Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Karen Armstrong

Narrated By: Kate Reading

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: January 2001

Duration: 6 hours 32 minutes


This rich, timely, and highly original portrait of the Buddha explores both the archetypal religious icon and Buddha the man. In lucid and compelling prose, Armstrong brings to life the Buddha’s quest, from his renunciation of his privileged life to the discovery of a truth that he believed would utterly transform human beings and enable them to live at peace in the midst of life’s suffering. Buddha also expands to focus and meditate on the culture and history of the time, as well as the Buddha’s place in the spiritual history of humanity, and the special relevance of his teachings to our own society as we again face a crisis of faith.

“[P]enetrating, readable, and prescient.”—New York Times Book Review


  • Art J

    Ms. Armstrong gives me the sense of encapsulating the history around the life or event which she writes. The narrator's ability to move between languages so different and make it feel natural is impressive.

  • Sebastian Boczkowski

    For anyone ignorant of Buddhism or Buddhist doctrine but intending to learn of it, this is a great starting point. Within less than 7 hours there is contained a full, compelling and well explained history of Buddha, along with virtually all of the information on the ultimate reasons behind Buddhism. Moreover the narration leaves nothing in need of improvement, making it a pleasant and informative audiobook.


by Karen Armstrong

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Buddha, Karen Armstrong