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Kahlil Gibran—poet, philosopher, and artist—was born in Lebanon in 1883 but spent his final twenty years of life living in the United States. The three books that compose this audiobook are collections of Gibran’s aphorisms, parables, and poetic essays.

The first book, The Prophet, was originally published in 1923 and is considered Gibran’s masterpiece. It is written in prose poetry in twenty-eight parts, and deals with such topics as love, freedom, good, evil, religion, and death. It is a mystical and intensely subjective work, presenting the human soul as essentially noble and good.

In The Forerunner, originally published in 1920, Gibran asserts that “nobody is to be blamed for our ‘being’ and ‘having’ but ourselves.” Gibran makes it clear that we are our own destiny and not the toy of a blind fate.

Finally, the titular entity of The Madman, originally published in 1918, is not literally mentally unbalanced; on the contrary, he is perfectly healthy. His madness is only in the eyes of others. Gibran asserts that we tend to be what society expects from us, even though these expectations could be detrimental for the development of our self-identity. Oftentimes we veil our true selves with masks out of fear of being ridiculed by others.

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  • “Free of dogma, free of power structures and metaphysics, consider these poetic, moving aphorisms a twentieth-century supplement to all sacred traditions—as millions of other readers already have.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by David Burton | 2/17/2014

    " Best book I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jan | 2/15/2014

    " Twenty or thirty years later, it is still an excellent read. Since I was sending a copy to a friend in Berlin, I quickly read the book through front to back, which is not the way to handle this tiny gem. Each section needs to be pondered, examined, respected. I think I'd better get myself my own personal copy and enjoy the luxury of contemplating Mr. Gibran's reflections concerning this adventure called life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Heru | 2/7/2014

    " The Prophet adalah sebuah buku karya dari Khalil Gibran yg sangat bagus. Belum pernah sepanjang hidup ku menemukan karya tulisan sebaik dan sebagus Khali Gibran. Kata2 nya begitu indah, makna nya begitu agung dari setiap kata2 nya. Membuat kita merenung dalam akan arti hidup dan kehidupan, Tuhan, cinta dan kasih sayang. Buku ini masih tetap menjadi nomor satu buat aku diantara ribuan buku yg telah aku baca. Bahkan kata2 dalam buku ini menjadi acuan atau rujukan buat aku dalam menulis puisi yg indah sampai saat ini. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Liz | 2/1/2014

    " Beautiful verse, good for the soul! "

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