• by Hermann Hesse
  • Narrated by Harish Bhimani
  • 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Hermann Hesse’s classic novel Siddhartha, takes place in ancient India around the time of the Buddha (6th century BC). Siddhartha and his companion Govinda set out in search of enlightenment. Siddhartha goes through a series of changes and realizations as he attempts to achieve this goal. Siddhartha joins the ascetics, visits Gotama, embraces his earthly desires, and finally communes with nature, all in an attempt to attain Nirvana. The novel shows how the path to enlightenment cannot be conferred to another person because it is different for everyone and will likely never be achieved simply by listening to or obeying an enlightened one. Words and teachings may describe the truth but are not the Truth itself; being concepts, they trap you, since enlightenment means release from concepts.


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Customer Reviews

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Harish Bhimani brings the text alive

Where does Siddhartha rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is an important book when thinking about the meaning of life. Seeing Siddhartha's journey through life and its different phases, and reflecting on one's own life, make listening to the audiobook a moving experience.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Siddhartha?

The profundity of statements such as "soft is stronger than hard. Water is stronger than rock."

What does Harish Bhimani bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He has a lovely warm voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Without giving too much away, the second meeting of Siddhartha and Kamala was very moving.

Any additional comments?

It took a little time to get into it, but it was well worth it. You have to get used to the cadence of the writing, and the style is at times slightly repetitive. But this is all done for a good reason related to the key themes of the book. The ideas in this book will resonate with you. I will be listening to this again in the future.

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Life user manual.

My favourite book. Have read dozens of times and now listened to it many times. It never gets old, always seems to have relevance to whatevers going on in ones life. A beautiful summation of the principal of universal oneness,.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-03-2010
  • Publisher: Alpha DVD