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Life is the ultimate game of hide and seek... and the good news is that you're it! With the combination of playful irreverence and penetrating insight that made him a legend in Western philosophy, Alan Watts investigates the surprisingly liberating concept of "the universe as play" found at the heart of Hinduism, Zen, and other wisdom traditions.

Carefully selected by his son and archivist Mark Watts, You're It: On Hiding, Seeking, and Being Found features more than 10 hours of newly restored historic talks from the "spiritual entertainer" who helped define Eastern thought to audiences in the West. Here is a rare chance for listeners to experience the enduring brilliance of one of the greatest spiritual voices of the 20th century.

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  • Jay
  • Tennessee Colony, TX, United States
  • 05-28-12

Yeah. If Alan Watts is an intellectual, so am I

Would you listen to You're It! again? Why?

Parts of it are worthy of listening to more than once.

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"Your It" is really a mixed bag. It is possible that some of the negative reviews were from people who didn't actually finish the lectures. But for some of the glowing reviews, I must say...it wasn't that good.<br/><br/>After starting it, the whole first 2 - 3 hours, I kept thinking, wow, if this guy is an intellectual, then so am I! Mr. Watts made me laugh out loud a few times, but really, he can manage to say a whole lot about nothing (Watts must be the original Seinfeld). I almost gave up on the thing as well.<br/><br/>However, it did get better toward the middle of the series, and toward the end was really good. If it hadn't been for the last few hours, I would have given it 3 stars instead of 4.<br/><br/>What I discovered about myself while listening to this is, if I were a better public speaker, I could have come up with a lot more interesting things to talk about. And I must say, <br/>it is a little ego boost to find out you are an intellectual. That fact alone must be worth an audible credit. Yes?<br/><br/>I think Mr. Watts is good as simplifying things, but he simplified things so well that he managed to almost turn them into nothing other than him rambling.<br/><br/>But with all that said, when it was good, it was good. There is even another book by the Mr. Watts that I might take a chance on. Again, I don't feel the lectures were as mind blowing as the glowing reviews, but the book wasn't as bad as the negative reviews, either. <br/><br/>I think that Alan Watts is gifted, in that he can really break things down in a way that is understandable. But...I also think that sometimes this can be distracting, and he could have sped things up a little by leaving them a little more complicated.<br/><br/><br/><br/>

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very interesting opinions

I thought it very thought provoking and fascinating when he sometimes brings up social norms \ standards and beliefs that are common in everyday Western culture then proceeds to demolish it.

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Alan Watts is humorous, & wonderful.

This book is narrated by Alan Watts himself & it's a good introduction. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in Buddhism.

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Alan Watts doesn't want to change you.

This is some of Mr Watts greatest lectures, a treasure trove that I listen to again and again.

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Amazing!

Outstanding lectures by Alan Watts, brings wisdom and awareness.
Highly recommended for people interested in spirituality and mysticism.

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Alan Watts is classic

Would you listen to You're It! again? Why?

Absolutely! The material in this program is the kind that you have to read again and again. You don't quite master it, but you re listen to it to help ground yourself again. People go through so many situations in life. I believe that the lessons in this program could aid someone in any problem they may have.

What other book might you compare You're It! to and why?

Out of Your Mind, In My Own Way, The Tao of Pooh. All these books have the same concept. "If you allow yourself to be stuck, or not stuck, then your unstuck."

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

I wanted to, and could if it wasn't for....you know......life.

Any additional comments?

Alan Watts is a great orator, and a great way to learn about Eastern Wisdom. He presets it in an easy to understand and easy to swallow manner. I feel that anyone who has a hard time accepting or understanding religion, philosophy, or mythology would make a good choice by listening to him.

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Brilliant!

Alan Watts has been my North Star for 45 years, this reminds me of why.

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Great

this is an amazing piece of archive !!! He is amazing with philosophy. Great listen

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Amazing.

Highly recommended to anyone seeking truth. Alan Watts' philosophy, humour and truth is our higher reality.

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  • gez
  • 06-13-16

brilliant

really enjoyed listening, he brings humour to his story telling, wisdom and common sense. I would recommend

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  • Apollon
  • 05-10-16

Great wisdom that's easy to follow

I really enjoyed hearing Allen Watts. Excellent audio quality, great content. Highly recommended to all students of life.

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  • Richard
  • 05-05-16

wonderful listening

this collection is illuminating and entertaining for so many reasons. his roguish irreverence, his startling insight and of course the peek into cultures and points of view that may or may not differ from your own.

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  • Daniel Hughes
  • 04-15-16

Fascinating

The review requires at least 15 words. But what can really be said in 15 words. Ive listened to this E book about 30 times it's very interesting,

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  • Michael Doherty
  • 02-07-16

Thought provoking funny and enlightening

The way in which Watts never really took himself too seriously really comes across in these recordings. So much richer than the text and something I will be listening to again.

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  • Paul J
  • 02-04-16

Superb

Unlike anything else I have read or listened to on spirituality / philosophy. Has changed my perception of myself and the world.

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  • me
  • 12-01-15

Words of wisdom

Where does You're It! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Watts is a master of precise, concise wisdom. He is articulate beyond measure. Insightful yet simple. Definite yet humble.

What other book might you compare You're It! to, and why?

I have nothing in my experience to liken this to.

What does Alan Watts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

There is an authenticity, a humility and a gentle humour present in Watts voice. It is comforting and allows a sense of humour to be present within the big questions being posed.

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

It was more a case of many "aha" moments than moving moments.

Any additional comments?

Brilliantly wise, articulate, honest, humble and with a twinkle of humour.

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  • James E
  • 10-20-15

good stuff

really good listening. humorous and insightful. gives a great account of a vast array of aspects of spirituality

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  • Natalia
  • 08-20-15

One of my favourites

Absolutely love this book and the author. Offers comfort in all situations of life. Makes obscure concepts of philosophy and spirituality easy to understand. And he is do witty!

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  • mr
  • 07-27-15

Excellent

A must read for all conscious souls seeking answers or even questions !!! Check it out.