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Summary

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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Great

I take away something different and with more meaning every time I read/ listen to this book.

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  • OrangeCounty
  • 09-02-18

Not THAT David Cross

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

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  • Ozzie
  • 08-05-16

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
  • 30-06-18

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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  • Janet Lizola
  • 15-05-18

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
  • 27-02-18

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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  • ADELINA PELTEA
  • 03-02-18

Inspiring book

With every single word having much meaning, this little book is some of the most inspiring I read.

And it's not (directly) about the Buddha ;)

Enjoy!

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  • Nimrod
  • 18-01-18

Everyone's story

The story which in a way narrates the deepest inner and the outer journey of every human being...

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  • Alan C. Earing
  • 14-01-18

classic!

I'm glad that I've finally read Siddhartha!

Usually, I only read (listen to) stories once, but this is one that I'll buy, maybe even hardback, and come back to again!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-11-17

Epic read for a spiritual path

Highly recommended for anyone, but especially for those seeking meaning and reflection on a spiritual path. The reader did well to bring it to life.

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  • Collette
  • 23-01-17

Life changing

Excellent insightful story. Well written and good character development. Wish I had discovered it years ago. Thanks to Tim Ferriss I finally did.