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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (175,896 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hermann Hesse Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9781400185474
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Hermann Hesse’s famous and influential novel Siddhartha is perhaps the most important and compelling allegory produced in the last hundred years. Integrating Eastern and Western spiritual traditions with psychoanalysis and philosophy, this strangely simple tale, written with a deep and moving empathy for humanity, has touched the lives of millions since its original publication in 1922.

Set in India, Siddhartha is the story of a young Brahmin’s search for ultimate reality after meeting with the Buddha. His quest takes him from a life of decadence to asceticism, through the illusory joys of sensual love with a beautiful courtesan and of wealth and fame to the painful struggles with his son and the ultimate wisdom of renunciation.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Art | 2/20/2014

    " A little book, a mere 122 pages long but packed with so much wisdom. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 2/20/2014

    " Clearly a badly translated book. The spiritual aspect of the book does leave lingering thoughts, though I am definitely nowhere more enlightened than when I first started the book. May be worth a second read if the bad english doesn't put me off too much.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbwire Sugarbeet | 2/20/2014

    " I don't mean to sound like a greasy hippy but this was fun to read. Short, bursty, and wise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali Al Khalifa | 2/19/2014

    " I am not surprised to hear this book was and continues to be influential. It teaches a very important lesson: wisdom cannot be communicated. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 2/19/2014

    " A very interesting take on the world. I enjoyed it very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haneen | 2/18/2014

    " Such beautiful writing, it flowed so well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Kosciuszko | 2/17/2014

    " One of my favorite books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 2/16/2014

    " It was so lovely. Such a cool take on Siddartha. Loveable guy, he was not perfect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rory Mackay | 2/16/2014

    " Beautiful, poetic, profound, deep and thought-provoking, this book is nothing less than sublime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelia Murphy | 2/15/2014

    " Great book, especially for those interested in the concepts of Buddhist spirituality and history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zugabaeh | 2/13/2014

    " Read within one go- speaks for itself I would say! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice Shellenberger | 2/12/2014

    " Read this in the 1970s. In fact, I read everything Hesse wrote that I could find. One day I'll reread this book, I hope. So many books, so little time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Wolf | 2/9/2014

    " A wonderful meditation on what is really important in life. Slim, but filled with meaning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Falina | 2/9/2014

    " I struggled with staying interested in this...I don't think I got as much out of it as I should have. The problem may have been the absolutely atrocious ebook copy that I read (that came pre-loaded on my Kobo) that was so riddled with transcription errors that it took away a lot from the book and honestly left me wondering if they might have even skipped a chapter or two, since I thought this was a much longer book than it actually was. I definitely want to reread this in the future. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeremy Butler | 2/7/2014

    " I read this one just because it was on a list of "30 Books Everyone Should Read Before Turning 30" but couldn't tell you what made it worthy of being on such a list. I didn't find it powerful or insightful or life-altering or anything of the sort, maybe I'm not the target audience (under 30). Also, I guess it could've been the translation, but I thought the writing was exceedingly clunky. I kept hearing the robot devil in my head. "This opera's as lousy as it is brilliant. Your lyrics lack subtlety. You can't just have your characters announce how they feel! That makes me feel angry!" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali Al Khalifa | 2/5/2014

    " I am not surprised to hear this book was and continues to be influential. It teaches a very important lesson: wisdom cannot be communicated. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francine | 2/4/2014

    " It's not really about Buddha, but the story still a good read if you are into books that teach you about life and values. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamara | 2/2/2014

    " I had to read this for school. I didn't get much enjoyment out of it but I didn't hate it as much as I hated reading Lord of the Flies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clark Hallman | 2/1/2014

    " I first read Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse, in 1969 as part of a German literature class at the University of Pittsburgh. I loved it then and I also loved it when I reread it twice since then. It has been an important book for me, especially when I first read it at a very impressionable time when I needed any little bit of spirituality that I could get. Although this book certainly did not eliminate my confusion and anxiety, it left a dormant interest in spirituality and especially in Buddhism, which blossomed many years later. That has turned out to be a positive force in my life. Although I have a long path ahead of me, I feel more comfortable about my life and the path ahead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aletheia Howard | 1/31/2014

