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Wise yet worldly, spiritual yet practical, the Tao Te Ching is beloved by seekers all the world over. This new edition features a lucid, poetic translation that makes the Tao Te Ching accessible to contemporary listeners.

The Tao Te Ching is a series of meditations on the mysterious nature of the Tao - the way, the guiding light, the very source of all existence. According to Lao Tzu (a name meaning "the old master"), the Tao is found where we would least expect it - not in the strong but in the weak; not in speech but in silence; not in doing but in "not-doing".

©2016 Sam Torode (P)2016 Sam Torode

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great book! must read..

I loved this. I wish I read it years ago. Basically common sense teachings about how to live life in the best way. I think it should be taught in schools. If everyone lived by this book then the world would be a better place.

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Better to read than listen

Normally I much prefer audiobooks over reading books, however, this book is very short and has short sentences, therefore reading it would be much more effective.

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If you know you know

Not an entry level book, but if you've already began a journey of introspection you'll find many gems in here

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To Know is not to know .

Its Beautiful, easy to listen to, Everyone ought to know of The Tao. Most Excellent.

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Awful translation

Read 4 different translations of this book and this one was by far the worse. Too much emphasis on making it understandable to the Western reader lost much of the majesty of the original.

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must read

One of the best book I ever come cross of in time and life bring you to the balance with spiritually and bering peace in your life

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Must listen

Great line after great line

hear it at least once... I will listen again. .

short and simple like the Prophet

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wise and simple

if you we could only live by the advice in the book the world would be a much better place

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Peaceful and Inspiring

I loved the paradoxical yet profound ideas and the narrator's calming rendition nearly perfectly suited this book.
Despite having been translated from Chinese, the poetic tone was maintained. The words are easily understood but endlessly engaging: a testament to Huston Smith's analysis "it can be read in half an hour or a lifetime." - Or in this case, listened to.
My only criticism is that whilst the narrator's voice is relaxing, it can be a little too monotonous at times. For example - at the end of the page titled "Redemption", Lao Tzu answers the question of whether "the old phrase" is "a false hope" with a powerful "No!" on its very own line yet the narration of this felt underwhelming.
Overall - very satisfying.

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  • Jose l. Vera
  • 05-01-17

Easily understood, relatable to life experience.

I have listened to Ms. Brewer's narration many times and is stll refreshingly thoughtful !

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  • robert l. henderson jr
  • 22-04-17

Follow the Tao

Well read and easy to listen to as it should be. I highly recommend this version.

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  • Doug
  • 16-11-16

spectacular

Best rendering of The Tao Te Ching to date! A simple, practical transmission artfully portrayed.

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  • Laurie Weiss, author
  • 31-07-18

Worth Listening Again and Again

This is a beautiful translation of the Tao Te Ching that is beautifully read by someone who has an understanding of what she is reading. I have listened to several translations with different readers. I have also read the Tao in many forms. This one is outstanding and I will relisten frequently.

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  • AbrahanPheonixRamirez
  • 03-05-19

So, Relatable, True, Wise, Real, honest, good.

This book is so good it will enlighten you, I reccomend everyone reads it. Tao Te Ching is a book about life written hundreds and hundreds of years ago the truth survives time.

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  • JEFFREY A Cech
  • 29-11-20

stiff

reader was stiff and mechanical. it made it a little difficult to connect with the text.

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  • Lucien Brule
  • 21-09-20

Get it

This text is a game changer. Read it, know it, find comfort in it.

It's both sage wisdom and beautiful poetry.

Amanda Brewer has a delightfully sweet voice, it's rather soothing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-20

Slave Morality

Like Christianity, this philosophy praises those who are small and sad, saying they'll have the best life, while basically promising those with much and in power that there doomed. Because no good person has ever had power over others, only bad people (sarcasm).
There is some decent stuff in this book that does not revolve around slave Morality, and if your familiar with stoicism then much of this will be familiar to you.
And the narrator has a soothing voice.

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  • Darrell Leong
  • 25-08-19

Problem with sound quality

I can't seem to make out the words unless it's a really quiet environment, certainly not an audio book you can understand on the train.

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  • R. L. Collier
  • 04-06-19

good tips. it's a quick read/ listen

good tips. it's a quick read/ listen but if you take notes and listen you'll definitely be able to apply to your life