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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,974 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nikos Kazantzakis Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1996 ISBN: 9781461804949
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A wonderful tale of a young man’s coming of age, Zorba the Greek has been a classic of world literature since it was first translated into English in 1952 and made into an unforgettable movie with Anthony Quinn. 

Zorba, an irrepressible, earthy hedonist, sweeps his young disciple along as he wines, dines, and loves his way through a life dedicated to fulfilling his copious appetites. Zorba is irresistible in this charming audio production by veteran narrator George Guidall.

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neil Fitton | 1/24/2014

    " Zorba should be read as a fairytale, in the style of Hesse's 'Narcissus and Goldmund'; it contains events that are somewhat implausible. Read as such, it's a classic tale of the dichomy between the Dionsysian path of women and wine and merriment or that of scholarship and study and the quiet life of withdrawal. Accusations of chauvanism seem to ignore the necessity of women. It's a wonderful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abhishek | 1/11/2014

    " Great book... I was confused at the starting but kept myself reading it because Tim Ferisss had recommended it. Must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dnewcomer | 12/26/2013

    " I think this is my fourth reading. It's timeless and always holds something new for me. It's such a good perspective when things get serious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 S. | 12/24/2013

    " I think many will use words like "sexist" or "irreverent" to describe this book. I know those thoughts came to mind at times as I plowed through the story. But Zorba is too much for this story. He cannot be contained in these pages. Dance, Zorba! Eat! And continue to spout your unconventional ideas! You speak with the voice of God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikko | 12/23/2013

    " A brilliant story, enchanting narrative and deep meditation. One of my favorite books, definately worth reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 12/18/2013

    " Enjoyed this more than I expected to... and it was well printed - the last line at the end of a right-hand page, so you turn over expecting more, and are disappointed to find it has finished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thacher | 11/29/2013

    " Our protagonist is an intellectual who admires the passion and simplicity of his companion Zorba. They live minimally on the beach at the edge of a small island town. A Mediterranean On The Road , but without all the traveling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C. | 10/17/2013

    " This was a wonderful fictional tale with insite on two trains of though about God. A good read for anyone. However, you should be aware of the time period in which this book was written and disregard the thoughts on women and look at it from a purely philosophical point of view. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 9/26/2013

    " To appreciate an amazing writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kj | 5/18/2013

    " Inspirational. Changes your perspective on life & how you should live it. Highly recommended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cj Sime | 10/16/2012

    " Complete waste of time. I hated the way women were portrayed and treated in this book, I hated the slothfulness and glutenous ways of the men, and I hated, HATED how dragged Buddhism through the mud-- although, I would have felt the same for any religion had it been drug through this brainless book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 March | 9/29/2012

    " One of the best books I have ever read. I felt so good, so inspired while reading it. This is probably the only book that I wanted to start all over again right after I finished reading it. I am so glad I decided to get it, I would have been a lesser person had I not read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samuel | 12/29/2011

    " People's History of the United States 1492 to Present "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Franco | 11/2/2011

    " It was, for my own experience, a new (& wonderful) way of seeing the main anthropological question of what is a human being :) just fits with me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 10/22/2011

    " Absolutely amazing. It has changed the way I think. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Navdeep | 8/31/2011

    " Going to review in detail soon. So much to say about this curse of a book! Alexis Zorba, I'm not done with you yet - wait till I'm well-rested and recharged with viciously vindictive energy. "

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About the Author
Author Nikos Kazantzakis

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883–1957) was a philosopher and prolific author of poetry, plays, articles, and novels, including The Last Temptation of Christ, Zorba the Greek, and The Greek Passion. He became known globally after the 1964 release of the Michael Cacoyannis film Zorba the Greek, and he gained fame with the 1988 Martin Scorsese adaptation of The Last Temptation of Christ.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.