    " A delightful and smooth-flowing novel, which had many interesting spiritual insights. A great book to read if you want to expand your mind! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 1/30/2014

    " The "plot" didn't really keep me overly engaged (the whole book is just the story of the guy's life) but it was interesting to see how he changed and evolved over the years. It was a pretty easy read as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denisse Comte | 1/30/2014

    " Es un libro que vale la pena leer y releer. A mi parecer es de esas joyas literarias que merecen ser atesoradas en los estantes de toda biblioteca privada de todo lector voraz. La intensa lucha interna por encontrar la paz. Hermann Hesse relata con detalles las cavilaciones de lo que todo hombre sobre la faz de la tierra pudiera tener en cuanto a la esencia misma del "yo". Muy buen libro para hacerte pensar y meditar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsti Van wessel | 1/29/2014

    " In my teens this made a great impression, still does "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Baer | 1/25/2014

    " Hess at his best don't skip this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauder | 1/25/2014

    " This book was a great spiritual journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan Osborn | 1/24/2014

    " After reading this book i was both happier and i felt like i learned a great deal. I liked this book a lot. It was very intriguing and i would recommend it to anybody like likes a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noah Perlman | 1/20/2014

    " Enlightening to say the least... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Utkarsh Anand | 1/20/2014

    " In the time of the Buddha, another young man, Siddhartha, sets out to attain enlightenment in his own way. Does he succeed? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martina | 1/16/2014

    " Amazing! Everyone should read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kushal Naik | 1/13/2014

    " Existential angst or philosophical orgasm or lessons on nirvana or whatever you believe this book is about, 'Siddhartha' is a must read for everyone on the road to self-discovery. What I can say in this review is irrelevant. You need to read the book and figure it out yourself. And I say that because.. that's what the books tells us to do! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruchi Chaube | 1/12/2014

    " I picked this book because I had never read a book of Hermann Hesse (nobel prize winner in literature) and was also drawn to the title "Siddhartha" thought must have to do with the life of Buddha and his journey towards salvation, it was so indeed but in a different way, it is a novel in which the central character Siddhartha, who is a Brahmin boy, raised in a Brahmin way, with a philosophical bent of mind, practices meditation early from his childhood, became and ascetic in his youth, suddenly deviates himself from this route and renounces the need of a any doctrine or teacher to seek the true path. In pursuit of this he enters the world of lust and desire, he learnt ways to succeed, he hoarded money, squandered money, learnt how to stimulate his senses and became a worldly man (who to him was an ordinary man)! Though living amongst these ordinary men his mind and soul were never present...... he knew the futility of such living! The author very beautifully presents that time is an illusion, everything is transitory and everything has two sides, that makes the complete truth, good and evil exists at the same time, there is buddha in every one of us (saint or murderer) its just a matter of how one perceives oneself. The same what Buddha had also said.... but putting it in the form of a story makes the matter more tangible to the reader! I would end up by giving five stars to the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginny | 1/11/2014

    " I'm pretty sure this book just changed my life... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mallika Madhu | 1/10/2014

    " great ! we always end up finding that the truth is inside. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri Shamblin | 1/10/2014

    " A classic and should be required reading for everyone living in the Western world where we are surrounded by material things and consumerism. I read this book as a young person, but enjoyed it much more as an adult. For me the message was far more profound than the writing, and one that is worth reading more than once in life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Medha Subramani | 1/8/2014

