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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,898 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kahlil Gibran Narrator: Arthur Brown Publisher: White Crow Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN:
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Kahlil Gibran's The Madman was the first book he penned in English. Beautifully written, it is a short collection of parables on God, animals, human nature, and life's big questions. Not as well known as his classic The Prophet, but some would say just as inspirational, or possibly more so.

Read the first verse here and decide for yourself, or better still, listen to the sample of Arthur Browns' beautiful narration. You ask me how I became a madman. It happened thus: One day, long before many gods were born, I woke from a deep sleep and found all my masks were stolen, the seven masks I have fashioned and worn in seven lives, I ran maskless through the crowded streets shouting, Thieves, thieves, the cursed thieves. Men and women laughed at me and some ran to their houses in fear of me. And when I reached the market place, a youth standing on a house top cried, He is a madman. I looked up to behold him; the sun kissed my own naked face for the first time. For the first time the sun kissed my own naked face and my soul was inflamed with love for the sun, and I wanted my masks no more. And as if in a trance I cried, Blessed, blessed are the thieves who stole my masks. Thus I became a madman.

And I have found both freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saloua AZOUZI | 2/6/2014

    " "Why I am here, O God of lost souls,...?" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicente | 1/17/2014

    " Love it. Like a fragile glass lost and half buried in a desserted beach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Viridiana Peiro | 1/17/2014

    " This man was far ahead of his time. I read his works and they set my mind at peace although I must admit I have to work hard to understand his message but when I do it's magic. He has found with words a away to the soul. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrian Barrientos | 1/10/2014

    " Buen libro para empezar a conocer a este libanes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mauro Daniel Aranda | 11/1/2013

    " relatos y pensamientos muy buenos "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shams | 8/21/2013

    " Ironically, this has become my Bible. :] "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan Worra | 8/11/2013

    " Within the tiniest lines of his single stories, compressed words convey more soul, more deep lessons than most novels and poems in their entirety- his language is to be witnessed carefully for its fullest rewards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Fiorillo | 4/27/2013

    " Another great book by Kahlil Gibran. I liked it better than "The Forerunner", but it's still not quite as awesome as "The Prophet." Still, its short and worth the time to read it and contemplate its nuances. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandie | 3/8/2013

    " My favorite book of all time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sara ahmed | 10/26/2012

    " not my favorite Gibran book, but still wonderful. I think I should've read it in arabic, that's probably it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Punita | 7/27/2012

    " Interesting...it was there so I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy Barber | 7/15/2012

    " Very quick read. I think Mr. Gibran was a very confused soul! The story entitled War was particularly disturbing to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Munkhbayar Baatarkhuu | 3/8/2012

    " He is mad. One of Kahlil Gibran's greatest works. Composed of short parables. The Madman is not the name HE has chosen for his book. The name was chosen by those who didn't and couldn't see the inner treasures of "The Madman". Very liked this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 12/11/2011

    " good clean thoughts. always worth a reread. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 11/28/2011

    " This book is more parable than poetry. That being said, Khalil Gibran still uses poetic language and his expression is beautiful. The parables are compelling and thought-provoking. I come back to them often. I would recommend this to adults, especially those that read and enjoyed The Prophet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 5/15/2011

    " Short, to the point, and reminds me why I packed up everything I knew to move across and ocean and start life again in a new culture and language. I decided to drop all my masks and feel the sun on my face. Read this and you'll know what I mean. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deema | 3/21/2011

    " Such an entertaining book to read!
    The quotes in this book sent more chills down my spine as I flipped the pages! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dylan | 1/8/2011

    " Khalil Gibran is a parable.
    Think about it. Then read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 12/10/2009

    " There's a madman in each of us "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 6/22/2009

    " good clean thoughts. always worth a reread. "

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About the Author
Author Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran (1883–1931), a Lebanese artist, mystical poet, and writer, is one of his home country’s literary heroes. Born in Bsharri, a town in a mountainous area of northern Lebanon, he received no formal education until his family immigrated to Boston’s South End in 1895. Once there, he studied art and began his literary career. His works are deeply spiritual and lyrical, marked by a distinctive formal style. He is known in the English-speaking world primarily for The Prophet, a book of twenty-six poetic essays published in 1923 which achieved cult status. Gibran remains one of today’s bestselling poets.