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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (175,956 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hermann Hesse Narrator: Derek Jacobi Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This compelling spiritual quest by Hermann Hesse, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, is considered one of the most important works of twentieth century fiction. 

Siddhartha’s search for enlightenment leads him to the river of life itself. On his journey he learns from many teachers: the ascetic Samanas, the all-knowing Gotama, the Buddha, Kamala the lovely courtesan, and Vasudeva the simple ferryman. Unwilling to accept the wisdom of others, Siddhartha comes to an understanding of himself and his place in the universe, finally achieving the enlightened state of mind in which he can say to his lifelong friend, “The world, Govinda, is perfect at every moment.”                                          

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Quotes & Awards

  • “No living English-speaking actor outshines Derek Jacobi, nor any audiobook reader for that matter. He sings, rather than speaks, with extraordinary lyricism, expressiveness, and depth. Here he interprets the justly famed mystical novel by Nobelist Hermann Hesse…Jacobi approaches the text with a direct, childlike fervor. He brings home the subtleties of Siddhartha’s inner journey with amazing clarity and resonance, which he makes more exciting than the most thrilling thriller—for this is a detective story par excellence, a hunt for the mystery of self with eternity hanging in the balance. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner.”


  • “One could even hope that Hesse’s readers are hungrily imbibing Siddhartha and that they will be so wisely foolish as to live by it.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “In Siddhartha the setting is Indian and we encounter the Buddha, but the author’s ethos is still closer to Goethe.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “The cool and strangely simple story…should be read slowly and with savor, preferably during the lonely hours of the night.”


  • “The theme of the novel is the search for self-realization by a young Brahman.”

    Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature

  • “Noted actor Derek Jacobi interprets this material wonderfully, and the package, despite abridging a Nobel prize winner’s prose, can be highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Derrick | 2/13/2014

    " I liked the bit about how there is a Buddha in every person, regardless of their current circumstances or life choices. If time is eternal and ever existing, then that Buddha soul exists now, not sometime in the future. It's simply a matter of seeing it and living it out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gabriella | 1/31/2014

    " I feel like this book changed my life. I did find it harder to read then most (I was about 17 the first time I read it), it was very enjoyable and it was very enlightening. I even lent it to someone who said it helped them as well. Just an amazing story and if this is a mandatory reading for a class in school you should be so lucky, because this book was truley at my pleasure to read. If you have not had the privilege to read this book I suggest going to purchase it. I got mine for $4.00 at a used bookstore and I would do it again in an instance. A great book that thought me a lot. A must read for anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tracy Cakes | 1/29/2014

    " I have very mixed feelings about this book. On one hand I enjoyed reading about his journey seeking knowledge, understanding, and self. However, his character seemed arrogant. At times I found myself very put-off by Siddhartha's character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carolyn | 1/16/2014

    " Having taught about Buddhism and the vocabulary of that faith, I found Siddhartha understandable and thought-provoking. I do not know if a person without that vocabulary background would stay with it. I too have thought about whether I think too much about my faith rather than just being of my faith--the major message of this book. For that reason I read with interest. On the other hand, I found the ending quite unsatisfying; however, could any ending really be satisfactory for a Westerner reading about Easter thought? Anyway, I recommend the book to you if you can get past your Western background and past the vocabulary challenge which you are likely to have. "

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