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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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    Dustin G. Lara 09-23-17

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    "A wonderful listen"

    I'm so glad that the translator is the one that read it.
    his years of study and life experiences help choose his words wisely and it makes a huge difference. highly recommend.

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    KC00 09-06-17
    KC00 09-06-17
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    "A Poetic Translation"
    What did you love best about Tao Te Ching?

    In her annotated Tao Te Ching Ursula Le Quin has wondered if there have been more translators than readers. This one has a unique character and a poetic texture.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's the Tao Te Ching, are you kidding with this question? The fact that we still have it after 2,500 years.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Let somebody else narrate. He has brought out some fine textured nuance in his translation but the reading has little and strikes me as ethereal and precious.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When I realized that I couldn't listen to it again with this narration. Shame, it's a worthwhile translation.


    Any additional comments?

    I will buy the translation to read myself along with other translations, but once was enough for the audiobook.

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    Erich 09-06-17
    Erich 09-06-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Good content, but naration is too "breathy""

    I felt the narrator was trying to hard to sound spiritual where I would have preferred just a simple reading.

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    Flo 09-05-17
    Flo 09-05-17
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    "VERY INTRUSIVE AD AT THE END OF AUDIOBOOK"

    Manny people have complained about the intrusive ad at the end of the audiobook. Audible or whoever is responsible for this blunder has decided not to do anything about It. Pathetic.....

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    Zanboni Lisle, IL, United States 09-05-17
    Zanboni Lisle, IL, United States 09-05-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent!"

    Truly insightful wisdom for anyone seeking the path to any sort of enlightenment on their journey through life.

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    Mr. M 08-16-17
    Mr. M 08-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "good"

    i needed this. great advice. although the author's breathing was annoying. And I disagreed with his translations.

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    Carlee Pierce 08-10-17
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    "Narrator ruins it"

    The narrator is terrible. Spend your money on a better version. Very poor attempt to sound mystical and introspective.

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    Justin Medlin 08-09-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Stephen let's politics nearly ruin a lofty classic"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is one of the defining classics of human history. It demands direct translation and clear communication/expression of the ideas therein.

    Stephen chooses, instead, to alternate between 'he' and 'she' throughout, bowing to modern cultural PC whims and imposing his own petty stamp on a beautiful and lofty work. When he first mentioned this idea at the outset of the book, I was moderately annoyed, feeling it entirely unnecessary, but tried very hard to tell myself this was hardly a big deal.

    After 10-20 minutes, I felt downright annoyed. The constant switching makes the book far harder to follow, the brain immediately wants to associate each varying he/she with a new or different entity, meaning it requires one to constantly remind themselves that a singular entity is being referenced. This is chaotic, silly, and entirely unnecessary.

    A brilliant work, made less efficient and concise in the communication of its contents (and for what?). I won't be purchasing any additional books narrated by Stephen Mitchell.


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

    The use of analogy and metaphor is unparalleled. Deeply impressive, unprecedented. . and a brilliant means for the communication of the incommunicable.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen Mitchell’s performances?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    Lofty, noble, beautiful work. . brought down to earth and made smaller via the injection of subjective/petty gender politics. Disappointing. I recommend the book strongly, I just can't bring myself to recommend this translation, which I feel hinders the clarity of expression of the work.

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    Audra D. 08-07-17
    Audra D. 08-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very beneficial"

    Very good book for life guidance! The readers voice and pace takes some front used to, but it's great overall!

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    Adam 08-06-17
    Adam 08-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Calming, Perfect for Listening Before Bed"
    Where does Tao Te Ching rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was short and did what it was meant to do but it doesn't compare to a well written story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was insightful, after listening to 72 hours of the old and new testament it was a great juxtaposition.


    Any additional comments?

    Please fix the ending, as with other comments it totally ruins the mood to have that ad. It probably is the other publishers fault but it would be nice to have a version without that.

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