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Publisher's Summary

This audio edition of the international best seller Way of the Peaceful Warrior is based on the story of Dan Millman, a world-class gymnast who has it all, but is troubled by a vague sense of dissatisfaction with his everyday life. He meets an eccentric old mentor named Socrates, who sets him on a spiritual odyssey that will ultimately deliver or destroy him. Along the way Dan encounters realms of light and darkness, of romance and magic, as he learns what it means to live as a peaceful warrior.

Way of the Peaceful Warrior is a rare story with the power to transform lives. It conveys piercing truths with drama, heart, and humor and speaks directly to the universal quest for fulfillment and happiness, for finding our place in the world. It is a story for all times that can inspire joy, expand perspectives, and remind us of the deeper truth we already know, that real freedom lies within us right now.

©1984 Dan Millman (P)1997 New World Library

Critic Reviews

"As narrator as well as author, [Millman] has ample skill and showmanship." ( AudioFile)

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My Favorite Audiobook

At this point, I have read, and re-read this book enough times to know most of it by heart - not just the main story line which is pretty simple, but the lessons contained within the story that are really what the book is all about.

I initially made the mistake of trying to figure out which parts of the story were claimed to have actually happened vs which parts were just there to illustrate a point. Eventually I came to the conclusion that it really doesn't matter how much or little was fact - The basic point of the book is to guide the reader to a philosophy that is aligned to the world around them instead of living one that is opposed to natural order. Without challenging religious beliefs, the book can lead you to look at how you live, how you interact with others, and to think carefully about all aspects of your life - from breathing to eating, to exercise, to how you look at the world every minute of the day

Read it, think about it, then read it again. I don't normally take the time to write reviews of the hundreds of audiobooks I have read, but I feel very strongly about this one

25 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • Annas
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • 07-29-06

Very realistic and fun

Just finished listening to this audiobook. It was wonderful... so realistic despite having elements of fiction. It is incredibly fun and entertaining to read, even if read just as a novel. Reflecting on the book lessons, I realized that many of its revelations are valid even in the world we live in. Many of my questions about life got answered in this book, and it brought me closer to awakening. Enjoy!!!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Way of Simple Happiness

Not many unabridged titles can be listen to, with such ease and pleasure. The 'Way of the Peaceful Warrior' is a story about finding pleasures in every aspect of our lives.
This title shows a great way how to distance yourself, from everyday chaos and madness. It shows step by step, how to rediscover happiness and simple pleasures.
In my personal case, I was able to better understand what I really, really, really want...

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Kenneth
  • Decatur, GA, USA
  • 06-03-06

Very Fun

This is a very fun book. I thouroughly enjoyed it and pretty much needed it. This is the book that I thought "motorcycle maintenance" was going to be and turned out to suck wind. Have a great time with this book. There's a gem here and there for you to carry forever. Great stuff.

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  • Michelle
  • Perry, FL, United States
  • 12-05-11

An Inspiration

I truly love this book. I have already listened more than once. I give it 4 stars because of the narative is not great. I know it is Dan Millman himself so I'm not going to be harsh and I do appreciate when a writer reads thier own story.

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  • Nowdla
  • Miami Gardens, FL, USA
  • 10-03-07

Definitley Valuable

I found Dan's book to be quite good. I became familiar with the materiel from watching the movie starring Nick Nolte. I'm almost hesitant to say that I enjoyed the movie even more. Even though the book has much more content. Definitley a worthwhile listen or read

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Inspiring and Reflective

Where does Way of the Peaceful Warrior rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top 5

What was one of the most memorable moments of Way of the Peaceful Warrior?

The story is just a beautiful reminder of being at one by living in the moment, there is no other moment in time than the now. Live in the now

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

There already is a movie on this book!

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Short but as long as it needed to be

Would you listen to Way of the Peaceful Warrior again? Why?

Yes, because I think there's a depth to it you may not catch the first time.

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

No but I read Spirit Laws

Any additional comments?

I understand why he would want to read his own work, another narrator may have been a better choice.

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Inspiring Book

What made the experience of listening to Way of the Peaceful Warrior the most enjoyable?

This novel can potentially open doors to new planes of existence, provided we decide to take up the Warrior's path.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Socrates, his intensity and willingness to do whatever it takes to assist in the growth of his pupil.

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Mother Died While I Listened

I encountered this book during the death of my Mother to a brain tumor. This was just an indescribably helpful coincidence. Please read this book, and know that it really will change you. Thank you.

