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The Bhagavad Gita

A Walkthrough for Westerners
Written by: Jack Hawley
Narrated by: Jack Hawley
Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
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The Bhagavad Gita has been called India's greatest contribution to the world. In this audio version of his classic book The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners, Jack Hawley makes its wisdom clear to Western seekers.

©2001 Jack Hawley (P)2011 Jack Hawley

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  • Mr. Nobody
  • 13-04-13

SBG (Super Bhagavad Gita)

I arrived to this version of the Bhagavad Gita after listening to many other audiobooks of the book. Without doubt this version provides the deepest understanding of the Bhagavad Gita. Good sound quality of the recording done by the author, who obviously is passionate about the book.

Highly recommended.

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  • ms
  • 12-09-16

brilliant way to hear the message

really well told, recommended by Eckhart Tolle and so worth listening to. my need was for this sort of translation and was prompted by a simple explanation by tolle of what chapter one is really about. thank you

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  • Musical Truth
  • 28-09-14

A great listen to a genuine voice.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. The Bhagavad Gita is an excellent story and contains some profound wisdom. It is striking how some of it is very similar to biblical proverbs and stories about Jesus too. I love that Mr Hawley has narrated this himself too. It is a testament to his passion for the subject matter and this comes across in the reading. The quality of the audio is not 100% but it is engaging and I found no issues with clarity or diction. The touch of reverb was a nice change too.

I would much rather this than yet another dry, compressed nauseating voice actor.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the dialogue between Arjuna and Krisna plays out echoed how much of my own thoughts and questions would evolve if I were playing the role of Arjuna.

Which character – as performed by Jack Hawley – was your favourite?

Arjuna.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

To kill or not to kill - is that the question?

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  • Koko
  • 25-04-17

A lot of ancient wisdom but a bit laborious.

I can see where the roots of Buddhism have come from in the Gita. This is an incredible text, well read and beautifully translated.

Like many Eastern texts though there can be lots of lists of very wordy concepts which tend to over-egg the pudding. It could be even more concise in my opinion.

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  • Sarah B Yoga
  • 27-09-14

Not great

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Way too casual and chatty. Too dumbed down, rambling and almost patronising. Seemed to be made up as he went along in parts. I'm sure there are more succinct and engaging audible commentaries on the Gita out there. I gave up after less than 20 minutes.

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  • Angus Hawkins
  • 03-01-18

The most accessible version of the BG I've managed

The most accessible version of the BG I've managed

Originally heard this version in Spanish and loved it. This song of God is one that merits being listened to many many times

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  • Pupul Bhaumik
  • 12-07-16

Annoying voice and background music

Was hoping to hear more the story and the meaning than someone making different voices to impersonate the characters with an annoying background music. This book maybe better read in print.

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