    " I have read several reviews on this book from my friends on GR. The reviews are generally very much in the affirmative, and once in a while, I come across a review that is very disapproving. This kind of review usually comes down to the notion that an outsider (Hermann Hesse) has written about a religion of which he is not born into, and thus has created a piece of fiction which is an oversimplified mishmash of his own culture, and what he believes is the Buddhist religion. Although this is a very attractive opinion that casts the reviewer as a thoughtful analyst, I believe that it is nevertheless misinformed. Although there is a point to be had that the author's cultural perspective hampers the ability to fully or correctly reflect Buddhist principles, I think that saying this book is a Spiritual self help book, akin to something like- the Celestine Prophecy for example, is completely exaggerated and a total discredit to Hesse's insights and creative nuances. It is important to note that we all see things through prisms, and it is natural and human to view events/doctrines/theology through a singular perspective that is the product of our own culture and personal experience. This does not negate the value of the author's perspective outright. The quality of writing is undeniably beautiful, as are the author's points on experience trumping doctrine/religious rituals and procedure, which he hit, by the way, right on the nose- this is indeed a central tenet of Hindu and Buddhist doctrine. As with the bhakti movement in India, Buddhism also shares this notion. At no time while reading this book, did I think that I was reading a how-to on Buddhism, nor did I believe I was reading about Buddhist principles. In fact, I knew and still know very little of Buddhism, not being part of that world. Rather, this is a story of a man's own spiritual evolution. When seen from that perspective and not demanding more of the author (we must remember he is just an author, not a prophet or a preacher), we see that his insights are not simplistic. In fact, he makes very accurate points on Eastern thought. The author touches upon 1. unity in creation, 2. losing one's self in action, as the ferryman did, 3. seeing unity in dichotomies, and several other spiritual points, which he presents beautifully. I, as a Hindu understand these concepts on a mental level from the teachings of my religion, just as the characters understand them on their mental levels, from their culture's teachings. Ultimately, Hesse transports the reader from understanding these points, to witnessing Siddhartha's nirvana. Hesse does this beautifully. He does this incompletely too, but what do you expect? It's Nirvana. And in addition to that, he actually makes the point that this cannot be taught, only experienced. This is where the Buddha and he diverge. Ultimately that's what this book is about. It's about freedom, independence and taking responsibility for one's own development, and one's own self mastery. This is a masterpiece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Augustine George | 1/5/2014

    " expected something more from this work by hesse,but was not fully satisfied. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Giacomo Cattaneo | 1/4/2014

    " Definitely one of my favorite books ever. The simplicity of how the reader follow the evolution of the main character, understaning and discovering with him this amazing life and its possible meanings is simply amazing. It is a boook that makes you think, and does it wonderfully. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 BLACK CAT | 1/2/2014

    " Spiritual journey of a man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gopa Thampi | 12/29/2013

    " Simple yet complex, lucid yet provocative. A short but intense voyage into our inner recesses of consciousness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 12/28/2013

    " A life changing book. I don't say that every often, if ever. That distinction is only offered to a very rare book, but this is definitely one of them. I will need to reread it again and again to remind myself of how wonderful life is with all of its wonders positive and challenging, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kata Conway | 12/27/2013

    " A very short but deep book. One of the best I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jolene | 12/26/2013

    " Good book if are willing to simply go on a journey with Siddhartha..no expectations, no judgement. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica Percivale | 12/25/2013

    " Did not enjoy it, but I think I should give it a second chance as I was a teenager when I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dara Paprock | 12/24/2013

    " should be a mandatory read for all teens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tijana | 12/18/2013

    " Very spiritual, book about finding serenity. I like it very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mia | 12/17/2013

    " Read and reread this one- and listen to it on Audiobooks. It will feed your soul. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonalyn | 12/16/2013

    " Easy little read. Nice book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy Cakes | 12/14/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 12/9/2013

    " Makes my top 5 list of books - in the top spot. A poetically written story and a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 12/8/2013

    " Almost immediately I fell into this book. One of the best portrayals of the hero archetype that I've come across in literature! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsti Van wessel | 12/8/2013

    " In my teens this made a great impression, still does "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Dewitt | 12/6/2013

    " While not the exact story of the Buddha, this story is fascinating and teaches the wisdoms of Buddhism. Fantastic read, a real changer on one's perspective on the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roni | 12/6/2013

    " This was actually very interesting. I learned a lot more about Buddism then I knew before "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/4/2013

    " It's good to re-read this periodically throughout life. It sort-of serves as my "bible" I guess. It gives me spiritual guidance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jazlynsingh | 11/29/2013

    " This book shows how wanting something will just cause you pain, for example pleasing others to get what you want can hurt you just like him he lost himself. There are lessons that can be learned in this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 BK Bazhe | 11/28/2013

    " Must read - one of the best; "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette | 11/26/2013

    " A gem of a book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kc Thomas | 11/25/2013

    " I read this while in Hawaii when I was having jet lag. It's a strange read. Intriguing too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ulrich | 11/23/2013

