I Ching: The Essential Translation of the Ancient Chinese Oracle and Book of Wisdom

  • by John Minford
  • Narrated by Caroline H. McLaughlin
  • 18 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A landmark new translation of the ancient Chinese oracle and book of wisdom.
Pose a question, then toss three coins (or cast your yarrow stalks) to access the time-honored wisdom of the I Ching.
The I Ching, or Book of Change, has been consulted through the ages, in both China and the West, for answers to fundamental questions about the world and our place in it. The oldest extant book of divination, it dates back 3,000 years to ancient shamanistic practices involving the ritual preparation of the shoulder bones of oxen. From this early form of communication with the other world, it has become the Chinese spiritual book par excellence. An influence on such cultural icons as Bob Dylan, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Philip K. Dick, and Philip Pullman, the I Ching is turned to by millions around the world for insights on spiritual growth, business, medicine, genetics, game theory, strategic thinking, and leadership, and of course for the window it opens on China.
This new translation, over a decade in the making, is informed by the latest archaeological discoveries and features a gorgeously rendered codex of divination signs - the I Ching's 64 Tarot-like hexagrams. It captures the majesty and mystery of this legendary work and charts an illuminating path to self-knowledge.

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What the Critics Say

"Consistently eloquent and erudite, this rendition of the I Ching will endure as a classic of the twenty-first century and beyond." (Anthony C. Yu, Carl Darling Buck Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Humanities, The University of Chicago)

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Truncated Travesty

This book, as published, offers two translations, one of the mature oracle and commentary, and one of the basic, original oracle.

The translation is spectacular; the narration is good, by virtue of the fact that the narrator seems to know the accurate Chinese pronunciation.

Ultimately, however, THE AUDIOBOOK ENDS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SECOND TRANSLATION, AFTER HEXAGRAM 29.

I will be returning this for a refund.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-23-2015
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC