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This wondrous tale of cosmic adventure immerses the listener in a world of heroes, gods, and demons. It tells the story of the Lord Rama, the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. At about 50,000 lines the original Ramayana is one of the largest epic poems in history - as well as one of the world's most important literary and spiritual masterpieces. This translation by William Buck makes the ancient text accessible to the modern Western world, while preserving the richness of the original.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Master Yoda on 03-04-04

Great narration of a timeless epic

Ramdass brings alive this timeless story in way only he can do it. I not only recommend this book but also other audio books of Ramdass found on and other places. Ramayana assumes new meaning from the mouth of someone so well educated , in full meaning of the word in both eastern and western contexts, as Ramdass.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 12-23-10


One of my most prized possessions is a hardcopy of the Ramayana retold by William Buck and forward done by Ram Dass. This is an incredible story that is often read and reread throughout one's life in the Far East. It has much to offer to those of all ages. It relates, among other things, the background and place in Hindu culture of some of its most important religious figures. But this is mostly the story of Prince Rama, his beautiful consort Sita, the monkey king Hanuman and their satanic archenemy Ravana.

The story introduces us to a world created almost 2000 years ago by the poet Valmiki. It is a saga about good and evil, nobility and betrayal, heroism and treachery. It's all here but told in a story unlike that ever told before or since.

Ram Dass is the perfect narrator. He is one familiar with the characters of the book unlike many others. He tells the story with passion and intrigue, compassion and delight that probably could not be equaled by many others.

This is a wonderful story beautifully narrated and my only reservation is that it is abridged. I never spend a credit on an abridged version of anything. But since this is all that is available, it is more than worth it. Hopefully, it will be enough to whet the appetites of new readers to acquire an unabridged version.

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