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Siddhartha

Narrated by: Ron Welch
Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Perhaps Hermann Hesse's most influential and acclaimed work, Siddhartha is a Nobel Prize-winning work originally published in 1922. The protagonist for whom the book is named lives with his father in ancient India and by all accounts is a faithful and devout son. However, he finds himself "going through the motions" so to speak and longs for a deeper meaning and purpose. One day, as he is traveling, Samanas passes through town preaching the enlightenment of asceticism, a rejection of physical desire. Siddhartha and his best friend, Govinda, against Siddhartha's father's wishes, join the Samanas to see what they can learn from them. Siddhartha struggles to make peace with his new lifestyle and eventually leaves Govinda in search of true spiritual enlightenment. A tale of friendship and self-understanding, Siddhartha is considered one of the most thought-provoking works of all time.

Public Domain (P)2017 Bassett Publishing

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Lost in Translation

The story, if it can be called such, was boring from beginning to end. I kept hoping for something, but it never happened. The words and phases are those you would expect from a someone with absolutely no language skills. The narration was even worse. How anyone would find “enlightenment” from this novel is a puzzle. I can only assume that the original story was Lost in Translation.

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Fascinating and highly recommended...

It took me a moment to gain access to this work and I find it hard to put into words what it is really about. It is definitely about friendship, indian culture and personal development - but there is much more.

There is a whole life in this book with all its ups and downs from sunrise to sunset.

I really liked this audiobook and I can recommend it. Listen to it yourself to find out what it has to offer for you personally.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Worth a listen

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So, this is basically the story of how Siddhartha got to be Buddha. There have been other translations (and at least one movie about this story) but I like how this version is written.

Also a plus, I liked the narrator's read.
He kept the text interesting and I liked the, partly, subtle changes in tone between the different characters.

All in all, worth a listen.

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  • Ryan
  • Mill Creek, WA, United States
  • 06-18-19

Good Book, Poor Reading

The book is timeless and wonderful, however the narrator in this version wavers from "Lord of the Rings" epic style voices to questionably racist Asian accents and speech impediments. It turns a meaningful novel into a slightly cringey experience.