• The Kundalini Equation

  • By: Steven Barnes
  • Narrated by: Ron Butler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The coauthor of Beowulf’s Children strikes out on his own with this novel of mystic revelation and martial arts.

What if the disciplines we know as the martial arts, meditation, and fasting were mere fragments of a greater, more powerful killing art?

What if that hidden discipline could produce in a man the power to manipulate matter and energy at will?

What if the effect on the mind were so deadly that, uncontrolled, the result would be an inhuman killer?

And what if, unknowingly, a young man in modern-day Los Angeles were to stumble onto the secret, setting in motion The Kundalini Equation?

©1986 Steven Barnes (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Barnes gives us characters that are vividly real people, conceived with insight and portrayed with compassion and rare skill - and then he stokes the suspense up to levels that will make the reader miss sleep and be late for work.” (Tim Powers, World Fantasy Award-winning author)

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THE KUNDALINI EQUATION

My favorite of Stephen Barnes books, I read this for the first time back in the 80s when I was on active duty in a peacetime army. I read it again while deployed to Iraq, and even wrote Mr. Barnes a fan letter thanking him for the impact the book out on me. Obviously, I recently got it on audiobook and listen to it over the course of a few days. There is so much in this book to think about. But in the end, I think the lesson of this book for me is that in the great battle between good and evil man is not only the chief agent of each but his himself the battlefield. I wish you all well.

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Entertaining and thought provoking

Very good read! This would make a great movie. Loved the action, the science and the metaphysical aspects. I want to know more of the ancient civilization that first discovered this power.

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Incredible Book.

I read this a couple of times many years ago and really enjoyed listening to the audio version recently.

A nice blend of eastern philosophy, yogic science, and fiction. It would be a great movie or mini series.

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Great story

I liked the characters and I loved the details in the Los Angeles cityscape. Characters a wee bit flat and simple but that’s ok. It was a fun story with exciting twists.

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I tried to finish because I don’t like to leave without a closing. I did without this time. And you would thank me if you Nvr started.
Other than than the narrator this was painful.

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A book from my childhood revisited

I read this as a teenager and enjoyed it. Revisiting it as an adult I understood it a lot better and enjoyed it even more.

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Too slow. The idea is great but the plot does not move as quickly as it should. I got bored.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-22

Lasted 43 minutes before giving up !

I know it's free and I shouldn't really bother writing this review but after reading the back page/blurb I thought "excellent, this is right up my street" i.e the kind of book I would like. Things got off to a good start....unfortunately
The more I listened the more I noticed just how weak the writing was, whole passages of text that contradicts itself entirely. For example "he felt no pain. No pain, except the burning flame inside him" or "there was a silence, and the lone call of an owl sounding as loud as a drum". Is there a goddam silence or not? "does he feel any pain"? NO? "What about the flame burning deep within him"? Not to mention the over-use of similes and metaphors that use five sentences where one would do.
Ok, it's free. Still, don't waste your time on it. peace.