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Way of the Peaceful Warrior

A Book That Changes Lives
Narrated by: Dan Millman
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
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This audio edition of the international best seller Way of the Peaceful Warrior is based on the story of Dan Millman, a world-class gymnast who has it all, but is troubled by a vague sense of dissatisfaction with his everyday life. He meets an eccentric old mentor named Socrates, who sets him on a spiritual odyssey that will ultimately deliver or destroy him. Along the way Dan encounters realms of light and darkness, of romance and magic, as he learns what it means to live as a peaceful warrior.

Way of the Peaceful Warrior is a rare story with the power to transform lives. It conveys piercing truths with drama, heart, and humor and speaks directly to the universal quest for fulfillment and happiness, for finding our place in the world. It is a story for all times that can inspire joy, expand perspectives, and remind us of the deeper truth we already know, that real freedom lies within us right now.

©1984 Dan Millman (P)1997 New World Library

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"As narrator as well as author, [Millman] has ample skill and showmanship." ( AudioFile)

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One of the Best

This book resonated deeply, in a way so many before it haven’t. A more tangible Alchemist

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Brilliant Recommendation by my fitness coach

My Coach recommended this to me. And I Swear its a blessing. I started listening to it while at work and was glued to it. I will be listening to this more than once as I know this book is lifechanging.

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Absolutely Life Changing

A wonderful book that openned my eyes into a new world. A better life. Happy life of a peaceful warrior.
It gave me the art of living in present.

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spellbinding

Dan presents this brilliant work in a fantastic manner. With echoes of Castenada but absolutely novel and genuine, it is a beautiful book.

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GREAT SPIRITUAL BOOK!

Highly recommend this book if you love conscious, spiritual adventures. It is a lovely book with an illuminating story. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

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epic

honestly one of the best pieces ive had the pleasure of listening too wish it hadnt ended highly recommend to all

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the depth of the story's theme

Dan takes us on a journey of seeking thru to learning then action and the reason being to obtain and retain happiness. he is a provoking thought storyteller, meaning he makes us as the reader think individually and independently. metaphysical books are sometimes regurgitating the same message, but Dan maintains a steady pace of refreshing new informative messages throughout the entire book. such a joy to hear him audibly when having read in 1992 at age 28. it is now 2018. I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Dan u r truly inspiring and transformed my life one of idly observing to participating in admirable action making ends meet time and time again these 3 decades. u r to be congratulated on a book before it's time almost....but just right for mainstream too. Karen waitairie, actress, writer, councellor, performer/entertainment manageress and mother, wife.

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Way of the peaceful warrior

Absolutely brilliant story.
There is so much to learn from this book, up there with the best.

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Life changing almost doesn’t do it justice.

This is an absolute gem of a book. Among the rarest of finds in it’s field. To say it has the power to change your life would be, to put it almost criminally understating it’s magnificence. What a privilege young man I am to have read it.

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loved it. read well and truly touching.

loved it and it was truly delivered with precise articulation. The book was easy to listen to and kept me coming back for more and more

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  • Knucks
  • 06-01-2010

My Favorite Audiobook

At this point, I have read, and re-read this book enough times to know most of it by heart - not just the main story line which is pretty simple, but the lessons contained within the story that are really what the book is all about.

I initially made the mistake of trying to figure out which parts of the story were claimed to have actually happened vs which parts were just there to illustrate a point. Eventually I came to the conclusion that it really doesn't matter how much or little was fact - The basic point of the book is to guide the reader to a philosophy that is aligned to the world around them instead of living one that is opposed to natural order. Without challenging religious beliefs, the book can lead you to look at how you live, how you interact with others, and to think carefully about all aspects of your life - from breathing to eating, to exercise, to how you look at the world every minute of the day

Read it, think about it, then read it again. I don't normally take the time to write reviews of the hundreds of audiobooks I have read, but I feel very strongly about this one

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  • Annas
  • 29-07-2006

Very realistic and fun

Just finished listening to this audiobook. It was wonderful... so realistic despite having elements of fiction. It is incredibly fun and entertaining to read, even if read just as a novel. Reflecting on the book lessons, I realized that many of its revelations are valid even in the world we live in. Many of my questions about life got answered in this book, and it brought me closer to awakening. Enjoy!!!