    " This is one of my life changing reads when I was a teen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 11/21/2013

    " The beginning of my love of all things written by the brilliant Hermann Hesse "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Kate | 11/20/2013

    " Love this book. Life is so much simpler than we allow it to be. Herman Hesse is the sublime one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lasse Gravesen | 11/19/2013

    " kindle. okay book, but if the ending of sansara is the ultimate point for living things I will not experience it in this life time and as such this just speaks truth to people who are nearly there while leaving others behind which is a shame but understandably that is how things are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Koblos | 11/18/2013

    " A book with a profound effect on the reader. It's a relatively simple story about finding yourself. Yet there is so much depth in it, that you want to come back to it, to look behind the obvious, to find the meaning in things. Before you know it, you will look at yourself, and your own surroundings in a similar way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Albért | 11/6/2013

    " Couldn't help smiling every time i picked up this book. Within it i found peace of mind and endless insight. I highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 11/3/2013

    " I LOVE this book; it's one of my favorites! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Breana | 10/30/2013

    " This is a must-read in my opinion, one of the rare few that I attempt to re-read every year or so. The lessons of patience and love are ones everyone could stand to be remind of. A truly great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Dalton | 10/29/2013

    " I read this book during my Freshman year of Collage. I completely forgot how this book helped shaped my philosophies of life. I really enjoyed re-reading and plan to re-read at least once a year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gigs Stoyanova | 10/28/2013

    " Best book for the last decade for me.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordanne Otero | 10/28/2013

    " A valuable book based on the teachings of Guatama and Buddhist philosophy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan Osborn | 10/18/2013

    " After reading this book i was both happier and i felt like i learned a great deal. I liked this book a lot. It was very intriguing and i would recommend it to anybody like likes a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gideon Holmström | 10/13/2013

    " I really liked this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ebba Kalondo | 10/10/2013

    " My teenage epiphany. I grew up but Siddartha was nice while it lasted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nemo Velazquez | 10/10/2013

    " La historia de una vida, muy entretenido y con varias frases memorables, comulgo con varias de las premisas que plantea el libro, lo recomiendo "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 10/5/2013

    " Like many others, I picked this classic up for $.50 at my favorite used book store The Book Garden since I never had to read it in any of my lit classes in high school or college. I'm glad I read it when I was older and not a young moron. I probably wouldn't have appreciated it then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mayara | 10/3/2013

    " Well written. Good piece of real literature. Simple yet art. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya | 10/1/2013

    " This is one of those books that tend to become a lot of TALKING but the moral of the story is inspiring! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 9/27/2013

    " This book was alright. I enjoyed reading Siddhartha's journey but I might get more out of it, if I read it in a class room setting next time. Who knows, maybe next time I'll read it in German. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darragh | 9/21/2013

    " Utterly brilliant. Changed how I think of life, time, the world, movement, history.. Incredibly written and flawless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandi Bright | 9/19/2013

    " One of the most amazing books I've ever read. I read it in my early twenties and again only recently in my late thirties and both times it has enlightened me in a different way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryam | 9/3/2013

    " One of the best philosophical books I've ever read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Taylor | 8/31/2013

    " Underrated ... slightly. Overrated in some quarters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara | 8/31/2013

    " This is my favourite book. You follow an inspirational and encouraging journey as the book progresses, and you will find that you learn a lot about yourself. Would recommend it to everyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa Hannah | 8/29/2013

    " Great story but not the subject for me. It was a class assignment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beatriz | 8/27/2013

    " One of the bestest books ever... you HAVE to read this, seriously. LoL "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 8/23/2013

    " A life changing book. I don't say that every often, if ever. That distinction is only offered to a very rare book, but this is definitely one of them. I will need to reread it again and again to remind myself of how wonderful life is with all of its wonders positive and challenging, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin Barnes | 8/10/2013

    " I thought it was very interesting showing how a man came to enlightenment on his own. with out any help from anyone. Just enjoying the little things in life can lead one to enlightenment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Best | 8/7/2013

    " Gave me a throbbing headache. I was so annoyed by Hesse's original German prose that I had to resort to the English translation. I still need to read the German version for exam, though. Not impressed. I'd say this is quite all over the place. Tried to be profound but failed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben Batchelder | 7/30/2013

