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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: June 2009 ISBN: 9780061952579
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 12/13/2013

    " excellent, enjoyable, easy read; autobio of Huston Smith; very personal and engaging "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evan | 10/29/2013

    " Considering the broadness of Huston Smith's experiences and travels, this is a book of surprisingly little consequence and meaning. But it's interesting enough to lead me to read most of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vance | 10/26/2013

    " Good book full of optimism, especially for us cynics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle Ebaugh | 7/28/2013

    " Reading for Pastor's book club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 4/23/2013

    " Huston Smith is amazing. This is his autobiography, and (if you are interested in religion) you will wish you could live his life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 2/17/2013

    " I loved this book. What an interesting man! I expected this book to be rather dull/dry and was pleasantly surprised by the delightful tales Smith shares with his readers. Recommended it to several friends. You don't even have to know who he is in order to love the book and find his life fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 2/17/2013

    " It is a wonderful autobiography that really takes you into his life long deeply honest and searching quest for the spiritual way. I appreciate his other books all the more for having read this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 7/26/2012

    " such an amazing book, this guys life is just so amazing, when he studies religion, he studies it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Moes | 5/17/2012

    " This was a beautiful life story of one of our most important teachers. I took many notes and listed some in my quotes section. Most importantly perhaps, I am inspired to really be and continue to become a lifelong seeker, thinker, and teacher. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Brewer | 1/14/2012

    " Interesting survey of the world's religions. I enjoyed the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 6/1/2011

    " I hold Huston Smith in high regard as an educator on the World's reiogions , so I enjoyed his autobiography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/9/2011

    " I truly enjoyed seeing the craft, as well as glimpsing the human frailities, of Huston Smith. I think both are very important, and I cried over his description of what he thinks happens when we die. Beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelli | 4/2/2010

    " I had the distinct honor of traveling with Huston the summer of 1984, and I only wished I'd taken even more time to discuss his ideas with him face to face. A delightful read about an amazing man! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 1/15/2010

    " I would give this book 3 1/2 stars if possible. I enjoyed the book and it has inspired me to look again at his other writings. This one read like a short introduction to his work. I wanted more depth and detail. "

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About the Author
Author Huston Smith

Huston Smith is internationally known and revered as the premier teacher of world religions. He is the focus of a five-part PBS television series with Bill Moyers and has taught at Washington University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and the University of California at Berkeley. The recipient of twelve honorary degrees, Smith's fifteen books include his bestselling The World's Religions, Why Religion Matters, and his autobiography, Tales of Wonder.

About the Narrator

Michael McConnohie has appeared in soap operas, cartoons, prime-time television, and on stage. His audiobook readings have ranged from true crime to history, biography, science, self-help, and poetry. He has seen much of the world as a supervisor of foreign versions of major American films and has written and directed English versions of many prominent foreign films. He believes that a good book is a friend you can visit over and over again and always enjoy the conversation.