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  • GregK
  • 27-05-2004

Way of Simple Happiness

Not many unabridged titles can be listen to, with such ease and pleasure. The 'Way of the Peaceful Warrior' is a story about finding pleasures in every aspect of our lives.
This title shows a great way how to distance yourself, from everyday chaos and madness. It shows step by step, how to rediscover happiness and simple pleasures.
In my personal case, I was able to better understand what I really, really, really want...

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  • Rich
  • 03-07-2015

Happiness is a Full Tank

I first read this book 20 years ago, and fell in love with it. Much like Dan in the book however, I don't think it all stuck--as I've read it again multiple times in the past year, I'm now a little more ready for the messages of the book.

And what messages there are! The character of Socrates is just terrific; I have no doubt the author has nothing but pure love for this man (along with every other person, per his teachings of course).

While I am not a world-class gymnast like the author, I am a local-class distance runner (age group awards, Boston Marathon finishes) and found a great role model in the author. The message of "you've learned how to achieve, but not how to be happy" rings loud and true not only for me, but for most of modern Western society I wager. His candor about sexual urges, depression and failed relationships is important--"men don't talk about this stuff," but really should. (Ironically it was a female friend of mine who was a big fan of Warrior, and pointed me to this book.)

The fantasy elements of the book are largely enjoyable for the purposes of getting messages across. The ending gets a little too fantastical (meeting Soc in the middle of the woods; the random college girl in Ohio just-so-happens to be his future wife), but it's a story so you have to wrap the plot up somehow. I'm not reading for the plot.

Millman does a good job with narration. Not the best narrator--the publisher could have found someone better from a pure voice acting perspective--but I appreciate a book like this being read by the author. It makes the experience more personal. Millman is far from being annoying, distracting or any other qualities of a poor narrator.

I took scratch notes as I worked through this book. The list got long. Certainly I'll come back to Warrior again in the future. A must read for any student, young or old.

- Fear, sadness, anger. Move emotions up that chain, then convert to action and let go.
- Stop being proud of your mediocrity.
- The mind is mortal. Everything else is immortal.
- Where are you? Peel the onion. What's left at the end? The universe.
- Meditation: intent and surrender. Attention Attention Attention.
- Making mistakes at full attention is better Tha not making mistakes with a trembling spirit.
- The priest who thinks abut praying while lovemaking, and vice versa.
- Unconscious ritual is negative. Not the actions.
- Urges do not matter. Actions do.
- Death is not sad. The sadness is that most people do not live.
- Choose when, where and how to act without the expectations of others.
- Defeat the Giant. The Giant is your mind.
- Philosophers' rock: there are no unimportant moments.
- Stop being superior in ordinary standards. Be ordinary in superior standards.
- Use aikido, don't resist forces.
- Muscles like a cat.
- Expert vs master. Mental and emotional vs physical. Body, mind and emotions.
- Stay in the now. Pentagraph with zombies and women.
- You've spent your live learning how to achieve, not to be happy.
- Birth of the mind is the death of the senses. Re, infants.
- Happiness finds you, only after surrender. You don't find happiness.
- Happiness is the only power.
- Happiness now without reason.
- Plato's cave, we are all a part of the consciousness continuum.
- Relax into life. Do your best. What you know as you will be dead someday. Paradox, humor and change are the only rules.
- Enlightenment is a realization, not an attainment. (a la ZMM's Copernican revolutions).
- Goal is to be vulnerable to life and love, NOT invulnerable.

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  • Michelle
  • 05-12-2011

An Inspiration

I truly love this book. I have already listened more than once. I give it 4 stars because of the narative is not great. I know it is Dan Millman himself so I'm not going to be harsh and I do appreciate when a writer reads thier own story.

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  • Kenneth
  • 03-06-2006

Very Fun

This is a very fun book. I thouroughly enjoyed it and pretty much needed it. This is the book that I thought "motorcycle maintenance" was going to be and turned out to suck wind. Have a great time with this book. There's a gem here and there for you to carry forever. Great stuff.

