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Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time Audiobook

Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time

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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

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    Ross T 06/10/2015
    Ross T 06/10/2015
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vraja 15/09/2015
    Vraja 15/09/2015
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs A Higgins 08/02/2016
    Mrs A Higgins 08/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Samir Patel "Sam" uk 29/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Truly an epic"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P. Parekh UK, England 10/03/2016
    P. Parekh UK, England 10/03/2016
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    "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
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    Ruth 02/03/2016
    Ruth 02/03/2016
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    "Mahabharata"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zoot 03/01/2018
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    "A very long average story."

    Viewed in the light of fantasy, I found the immense amount of virtue signaling a little less obnoxious, being a somewhat interesting story. But that’s all it is. If considered in its religious context – there is the obvious lack of reasoning or explanations to its advice, logical inconsistencies, and the clear manipulation tactics found in any religious text.
    The narrator was quite monotonous which made it quite difficult to interpret what was going on. Many other books on Audible have either a variety of voices for different characters or a narrator performing distinctively different voices, something absent in this recording. It would have added a lot to the story, especially considering the immense amount of different characters in it.

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    Michael Marshall 06/11/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "parts apear to have been cut :("

    a few parts apear to have been cut, a little frustrating as I would like to know what was missing but there is enough there to develop a moderate understanding.

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    Surendra Nath 11/10/2017
    Surendra Nath 11/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "can't pronounce a single name correctly"

    if you want someone to pronounce the words properly look elsewhere. the narrator butcher the Sanskrit language.

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    Amazon Customer 22/12/2016
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    "The best epic of all time! loved every minute!"

    I just loved loved it! I wanted to read this epic for a long time. .but listening was for more enjoyable. . kudos to the narrator for a such as excellent rendition. . I'm going to listen this beautiful epic over and over again!

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  • Bill
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    29/09/15
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    "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.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • rfi123158
    19/01/16
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    "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

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • GrayDharma
    23/11/15
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    "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.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Edward
    22/11/16
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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Vinayak
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    12/01/18
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    "Wow! Truly loved the book. Narrator could have done better."

    Can’t imagine the amount of detail in the story. What an epic! No wonder its success is so widespread. I always wanted to read the Mahabharata, but never really got a chance. Once I began this book, I started becoming anxious every single day. I wished I could listen to this all the time.. I began looking forward to the next day’s commute just for this.

    Only wished the narrator could have modulated his voice a bit better. But the story is so strong, it made the voice be overlooked.

    Thanks for making it available. Truly cherished it!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas
    19/02/16
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    "Outstanding. Top-notch retelling. Thank you."

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mary B
    04/09/17
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    "Love the story, reader, not so much."

    You can hear the reader swallow, breathe heavily, and make other gross mouth noises. Highly unprofessional, and the gross mouth noises do not show much respect to the text. This and the mispronunciations are distracting. This is nearly unlistenable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Arjuna Lowther
    16/06/17
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    "A transcendent experience"

    I couldn't stop listening. the calm,soothing voice of the narrator suited the transcendental story . this was an amazing experience for me,hearing the story of Krishna and Arjuna,whom I am named after, and the other pandavas. a window into a time far superior to our own, where true virtue lived, and how our current age of Kali began. this is the best English translation of the Mahabharata, respectful and mindful of Lord Krishna as the supreme person, the true God. i recommend this to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jason Cherniak
    Richmond Hill, ON, CA
    26/10/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J Onwuka
    22/01/18
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    "Okay, bad production"

    poor production, lots of skipping & bad pronunciation throughout the book. Could have used some retakes and editing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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