    " One of the most evocative journeys to spiritual awareness written, a guidepost for saying goodbye to materialism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rupertt Wind | 7/26/2013

    " An innovative spiritual journey to inner most emotions of Indian spirituality and the search for meaning of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Davey | 7/17/2013

    " Very inspiring and would really like to read it again. really fond of it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marut Lucky | 7/14/2013

    " some books with small number of pages are so good that you would always like them to be read again and again it is one of them "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas | 7/14/2013

    " Interesting book on the life of an Indian man in self-discovery and "om". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 7/8/2013

    " Read it in high school. Might need to go back to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manisha Taneja | 6/26/2013

    " Very much impressed with this book...my philosophical and spiritual phase of life took a beautiful turn after reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 6/17/2013

    " It was a pleasant read and in some respects gives on food for thought. I am glad I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manisha Taneja | 5/18/2013

    " Very much impressed with this book...my philosophical and spiritual phase of life took a beautiful turn after reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Riley Hill | 5/18/2013

    " Every person on planet earth should read and understand this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy Stoller | 5/1/2013

    " My favorite book. I read it again and again and then give it away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc L | 4/24/2013

    " Prachtige parabel, zij het soms iets te pathetisch. Ook Bildungsroman: alle stadia en ervaringen van het menselijke leven komen aan bod. Centrale boodschap aan ons westerlingen: "Zoeken is niet vinden". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val | 4/24/2013

    " Hesse has written a life of the Buddha before he became more than a man. Very little is known of his actual life and much that is known is wrapped up in myth. It could have been just like this, as it feels absolutely 'right'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bohdan Turok | 4/19/2013

    " This oak takes me back to my late adolescence. What a journey! What an imagination! Sweeping... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelia Murphy | 4/16/2013

    " Great book, especially for those interested in the concepts of Buddhist spirituality and history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 4/15/2013

    " Germans got Buddhism cray-cray mid-century! The life and times of Gautama Siddhartha, the Shakyamuni Buddha. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victor | 4/14/2013

    " While I was reading this novel I felt completely connected to the character as his choices in life changed him, as he was both blessed and worried. It's a good read if you are at least slightly interested about buddhism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 4/13/2013

    " Second reading, one of ye olde truth-seeking classics. Still worthwhile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Sumeray | 4/4/2013

    " Any book by Hesse is a spiritual journey that embraces both the ascetic and worldly path. I recognise such truth in his writing. It is by living and being all one is that one awakens, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manisha Taneja | 4/4/2013

    " Very much impressed with this book...my philosophical and spiritual phase of life took a beautiful turn after reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Phemister | 3/28/2013

    " A wonderful short novel that kept me reading until it was done. Very enjoyable tale of a spiritual journeys! Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas | 3/18/2013

    " Interesting book on the life of an Indian man in self-discovery and "om". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Channen Willowbug | 3/3/2013

    " My stand-by. I've a copy in my car and my Kindle. This story never fails to remind me of the path I'm on, regardless of the events in my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edith | 1/23/2013

    " I read this so long ago (in the 1960s) I cannot remember-- only that I was touched by it, at the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pedro Zepeda | 1/15/2013

    " excelente para iniciar en el mundo d ela lectura "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juanío | 12/7/2012

    " It taught me how to be well and feel good with myself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Favio Guerra | 11/25/2012

    " Amazing you cannot describe wisdom... it just can be felt "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Dewitt | 11/7/2012

    " While not the exact story of the Buddha, this story is fascinating and teaches the wisdoms of Buddhism. Fantastic read, a real changer on one's perspective on the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jazlynsingh | 10/14/2012

    " This book shows how wanting something will just cause you pain, for example pleasing others to get what you want can hurt you just like him he lost himself. There are lessons that can be learned in this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 10/3/2012

    " tagging this as entrepreneurship because i think it gives you the right mindset for handling day-to-day and monumental variance. recognition and acceptance of "what is" is a central theme. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allen Mireles | 9/30/2012

    " Read this as a teenager and loved it. I like Hesse and think I may re-read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice Shellenberger | 9/5/2012