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  • Shannon
  • 01-11-2014

Inspiring and Reflective

Where does Way of the Peaceful Warrior rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top 5

What was one of the most memorable moments of Way of the Peaceful Warrior?

The story is just a beautiful reminder of being at one by living in the moment, there is no other moment in time than the now. Live in the now

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

There already is a movie on this book!

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  • Nowdla
  • 03-10-2007

Definitley Valuable

I found Dan's book to be quite good. I became familiar with the materiel from watching the movie starring Nick Nolte. I'm almost hesitant to say that I enjoyed the movie even more. Even though the book has much more content. Definitley a worthwhile listen or read

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  • C. Oneal
  • 26-12-2013

Short but as long as it needed to be

Would you listen to Way of the Peaceful Warrior again? Why?

Yes, because I think there's a depth to it you may not catch the first time.

Have you listened to any of Dan Millman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but I read Spirit Laws

Any additional comments?

I understand why he would want to read his own work, another narrator may have been a better choice.

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  • Brian Gordon Serna
  • 30-04-2012

Inspiring Book

What made the experience of listening to Way of the Peaceful Warrior the most enjoyable?

This novel can potentially open doors to new planes of existence, provided we decide to take up the Warrior's path.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Socrates, his intensity and willingness to do whatever it takes to assist in the growth of his pupil.

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  • Ayy
  • 31-12-2017

Awesome book

This book was amazing, I read and listened. It helped aid my trips to become shorter, and it also allowed me to understand life in a different perspective. I highly recommend this book. It was well narrated, however I can only fault the fact some parts of the audible and the book differed

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  • Fergus Anthony Dolan
  • 14-11-2018

peaceful slumber

well narrated. sadly does feel like the karate kid meets Plato. quirky ramblings and ultimately too self indulgent. once we left the gym hall and the Gas station it lost its way and my interest. a pity as it has the essence of a lovely gentle allegory.

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  • Ash
  • 17-09-2018

One of the best story/self dev books I've "heard"

One of the best story/self dev books I've "heard". Good narration. Will definitely read again.

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  • M. Mcdermott
  • 06-08-2018

Lots of similar books far better than this

I can only assume the high rating of this book is partly down to not being able to leave a review after you return it? (I think that is true)

This book is all over the place, has a VERY vague message running through it, that could have been condensed into a paragraph, and even then I doubt many would be at all enlightened by it.

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  • Pen Name
  • 07-06-2018

Enlightening

Everyone should read this book, the story really grabs you and take you on a journey, challenging you to look at your own life and how to become the person you are really meant to be - I loved it, it reminds me to always step back and to take in everything around you.

Thank you Dan.

Trevor.

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  • Julius
  • 15-03-2018

Only Time is In the Present

The Book is filled with so many valuable life lessons, insights and wisdom. I feel Socrates is now part of my life too. The best lesson is understanding and practising Present moment, than whole life will be filled with wonderful moments of Joy ;)

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  • A. J. Matthews
  • 01-02-2018

Words to live by

I've listened to this book five times now. Each time a little bit more of Socrates' wisdom sticks. It's a great book with plenty of lessons to be learnt and practiced in the real world. It's only around six hours long so not a huge investment in time, but very worth wile. The Millman tells the story well, there's nothing there to dislike. I liked his cant and rhythm of his narration. The story is a semi-autobiographical one. Like Dan I wanted to know who is this Socrates man, what’s his story, how did he know these things. These mysteries are hanging there throughout and some of them are answered. We're taken on a journey through Dan's life and how Socrates' lessons change the way Dan thinks and behaves.

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  • alec
  • 22-12-2017

Life changing! <br />

Words can't describe, it can only be felt. Thank you Dan Millman or should I say me?

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  • John
  • 17-10-2017

A beautiful book.

Well, I just love this book. It gives one such a feeling of journeying with the author, through thick and thin, thru the mysterious, thru Nature.
For me this is an audiobook to listen to again and again, over the years, and in that way it is timeless.

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  • Dickie
  • 23-09-2017

A nice story.

Enjoyed it, but could have explained the breathing techniques and meditation more in my opinion.