Ching Audiobook

Tao Te Ching: A New English Version

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Linda Cotton 03-21-17
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    "Please warn before ad!"

    I have to add to what others have said. I listen to this book over and over and every time - the ad at the end shocks me. Audible.com, please, put something before the ad to signal the end of the book - like "audible hopes you enjoyed this book" - or put some music or something. At the very least- put a few seconds of silence or lower the sound level of the ad to match the book. With a name like "audible.com" you would think you would pay attention to consistent sound levels.

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    Neal Aronowitz Portland, OR, US 09-28-16
    Neal Aronowitz Portland, OR, US 09-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great audiobook ruined by an ad at the end."

    Fabulous translation and performance. A jarring ad at higher volume ends the book. BAD decision.

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    Alex 09-11-16
    Alex 09-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing book"

    I recommend everyone to read this book! It moves people to a place of peace.

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    Phil O. San Diego, CA, United States 04-20-15
    Phil O. San Diego, CA, United States 04-20-15 Member Since 2011

    Professor of Business Law. Fan of history, finance, law, politics.

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    "A "new" favorite Tao te Ching"

    I have been reading versions of Tao te Ching for decades. This is a balanced, serene, insightful one, that I think fits modern sensibilities better than any I've read (in several instances giving phrasings that better expressed ideas I had groped for, but not fully reached with other versions). It has a neat, non-frilly clarity that is ideal. The sound quality is good as far as the voice but I can hear quiet background noise going on and off as each little segment ends and the next starts. It is mildly distracting, but no big deal.

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    Ryan KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 07-28-12
    Ryan KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2015

    Hello!

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    "Very accessible"
    Where does Tao Te Ching rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really liked my old paperback Tao Te Ching, but 4 minutes in to this narration, and I felt, "this is going to be better". Mitchell's tone is very fitting to the content (sure he wrote it, but his reverence doesn't disappoint). Finally, I really enjoyed his preface, which is something I didn't have before. I'm very happy I found this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lau Tzu via Mitchell. Mitchell's reverence for the tao is inspirational.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Mitchell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it's 81 self contained sayings are conducive to interruptions or short listenings.


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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-26-12
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great translation with the a great reader"
    Would you listen to Tao Te Ching again? Why?

    I've read it in paper form, I downloaded it from LibriVox, and I bought it here. This is the best version I've heard and I will definitively listen to it again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tao Te Ching?

    When the reader said that the original Tao Te Ching wasn't gender specific which is against everything organized religion tells us.


    What about Stephen Mitchell’s performance did you like?

    His ability to read clearly and pronounce the words.


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    Tricia Cookeville, TN, United States 11-15-11
    Tricia Cookeville, TN, United States 11-15-11
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    "The best I've heard to explain the tao te ching."

    Easy to follow and understand. Gives a deeper insight into yourself. The best I've heard to explain the "tao te ching".

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    Danielle plantationUS Minor Outlying Islands 11-04-09
    Danielle plantationUS Minor Outlying Islands 11-04-09 Member Since 2012
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    "don't waste your money"

    The "New English Version" is an ill-translated, uninspiring bore, narrated in a most drab, unenlightened manner.
    I am so disappointed with this version of the "Tao" that I have not been able to listen to it through its conclusion. I have decided to purchase an earlier translation. Take my advice; try another version of the "Tao"

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    GnH Australia 05-22-17
    GnH Australia 05-22-17 Member Since 2012

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    "Delete the advert right at the end"

    Great narration...spoiled right at the very, very end with a really unexpected stupid ad...otherwise 5 stars

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    William A. McGrath 05-09-17
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    "Master Mastery"

    This will assist and support you in Mastering Mastery. It spoke to my mind, spirit and body.

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