• by Wu Ch'êng-ên, Arthur Waley - translator
  • Narrated by Kenneth Williams
  • 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Considered one of China's great classical novels, Wu Ch'êng-ên's Journey to the West was translated by Arthur Waley in abridged form as Monkey in 1942 and has delighted English readers ever since. It is a riveting adventure story about a priest's quest to obtain holy Buddhist scriptures for the Tang emperor; joining him on this rollicking journey: Sandy, Pigsy, and the mischievous monkey king, Sun Wukong, whose flying cloud and magic cudgel are never far from his infamous deeds. Waley's accessible rendition of Wu Ch'êng-ên's novel has become a classic in its own right: Gods, demons, and disobedient monkey spirits all come alive in this entertaining work.
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If your mid 40s and remember the tv series monkey ...... Well this is what it's based on and it's amazing, funny and to think it was written circa 500 years ago!!
Performed by one of the most talented great oratory performers Kenneth Williams , who just brings all the characters to life in only the way he could

Highly recommended
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- Warren

4 stars because it is abridged

Only downfall is that it is actually abridged. Still an excellent listen and worth hearing if you've no interest in reading it.
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- Kanai

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2015
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks