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  • The Prophet

  • Written by: Kahlil Gibran
  • Narrated by: Riz Ahmed
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (133 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Seminal poems for moments of mindfulness. 

First published in 1923 and never out of print, The Prophet has been translated into over 100 languages and read by millions of people around the world. On the face of it, a simple book of 26 poem fables sharing one man’s wisdom. But The Prophet is so much more than that. 

It has inspired people from John F Kennedy to The Beatles and became the '60s Bible of counterculture – all because of the timeless truths it shared. Each poem takes a different theme – pleasure, beauty, freedom, joy and sorrow – as the fictional Al Mustapha shares his thoughts and experiences as he prepares to travel back to his island home. Even on first listen, his words will seem achingly familiar, having soaked into our collective subconscious:

  • Like a chain, you are as weak as your weakest link
  • Love possesses not, nor would it be possessed
  • Let there be spaces in your togetherness
  • You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thought
  • It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked

This collection makes the perfect bedtime listen or walking companion as you take time out from the world to consider your own truths and experiences, guided by the wise words and gentle hand of Kahlil Gibran.

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Lmao

Some Review i saw “Accent not Clear” Lmao ‘Udisha’ he can’t Speak in some Gibberish accent you talk in your Home

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not worth your time. accent is not clear. no space between new poems, very confusing.

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Masterpiece indeed

A must read to learn the lessons of the lifetime from The Prophet the himself.

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timeless classic must listen

Riz Ahmad's performance is good. Khalil Gibran was way ahead of his time... I personally find The Prophet a regular read as it provides new insights every time based on our newer understanding and knowledge of the world.

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A must read.

Golden words of wisdom. A must read. Better sound quality could have been better.

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just as beautifully narrated as written.

A book to return to, a book to live by. can't get enough of Khalil's work.

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Beautiful... Insightful... Delightful to ears!

I listen to this numerous times before sleeping.
it gives a lot of things to ponder
Kahlil encapsulates various dimensions of life to the laboratory of his mind and experiments with his tools of thoughts and shares the results with us in this wonderful book.
the narrator has also done a good job in this audiobook and maintains continuity.
Audible feature of managing the speed makes the experience of listening this audiobook even better.

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Truly sublime

Sit silently and listen through the audible extravaganza and when you reach the other shore you find yourself transformed...

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SO GOOD !

This was my first audiobook. A short one, to begin with, but what a start to my audiobook journey !
I feel like I cannot get enough. Might just listen to this a few more times. Really liked Riz Ahmed's narration. This would be one of those titles I'd recommend everyone to read once in their life.

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Comforting and Beautiful ❤️

One of the most beloved classics of all time. Published in 1923, it has been translated into more than twenty languages and is one of the finest works of Khalil Gibran.

The Prophet is a fable consisting of 26 short chapters. The book starts off with the prophet Almustafa, the "chosen and the beloved" leaving for his home country after having spent the last 12 years in the city of Orphalese. He is saddened, but he knows that he must leave. People gather to bid him farewell and ask him to impart his wisdom on some of the most important aspects of human life. His responses are covered in 26 beautiful poetic essays, that cover sprawling topics like love, work, joy living, work worship, freedom, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, good and evil, etc. (naming just a few).

Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil. For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst?
I loved this one.

The book has no particular ideology. It questions and answers at the same time, answers on the big things in life. I listened to it on Audible, narrated by Riz Ahmed. What a brilliant narration! Enjoyed the whole vibes. It was available on credit before, but now you can listen for free on "Audible Included" if you've subscription. I would suggest this book to everyone to read at least once, not for beginners.

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  • Dee Tree
  • 12-09-21

Riz Ahmed's Narraration Is So Moving!

I have read The Prophet in times past. Nevertheless, Riz Ahmed's narration invokes more intense images--as if I were there standing the sea shore myself. So moving. Thank you!

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  • amisho lewis
  • 12-09-21

Wisdom that transcends time.

