The Tao Te Ching is considered one of the deepest texts to read if one wants to gain a better understanding of life. In small poetic pieces, the words in this text can help one gain a clearer view of life to contemplate it.
Whether you are a fan Bhuddism, poetry or just deep thought and reason, you may find yourself drawn to listen to the Tao Te Ching. This book is a very ancient text from the 6th Century B.C. that has been translated many times over the years.
Frankly this translation of the Tao Te Ching was not my favorite. It seems this is more of a mainstream version of the ancient text, perhaps meant for a more Western society that doesn’t always look as deeply into the meaning of things. Many of the verses are in a sing-song style that may sound good to some people who have never read other translations, but it was not the best I have encountered.
If you have never read the Tao Te Ching or have not been into deep spiritual readings, this may be a book that works fine in your collection. But if you have been a student of these types of ancient texts, you may find yourself less than impressed with this version. While the rhythm of the words sound nice, they really seem to be a little too poetic or dramatic for drama’s sake
Keep in mind, the idea of this writing is to give you things to contemplate and really take in to see life within and without more clearly. Some of these verses are not much more than confusing, while they sound beautiful rolling off the tongue of the man reading the book.
Dr. Jacob Needleman is the narrator of this book. His voice reminds me of an old Indian Chief who is telling stories to his people. He was a wise choice for this particular text as he sounds like the kind of person who would be able to impart wisdom to those who are listening.