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In My Own Way

Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
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Macmillan Audio presents In My Own Way, Alan Watts' acclaimed autobiography, published for the first time in audio. 

In this audiobook, Alan Watts tracks his spiritual and philosophical evolution from a child of religious conservatives in rural England to a freewheeling spiritual teacher who challenged Westerners to defy convention and think for themselves. From early in this intellectual life, Watts shows himself to be a philosophical renegade and wide-ranging autodidact who came to Buddhism through the teachings of Christmas Humphreys and D. T. Suzuki.  

Told in a nonlinear style, In My Own Way wonderfully combines Watts’ own brand of unconventional philosophy and often hilarious accounts of gurus, celebrities, psychedelic drug experiences, and wry observations of Western culture. A charming foreword written by Watts’ father sets the tone of this warm, funny, and beautifully written story of a compelling figure who encouraged seekers to “follow your own weird” - something he always did himself, as his remarkable account of his life shows.

©1972 Alan Watts (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Unbearable narrator

I love listening to Alan Watts' lectures and his books are excellent too, including this one.

But the narrator's mispronunciations are bizarre. In one 30 minute commute I heard:

Marshed potatoes
Pro-duct
Burk-shire
Mini-a-tures
Dewdrop (doo drop) & boo-dist
Paradise (peradise)
Carry (cerry)
Flourished (floor-ished)
Serious (siri us)
Really (rilly)
Dank (denk)
Vivacious (vy vacious)
Paradox (Perodox)
Egotist (egg o tist)
Proprietary (propri-a-tory)
Chant (pronounced like ant)
Ostrich (or stridge)
Character (kerry)
Haunting (honting)
Passage (par-sage)

It's strange because he speaks with a normal English accent apart from these words, which stand out and distract from the book. I suspect it's deliberate, with an American audience in mind. If this is the case, why not just have an American narrator?

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sublime Alan Watts

great insight into his early life and subsequent stepping stones in his later years. brilliant.

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  • Isoform
  • 20-03-19

This is Alan Watts at his very best, as a free spirit.

If you don't listen to anything else by this extraordinary soul, read this autobiography. Freed from the constraints of his extraordinary intellect, Watts explains how he came to be the way he was (and remains, in fond collective memory). He does this by showing, rather than telling, with delicious wit and kindly humor. And the narrator is superb!

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  • fred
  • 06-04-19

Best of Alan Watts

This is best of Alan Watts, thank you for memories we will never forget you, you are in Our Hart.

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  • RZ
  • 16-05-19

Like a river

No need for comments, just listen;
Need fifteen words to submit review, do they want a haiku perhaps?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-19

the Best

if you want to expand your own knowledge of Alan go ahead, you wont get dissapoint at any level

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  • phibonacci
  • 13-09-19

Recounting a life well lived

Alan Watts is a doorway into your soul. These autobiographical vignettes are the stepping stones to and through that portal...

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  • Chris C
  • 09-09-19

Simply Profound

Alan Watts has such a way with words. Somewhere between Zen master and philosopher, he is both ecumenical in his beliefs and unafraid to skewer ones that he just doesn't get

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  • Dallas Lamm
  • 14-08-19

Amazing story

enjoyable tale really giving a view into how Alan Watts became the man he is.