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Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time

Written by: Krishna Dharma
Narrated by: Sarvabhavana Das
Length: 45 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Said to be the world's longest poem, Mahabharata was originally composed in 100,000 Sanskrit verses by the ancient Indian sage Vyasa. Revered as a sacred text within Hinduism, it contains the great spiritual teaching Bhagavad-gita. Krishna Dharma has condensed the epic into a fast paced novel that fully retains the majestic mood of the original. A powerful and moving tale, it recounts the history of the five heroic Pandava brothers, sons of the Emperor Pandu. Cheated of their kingdom and sent into exile by their envious cousins, they set off on a fascinating journey during which we meet gods, sages, mystics and mighty warrior kings. Profound spiritual themes underlie the thrilling narrative, making it one of the world's most revered texts. Culminating in an apocalyptic war, Mahabharata is a masterpiece of suspense, intrigue, and illuminating wisdom.
©1999 Krishna Dharma (P)2015 Krishna Dharma

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The Path to self-awareness

I loved it, and I am on to the Bhagavad-Gita for my quest for more spiritual knowledge.

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  • rfi123158
  • 2016-01-19

the narrator was monotonous and monotone

the narrator's voice was monotone and monotonous and I had to force myself to listen to the audio . sorry it was below par

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  • Bill
  • 2015-09-29

Great Listen

What made the experience of listening to Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time the most enjoyable?

Heart felt reading. well translated. I have read/listened to many renditions -not having time to read a full translation. This and Jaya are my favorite so far.

What did you like best about this story?

Its comparative completeness.

What about Sarvabhavana Das’s performance did you like?

Very heartfelt, warm reading. However, if you have no patience with a homey read, this may not be for you. Can sometimes hear his chair squeak or can tell he has a cold. Chapter ten was obviously never edited and he has a cough that can be distracting.

Any additional comments?

Jaya is another rendition of the Mahabharata that I highly recommend. If you like to feel you are listening to a friend read, this is an excellent listen. I downloaded in parts and the end of part three and beginning of part four have three or four incomplete sentences. In such a long production, I felt the problems were small quirks. But I do hope if they go back and edit the production, Audible will offer us the edited version to replace this one.

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  • GrayDharma
  • 2015-11-23

Narrator's constant mispronunciations ruined it...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different, preferably Indian, narrator

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

couldn't stick it out that long, though I really tried

How could the performance have been better?

Narration did not appear to be edited and/or directed at all. At points you can hear him breathing heavily, swallowing and even coughing. Sloppy work.

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I think this version is far below Audible's typically high standards. I've n been listening to audio books for 20 years and this is by far the worst "professional" reading I've ever come across. Westerners in the U.S. doing a lazy and sloppy job with stories like these borders on cultural insult.

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  • Vinayak
  • 2018-01-12

Wow! Truly loved the book. Narrator could have done better.

Can’t imagine the amount of detail in the story. What an epic! No wonder its success is so widespread. I always wanted to read the Mahabharata, but never really got a chance. Once I began this book, I started becoming anxious every single day. I wished I could listen to this all the time.. I began looking forward to the next day’s commute just for this.

Only wished the narrator could have modulated his voice a bit better. But the story is so strong, it made the voice be overlooked.

Thanks for making it available. Truly cherished it!!

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  • Edward
  • 2016-11-22

Mispronunciation and artifacts

An otherwise fine performance is marred by numerous mispronunciations and audio artifacts. Production quality is not to the level I've come to expect from Audible.

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  • Mary B
  • 2017-09-04

Love the story, reader, not so much.

You can hear the reader swallow, breathe heavily, and make other gross mouth noises. Highly unprofessional, and the gross mouth noises do not show much respect to the text. This and the mispronunciations are distracting. This is nearly unlistenable.

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  • Nicholas
  • 2016-02-19

Outstanding. Top-notch retelling. Thank you.

My knees went weak and literally buckled on me during the last five minutes. Phenomenal story.

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  • Mili
  • 2018-03-22

By far the greatest story I’ve ever heard!

And I’m blown away that this is not a more popular story and it hasn’t been turned into a Hollywood movie.

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  • Rj L
  • 2017-06-16

A transcendent experience

I couldn't stop listening. the calm,soothing voice of the narrator suited the transcendental story . this was an amazing experience for me,hearing the story of Krishna and Arjuna,whom I am named after, and the other pandavas. a window into a time far superior to our own, where true virtue lived, and how our current age of Kali began. this is the best English translation of the Mahabharata, respectful and mindful of Lord Krishna as the supreme person, the true God. i recommend this to anyone.

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  • Jason Cherniak
  • 2016-10-26

Very engaging

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I really enjoyed this book. I do not know a lot about Hinduism, but the story was quite engaging and interesting. Unlike other religious texts, it was written well and worth listening to as a story.

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