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Taoism

An Essential Guide
By: Eva Wong
Narrated by: Emily Zeller
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
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Summary

For the first time, the great depth and diversity of Taoist spirituality is introduced in a single, accessible manual. Taoism, known widely today through the teachings of the classic Tao Te Ching and the practices of t'ai chi and feng-shui, is less known for its unique traditions of meditation, physical training, magical practice, and internal alchemy. Covering all of the most important texts, figures, and events, this essential guide illuminates Taoism's extraordinarily rich history and remarkable variety of practice. A comprehensive bibliography for further study completes this valuable reference work.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©1997 Eva Wong (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Great book, terrible recitation

I would have enjoyed this book - which I thought was highly informative and mind-expanding, if a tad rushed and slightly inaccurate in places - hugely if the narration had not been robotic, monotone, and tedium-inducing almost to the point of tears. Frankly, I cannot understand why the narrator has a job as a voice actress. It may as well have been read by a computer. What a terrible shame and waste of time - I would have much preferred to have read it instead.

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Great adventure

Very informative in depth look at Tao including history and practice with good accompanying guide

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Pleasurable listen

As a novice of internal alchemical practises. I found the book to be an enjoyable and interesting insight into the practice. It both raises and answers some questions.

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deep stuff, opens your eyes a little to the history and vastness if what is taoism.

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  • 08-03-17

Fantastic

A great intro into Daoism, and its many areas. It's also really nice to have someone narrating that actually speaks Chinese, it makes a big difference.

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  • Sam Isinspace
  • 23-05-18

An Excellent Introduction to the Landscape of Taoism

I have been interested in Taoism and Taoist practices for quite some time. I have always felt I was just scratching the surface of the topic and continued to look for a more exhaustive explanation of Taoism. I was delighted to discover this book, which quickly and clearly described the historic, current and practical landscape of Taoism.

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  • Agape Beacon
  • 02-12-16

Informative

There is a lot of historical information, but it is presented in a very dry biographical manner, not exactly an exciting read but full of accurate information.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-18

A most informative book; very well narrated too.

This book is very informative and well written. I am very interested in Taoism and it’s arts & practices and I learned a lot from this book.
Eva Wong provides a vast & complete source of information in
a very well written manner.
Emily Zeller does a very good job of narrating this book, her voice is clear, well paced and pleasant as well.

I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone interested in Taoism;

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  • Miika Moilanen
  • 10-07-18

Good list for further reading

If you're looking for a good listing of Taoist practices and beliefs you should listen to this book but I'd prefer to read it since it feels more like a listing than a book.

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  • McKinley Fraser
  • 11-04-20

An informative first step

Enjoyed it... if i had one complaint. Eva used the phrase "moreover" so many times it was like nails on a choke board.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-19

well done and a thank you

A. very detailed explanation of the history, culture and even practices of taoism. Anyone interested in Taoism, I think, should tune in. There's even recommendations for other because that get a bit more detailed on topics that are only touched on at a surface level in this book.

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  • 03-05-19

Too much religion, not enough philosophy

A very good overview of all aspects of Taoism, but I had thought it would spend more time on the philosophy and philosophical practice. Seemed to focus mostly on the religious practice.

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  • Kenneth Bennett
  • 18-12-18

Great Introduction for the curious.

This was excellent introductory overview of Taoism. It provides the right amount of detail of the history and current practices of Taoist spirituality as well as lots of references for further study. Worth the time spent listening to this audio book.

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  • Ian
  • 31-05-18

very engrossing & detailed. many listenings reqd

Exactly the text I was looking for... I have been studying philosophical Daoism for years via books, and as I'm digging into Hinduism, my curiosity about the religious side of Daoism was piqued, as there are some fascinatingly common threads.