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Tao Te Ching

By: Lao Tzu
Narrated by: JD Kelly
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
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Summary

The Tao Te Ching is a Chinese classic text traditionally credited to the 6th-century BC sage Lao Tzu. The text's authorship, date of composition, and date of compilation are debated. The oldest excavated portion dates back to the late 4th century BC, but modern scholarship dates other parts of the text as having been written - or at least compiled - later than the earliest portions of the Zhuangzi.  

The Tao Te Ching, along with the Zhuangzi, is a fundamental text for both philosophical and religious Taoism. It also strongly influenced other schools of Chinese philosophy and religion, including Legalism, Confucianism, and Buddhism, which was largely interpreted through the use of Taoist words and concepts when it was originally introduced to China. Many Chinese artists, including poets, painters, calligraphers, and gardeners, have used the Tao Te Ching as a source of inspiration. Its influence has spread widely outside East Asia and it is among the most translated works in world literature.

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  • cosmitron
  • 10-10-18

A small glimpse into Chinese culture

This short Audio Book gives the listener a brief glimpse into Chinese culture through the wisdom of a classical
work studied by many Chinese and Asian thinkers today.

It will increase the curiostity of those who listen to this Audio Book and give a desire to learn more about this subject.



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  • Adam
  • 30-11-18

Each journey begins with a single step

Sometimes helpful, often fraught with contradictions. This is where your hippy college professor or uncle got all of that crazy yet somehow profound sounding double talk that justified all of their terrible life choices. Maybe also why they can’t stay married or talk to their parents anymore. That said, it is a valuable insight into the heart and vacant mind of Eastern philosophy.

This is a good version of the classic. The narrator did an excellent job. If you need to read it, this is the way to do it.

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  • Claire
  • 10-11-18

Timeless

I've heard a lot about this book before reading it, there are several translations into English and there are differences between them. I enjoyed this translation but I have read the others so I can't comment on the differences.

Listening to this book I picked up many gems and I'm sure that reading it again in a few months would allow me to pick-up more so that's exactly want I plan to do. In fact I;'ll probably listen to it every few months for a few years.

The information in this book is timeless, no matter who you are there is something in this book for you.

The narrator did a great job with the tone of the delivery, it was easy to listen to and had a smooth consistent sound.

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  • Shannon G
  • 08-11-18

A Cultural Classic

If you enjoy learning about other cultures and philosophies then this is a book you should check out. This book gives us, non Asians, a glimpse into that culture. It's a pleasant listen and I found it quite interesting. The narration was well done and flowed smoothly. JD Kelly has a nice voice and his slight accent only added to the narration.

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  • Gabrielle
  • 04-11-18

Tao Te Ching

This is an interesting version of a Chinese classic. Narrator JD Kelly does a nice job of reading the old text and keeping it flowing. This is a nice way to introduce listeners to some of the Chinese literature that has been translated over the years. This is one of many translations of this text and may not be exactly what other versions are like. The book does give listeners a look into some of the Chinese ideas and thoughts and hopefully broadens their thinking.

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  • KD
  • 02-11-18

Great book with good narration

this book is a classic, and really there are other version available online. Really you have to ask yourself which narration you prefer.

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  • Mark Twain "Eddie"
  • 11-10-18

Great reading of a classic text

I've wanted to read the Tao Te Ching for some time, as it's one of the foundational texts of human civilization. It's been a pleasure to listen to this on my commute and become exposed to one of the most important philosophies in history.

The narrator is well-spoken and presents the material well. Definitely recommended.

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