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Some books work well on audio. This is not one of those books. There are too many references to Asian terms to remember vs in written format you can visualize the word when thinking about it, and highlight to review later. There are also too many lists of how to's in each section. Plus the author seems to constantly reference his teacher. Which by the way, is an incomprehensible name given how quickly it's spoken. I was left thinking over and over again, why did I buy this book? I should've just bought a book by his teacher. I listened to the entire book in places where I could be fully engaged in the listening. It just seemed to drone on. I was truly looking forward to this book but, was left wanting so much more from it.
On the plus side, the author/narrator, had a very pleasing and soothing voice. He also seemed genuinely interested in the reader gaining something from the experience and the knowledge he was trying to impart.
If you are thinking of buying this book, I would highly recommend buying the hard copy. I am left wondering if I would have learned what I wanted to if I had read vs listened to it.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of The Buddha Walks into a Bar... to be better than the print version?
I did not read the print edition but since the narrator's voice and method of story telling was pretty entertaining... I'd say the audio version is a good choice.
What other book might you compare The Buddha Walks into a Bar... to and why?
In a pretty obscure way... I liken it to 4-Hour Work Week in that it's about designing your life to be better and more fulfilling. Both authors/narrators have a lighthearted approach. <br/><br/>It's nice to experience Buddhism from a source that sounds more like a conversation with an average (but wise) Joe as opposed to a monk speaking from the confines of a retreat does doesn't deal with our chaotic day to day lives. It makes me feel like I'm on the right track.
Which scene was your favorite?
I don't have a particular scene. It was very real world and a pleasure to listen to. I will probably listen to it again because the messages are good but sometimes you have to think about them a bit before they really register so unless you stop constantly to contemplate what was said... re-listening is probably your best bet.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Didn't shock me but those that believe Buddhism has to be done a certain way may be shocked at some things... such as eating meat & drinking... but the Buddhism I learned previously (and the author supports) is that you do what makes sense to you. After all... it's your Karma on the line.
Any additional comments?
Loved his approach and where he's coming from. Anyone would enjoy this from Buddhists to the Buddha-curious to the average person of any religion that has no idea what Buddhism is about.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
This was a good audio book. I enjoyed it and I do feel like I have learnt a lot. Broadly I would like some more work into arranging the concepts. Maybe a better summary chapter at the end that lays out exactly what the advice and exercises were. But that may also be my low attention span kicking in. Great book overall!
Some parts of the book were really eye opening, other parts were either repetitive, cliche or too theoretical. The good parts are worth the listen though, so I do recommend to listen to this book. The audio quality of the reading is mediocre.