Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Karen Armstrong

Narrated By: Kate Reading

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: January 2001

Duration: 6 hours 33 minutes


With such bestsellers as A History of God and Islam, Karen Armstrong has consistently delivered ?penetrating, readable, and prescient? (The New York Times) works that have lucidly engaged a wide range of religions and religious issues. In Buddha she turns to a figure whose thought is still reverberating throughout the world 2,500 years after his death.

Many know the Buddha only from seeing countless serene, iconic images. But what of the man himself and the world he lived in? What did he actually do in his roughly eighty years on earth that spawned one of the greatest religions in world history? Armstrong tackles these questions and more by examining the life and times of the Buddha in this engrossing philosophical biography. Against the tumultuous cultural background of his world, she blends history, philosophy, mythology, and biography to create a compelling and illuminating portrait of a man whose awakening continues to inspire millions.


  • 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.