Siddhartha

  • by Hermann Hesse
  • Narrated by Ron Welch
  • 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the shade of the house, in the sunshine of the riverbank near the boats, in the shade of the Salwood forest, in the shade of the fig tree is where Siddhartha grew up, the handsome son of the Brahman, the young falcon, together with his friend Govinda, son of a Brahman. The sun tanned his light shoulders by the banks of the river when bathing, performing the sacred ablutions, the sacred offerings. In the mango grove, shade poured into his black eyes, when playing as a boy, when his mother sang, when the sacred offerings were made, when his father, the scholar, taught him, when the wise men talked. For a long time, Siddhartha had been partaking in the discussions of the wise men, practicing debate with Govinda, practicing with Govinda the art of reflection, the service of meditation. He already knew how to speak the Om silently, the word of words, to speak it silently into himself while inhaling, to speak it silently out of himself while exhaling, with all the concentration of his soul, the forehead surrounded by the glow of the clear-thinking spirit. He already knew to feel atman in the depths of his being, indestructible, one with the universe.

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This book always has a special place in my heart, I read it first when I was 18 and found it to be very moving and resonate with my coming of age confusion about reality and life.

I've never used audio books and generally don't think it's a form of book consumption I would enjoy however this was the perfect book to listen to. With all it's existential questioning and ponderings it's exactly the kind of book which is a pleasure to "listen" to. A good first experience of the Audible app.
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- Zawe Ashton

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-01-2017
  • Publisher: Atlantic Audio