Siddhartha


Read by Adrian Praetzellis

(4.8 stars; 1002 reviews)

Siddhartha is one of the great philosophical novels. Profoundly insightful, it is also a beautifully written story that begins as Siddhartha, son of an Indian Brahman, leaves his family and begins a lifelong journey towards Enlightenment. On the way he faces the entire range of human experience and emotion: he lives with ascetics, meets Gotama the Buddha, learns the art of love from Kamala the courtesan, and is transformed by the simple philosophy of the ferryman Vasudeva whose wisdom comes not from learned teachings but from observing the River. Herman Hesse (1877-1962) was a German-Swiss novelist, poet, and painter. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. This recording contains a sound clip from http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/samplesViewSingle.php?id=15362 (Summary by Adrian Praetzellis)

(5 hr 6 min)

Chapters

THE SON OF THE BRAHMAN 20:59 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
WITH THE SAMANAS 27:05 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
GOTAMA 23:54 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
AWAKENING 12:24 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
KAMALA 36:32 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
WITH THE CHILDLIKE PEOPLE 22:14 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
SANSARA 24:57 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
BY THE RIVER 30:52 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
THE FERRYMAN 35:07 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
THE SON 24:27 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
OM 18:30 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
GOVINDA 29:07 Read by Adrian Praetzellis

Reviews

Wow, Simply Amazing!

(5 stars)

I read this book first in 9th grade, and remember enjoying it. I have spent the greater part of the 8 years since attempting to find purpose in the world, and things i experience, and often struggle with the poor decisions I make while also attempting to hold on to fleeting moments of happiness. I have read many religious books, and spent a great deal of time attempting to piece together a moral guideline to live as closely as I can, but ultimately fall short of any form of "perfection." While I understand failure is a pivotal part of bettering oneself, I have struggled to come to terms with my own failures. In reading this book for a second time, I have gained a peace from reflecting on the good and bad, the pleasure Andre pain, as my very existence is founded on all things. This book was for me a very big step in my understanding of that which is, and that which I am. I do hope some people can enjoy it as I have.

Excellent reading..

(5 stars)

Thank you for taking the effort to put this great book in an audio format. We find Siddhartha in each one of us. It has been a tribute to listen to this wonderful insight book. Truly, a life inspiring, guiding, changing book. "To thoroughly understand the world, to explain it, to despise it, may be the thing great thinkers do. But I’m only interested in being able to love the world, not to despise it, not to hate it and me, to be able to look upon it and me and all beings with love and admiration and great respect.”

A lovely recording

(5 stars)

Siddhartha was once a wandering shramana and, briefly, like thousands of others, he followed Gotama the Buddha, enraptured by his sermons. But hw was not a follower of any but his own soul. Born the son of a Brahmin, Siddhartha was blessed in appearance, intelligence, and charisma. In order to find meaning in life, he discarded his promising future for the life of a wandering ascetic. Still, true happiness evaded him. Then a life of pleasure and titillation merely eroded away his spiritual gains until he was just like all the other "child people," dragged around by his desires. Neither a practitioner nor a devotee, neither meditating nor reciting, Siddhartha comes to blend in with the world, resonating with the rhythms of nature, bending the reader's ear down to hear answers from the river. Many thanks to Mr Adrian Praetzellis for his delicate and sensitive reading of Herman Hesse's book. A lovely recording.

read with one breath

(5 stars)

This book is perfect for those who like to contemplate about purpose of life & tend to be more conscious... I think most people can either recognize themselves in the main hero or listen to the vital topics touched upon in this book. Didn‘t know Hermann Hesse is such a great writer... Hope to hear more of his books! And mb even be able to understand his books in german (haven‘t tried yet:))

The go-to-book for spirituality in the REAL world

(5 stars)

The only way to do justice to this book is to read and hear it many times over. So many thoughts and just as many doubts cross the mind with each line. Adrian Praetzellis loans a magical voice to this already wonderful book. Meditation, if only briefly could be had, would be by listening to this book.

Intelligently and beautifully read

(5 stars)

Having just finished listening to this fine book, I must say how intelligently and beautifully it is read. For the first minute the reader's and writer's style feel a little strange but soon they are as if they could be no other way! Thank you, Adrian.

Great story, great reader but...

(4 stars)

Amazingly narrated by Herman Hesse and great reading by Adrian. His words and flow while reading had all those feelings of the people who felt what was written in the story. The sentences, the pauses, everything was perfect, except one thing - the pronounciation of various names throughout the story. The non-indian readers should definitely need to learn how to pronounce the names of Indian literature, especially the names which come in the book they're reading. For example, Adrian kept saying 'Go-taa-maa' instead of 'Gautam'; 'Vasu-diva' instead of 'Vasu-dev' and I don't know the exact name but think 'Ka-maala' must be 'Kamla'. The 'D' in your language has two different pronunciations in Sanskrit (or Hindi). Please learn that first. If you do, it doesn't make it awkward or uncomfortable to listen to your awesome readings.

A book that preaches oneness.

(5 stars)

As a student of law i have learnt a lot from this book. Siddhartha realizes that a man is a product of nature, and as nature is known to embody myraid forms and shapes, fire and water, breeze and storm, men too embody good and bad, calm and delirious passion, withing the same skin. In the end, joy is found in oneness and not in acwuiting distinguished education, jobs amd cars. The teachings are especially relevant in the backdrop of rampant suicides by overburdened students in India striving relentlessly to distinguish themselves from the heard. an endeavour which is bound to be unsuccessful and Siddhartha's proves how. Thank you Mr. Adrian for supplying your deep voice to enhancing and serving the depth of this book on a platter to a curious reader.