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Tao Te Ching

The Essential Translation of the Ancient Chinese Book of the Tao
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
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The original mindfulness book, in a landmark new translation by the award-winning translator of the I Ching and The Art of War

The most translated book in the world after the Bible, the Tao Te Ching, or “Book of the Tao,” is a guide to cultivating a life of peace, serenity, and compassion. Through aphorisms and parable, it leads readers toward the Tao, or the “Way”: harmony with the life force of the universe. Traditionally attributed to Lao-tzu, a Chinese philosopher thought to have been a contemporary of Confucius, it is the essential text of Taoism, one of the three major religions of ancient China. As one of the world’s great works of wisdom literature, it still has much to teach us today, offering a practical model based on modesty and self-restraint for living a balanced existence and for opening your mind, freeing your thoughts, and attaining greater self-awareness. With its emphasis on calm, simplicity, purity, and non-action, it provides a time-tested refuge from the busyness of modern life.

This new translation seeks to understand the Tao Te Ching as a guide to everyday living and encourages a slow, meditative reading experience. The Tao Te Ching’s eighty-one brief chapters are accompanied by illuminating commentary, interpretation, poems, and testimonials by the likes of Margaret Mead, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.

©2018 John Minford (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“The power of the ­Lao-­tzu’s imagery and, ultimately, the simplicity of its message seem to be able to overcome the problems of language and of distance in time and place, so that at the end of the twentieth century, this has become one of the most influential of texts, cherished by people in all walks of life throughout the world.” (From the introduction by Sarah Allan)

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Well put together but much is over my head

I like the way the Tao text is split up with musings from other scholars. A really good effort at bringing such an esoteric text to a wider audience.

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fractured

the idea of breaking up the reading of the Tao te Ching with commentaries doesn't work. You lose a sense of the flow

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Frustrating

Frustrating to listen to, this was my first try at Tao de Ching. The book repeats itself over and over for each verse, with a number of interpretations saying the same thing. I’m feeling like it’s wasting my time and I’m going to be more careful choosing another version. It might have been better in print.

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  • Todd S Cutler
  • 01-04-2019

Part history, part geneology.

After looking and feeling dissatisfied with the other books and translations I got exactly what I wanted with this text. This book provides context from the translator while being completely self-aware of the pitfalls this task. The translator takes a "this is what you are getting yourself into approach" which is surprisingly liberating when it gets to the text. Can't recommend this enough.

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  • leonardo
  • 19-11-2019

Great book

Tao te ching is a short book, this version have several adicional pieces of text that complement the original one very well , i found this book realy well made and the best on Audible to know more about lao tzu and his life changing teachings 10/10

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  • Dimitri
  • 21-02-2020

Insightful, but oh... the pronunciation

This is a wonderful translation of the Tao Te Ching. The narrator does a wonderful job but I wish more attention was paid to the pronunciation of the Chinese words and names.

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  • Phillip Fitzsimmons
  • 16-01-2020

I liked it a lot

At some point I got a used print copy to look at occasionally. There is so much in this book that it is too much to only listen to without getting lost. BTW, I'm not saying everyone would need to get a print copy to keep from getting lost. I'm saying I needed to do that. The comment was not meant as a criticism. However, I greatly enjoyed the book. I recommend it. I think I will be listening to and reading this translation multiple times in the future. The voice presentation is very good.

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  • S
  • 16-05-2020

FAVORITE!

This is definitely a beautiful & well put capture of the Tao Te Ching! I 100% recommend for anyone looking to dive deep into the meaning & understanding of the Great Tao!

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  • McKinley Fraser
  • 07-05-2020

Engaging and Enlightening

For spiritual development, and lovers of Chinese culture this is a guide... I hope you enjoy.

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  • Jenn
  • 13-03-2020

Good

Okay for a fast over view. Need a more detailed explanation for further details or information.

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  • Miguel hurtado
  • 01-01-2020

great book

great read for any one who is trying to have a way of life.

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  • Tim B.
  • 03-12-2019

The way that can be spoken of is not the eternal w

6 ish hours explaining the inexplicable, trying to expound upon a master's teaching. probably a great study guide for a college student content with staring at the fingers to pass a class, not for someone who wants to see the moon. tried skipping the "explanations" but it got tiring.

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  • Gary alpis
  • 30-01-2019

Tao te ching

Peaceful awareness, connections to Tao, being in the Void of TAO, silent and still, in this present moment of the Now.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-11-2019

Extremely Confusing, Here's Why:

I am familiarised with many great works from many different disciplines and areas. The Tao Te Ching itself is confusing, indeed how can it not be when the concept of the Taoist Tao is completely inarticulable. This version does, however, add to this confusion. The demarcations between various commentators and indeed Laozi's original text are, while present, not often defined clearly enough atleast in this audio format. As such one may find oneself listening only to wonder if the had been listening to Minford, Laozi, The Rivermaster or other. I would recommend also reading an alternate version without commentary first in order to better differentiate between commentary and core text. Apart from this, highly informative and enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-07-2020

guidance to live by

calming and insightful. has given me a fresh look on life and helped me put certain behaviours to bed. enjoyed the voice of the narrator

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-2020

Discarded

disjointed too much irrelevant information for a book allegedly relating spiritual teachings. Misses the point of the teachings completely

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  • Amer B.
  • 09-03-2020

audio skipping

there is a problem with audio skipping all the way through, seems like a good book part from that but can't listen to it like this

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-09-2020

How to achieve Contentment as described by sages

Please do yourself a favour and play this audiobook book at 0.85 speed. This allows for a more breathly experience and gives yourself the freedom to contemplate the things said and lets those words sink in and hit home at points. Enjoy this most wonderful contentious mind inducing life steering experience of Ancient Wisdom. We are lucky to be in a position to enjoy this wonderful work.

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  • Cooper George Amai
  • 27-04-2020

Too repetitive

Not what I expected and found the repetitiveness of the book boring. I didn't finish the book.