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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.
©2001 Jack Hawley (P)2011 Jack Hawley
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By Searcher on 05-27-13

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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By Tammy on 10-12-12

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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By Blue You on 04-13-13

SBG (Super Bhagavad Gita)

I arrived to this version of the Bhagavad Gita after listening to many other audiobooks of the book. Without doubt this version provides the deepest understanding of the Bhagavad Gita. Good sound quality of the recording done by the author, who obviously is passionate about the book.

Highly recommended.

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By ms on 09-12-16

brilliant way to hear the message

really well told, recommended by Eckhart Tolle and so worth listening to. my need was for this sort of translation and was prompted by a simple explanation by tolle of what chapter one is really about. thank you

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By Pupul Bhaumik on 07-12-16

Annoying voice and background music

Was hoping to hear more the story and the meaning than someone making different voices to impersonate the characters with an annoying background music. This book maybe better read in print.

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