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Great Story, terrible story teller! the words of the Dali Lama are timeless, precious, and amazing. But the narrator is so monotone, so without any emotion and such a terrible narrator, that it was very difficult to make it through the irritating commentary. This surprises me, as the narrator actually wrote the book. But clearly, he should have paid someone else to read the material, as he doesn't do his work justice in the least. I found his voice and complete lack of intonation and particular enunciation very distracting.
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As an audio book, this is terrible. The message of the material is great but the author made a horrible mistake by reading it himself. His dry, passionless, delivery taxes even the most devoted fan of Buddhism. In contrast, the actor they chose as the voice of the Dalai Lama is completely over the top campy and cheesy. He honestly sounds like one of the voice-overs from the old kung fu movies of the 70's. The result is a completely disjointed, unauthentic presentation that either puts the reader to sleep or turns them off because of the awful, somewhat insulting caricature of an Asian accent.
I respect the Dalai Lama immensely and have enjoyed previous titles in print. I had to turn this one off half way through because of the terrible choices made in this audio format.
Don't waste your time or money on this title.
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