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I'm never sure what to expect from books on Eastern philosophies. I think you grow up in the West expecting quite foundational patterns of reason in a system of thought and that is rarely what you get in the East. Often they sound very anecdotal and a bit like when your mate down the pub converted to Buddhism, a lot of confused and syncretic tales. This skirts a fine line with this tradition. It just about succeeds in avoiding it but not by much. It's hard to follow on audio with the amount of unfamilar names and ideas that come up, especially as these are given in, what I assume is both Wade Giles and pinyin, or Chinese and Japanese traditions. Either way you get a lot of names thrown at you! Difficult to follow but worth the effort.
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I've listen to it a few times now. The book gives a great history of Zen. I also like multi-cultural approach of bringing in favorable comparisons with other popular religions like Christianity. There are great object lessons, parables, and explanations of what they mean. However, it doesn't quite cover how to actively practice or grow in the religion. It says to seek out a qualified Zen teacher for such training but that why I bought the book.
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What didn’t you like about Nicholas Techosky’s performance?
The voice sounds far too artificial. There is an inhaling sound every few words that is distracting to say the least. It makes punctuation more difficult to follow and nearly impossible to keep track of the storyline. It is the first time I am dissatisfied with an audiobook and I felt I lost $20 on this one.
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