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2.98598130841122 out of 52.98598130841122 out of 52.98598130841122 out of 52.98598130841122 out of 52.98598130841122 out of 5 2.99 (214 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thich Nhat Hanh Narrator: Dan Woren Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9780062099631
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Fans of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Peace is Every Step and Anger, and Deepak Chopra’s Buddha, will appreciate Hanh’s wisdom and storytelling in his novel The Novice, which contains universal themes that transcend all boundaries of faith, creed, country, and era.

Through the parable of a young woman who stays true to herself and her faith in the face of adversity, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh enables readers to embark on their own path of introspection and self-discovery.

With his trademark insight, Hanh presents a path to greater awareness of the means to manifest peace both inside oneself and in the world at large.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Among Buddhist leaders influential in the West, Thich Nhat Hanh ranks second only to the Dalai Lama.” 

    New York Times

  • “He shows us the connection between personal, inner peace, and peace on earth.” 

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “Thich Nhat Hanh has given us a luminous book. The Novice is both instructive and haunting. Its heroine holds a lantern for all seekers.” 

    Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way 

  • “One of our most treasured spiritual teachers tells a story that will touch your heart. So beautiful.” 

    Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 2/19/2014

    " Not only is it a moving story of a young monk, but a powerful demonstration of love and compassion. I probably didn't describe that right, you really have to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally McRogerson | 2/12/2014

    " I loved this, which is evidenced by the fact that it arrived in the mail this morning! Admittedly I have had the day off and it was an easy read but it was Thay's normal standard of writing so easy on the eye. It's based on a Vietnamese folk tale and is one of those books that spends much longer in your head than in your hand. If you're interested in Buddhism there's not much that's new here, but I didn't feel that I'd wasted either the time or the money spent on it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louis | 2/1/2014

    " A book that provokes tears and is well-worth reading, remembering, every week. Though the pages are thin, the material covered is not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Davidson | 1/31/2014

    " A simple story by the great teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, based on a Vietnamese Buddhist legend. The main character of the story, a young woman who disguised her identity to become a monk, and having faced much undeserved adversity in her life, demonstrates the true meaning of love and forgiveness. A good, very basic primer, in parable form, for beginners learning about Buddhist ethics, particularly compassion and loving-kindness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi Bocook | 1/15/2014

    " It was an interesting book and I enjoyed it, but it was a very simply written stories without many details and was very straight to the point. This makes sense, seeing as how it's a book about Buddhism, but in the novel sense, I felt it was lacking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Young | 12/31/2013

    " Good book. Simple and profound. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susannah | 12/21/2013

    " Normally I would not have picked up this book, but for my job we need to pick a random book from the non-fiction section in the 200's. Anyway, this was the book I picked and I really enjoyed it. Excellent story and well written. Recommend to all! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Albonaimi | 11/26/2013

    " A true story! Again along the line of The Concubine's Daughter and Pope Joan. What a woman will do to follow what she believes to be her calling! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherie | 11/13/2013

    " B Interesting story - a young woman desperately wants to be a monk - about her journey to do that, and how she interacts and lives. Beautiful parable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 8/25/2013

    " Brilliant! Once again, Thay Thich Nhat Hahn knocks your socks off and rearranges your thinking about life, how others should be treated, and how we all should deal with others (can you say compassion, be more accepting?) The message at the end by Sister Chan Khong is heart rendering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Morse | 1/23/2013

    " The story of the novice is beautiful. It teaches us lessons of compassion and mindfulness. A wonderful read and lessons on Buddhism. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/13/2012

    " Not my cup of tea, but didn't hate it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nam | 4/24/2012

    " I don't compare good books, but I have to say that this is truly the best book I have ever read. Highly recommend, especially the epilogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meri | 2/15/2012

    " I liked this. It's a love story, but not romantic love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizinka | 1/13/2012

    " A seemingly simple tale that stays with you. The essay on it's contemporary significance that follows is helpful and eye-opening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane C. | 8/19/2011

    " A simple, beautiful retelling of a Vietnamese story and a reminder about unselfish love and compassion. "

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About the Author
Author Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Zen master, poet, scholar, and peace activist who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He is the author of many bestselling books, including the classics The Miracle of Mindfulness, Peace Is Every Step, Anger, and The Art of Power. Thich Nhat Hanh lives in Plum Village, his meditation center in France, where his monastic and lay disciples assist him in leading retreats worldwide on the art of mindful living.

About the Narrator

Dan Woren is an American voice actor and award-winning narrator. He has worked extensively in animation, video games, and feature films. He is best known for his many roles in anime productions such as Bleach and as the voice of Sub-Zero in the video game Mortal Kombat. His audiobook narration has won him three AudioFile Earphones Awards.