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  • A. J. Matthews
  • 02-01-18

Words to live by

I've listened to this book five times now. Each time a little bit more of Socrates' wisdom sticks. It's a great book with plenty of lessons to be learnt and practiced in the real world. It's only around six hours long so not a huge investment in time, but very worth wile. The Millman tells the story well, there's nothing there to dislike. I liked his cant and rhythm of his narration. The story is a semi-autobiographical one. Like Dan I wanted to know who is this Socrates man, what’s his story, how did he know these things. These mysteries are hanging there throughout and some of them are answered. We're taken on a journey through Dan's life and how Socrates' lessons change the way Dan thinks and behaves.

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  • Ayy
  • 12-31-17

Awesome book

This book was amazing, I read and listened. It helped aid my trips to become shorter, and it also allowed me to understand life in a different perspective. I highly recommend this book. It was well narrated, however I can only fault the fact some parts of the audible and the book differed

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  • Julius
  • 03-15-18

Only Time is In the Present

The Book is filled with so many valuable life lessons, insights and wisdom. I feel Socrates is now part of my life too. The best lesson is understanding and practising Present moment, than whole life will be filled with wonderful moments of Joy ;)

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  • alec
  • 12-22-17

Life changing! <br />

Words can't describe, it can only be felt. Thank you Dan Millman or should I say me?

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  • John
  • 10-17-17

A beautiful book.

Well, I just love this book. It gives one such a feeling of journeying with the author, through thick and thin, thru the mysterious, thru Nature.
For me this is an audiobook to listen to again and again, over the years, and in that way it is timeless.

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  • Dickie
  • 09-23-17

A nice story.

Enjoyed it, but could have explained the breathing techniques and meditation more in my opinion.

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  • Rosemary
  • 03-07-17

Amazing story

I really liked the book, loved the way it was narrated it made me feel like I was part of the story as if I was in the story, learned quiet a lot about being happy in the present moment & to appreciate everything even the smallest thing

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  • susan
  • 02-14-17

A must if you feel you have never fitted in !

If you could sum up Way of the Peaceful Warrior in three words, what would they be?

Deeply Fulfilling Adventure

What did you like best about this story?

The feeling that you were stood side by side with Dan as he struggled to discover the meaning of his life

What about Dan Millman’s performance did you like?

Excellent. To have the author narrating his own work brings an authenticity to the story.

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

Joseph and the care he took in preparing the meal and the way he looked at his life when he knew he was dying.

Any additional comments?

I had read the paperback several years ago but the audio book breathes life, emotion and love into the story, made all the more compelling by Dan Millman's narration

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  • Mrs Dee Jessup
  • 06-04-16

The one book everyone should read

This book I have read so many times and each time I take something new from it

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  • Martin
  • 04-14-16

Exciting

Loved it! Inspirational and humorous story of how is life supposed to be lived !

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  • Chris
  • 03-20-18

Way of the peaceful warrior

Absolutely brilliant story.
There is so much to learn from this book, up there with the best.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-31-18

Life changing almost doesn’t do it justice.

This is an absolute gem of a book. Among the rarest of finds in it’s field. To say it has the power to change your life would be, to put it almost criminally understating it’s magnificence. What a privilege young man I am to have read it.

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  • Melissa Buchanan
  • 01-25-18

loved it. read well and truly touching.

loved it and it was truly delivered with precise articulation. The book was easy to listen to and kept me coming back for more and more

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-25-18

Great story and life lessons

For me this book didn't change my life, but it's a great reminder to appreciate the small things in life, and be happy in the moment. it'll be worth a re-read to remind me of these things in the future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-14-17

A bendy story of truth and wisdom

A joyful read (listen) with important lessons for all of us, one of those lessons/teachings: be happy for no particular reason

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  • Dirk Schmitt
  • 10-25-17

Much ado about nothing

Listening to this is an excellent way to gain further awareness. The story, a continuous metaphor draws one into the void. If you are interested in Buddhism, meditation, Alan Watts, Zen or anything the like, this is a fine addition to any works you already have.

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  • mathew
  • 09-09-17

must read

loved this book. beginning to end.
uplifting read with great insite. very highly recommended.

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  • Janina quinn
  • 08-21-17

Lovely story

This is a lovely story and good "ending". Dan's online course is fantastic too.

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  • Cherrie Bettess
  • 07-22-17

Feeling Inspired

I loved listening to this it made me think of my life giving me some clarity

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  • Jim
  • 02-13-17

loved it!!

loved this book, a great story, had me hooked the whole way!! can't wait to get into the next one !!!