©2005 Stephen Prothero; (P)2005 Recorded Books
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"A scholarly presentation"
The professor knows what he's talking about, this presentation is lucid and very objective, although I wish he could work on his Chinese Pronunciation, since this is a lecture, I can't blame the narrator, but still it is interesting.
"Over promise, under delivery"
This is an ambitious project, which is unfortunately undelivered I my view. The descriptions were over-simplistic and they were accompanied with shallow explanations and examples that overall the lecturer did not do justice to this extraordinarily profound and complex subject. Also, being as a professor of Eastern religious study, the lecturer's inability to properly pronounce some of the key concepts is just shocking. Surely one of his Chinese or Japanese-speaking undergrads could have given him a lesson or two around the recording time.
Having listened a dozen of books in this Modern Scholar collection and generally satisfied with overall quality and value of these books, I have to say that this one is probably the most disappointing one.
Two stars for the effort.
Overall the book did a great job of bringing me the understanding I hoped for on eastern religion. Close to the end of the book the author seemed to loose some objectivity and slid into a more Judea/Christian thought pattern. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about eastern religions. One might want to chop listening time into small pieces, the material can seem to run together if you are not on your toes.
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