Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse audiobook

Siddhartha: An Indic Poem

By Hermann Hesse
Translated by Hilda Rosner
Read by Sir Derek Jacobi

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing
2.98 Hours Abridged
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This compelling spiritual quest by Hermann Hesse, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, is considered one of the most important works of twentieth century fiction.  Siddhartha’s search for enlightenment leads him to the river of life itself. On his journey he learns from many teachers: the ascetic Samanas, the all-knowing Gotama, the Buddha, Kamala the lovely courtesan, and Vasudeva the simple ferryman. Unwilling to accept the wisdom of others, Siddhartha comes to an understanding of himself and his place in the universe, finally achieving the enlightened state of mind in which he can say to his lifelong friend, “The world, Govinda, is perfect at every moment.”                                          

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

This compelling spiritual quest by Hermann Hesse, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, is considered one of the most important works of twentieth century fiction. 

Siddhartha’s search for enlightenment leads him to the river of life itself. On his journey he learns from many teachers: the ascetic Samanas, the all-knowing Gotama, the Buddha, Kamala the lovely courtesan, and Vasudeva the simple ferryman. Unwilling to accept the wisdom of others, Siddhartha comes to an understanding of himself and his place in the universe, finally achieving the enlightened state of mind in which he can say to his lifelong friend, “The world, Govinda, is perfect at every moment.”                                          

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“No living English-speaking actor outshines Derek Jacobi, nor any audiobook reader for that matter. He sings, rather than speaks, with extraordinary lyricism, expressiveness, and depth. Here he interprets the justly famed mystical novel by Nobelist Hermann Hesse…Jacobi approaches the text with a direct, childlike fervor. He brings home the subtleties of Siddhartha’s inner journey with amazing clarity and resonance, which he makes more exciting than the most thrilling thriller—for this is a detective story par excellence, a hunt for the mystery of self with eternity hanging in the balance. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner.” AudioFile
“One could even hope that Hesse’s readers are hungrily imbibing Siddhartha and that they will be so wisely foolish as to live by it.” Chicago Tribune
“In Siddhartha the setting is Indian and we encounter the Buddha, but the author’s ethos is still closer to Goethe.” Washington Post Book World
“The cool and strangely simple story…should be read slowly and with savor, preferably during the lonely hours of the night.” Nation
“The theme of the novel is the search for self-realization by a young Brahman.” Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature
“Noted actor Derek Jacobi interprets this material wonderfully, and the package, despite abridging a Nobel prize winner’s prose, can be highly recommended.” Library Journal (audio review)

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 2.98
Audience: Adult
Language: English