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Great narrator. Well structured even for a beginner. I would highly recommend this listen for those on the way. master Dogen paints a verbal work of art to help you to focus your mind. Not 1, not 2.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
The book is hard to follow. Sometimes was hard to understand the meaning of the narration.
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I achieved enlightenment; I don't understand and I don't want to understand. Does anyone understand or is there blind acceptance?
........... and there are myriads of myriads
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What disappointed you about The Essential Dogen?
I wish I could have listened to this book. Unfortunately the narrator is so poor I just couldn't even get through the first chapter. I will be returning this book.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I wasn't able to listen, but I'm sure it would have been Dogen. I love his work and the way he's able to express Zen in such a clear manner. I plan to buy the book and read it instead.
What didn’t you like about Brian Nishii’s performance?
This is the second audio book that I've purchased with Nishii narrating and I returned that book too because I just couldn't listen to him. Unfortunately I hadn't realised it was the same narrator until after I'd made the purchase. I'm sure he's probably a nice guy, but narration just isn't his gig. Firstly, he doesn't seem to connect with the discourse, which makes it difficult for the reader to become absorbed. Secondly, his intonation is all over the place. He doesn't seem to know when to rise and when to fall, which makes it difficult to follow anything he's saying because you end up paying attention to his voice rather than the content. I'm guessing Nishii is from Japanese descent as he does pronounce Japanese words perfectly, however I don't think this is a reason to always use him to narrate books about Japanese culture and religion. I want to listen to a lot of the books that Nishii narrates, but I can't. There are so many brilliant narrators out there. I think listeners need another option.
Any additional comments?
A note to the publishers. Please redo this audio book with a better narrator (preferably an Englishman as they always seem to be more talented) and then I will purchase again.
A treatment of Dogen's Zen that's straight forward, well researched and readily accessible to Westerners.