Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Audiobook Review: The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

Narrator: Simon Vance
2 hrs. 46 min.
Published: 1/23/12
Publisher: Tantor Media
Source: Tantor Media for review
Winnie-the-Pooh has a certain Way about him, a way of doing things that has made him the world's most beloved bear. In The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff shows that Pooh's Way is amazingly consistent with the principles of living envisioned by the Chinese founders of Taoism. The author's explanation of Taoism through Pooh, and Pooh through Taoism, shows that this is not simply an ancient and remote philosophy but something you can use, here and now. 
And what is Taoism? It's really very simple. It calls for living without preconceived ideas about how life should be lived—but it's not a preconception of how life—it's.... Well, you'd do better to listen to this book, and listen to Pooh, if you really want to find out.
My thoughts:
I read this one quite a while ago and really enjoyed it. I was curious about it on audio and Tantor was kind enough to send me a eAudio for review.

If you are interested in philosophy or just want a greater understanding of the people around you, I recommend this book. I really enjoyed Simon Vance's narration. He's got that lovely British accent which is, of course, perfect for Pooh. He does all the character voices spot on. I really enjoyed revisiting this book and relearning what I had forgotten. The author, Hoff, takes what can be hard for the western mind to understand about eastern philosophy, introduces a well know bear and cast and really breaks down brilliantly what you need to know. It is short but you will come away with a understanding of Taoism. I give this audio 4 1/2 stars.


  1. Oh this sounds so good plus I love me a british accent ;)

  2. Oh I love this book! I have a n old battered copy on my shelf that I re-read at least once a year.

    I bet it's even better in audio!

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    1. Me too! I read the Te of Piglet but this one is my fave.

  3. I haven't read anything Pooh related in SO LONG. OMG I want this! :-)

  4. Okay, I curious! This sounds quite good and I want to know more!

  5. I always wanted to read this one

  6. well this feels very different for Pooh

  7. Oh it's nice! I didn't know about this one but the cover is so cute! I'm glad you had a good time with it.

  8. I ahve a thing for British accents, and really, who doesn't? This would be a perfect listen for me and my daughter during a long drive. I'll add it to my Audible wishlist.

  9. It's been a really long time since I read this but I do love it. Pooh's philosophy has always resonated.


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