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Siddhartha, born the son of a Brahmin, was blessed in wealth, appearance, intelligence and charisma. In order to find meaning in life, he discarded his promising future for the life of an ascetic. He wandered as a shramana and searched for Gotama the Buddha. However, this man, Siddhartha, was not a follower of any but his own soul. This popular book provides the listener with insight into the philosophy and thoughts that shape Siddhartha's path to enlightenment.

©2018 Herman Hesse (P)2018 AB Books

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Great book, not so great performance

A longtime favorite book, glad to have it in audio form. The performance kind of sounds like narrator for an action movie trailer or a political smear ad. It would be annoying me for the first few minutes every time I started listening.

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Goofy Narration.

Narrator ends every sentence like a 90s action trailer.

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poor audio quality

a constant distraction that unfortunately renders the story useless. more words are required before submitting a review. buyer beware

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deep

I think one must be prepared to receive such a book. it ironically tries to convey what the book itself says cannot be spoken or written in words

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Served my purpose of wanting to remember the story

I will need to pull out and reread my printed version now to be sure, but I'm not certain that I love this translation. Also, the narrator seemed wrong to me for this book. He sounds like the quintessential movie voice over guy. If this was an epic action story then it would have been great. But the story felt like it needed to be read by someone with a softer, less harsh voice. A happy monk voice. Not the Movie Phone Dude. Overall, the book and story are great. But I'm not happy with this version.

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Did not like it at all!

It was very irritating to hear a breath after every stop! Also what is "atman"?

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You need to hear this from start to finish.

This audiobook gave me answers I had long been seeking. Please do yourself a favor and make some time to listen to it without distraction.

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This narrator is awful

Doesn’t know correct pronunciation of a lot of these words. The narration sounded like a movie trailer narration. One whole book presented like an amalgamation of movie trailer narrations.

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a classic

this is at least the second if not third time I've read this book and I get a little bit more detail a little bit more perspective each time. The book itself is a classic. I recently heard that a classic book is that which never finishes saying what it has to say. This applies.

I was at the mistaken belief that Siddhartha the boy at the beginning become Scout, directly he is the one who sat under the tree and became waking but actually the story is a parallel to the life of Siddhartha Gautama who became the Buddha.

Some of the mystical religious and spiritual teachings are couched in the terms of like events. Beautifully done. No surprise.

Given that, you should probably know the narrator sounds like he is pitching beer, or maybe he's the guy who makes the movie trailers open quotes in the beginning close quotes about which they even made a movie a few years ago. It was a little bit peculiar. A little bit overly dramatic and overly sincere. Then we had a few words which were not pronounced correctly just a few but they happen to be critical words to the story. Upanishads are lessons learned at the foot of a master. OM is the primordial sound of the universe and can be pronounced like home or AUM but not ahm.
yes, trivia a little details I know. Overall a very Worthy read. I may or may not get back to it again in the near future because I have so many that I plan to listen to again for depth.

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