• by Hermann Hesse
  • Narrated by Derek Jacobi
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This compelling spiritual quest by Hermann Hesse, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, is considered one of the most important works of 20th century fiction. Siddhartha's search for enlightenment leads him to the river of life itself. On his journey he learns from many teachers: the ascetic Samanas, the all-knowing Gotama the Buddha, Kamala the lovely courtesan, and Vasudeva the simple ferryman. Unwilling to accept the wisdom of others, Siddhartha comes to an understanding of himself and his place in the universe, finally achieving the enlightened state of mind in which he can say to his lifelong friend: "The world, Govinda, is perfect at every moment."


What the Critics Say

"No living English-speaking actor outshines Derek Jacobi, nor any audiobook reader for that matter. He sings, rather than speaks, with extraordinary lyricism, expressiveness, and depth." (AudioFile)


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Choosing an audio version of Siddhartha

Audible currently offers 4 versions of Hermann Hesse's, "Siddhartha". I'd like to help you with your selection.

Derek Jacobi brilliantly breathes life into the current edition. The reading is stellar, making this by far the recommended choice. Caveat: this version is abridged.

As for the unabridged versions:

Fidrous Bamji: If you must choose an unabridged version, this is the best of the lot. The narration is pleasing to the ear, but simply lacks the magic of Jacobi's rendition.

James Langton: TOO FAST. Langton literally speed narrates the story, leaving you with a throbbing headache by the time he's done.

Harish Bhimani: Bhimani sounds too self-indulgent, seems to be in love with his own voice. Pronunciation and inflection are questionable. The translation sounds flat, dead, worn.
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- Scott

Great story, horid narrater

Would you try another book from Herman Hesse and/or Derek Jacobi?

I like Herman Hesse & will continue to read his books

Who was your favorite character and why?

The wise boat man, he had already walked his path & was, where we all strive to be.

Would you be willing to try another one of Derek Jacobi’s performances?


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Consideration of life

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- sawithia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.