Siddhartha


Read by Adrian Praetzellis

(4.7 stars; 435 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

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.

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.

Simply enjoyable and effective

(4 stars)

If you're looking for a novel to present ideas in a simplistic and effective form, I think this novel is for you. I can only imagine that the alchemist took some of its style from this book. Either way it carries frank discussions of spirituality and the oneness of the world that might not be for everyone but will strike home for some.

Wonderfull reading of a infinitly deep book!

(5 stars)

I've never read Siddharta before. But I already know that I will read it again, many times. I gave me the chance to ser life, mine and all that there, with a renewed perspective. And the reading contributed a lot to the experiente of this book. I can only share my gratitude, for the oportunity of such experience.

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.

(5 stars)

I was hesitant to listen to this after reading it in high school. my teacher said to re-read it later on in my life. I am in love with this reader's voice. He is perfect for it. I knew I had to finish it halfway through the first chapter. I wish I could find more he has recorded.

Siddhartha

(4.5 stars)

Very Enlightening. .. Very Inspirational. ... Thank you very much .. I wanted to give 5 stars.. Only ... I'm not sure what happened in the end.. it seemed to keep hanging up. Never finished. Also I did not want the story to end. . I wanted to know more...... I am sure I will listen to this many times. . even with it hanging. . it was great. .. I would like to see more books like this offered. .. again Thank you. The End . (?)