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Enlightenment, purpose of life and existence, love, hatred, jealousy, karma; all these are the emotions that have tormented every soul living on the face of the earth. Each one seeks to find answers to the questions they have to ask from life. Many in the past and many in the future have tried to explain and soothe mankind. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse a beautiful and simple story of the man who is always left disillusioned by every endeavour his undertakes in order to find the true meaning of enlightenment. This is about his diligent and honest struggle as he moves through life but always searches for the missing piece of the puzzle that will get him the promise of eternal bliss. A fascinating read as the author slowly removes every doubt and also claims that this is to be felt and words cannot even begin to do justice to something which can only be experienced.
Actor Ansdell guides listeners in his firm and gentle voice through Hesse's lyrical prose depicting the self-discovery journey of his protagonist, Siddhartha. Ansdell's pacing and English accent give his reading for the audiobook an air of philosopher's wisdom. Ansdell is especially good at pauses and inflections that express Siddhartha's moods of exaltation and utter despair at various points in his life as a young Brahman, an ascetic, a lover, businessman, and then as a father and elderly recluse who sits by the river and finally experiences the peace and tranquility he has always sought. Published in German in 1922 and in English in 1951, the revival of Hesse's novel in this era of widespread interest in Eastern religions offers Ansdell a vehicle for his diverse narrative talents.