The Ramayana

Narrated by: Samrat Chakrabarti
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (204 ratings)

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The Ramayana is one of the best-known epics in the world. It is the tale of Rama, the Prince of Ayodhya, who exiles himself to the forest for 14 years to honor his father's Word.

In the forest, Rama, his wife, Sita, and his brother, Lakshmana, meet new friends and unusual foes, and each day brings new adventures. But Ravana of Lanka, the King of Demons, ruins it all by abducting Sita. To rescue her, Rama enlists the help of Hanuman and his monkey army.

©2012 Penguin Books India (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Enchanting!

I was transported back to my childhood. It was like a combination of bedtime stories - the monsters of Grimm's fairy tales, kings, queens, princesses and princes - gods like those of Olympus - monkey armies like The Wizard of Oz...all at the same time! Artfully read with various voices and inflections. It truly was enchanting!

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Pretty OK on all dimensions, do recommend

Would you listen to The Ramayana again? Why?

Yeah, I might. It's targeted towards children, and I think it does a good job of it. The narrator did a pretty good job, it's clear he tried very hard. Sometimes, he might have tried a little too hard (faking a female voice with falsetto is generally a bad idea), but I'm happy to forgive those shortcomings. Yes, I would listen to it again.

What other book might you compare The Ramayana to and why?

I suppose it would be comparable to "Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths," by Bernard Evslin, in both tone and intent.

Which character – as performed by Samrat Chakrabarti – was your favorite?

His rendition of the male characters are pretty good.

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

This is a funny question, I'm not sure why I'm being asked this.

Any additional comments?

In summary, although some aspects of it were a bit annoying, they didn't take anything away from the underlying experience. It is an important piece of our human heritage, and told well for a modern audience. I would recommend it.

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Well performed, well written.

This audiobook is performed well, by a man who knows how to pronounce everything. The text is brought to life in a fun and novel way.

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Great performance, boring story.

I struggled to finish this audiobook, not because it isn't well performed but because I sought it out only to hear about Hanuman, the inspiration for the Great Sage Equal of Heaven Sun Wukong. Hanuman doesn't do a whole lot in this story especially not when compared to Sun Wukong in Journey to the West. I would recommend that story over this one.

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great version

Reducing an epic such as this into an audiobook of reasonable length is a monumental challenge. This was very well done and made exceptionally paletteable for Westerners. It's flow is steady, easy and engaging. Well done!

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Not a fan

It felt like I was just listening to a stereotypical anime flick. There was minimal character depth as the story focuses on the world(s) most powerful beings fighting each other, each more powerful than the last. That said, I am grateful for the glimpse into the culture, and it held my attention throughout (despite my distaste for much of it). Well done Samrat Chakrabarti!

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I urge this narrator to read to us more

I love his narration and story telling as much as the writer, and him being an Indian I do not need to feel annoyed at mispronounces...which were NONE.
I URGE YOU TO PLEASE READ THE MAHABHARATA...will definitely buy as soon as you do. So far there are only western readers and not any good Indian reader.

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great story. :)

very colorful and well read. sita will stay in my memory for a long time.

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Superb Story and Narration!

While the cover suggests the story is most appropriate for children, the dynamic and animated style will keep any listener glued to the end! The narration and many voices really make the story come alive. Genuinely superb.

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excellent story and narration

loved it and it was hard to stop listening after my daily commute. This is a fascinating story with lots of metaphors that pertain to life situations.

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  • A bloke from West Sussex
  • 07-23-15

Thoroughly enjoyed the telling of this story

I'm fascinated by the ancient classics and found myself strangely addicted to this one as I listened. It is beautifully narrated, quite gripping in places with the odd unexpected twist. I particularly enjoy the moral undertones and insights into ancient views of God and evil and how it is depicted.

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  • Mrs A Higgins
  • 08-24-16

Beautiful Beyond Words

A simple and delightful story about good versus evil and courage and love. Beautifully narrated.

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  • J M Welch
  • 01-21-20

Beautifully told

The narration of this tale was at times exciting and at times soothing. I was able to visualise the characters and the settings and it brought the story to life. I loved it.