• The Tao Made Easy

  • Timeless Wisdom to Navigate a Changing World
  • By: Alan Cohen
  • Narrated by: Alan Cohen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (185 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

May you live during interesting times: so goes an ancient Chinese blessing - or some say curse. That wish has come true for us. Now what? 

In this radically illuminating audiobook, Alan Cohen delves into one of the world’s most venerated wisdom texts for answers and brings the lofty and enigmatic concepts of the Tao Te Ching down to earth in fresh, easy-to-grasp language with practical, personal examples we can use to uplift our daily lives. 

Most other interpretations of the Tao march through the stanzas one by one. Here Alan Cohen calls forth the ancient verses around themes that are central to our modern lives - from love to work to the lessons we learn from pain. Then he brings each message to life in short vignettes where he imagines himself a student of Lao Tse and interacts with the master directly and intimately. 

He invites you to join the ancient sage and the contemporary seeker as they wend their way through the challenges and triumphs of the same journey you’re taking yourself.

©2018 Hay House (P)2018 Hay House

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Captivating

I was wondering what could be better or even close to A Course in Miracles made easy and to my excitement this was right on par. I enjoyed every minute of this book and I wish Alan Cohen narrated my life and inner dialogue as I would probably pay more attention then.

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Didn't want it to end....

I savored every word from Alan's soothing voice. The eternal Tao is with me forever!

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Thanks for writing this !

I have studied the Tao for over 20 years. I have read lots of translations so I am very familiar with it’s teachings.
This book took a fresh perspective on the Tao and I can’t recommend it enough. Thanks Alan for writing it. Alan is a great teacher and I also recommend his book A Course in Miracles made easy.

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Not what i expected and biased views

Not what i expected and a liitle too biased views. didn't enjoy the narration either. glad audible allows returns.

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Thank you, Master Cohen

I'd like to send my deepest appreciation to our teacher, Alan Cohen. This powerful book drew me nearer to the Tao when I didn't even know what it was. I was kept company every day to and from work, each morning and each afternoon learning more and more, understanding more and more. I'm sorry to see the book end, but look forward to the coming chapters as they play out in my own life. Thank you for this beautiful piece of art, Mr Cohen. I bow. 🙏🏻

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Simple wisdom in a relaxed presentation

Listen to this audio book while walking in a peaceful place and it will provide an enhanced benefit. The narrative is at a pace that allows the mind to gently absorb the content. If you prefer a somewhat faster pace, then you have the option of adjusting the narration speed.

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Horrible Narration

This is some of the worst narration I have ever heard. The author would’ve been much better off having a professional read the book. The content was decent, but the narration is so bad I won’t finish the book. I’m returning this book.

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Simply a masterpiece!!

I have been studying the tao for quite some years now and this book not only presents the main ideas in a refreshing new way but also provides practical tips and insights in order to apply them into your daily life. Thank you Alan Cohen, you have absolutely nailed it ! So far, if I had to choose only one book I would have to listen to again and again for the rest of my life, it would be 'The Tao Made Easy'. Please do not let it pass by, I wish you all the best.

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You picked this book for the last 30 mins of this book.

Not a big “woo woo” guy but wanted to be open minded and hear different perspectives. There are for sure some great nuggets of insight but a lot of this book came off as “feel good...woo woo BS” but it it has given me a desire to buy a hard copy of the Tao further inspection no filtered through the author’s take. Great voice, good intent, but fell flat in many areas with a heavy “social justice” themes and anecdotal stories.

Just buy the Tao.

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Clarity at its best!

Phenomenal read!! It’s all about thriving and experiencing the love, peace and empowerment we are meant to have.

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  • 04-08-20

Great lessons for life

Listened to this whilst on lockdown.Alan narrates beautifully.Certainly gave me some very good lessons in life in relation to the Tao to reflect upon and feel much more positive about life having listened to it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-21

Just WOW 👏

I cannot get enough of this book. I am still listening to it after already doing it twice before.

The book is superb, it makes you laugh and at times cry but only because the words are so powerful.
Seriously recommend this should be in everyone's library.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-28-22

I enjoyed this book

I have read a lot of Spiritual books, most of which refer to the Tao at some point. This book was therefore helpful to obtain an understanding of the Tao with simple language and stories to illustrate the learnings.
Thank you 😊

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-21

Listen to it

It was a lovely listen. Recommend it to everyone.
Excellent narration and story. Very soothing. I read it after reading his other book about A Book of Miracles. Also excellent read.

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  • Yhenme Law
  • 09-07-21

insightful

It took time for me to get into this book but I think it was more the fact that I wasn't ready to take on the content. Once I tuned in with more intent I began to listen to it religiously everyday. It revealed so much about human nature, relationships, struggles.... life. A fantastic insight to Tao. A book that will continue to reveal more with each read. Highly recommended. Narrator delivered perfectly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-21

Will listen more than once.

Loved it, will listen again. Ten words remaining for proper review. Four words. Two words.

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  • Dirty G
  • 05-03-21

Perfect

Greatly read, pearls of wisdom and a great interpretation of Lao Tzu teachings.

Recommended to you. Get it now.

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  • anna adrians
  • 01-28-21

fantastic book

fantastic book that everyone should listen too. I loved it and will listen to it again straight away.

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  • AG
  • 11-13-20

Truly captivating.

Honestly one of the best audiobooks I have listened to.

I usually end up going through a lot of audible’s audiobooks and returning them early without finishing, however with this book I was totally swept away from the beginning.

The author explains the lessons of the Tao with such clarity, depth and wonderfully touching illustrations, which make it easy to grasp what is being said, and how to apply it to your own life.

The narrator’s voice is perfect for this book; soothing and calming.

Worthwhile listen. This is a audiobook I will be purchasing a physical copy of.

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  • allen
  • 07-18-20

This guy is a rare talent

Outstanding clarity and ingenuity bring this book to life in a new and meaningful way. I was so sad when the book ended as I just wanted the wisdom to go on and on

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  • Leanne
  • 02-12-19

Enlightening book.

A most enlightening book. it taught me much about the Tao without the confusion ive found in other books on the subject.

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  • Winton
  • 05-21-19

inspirational..on all levels.

inspirational always lurning and listening Manny times to awaken my spirit, my favorite book Wow.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-12-21

This book has given me so mu h insight and clarity

The way it is written with stories woven throughout to so easily bring the meanings and teachings of the Tao to life is remarkabl, tranlateable and transferrable.I loved every minute of it and will listen again.

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  • Brett
  • 12-17-20

Don’t bother

No insight unfortunately
Very self indulgent
Wayne Dyers book is a much better listen
Get that instead

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  • Lissa Wangoma
  • 02-01-19

Love this good to listen more than once

Alan Cohen has a great voice for audio books and the experiences he shares are relatable and helpful.