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  • A Book of Simple Living

  • Brief Notes from the Hills
  • Written by: Ruskin Bond
  • Narrated by: Udai Matthan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Mist fills the Himalayan valleys, and monsoon rain sweeps across the hills. Sometimes, during the day, a bird visits me - a deep purple whistling thrush. She perches on the windowsill and looks out with me at the rain.' This personal diary records the many small moments that constitute a life of harmony - with the self, the natural world, and friends, family and passersby. In these hours, we watch a wild plum blossom and the moon come up between two deodar trees; we hear a redstart whistle and the rain drum on a tin roof; we recognize the aftermath of loss and the consolation of old companions. A Book of Simple Living is a gift of beauty and wisdom from India's most loved and most understated writer.

©2015 Ruskin Bond (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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listen for a peace of mind...

Ruskin bond is unique...and I too love the style of narration...good job Mr Udai Matthan.

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Beauty

I've never realised the change a book can cause to once life. Never loved nature more.

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Simply Unmissable

Recommended for all who desire to love life all over again. Ruskin points out the path to take...
The Audible version is even more pleasurable with the Narrator's soothing voice.
Simply Loved It!

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Simple and Elegant...

Amazing experience. The book is written in such a simplistic and descriptive manner that every word comes in front of your eyes.. and it opens up the world showing the minute pleasures in the world... Must read for those rainy days when you just want to sit and watch it rain...

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Soothing and calming to hear

Sometimes I lost the author for too much detailing overall a pleasant hear! Would recommend to nature lovers to enhance and put words to their love.

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Every line is a breath of fresh air!

I took time to read this book.. to enjoy and feel every detail of nature mentioned in this book. Gradually my imagination bettered I could even smell Bond's favourite flower the honey suckle. I could also feel the mountain air inside my closed room.
A simple view on life.. yet deep enough to not take it granted. I loved the performance as well. Quiet clear and crisp pronounciation.

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Love love love 💕

Once again you rock Sir...Always have been and always will be my favorite author. This one in particular is so relaxing n soothing to listen...Something that will calm your nerves instantly...

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Ruskin Bond at his best

a smoothing experience to listen. beautifully read, it appeared as if Ruskin Bond himself is reading.

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Pure bliss

There is a strange sense of peace embedded in every sentence of this book. The structure is deceivingy simple but the level of wisdom required to write something like this requires several life times. It was a most beautiful experience listening to this book. Thanks a lot. Will cherish it for a long long time.

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Refreshingly Simple yet Effective.

It reminded me of my childhood days that were spent being close to nature.

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  • Nikhil
  • 23-08-18

Relaxing read/listen !

This is easily one of the most relaxing books to listen to/read ! Quite a bit like Bill Bryson's book on the Appalachian trail in how it takes you to the outdoors.

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  • Sceptical Sorcerer
  • 02-04-21

Utterly Charming

Simple but powerful reflections, insights and contemplations on everyday living. I always enjoy Bond's non-fiction writing (I have read only extracts of his fictional work).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-10-20

A beautiful journey.

I loved this book. Perfect for easing the mind. I love the way he writes, so simple. Incredible. I have not listened to Ruskin Bond before this or even heard his name before . I will definitely listen and again. He has a new Follower.