• Buddha

  • A Story of Enlightenment
  • By: Deepak Chopra
  • Narrated by: Deepak Chopra
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (782 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"The Buddha was as mortal as you and I, yet he attained enlightenment and was raised to the rank of an immortal. The miracle is that he got there following a heart as human as yours and mine, and just as vulnerable."

Best-selling author Deepak Chopra brings the Buddha back to life in this gripping account of the young prince who abandoned his inheritance to discover his true calling. This iconic journey changed the world forever, and the truths revealed continue to influence every corner of the globe today.

A young man in line for the throne is trapped in his father's kingdom and yearns for the outside world. Betrayed by those closest to him, Siddhartha abandons his palace and princely title. Finally alone and face-to-face with his demons, he becomes a wandering monk and embarks on a spiritual fast that carries him to the brink of death. Ultimately recognizing his inability to conquer his body and mind by sheer force, Siddhartha transcends his physical pain and achieves enlightenment.

Although we recognize Buddha today as an icon of peace and serenity, his life story was a tumultuous and spellbinding affair filled with love and sex, murder and loss, struggle and surrender. From the rocky terrain of the material world to the summit of the spiritual one, Buddha entertains and inspires - ultimately leading us closer to understanding the true nature of life and ourselves.

©2007 Deepak Chopra (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"The narrative moves forward simply and inexorably. Especially imaginative and intriguing is the low-key nature of the Buddha's enlightenment experience....An epilogue and concluding "practical guide" offer nonfiction commentary and teaching on core Buddhist principles. ( Publishers Weekly)
"The audio version of this text may very well trump the written one because of Chopras deft character performance, authentic Indian pronunciation, and familiarity with the story of a fellow Indian who came to be known as the Buddha." ( AudioFile)

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    4 out of 5 stars

Thought-provoking, great listen

Excellent historic fiction. Great listen, well done performance.

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Fantastic Read

Though much of the story of Buddha was from the imaginations of the Author, I would say that the story was very well planned and laid out. I was drawn in by the spiritual presence Deepak created in his portrayal of one of our greatest spiritual leaders. Even for someone with limited understanding, I believe this would be a good start to expanding one's mind to greater possibilities.

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Couldn't Stop Listening

Excellent book. Spent my lunches in the car listening! Deepak does it again.

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Excellent +++++

This is probably the best audiobook I have listened to. Both parts one and two should be considered together. It is a spellbinding biography of Buddha, masterfully read by Deepak Chopra. If you have any interest in Buddha or Buddhism, this is a must-listen. Very inspiring too.

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    4 out of 5 stars

Pretty good

I have read a few books on Buddhism and Chopra does a great job of telling the story of Siddhartha. I have my own reservations regarding the religion but Chopra does not preach at all, he just merely tells the story. I like the fact that he does the reading himself as well, surprisingly great job.

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A goof fictional story

The author stated upfront this was a work of fiction and not factually based! A lot of the information we know about the Buddha was handed down by oral traditions before being written down.

From the start of the story we are given the Hero’s Journey from start to finish! I will say if Deepak wanted to go into writing works of fiction he would have a second career for sure!

We follow the Buddha from before his birth until his death in this story. The author wove a great tale telling us all about his family life before he was born, after he was born and during his lifetime. We see how his parents loved each other and really wanted the best for the Buddha even if they didn’t realize they couldn’t have it which is a lesson a lot of parents learn in their lifetimes. Whatever we want for our children we need to see if they want it as well. As Deepak said in another book let the child develop by making the feel secure and loved. What emerges will be beyond your wildest imagination!

Here we see how the Buddha was controlled and yet he still found is own way. I’ve seen this in the lives of many people I know who’s parents chose their life for them. 20 yrs doing one thing to suddenly to another.

The story of the Buddha was the story of someone who saw one achievement for what it was and moved deeper. Then we see his reward for this persistence! In the story he begins to teach it to others until his death! Many will argue he could have prevented his own death as he had others in this story. I don’t know about this and leave it where the author leaves it.

The characters are well develops! The scenery is described and comes alive in our minds eye! We feel as if we’re really there with the characters witnessing their lives! So, when is book two coming? Maybe about Kwan Yin?

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    4 out of 5 stars

Eye opener

As someone always interested in buddism and never really knowing where to start this was a great listen. It's opened my eyes and made me hunger for more.

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Fabulous!

Deepak Chopra in both word and voice combined the myth and dharma of Buddha in a charming and "enlightened" way.



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    3 out of 5 stars

Fantasy, not history

This story is made up by the author, it is not the story of Budda. I was under that misconception when I ordered it. It's an interesting story, but very fanciful in many ways. Not sure why this was written I thought this author dealt in enlightening people in ways of though and behavior.

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A lot of unnecessary fiction, and hard to understand at times!

I listened to it all the way even though it was hard at times to keep listening to unnecessary fiction the author has added. The book would have been much better if it was read by someone who is easier to understand. The story was mainly about the Buddha’s childhood and before he became a Buddha which was not what I expected... it would have been better to name it Siddhārtha Gautama, and not Buddha!