We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time Audiobook

Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time

Regular Price:£23.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • £7.99/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Said to be the world's longest poem, Mahabharata was originally composed in 100,000 Sanskrit verses by the ancient Indian sage Vyasa. Revered as a sacred text within Hinduism, it contains the great spiritual teaching Bhagavad-gita. Krishna Dharma has condensed the epic into a fast paced novel that fully retains the majestic mood of the original. A powerful and moving tale, it recounts the history of the five heroic Pandava brothers, sons of the Emperor Pandu. Cheated of their kingdom and sent into exile by their envious cousins, they set off on a fascinating journey during which we meet gods, sages, mystics and mighty warrior kings. Profound spiritual themes underlie the thrilling narrative, making it one of the world's most revered texts. Culminating in an apocalyptic war, Mahabharata is a masterpiece of suspense, intrigue, and illuminating wisdom.

©1999 Krishna Dharma (P)2015 Krishna Dharma

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.9 (19 )
5 star
 (18)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.9 (14 )
5 star
 (13)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.6 (13 )
5 star
 (9)
4 star
 (3)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    RossTapley 06/10/2015
    RossTapley 06/10/2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Culturally fascinating and wonderfully gripping"

    A true epic beautifully translated. Whether religiously interested or looking for a top piece of literature, this will certainly fit any bill.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Vraja 15/09/2015
    Vraja 15/09/2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wish I could give it 10 stars"

    I just finished and I'm going back to the start to listen again.
    It really is epic.
    Thank you for this wonderful book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mrs A Higgins 08/02/2016
    Mrs A Higgins 08/02/2016 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An Epic, beautifully read"
    Where does Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best audiobook I've ever listened to


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Krishna is my favourite character, it's impossible not to fall in love with him


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Its impossible to choose a single scene as they all make up the story


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The best book in the world


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for everyone

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    P. Parekh UK, England 10/03/2016
    P. Parekh UK, England 10/03/2016

    UK buyer

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent narrative with good flow. Great epic bought to life by the reader. Fantastic insight in to the Indian history and phil"

    Excellent narrative with good flow. Great epic bought to life by the reader. Fantastic insight in to the Indian history and philosophy.
    Vedic yoga threads are well discussed as well as metaphysical musings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ruth 02/03/2016
    Ruth 02/03/2016 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Mahabharata"

    Truly insightful and absolutely sublimely enjoyable. The stories are wonderful to hear again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Samir Patel "Sam" uk 29/11/2016 Member Since 2016

    SMP

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    "Truly an epic"

    So many lessons can be learned from here if you are open to it. A superb book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Bill
    United States
    29/09/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time the most enjoyable?

    Heart felt reading. well translated. I have read/listened to many renditions -not having time to read a full translation. This and Jaya are my favorite so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its comparative completeness.


    What about Sarvabhavana Das’s performance did you like?

    Very heartfelt, warm reading. However, if you have no patience with a homey read, this may not be for you. Can sometimes hear his chair squeak or can tell he has a cold. Chapter ten was obviously never edited and he has a cough that can be distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    Jaya is another rendition of the Mahabharata that I highly recommend. If you like to feel you are listening to a friend read, this is an excellent listen. I downloaded in parts and the end of part three and beginning of part four have three or four incomplete sentences. In such a long production, I felt the problems were small quirks. But I do hope if they go back and edit the production, Audible will offer us the edited version to replace this one.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • GrayDharma
    23/11/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Narrator's constant mispronunciations ruined it..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different, preferably Indian, narrator


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    couldn't stick it out that long, though I really tried


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narration did not appear to be edited and/or directed at all. At points you can hear him breathing heavily, swallowing and even coughing. Sloppy work.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this version is far below Audible's typically high standards. I've n been listening to audio books for 20 years and this is by far the worst "professional" reading I've ever come across. Westerners in the U.S. doing a lazy and sloppy job with stories like these borders on cultural insult.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • rfi123158
    19/01/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "the narrator was monotonous and monotone"

    the narrator's voice was monotone and monotonous and I had to force myself to listen to the audio . sorry it was below par

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas
    19/02/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Outstanding. Top-notch retelling. Thank you."

    My knees went weak and literally buckled on me during the last five minutes. Phenomenal story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Edward
    22/11/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Mispronunciation and artifacts"

    An otherwise fine performance is marred by numerous mispronunciations and audio artifacts. Production quality is not to the level I've come to expect from Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Narendran Rb
    india
    01/11/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Enlivening & full of wisdom"

    PAMHO.really a lifetime experience,hearing this audible version of the original book.even though I own a hard copy of the book,I could never give a patient reading so far due to various reasons.But this audible version was indeed a blessing I feel granted by my GM. I would recommend this to every devotee and to any sincere spiritual aspirant.my humble Pranams at the feet of each one and all who made this Herculean task possible, Surely this is a lifetime achievement.Hare Krsna! All Glories to the Devotees. Surely SrilaPrabhupada would be smiling at all of You,Prabhus and Grant His Blessings

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason Cherniak
    Richmond Hill, ON, CA
    26/10/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very engaging"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. I do not know a lot about Hinduism, but the story was quite engaging and interesting. Unlike other religious texts, it was written well and worth listening to as a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sanjay Sampath
    10/10/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "required reading for all youngsters"

    this audible book was excellent with excellent narration. i would highly recommend for any seeker

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • F. Matsumura
    san jose, ca United States
    29/09/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Reader is awful"

    Narrator ruined it for me. He should be ashamed to say the names of Gods demigods and heroes so awfully. Get Jaya from Devdutt Patnaik instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George Krafcisin
    Chicago
    26/09/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What is virtue per the Vedas"

    If you want to know what the ancient Hindus viewed as the rules for leading a virtuous life this is your book. You need to have a rough idea of the Hindu gods and be tolerant of the exaggerations -- "Arjuna shot thousands of arrows and slew the entire army" -- but it's an interesting epic, each chapter illustrating how to lead your life by following Dharma.

    The performance is less than fully professional. Some odd mispronunciation, and a very slow, droning narrator. Play it at 1.5x at least, or you'll hear the rustle of turning pages, the reader swallowing, and you'll fall asleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.