• Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana

  • By: Devdutt Pattanaik
  • Narrated by: Suyash Mohan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of Ramayana is an epic story based on the life of India’s most admired prince - ‘Rama’ and his wife ‘Sita’. Ramayana is a mythological story, which has been passed down for many generations. Since ages, the character that is most emphasized has been that of Rama, who has always been known to keep his word whatever be the circumstances. The role of Sita has been generally overlooked in the past. Sita, too, is a pivotal character. Being a single mother, she went through many ups and downs all alone. Still, she has often been portrayed as a frail and meek character.

In the present audiobook, the author has emphasized on this very fact that Sita, though shown as a submissive character, was a woman who had massive strength. In the book, the author has shown Sita’s childhood in a more detailed manner. Her relationship with her father, King Janaka, who was a very sober and spiritual person; Sita’s forest stay with her husband and after that her lone stay; her connection and conversations with the women in Lanka, at the ‘Ashoka Vatika’, the sentiments that were shared amongst them. Also, depicted is her attachment with her sisters; with the trees in the forest, as she loved her life in forest; her bond with the mother earth. 

This book has portrayed Sita in a fair and magnanimous way, along with restating the whole story of Ramayana.

©2014 Devdutt Pattanaik (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Amazing book, bad narrator/read

I wish Devdutta Pattanaik read this amazing book. Pattanaik dazzles in his in depth knowledge but again I wish he was reading it. The narrator can put people to sleep.

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Extraordinary Narrator

I am amazed by the narrator's tone, clarity, and ability to produce several distinct voices.

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  • Jennifer L.
  • 05-26-21

Wonderful storytelling

Only caveat is the confusing lack of space between story and interspersed commentary. It’s often hard to know which is which.

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  • E. Schilling
  • 07-02-20

inspiring and uplifting

Very rich, educational and inspiring. Beautifully composed with so many details and interesting facts and points. So grateful for Devdutt Pattanaik work with clarifying and explaining the very complex indian mytologi. Every sentence is a lecture in it self, just like the Ramayana is.
Dont hesitate just it. It will enrich and enlighten you.
Thank you 😊 🙏

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  • ums
  • 08-25-19

Hooked from the start to end.l.

A wonderful depiction of the Ramayana Very well narrated and have throughly enjoyed other books in this series.