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You're It! Speech

You're It!: On Hiding, Seeking, and Being Found

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jijo Puthiakunnel Ca 11-27-12 Member Since 2015

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    "I love Alan Watts."
    If you could sum up You're It! in three words, what would they be?

    YOU ARE IT!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not a story, but a series of lectures. Alan Watts offers a different point of view on reality; a holistic and liberating one. Alan Watts has opened my eyes to who I really am, which is ultimately the most valuable question of all questions. A master speaker, he is the best at helping us see that our way of looking at things is only a small and second hand vision of the ultimate Reality.


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Humor and a joy that is only found in the voice of a self-united man.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Truth unabridged.


    Any additional comments?

    I am that....you are that....you're it!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    William Leddy 06-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "fantastic"

    Alan Watt has a real nice way of explaining so many things. Loved it. shows you a new way of looking at everything.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Nashville, TN, United States 08-21-12
    Scott Nashville, TN, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "This is it!"
    If you could sum up You're It! in three words, what would they be?

    Alan is HOT!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alan is all the characters.


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

    This is the best - authintic, spontanious and 100% Zen!


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

    It is a book to listen to a bit at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    I met Alan in 1967 or 68.
    This is even better than him in person for one talk.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 1690 Golden Hills DR, Colorado Springs, CO. 80919 06-19-12
    Richard 1690 Golden Hills DR, Colorado Springs, CO. 80919 06-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Best philosophical entertainer ever!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book to anyone who likes to explore eastern and western thoughts regarding the nature of the Universe.


    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

    Alan Watts performance is extraordinary.


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    Johnathan 11-18-16
    Johnathan 11-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Alan Watts is fantastic"

    As a lecturer, Alan Watts was always engaging. As a teacher, he was always profound. Totally worth the cost od purchase.

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    james pimentel 11-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "mind blown!"

    this audio has a wealth of information you will listen more than a few times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Javier Chavez 10-20-16
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    "Though repetitive, essential Watts"

    Watts does repeat himself about the yin and yang of life at times but it correlates to what he talks about in that specific lecture. Nevertheless, this lecture runs deep into a beautiful view of the world and the individual. It fits well with "Out of Your Mind." I recommend OYM first then this one. Both are equally interesting that touch different topics. Highly recommended!

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    Jason FPO, AP, United States 08-12-13
    Jason FPO, AP, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic collection of eye-opening lectures"

    This is a well-selected collection of Alan Watts' lectures. The audio quality varies a bit, and is never crystal clear, but that is the nature of this material.

    The content is well presented and there are short, modern audio breaks between the lectures.

    If I had to offer a criticism it would be I would like the audiobook chapters to match the content sections - they don't seem to be related and it is a minor annoyance. Minor indeed, but that is the worst flaw I can point out with this superb series of lectures.

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    Jake 01-16-13
    Jake 01-16-13
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    "Alan Watts: Spiritual Friend"

    The ten hours of Alan Watts lecture are extremely interesting and useful. The way he takes the studies of zen and buddhism and translates them into simple, interesting metaphors for english speakers to understand is a great accomplishment. He had a keen perception of the problems that face both people from the eastern and western hemispheres and he had a way of being able to relieve your anxieties by just showing you how silly or uneccessary your way of thinking was.

    Filled with many, many ideas to lead a better, more peaceful life and how to overcome some of the simple, but widespread problems met by most everyone in our western society.

    Probably the most memorable quote, although not the most important was, "Anyone who goes to see a psychiatrist needs to get their head examined." We constantly search for answers and have questions to things that we really don't know, and nobody knows. Stop searching for a grand answer. The title says it all, "You're It!"

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    Andrea 02-19-13
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    "Golden voice. Golden Knowledge."
    Where does You're It! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    By far the BEST book and I will never stop listening to it. Doesn't matter where you start or where you finish. Where has he been all my life??


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Alan Watts has such a way of painting a picture with his voice that you lose yourself in his words.


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

    Wonderment.


    Any additional comments?

    There are many Youtube items on this man if you want to check him out, but if you are interested in these philosophies, this is a grand investment.

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  • Maltesir
    12/14/16
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    "I couldn't rate Alan Watts high enough."

    I will go over and over his talks again and again. They are remarkable! When I'm listening to his talks, I almost feel I'm in the room with the audience. Honestly, this is excellent and a must listen to those who like philosophy of life and in depth discussions about life. It's s cure for anxiety, depression, fear of death etc.

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  • Tommie Kelly
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    12/11/16
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    "Alan Watts is wonderful"

    I have been a fan of Alan Watts for a long time and have listened to many many lectures of his. Some of the lectures on this series were new to me and it was great to hear them, other I have heard before or heard a different performance of the same lecture.

    The recording quality is more than fine but shows its age.

    Worth your time, but if you are new to Alan Watts, I would suggest maybe starting with OUT OF YOUR MIND first.

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  • Eoin Ó hÓbáin
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    "Fabulous listen"

    engaging, funny and thought provoking. I love everything about it.

    (These words make the 20 word limit)

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  • Mathew Hyman
    11/24/16
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    "What now?"

    After listening to an Alan Watts audio book I always seem to finish with more questions than what I started with however still entertaining and interesting as ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abacar
    9/9/16
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    "Fantastic! "

    Great listening!

    The concepts and opinions on these recordings are insightful and refreshing. My favourite part was when he talks about the conversation he had with Margaret as Mr. Watts states that she scares him because Margaret is the sort of person that would press the button to stop the other people who would press the button first.

    Worth listening :)

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  • Hassan
    7/11/16
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    "Brilliant!"

    A joy as always listening to Alan Watts. Highly recommended. Didn't realise it ended when it ended.

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  • gez
    6/13/16
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    "brilliant"

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

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  • Apollon
    Caterham, United Kingdom
    5/10/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    5/5/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel Hughes
    4/15/16
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    "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,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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