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The Essential Rumi, New Expanded Edition

Narrated by: Robertson Dean
Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Classics, Poetry
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Summary

This revised and expanded edition of The Essential Rumi includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks and more than 80 never-before-published poems.

Through his lyrical translations, Coleman Barks has been instrumental in bringing this exquisite literature to a remarkably wide range of listeners, making the ecstatic, spiritual poetry of 13th-century Sufi mystic Rumi more popular than ever.

The Essential Rumi continues to be the best-selling of all Rumi books and the definitive selection of his beautiful, mystical poetry.

©2018 Coleman Barks, John Moyne, A.J. Arberry, Reynold Nicholson (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Enchanting throughout a delight of wordsmanship

The work was captivating, Rumi plays with words like a musical instrument. For anyone who loves prose.

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magical and entertaining

something you will listen to over and over again and every time you listen to it you will hear something different. very enlightening

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  • Jambo Jamz
  • 11-10-18

Each passage is like a mouth watering kiss!!!

Enticing, seductive, tempting, lushcious, exciting, enlightening...need I say more???
A must read that will leave you gasping for more.

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  • Jung Days
  • 03-11-18

Absolutely beautiful

Love Rumi. The reader is fantastic. So good I revisit sections on my commute. X

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  • G. Vidal
  • 09-04-20

Disappointed

I have never read Rumis writings although I have seen the occasional Instagram post with a poem of his.

As I listened to it, I was really not impressed. It felt like something was off or missing. I wasn't sure if it was the translation or just the poems themselves.

Then I looked at some of the bad reviews and saw that the translator doesn't speak farsi and that this is just not a good translation. That is a bad western modernization of Rumi. Those accusations made sense after listening to the book.

I think you can still draw wisdom from this and certain poems, but ultimately I recommend looking elsewhere

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  • Garrett Browning
  • 14-06-19

Remarkable

A delicious banquet of Rumi's offerings to our timeless world -- no matter your particular path.

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  • William Curtis
  • 22-02-20

Not my flavor.

Narration not my flavor something else than interesting more left behind.
Long live Rumi ! Bless

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  • ACOSTA
  • 10-01-20

You I’ll want to hear the poems over and over again!

Every poem is like honey seriously, I found myself playing the poems over and over again.

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  • ryz
  • 22-10-19

Scandalous, blasphemous and slyly anti-Islamic

Nothing to do with Rumi’s writings. This is a false title. This is covert agenda of demonizing Islam and Prophet Mohammed. Making fun of Muslims, their beliefs. Some of the stories are outrageous and totally unacceptable.

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