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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (150 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Huston Smith Narrator: Michael McConnohie Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“In this delightful autobiography, Smith tells us how he became the dean of world religion experts. Along the way we meet the people who shaped him and shared his journey—a Who’s Who of 20th century spiritual America: the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Dalai Lama, Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary, T.S. Eliot, Thomas Merton and Pete Seeger.... A valuable master class on faith and life.”
San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

As Stephen Hawking is to science; as Peter Drucker is to economics; and as Joseph Campbell is to mythology; so Huston Smith is to religion. Tales of Wonder is the personal story of the author of the classic The World’s Religions, the man who taught a nation about the great faiths of the world, and his fascinating encounters with the people who helped shape the 20th century.

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  • Tales of Wonder brims with fascinating insights and tidbits.” 

    Boston Globe

  • “In this delightful autobiography, Smith tells us how he became the dean of world religions. Intellectual playfulness is definitely the spirit with which this book was written. Right to his final act, Smith is proving to be the consummate professor, giving us a valuable master class on faith and life.”  

    San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

  • “Smith parts the curtain on his past and says, “Look!” with the enthusiasm of a child—something he has not yet lost at age 90. The result is a joyous romp with a favorite uncle among holy places and mysticsthe most interesting of them the author of the book.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Essential for students of religion and highly recommended for others as well.”  

    Library Journal

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Turi | 1/13/2014

    " Even after reading his autobiography, I'm surprised I hadn't heard of Huston Smith. It sounds like his whole life would've fit right into the things I was reading about in college and after. Basically, he's a religious scholar who has explored the world's religions very open-mindedly while retaining his ties to Christianity. Very interesting take on everything - I wish there would have been a little more about his travels, but perhaps that's in one of his other books... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kendra | 1/8/2014

    " Unexpected delight. It was a gift and I wasn't sure... His wife's name is Kendra "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Catherine | 12/21/2013

    " I came to this book through the Harvard Psychedelic Club. I'm usually not a huge fan of autobiography, but this was ok. Lots of pictures. I enjoyed thinking about what it must have been like to grow up in rural China in the 1920s. He definitely has had a fascinating life. Smith talks about a friend of his that did a pilgrimage on the west cost from Los Angeles to Ukiah. He took a vow of silence and it took him three years because for every third step they would bow down on the ground. I'm still somewhere between cool and totally crazy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Catherine | 12/20/2013

    " Though I give this five stars without hesitation, much of the reason I loved it so much is because I have already appreciated the author for quite some time, so reading his autobiography was significant for me. I'm not sure how good it would be if you didn't know his work. And some of you reading this would NOT like this book. "

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