The Novice Unabridged

  • by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Narrated by Dan Woren
  • 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh transforms an ancient folktale into a timeless parable of a young woman who dares to risk her life for her faith.
Born to an aristocratic family in rural Vietnam, Kinh Tam’s uncommon beauty and intelligence were obvious to all she encountered. From an early age she was drawn to the teachings of Buddha and the rewards of a monastic life, but to please her family she agreed to walk the traditional path of marriage.
Throughout her marriage, Kinh Tam’s mind was devoted to her husband but her heart never waivered from her true calling. She wanted to be a monk. And yet Buddhism was still new to Vietnam and temples accepted only men for ordination. Making a decision that would forever change her life, Kinh Tam left town, disguised herself as a man, and joined a monastery as a novice.
Despite the many challenges of living as a man, Kinh Tam thrived and became a beloved member of the community. Years of profound joy and peace passed until a local woman accuses the novice of fathering her unborn child. Kinh Tam is torn between two impossible choices: keep her secret and endure brutal punishment or reveal the truth that would prove her innocence but put an end to her spiritual path.
Facing the unbearable with the boundless heart of Buddha, her choice forever changes her life, her country, and her faith.
In spare, elegant prose, Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that we, too, face our own injustices and suffering, and by connecting with love, we can, like Kinh Tam, discover a mind and heart that are peaceful, happy, and free.

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The Novice..listened to on the way from WI to IL

If you could sum up The Novice Unabridged in three words, what would they be?

Beautiful Truthful and Magnificent


What other book might you compare The Novice Unabridged to and why?

Thich Nhat Hanh's Anger could be similar, although this book is a novel, and Hanh doesn't write many novels so this stands by itself.


Which character – as performed by Dan Woren – was your favorite?

Kinh Tam


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- Kyle Krueger

Loved it

Would you listen to The Novice Unabridged again? Why?

I would listen to it again because it was inspirational.


What did you like best about this story?

It taught a spiritual lesson without being preachy.


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

I had not listened to any other of Dan woren's performances before.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I enjoy listening to audible books while I travel in the car. It is rare for me to listen all in one sitting. This way I have something to look forward to besides the drivel on most radio stations.


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- Melanie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-23-2011
  • Publisher: HarperAudio