There is a reason this book has never been out of print. There is a reason this book has been a supplement for many religious text. There is a reason this book has been quoted by many throughout the ages. That reason is that the wisdom in these pages transcend time and culture.

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  • Ronald Israel
  • 04-09-21

Great listen !

Such wisdom and true spiritual content !
The Prophet is a must have in your library.

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  • Michelle Tackabery
  • 28-09-22

Truly beautiful

This is THE way to receive this work. I am grateful to Audible for it.

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  • Linda Malone
  • 23-09-22

Peaceful Truths

This listen was a lovely, calming rest. Very well narrated. Full of substance. Truly thought provoking.

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  • RRobinR
  • 22-08-22

thought provoking

lessons for all to remember in this one, surely that's why it is indeed a classic.

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  • alice eide-mason
  • 16-08-22

God is love

I will listen again to this lovely poem to which I have listened before and again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-08-22

Riz Ahmed is so good at reading

I enjoyed the audio book read by Riz Ahmed, I will have another repeat of audio read 😎👍

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  • Tassos
  • 12-08-22

Incredibly beautiful

Beautifully narrated, this is a gem about a traveller answering questions on life; the things we hold most dear in life upon this earth and the ever after. A must must read: an amalgamation of insight … of joy and pain … the juxtaposition of opposing perspectives; debating, enlightening, inspiring, but above all, bringing calm. I highly recommend it!!

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  • Audible Customer
  • 20-06-22

Inspired

"The Prophet" , a series of spiritual poems or meditations on different aspects of life by Lebanese author Khalil Gibran who also lived in New York makes for inspired listening and perfect gift giving, and a must for every library.
CAVEAT: DO NOT LISTEN WHILST DRIVING

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  • Rys2512
  • 27-08-21

What a gem

I've already listened to this twice. I read The Prophet years ago and it's great to revisit it now. Riz Ahmed is a brilliant narrator - his voice is so silky

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  • Mary
  • 29-08-21

Stunning

This is an extraordinary work which I have read many times.

Listening to it being so beautifully read, has been an even more profound experience for me.

I can't recommend it enough.

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  • Caroline
  • 02-09-21

A Gift

The Prophet. This book, narrated this way, has turned it into a life long companion. It's passages will embrace you and give you counsel when you need steering through difficult times, or simply to offer enlightenment on a dreary day.
The narrator is so soothing, so faithful. His intonation is perfection.

This is how it's done.

Thank you Riz Ahmed

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  • JAKE
  • 02-09-21

One of the most enjoyable listening experiences

Will listen over and over again, the sort of book you’d like to buy for everyone you know

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  • Johnvan
  • 07-09-21

Music for the soul.

I was ill, it was perfect peace to listen too, I dozed off inbetween but carried on when I awoke, will listen again sometime. It was not what I expected but, I enjoyed it anyway. I am new to his works and like what I hear very philosophical, It inspired me to write some thing I have been thinking about. JVR

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  • Mike
  • 02-09-21

Good listen

I enjoyed this book , will listen again probably several times, as there is quite a lot to take in with a single listen.

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  • jai
  • 31-08-21

Perfection

My fave book, so I'm biased anyway. I love Riz Ahmeds voice too, this is beautifully done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-10-21

Wonderful!

I loved it to tears! It is a book everybody should read these troubled days!

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  • Tom O'Rourke
  • 28-09-21

Eternal returnity

Unbeginning unending beginnings and endings perpetually incomplete, perpetually indeterminate, perpetually uncertain in perpetual motion.
Love always.
Tom O'Rourke 1953....?

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  • Hussain
  • 04-08-22

Simply beautiful

Riz Ahmed's voice was like silk and It was all very moving, beautiful lyrics, thought provoking

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-22

loved every minute of it..

loved every minute of it.. the narrator was so suited I almost want to listen to his other books to hear him again!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-04-22

Potentially the most beautiful book i’ve ever read

‘Oh’ was my main reaction to these words. There is medicine in this listening. Thanks for including in membership !