    " Read this in the 1970s. In fact, I read everything Hesse wrote that I could find. One day I'll reread this book, I hope. So many books, so little time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura R | 8/28/2012

    " For those with an interest in Eastern religion and philosophy, a good book to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Biskin | 7/20/2012

    " Bah. Overstated and highly sentimental. No wonder Paulo Coelho likes him so much, and I now know where he obtained his dreadful style from. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roudy | 6/27/2012

    " I think I will read it again "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Degaetano | 6/9/2012

    " Just finished with my 10th graders. A struggle for them, but a journey of discovery for them too. This lyrical journey always compels me to reflect on the progress of my life and "enlightenment." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brendan Forward | 6/5/2012

    " One of my favorite books that I read in high school . A huge thanks to Mr. Slade for this one "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 5/15/2012

    " least favorite of Hesse. doesn't even touch Demian, in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janos Szakolczai | 5/2/2012

    " It's not Hesse's best novel, yet... His words just flow on the pages as the river he craves and dreams for serenity "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adiam | 3/29/2012

    " I enjoyed this book because it was an easy read. The changes Siddhartha goes through and to see the world in his view was interesting to read as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah-katherine Whanger | 3/18/2012

    " Thought-provoking! Made me question the world and myself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Athena | 3/15/2012

    " not really my kind of book.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 3/3/2012

    " This book was alright. I enjoyed reading Siddhartha's journey but I might get more out of it, if I read it in a class room setting next time. Who knows, maybe next time I'll read it in German. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emilade | 2/26/2012

    " I wasn't terribly impressed, Hesse has better books. But it was good, and you should probably read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Radha | 11/14/2011

    " The book was hard to read, but It had a lot of deep meanings and good quotes, which I enjoyed. I think the questions I had to answer for the book made me like the book even less. It definitely wasn't my favorite book to read, but nonetheless it was somewhat interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Agnese | 11/9/2011

    " Too slow..maybe German writers aren't my type!I prefer different rhythms. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victor | 9/3/2011

    " While I was reading this novel I felt completely connected to the character as his choices in life changed him, as he was both blessed and worried. It's a good read if you are at least slightly interested about buddhism. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joe Donatelli | 8/11/2011

    " Slow, pointless and ultimately unsatisfying. I experienced the opposite of nirvana while reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jazlynsingh | 7/20/2011

    " This book shows how wanting something will just cause you pain, for example pleasing others to get what you want can hurt you just like him he lost himself. There are lessons that can be learned in this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 5/27/2011

    " "Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 5/22/2011

    " Read this many years ago, but remains one of my all time favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sang | 5/22/2011

    " One of the best books I've ever read. I read it in one sitting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zachary | 5/21/2011

    " Me and Siddharta agree ! It's all abouts the love; take that, world of transitory illusion! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L | 5/19/2011

    " i have and do always love this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madina | 5/18/2011

    " I remember being happy after reading this book. Herman Hesse makes you think about life and the different stages. Excellent! Highly Recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 5/16/2011

    " one of my favorite books "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thadd | 5/15/2011

    " A plot driven book with characters who don't feel authentic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicki | 5/13/2011

    " just reread siddhartha again. i liked it better when i was younger, but find it far more true now that i'm older. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saugat | 5/13/2011

    " A story about Siddhartha's spiritual journey to find the truth and in the process himself. The enthralling journey takes him to saints, merchants, courtesan, ferryman, etc. With each acquaintance he learnt something which took him near to the truth. Short and concise novel and a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darla | 5/12/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, but I don't have time to do a full review. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chanel | 5/9/2011

    " I had to read this book for English class. I thought it was very boring and Herman Hesse's style of writing was boring also. No reason to read this book unless you're forced to! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 5/9/2011

    " The last 12th chapter was beautifully written. Simple and expertly told, of a subject that would be difficult to relate. "

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About the Author
Author Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse (1877–1962) was born in Germany and later became a citizen of Switzerland. As a Western man profoundly affected by the mysticism of Eastern thought, he wrote many novels, stories, and essays that bear a vital spiritual force that has captured many generations of readers. In 1946 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

About the Narrator

James Langton trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestsellers The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro, The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield, and The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002. He was born in York, England, and is now based in New York City.