The Bhagavad Gita

  • by Jack Hawley
  • Narrated by Jack Hawley
  • 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Bhagavad Gita has been called India's greatest contribution to the world. In this audio version of his classic book The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners, Jack Hawley makes its wisdom clear to Western seekers.

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A Walkingthrough, not enough Thinkingthrough...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It's good, but not great. The "translation" takes too many liberties... colloquializes too much.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bhagavad Gita?

Sri Krishna's self-revelation to Arjuna.


What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I liked that the speaker was clear. However, I did not like the speaker's repetitive overemphasis.It made the delivery seem cloying. A professional reader should have been used.At various points the reader made Sri Krishna sound almost condescending. That is not at all a part of Sri Krishna's attitude.


Did The Bhagavad Gita inspire you to do anything?

The Gita is very inspiring, elevating. It prompts the reader to self-examination and improvement.


Any additional comments?

All in all the "translation" and delivery mar the grandeur, intellectual depth and expansive spirit of the original work.Though I think the author/reader made a noble attempt, with good intention.

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- Searcher

The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners

I really loved this. The author reads his own work here, and he does a very good job. He has a pleasant voice that seems suited to the material. It is not a literal translation word-for-word, more like a distillation in modern English and with the intent to explain the Bhagavad Gita to westerners in particular. He explains the concepts and some of the vocabulary, which I found helpful. There is a sort of soundtrack to the reading, which I did not find intrusive and which I actually thought added something to it - I liked it - but I think some people may find it distracting, so listen to a sample before you buy it. Overall the sound quality was pretty good; I heard papers rattle occasionally, but I became so interested in the material itself that I stopped noticing it if it continued throughout the book. I would recommend this work to anyone who is interested in learning about the Bhagavad Gita or in world religions and beliefs. As soon as I finsihed it, I started it again, because there is a lot to it, and I was fascinated. I wish I'd found this when it was first produced.
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- Tammy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-19-2012
  • Publisher: New World Library