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The Ramayana

A New Retelling of Valmiki's Ancient Epic - Complete and Comprehensive
Narrated by: Deepti Gupta
Length: 16 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (182 ratings)

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A delightfully straightforward and lyrical retelling of the ancient Indian epic of loyalty, betrayal, redemption, and insight into the true nature of life - one of history's most sacred ethical works, rendered with completeness and sterling accuracy for the modern listener.

Here is one of the world's most hallowed works of sacred literature, the grand, sweeping epic of the divine bowman and warrior Rama and his struggles with evil, power, duplicity, and avarice. The Ramayana is one of the foundations of world literature and one of humanity's most ancient and treasured ethical and spiritual works. Includes an introduction by scholar Michael Sternfeld.

©2016 Linda Egenes M.A. and Kumuda Reddy, MD (P)2016 Gildan Media LLC

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Good Retelling and Narration

This is my second time reading this great religious epic of India. Several years ago, I read Krishna Dharma's version, but I like this version by Egenes & Reddy better. The language is contemporary, yet lyrical, and the narrative is highly readable, yet maintains the profundity of its allegorical and spiritual meanings.

Gupta has a rich and melodious voice, although it can be monotonous at times. She could be more emotive, and create more distinction between different character's voices. But overall, I liked her narration.

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Wonderful epic!

This ancient epic is read aloud beautifully! The story is compelling and gives incredible detail for every scene. I would recommend this to anyone

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The intricacies of Ramayana lost

Ramayana is not only about the story - which is how this book is presented. It is almost like the writers were on a mission to write the story and finished it it without any flavor or interpretation of their own. Ramayana has so many embedded stories, which have been eliminated completely. Also many of dialogues have been cut short or eliminated, so that they can move with the story. That is the point of Indian Epics - these small diversions are important as they highlight certain cultural, philosophical or historical significance (after all it is considered a Ithihasa).

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An excellent epic spoiled by worst narrator

Ramayana is an epic. It's one of the most wonderful simple epics that one can read. And one can listen to.
Sadly, the narrator here is toneless, without inflection and robotic.
There is no emotion or understanding of the story. It's as if the narrator was bored to death reading it and is trying to bore us to to death with her narration.
Worse narration. Avoid this narrator.
Audible: Where is your quality control?

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  • 05-31-18

Ramayana by Deepti Gupta is the best!

I rarely listen to audiobooks. Ramayana was the first and also one and only audiobook that i finished listening. Deepti’s narrating fits so perfectly with the story, she made the whole story so beautiful and made it become alive. Her narrating was so clear, magical and poetic! It was my first audiobook on Audible, and I fell in luck love with it immediately. I even looked more about Deepti because I was so amazed by her narrating. I wish she can narrate for Mahabharat too! Ramayana has taught me a lot about Dharma and devotion, and I am really grateful for Deepti narrated it. THANK YOU for having such a beautiful audiobook. I will keep it forever!

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Excellent narration of Indian mythology

Its an excellent audiobook to own and listen to. I know ramayana since my childhood. But it worth listening to again. The narrator did a great job in depicting the events.

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  • 06-24-19

I loved it! Up until the end that is :(

I'm an American, but I have been to India and love Bollywood films and such. I have heard references to this story before in many films so I decided to listen to it. I loved the story! Riiiight up until the very end with the "epilogue". I was very disappointed with what happens to Sita and Lakshmana in the end. I felt like the story sort of betrays itself in that way...

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Beautiful Verses

The ancient wisdom and assurance of hope is resplendent throughout the sacred words. Thank you for the dedication and devotion it took to master this retelling. Jai Sri Rama!

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Worth Reading

Perhaps compared to The Mahabharata, which I had just completed, this epic was in unfair terrain. However, it is a great story and worth reading at least once. Where in The Mahabharata I was so often "dispensing disbelief," in this epic, I found it often difficult to separate allegory and symbolism, from what I believe is historical fact, from what feels like symbolic fiction, profound that it may be … and is. I was not entirely pleased by the rendition of Sita's last ordeal, and Lord Rama's life without love at the final chapter of his life. Additionally, I found the non-active emotions exaggerated, and the wails of death underplayed.

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Interesting story, boring narration

I enjoyed the story, but it became a chore to finish once I realized how monotonous the narrator's voice was. I wish there was more emotion in the storytelling. The ending where Sita was exiled and died despite proving her devotion and "purity" beforehand showed how women have been getting the short end of the stick for pretty much forever.