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Siddhartha

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In Siddhartha, Herman Hesse conveys a very profound message for all those who seek meaning in their lives. Though set in India, the concerns of Siddhartha are universal, expressing Hesse's general interest in the conflict between mind, body, and spirit. It is a story of a Brahmin boy who follows his heart and ventures out into the world to experience life as a pious Brahmin, a Samana, a rich merchant, a lover, and ordinary ferryman to a father - each life bringing a new awakening, bringing him closer to the truth until he is finally one with Buddha.

Public Domain (P)2012 Cherry Hill Publishing

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  • Ozzie
  • 08/05/2016

Outstanding audiobook (author+narrator)

Story's reviews are available in many resources, so I'll focus on the narrator. He has a really soothing voice and an excellent command of it. The toning, emphasizing and volume changes per context were all in place and outstanding. I hope I can get more books he has read.

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  • Stevon
  • 30/06/2018

Siddhartha and Hesse live on

I first read Siddhartha and other Hesse books in my early 20's during the early 70's while a student at the University of Iowa as well as during a tour with the US Army. For many, back then, Hesse seemed to strike a cord for helping you make sense of life and where your own life was headed. Over the years thoughts of these Hesse books would come back to me remembering perceived pearls of wisdom.

So now these forty years later I decided to give Hesse's books another go. Now in my 60's and retired, Siddhartha still gives out a perspective on life. There is still life to be lived in the golden years. Reinforcing the thought that life is for the living, Siddhartha discusses that one shouldn't get too serious about the meaning of life, the challenge is to accept life as it is, with both the good and the bad, in the end it's all the same thing, a life.

One interesting aspect listening to this now is that when I first read the book back in the day I was reading it from the perspective that I was a son and what impact did my own father have on the direction of my life. Considerable I suppose. But now I look at it from the perspective of the father, having a son of my own in his 20's. Accepting and letting him lead his own life isn't always easy but realizing that he will lead his own life is the challenge. Once you accept that, it gets a lot easier.

It is amazing that almost 100 years after being written this book still has meaning, maybe now a maturity.

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  • Scott C. Kuyken
  • 08/04/2019

Meditation in Story Form

I wasn't sure what I was getting into. I didn't even remember why I had this on my list to read, but I'm glad I read it. It's your basic philosophy for life. With the entire point being that its not the end that is the goal, but the path that is the goal. That you should never stop learning, never stop getting closer to enlightenment.

I feel like this book is essentially meditation in story form if that makes sense.

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  • OrangeCounty
  • 09/02/2018

Not THAT David Cross

Not read by the comedian, David Cross, if you're hesitating to buy based on that.

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  • Gustavo Schroeder
  • 24/07/2019

Englightenment 101

Although there were parts in this book that I somehow found unnecessarily pretentious and a little bit boring, in the long run, and by that I mean by the time I was done with the book, I feel like they worked for and not against the narrative as a whole. This is a great book about getting to know yourself and about finding peace and meaning in the world. I really enjoyed the audio version, the narrator is great and I liked the little bits of music they added within chapters.

And I like how the book is not just about going out into the world, finding an enlightened teacher and just letting him tell you how things are. I like that Siddhartha is like "Naw, naw, naw. Wisdom, and the true nature of things cannot be taught by words, only through personal experience." He also mentions that you can certainly learn many things from teachers, but the only thing that can teach wisdom is your own experience on this planet. I really liked this book. As for little nitpicks, I'd say the combination of the text with the narration made some parts seem a bit pretentious and I don't really know if it was the time when this was written or that was what Hesse was going for. Probably the latter, since in the last chapter of the book, Siddhartha mentions that trying to express wisdom through words to the unenlightened will sound like gibberish. And I will say that at times throughout the book, it did go one step in front of the line separating interesting and insightful to pretentious, but maybe that's just me.

Overall, read this book. It's very good.

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  • Jorge
  • 09/07/2019

great but...

Great performance by David Cross
Really enjoyed the story - but i am too dumb to understand the deeper meaning or lessons.
Might need to listen to it a couple of times or ask someone to explain it to me.

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  • Amber Brio
  • 01/05/2019

My #1 favorite book

An intimate take on a spiritual journey. We must live our lives to learn/ evolve.

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  • M. Kovgan
  • 29/08/2018

great book

words are simply cheap

the ideas are pretty simple, and most important.

wish people in key positions have read it.

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  • Janet Lizola
  • 15/05/2018

A must listen

Awareness speaking simple and highly conciousness, a must listen, great experience listening provides clarity and inside out

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27/02/2018

Great unexpected book!

This was a joyful experience. The narrator is excellent, the story is very good, very unexpected.

I was very touched by parts two and three. The detail that Herman Hesse delivers are astonishing.

I thought that the story was about the Buddha... Oh... Wrong! The Buddha is a small participant... It's about another Siddhartha, one that finds and loses enlightenment. One that experiences the world, the samsara, one that learns, that make mistakes and...

I wish you have a wonderful experience listening to this book.

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  • Neolady Spielveränderin Daniela Pieper
  • Hannover
  • 12/06/2019

My favorite book

Though I am German I just had to listen to my favorite book as well in English. Awesome!

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 13/12/2018

Great story!

Would highly recommend to everyone who is interested in Buddhism and eastern philosophy. Enjoyed much!