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Would you consider the audio edition of Jaya to be better than the print version?
The narration is not just by a single person, it has a drama company involved adding some sound effects and adding a story telling effect like the one you hear from your parents or grandparents as a kid.
There is a fine line between being dramatic and being annoying, and they have balanced it well.
What did you like best about this story?
As the cover suggest its the same old story, but its the meaning behind the story that is explained really well by Devdutt. The Bhagavad Gita and MahaBharat is a story with hidden messages and lessons for life, and sometimes it makes more sense for someone to tell you clearly with the help of story as it moves along.
He has followed the similar approach what Saints and Maharshi's across India use in their pravachan, read the story and explain the meaning.
Which scene was your favorite?
The Questions to Yudhister
The explaination of the Bhagavad
and the End on about the final fate of Pandav's
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
If you're read the Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, Journey to the West, then you'll have to read this too. It's a great story with great lessons, very enlightening indeed. Great performance and very clear explanations. This is a must have in your collection of epics.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
This book does assume you have some knowledge of the basic outline of the Mahabharata. If you do then this is a brilliant retelling of the story which include some lesser known folk tales. At the end of each chapter the author himself explains the relevance of what happened in regards to Hindu thought and philosophy.
If you don't have a familiarity with the story I would probably still recommend it, then once finished you can listen to it again and pick up on the commentary that you might have missed.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This is a really nice retelling of the Mahabharata. The basic story is there, told beautifully. Additionally a different narrator offers information about alternative versions, historical and cultural context and philosophical significance.