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In the course of my study of Tibetan Buddhism, I have read and listened to many books by the Dalai Lama. Most of them are very good but this one is average. The commentary is helpful and interesting, and the subject is intellectually challenging but the editing is poor. Several times during the recording, the reader repeats words or sentences seemingly by accident. I do not expect that this repetition was in the original text, it simply would not make sense. I also found the reader's delivery to be a bit too monotonous. Granted, many audio books on Buddhism are read this way but this reader was an extreme example. Overall, I thought the book was helpful in my practice but it is not exemplary.
As a side note, I would definitely not recommend this book to a beginner. The subject is somewhat advanced and would not benefit a reader that lacks a decent understanding of Tibetan Buddhism.
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Where does Stages of Meditation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Who was your favorite character and why?
The narrator, his tone and voice were very easy to understand.
Have you listened to any of Ken McLeod’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes, this book made me search.
Any additional comments?
I'd like to share this quote from the book, "...there is no identity separate from the mind that perceives it."
2 of 2 people found this review helpful