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Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse

I’ve been listening to segments of many audiobooks to help me find my place in the voice acting world. Where am I needed? What are my limitations?

I was suprised to find that the audiobook versions that I heard of Siddhartha by Herman Hesse sounded like adventure novels. I understood it to be a poetic prayer of meditation, so I began recording my understanding of this text. Please let me know what you think.

Chapter One read by Grace Buchanan for the LibriVox First Chapter Collection 6.

Read the entire book at Project Gutenberg.

Listen to all the work that I’ve done for LIbriVox

This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox.org.

Image credit:
Buddha, by nomo/michael hoefner, Creative Commons license BY-3.0

Hear Chapter One of Siddhartha in the LibriVox First Chapter Collection 6. My reading is #17.

17 responses to “Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse”

  1. Dearest Grace, what a treasure to hear your voice and segments of Siddartha….a great Wisdom Keeper for me on my Journey through life….it is Adventures of the Soul types…. I hope to read it once more….I cherish that meditations are Adventures and our Journeys so active….sending you the Peace of these Lands and People….much love !

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    1. Dearest Judith, thanks so much for stopping by to listen to my latest recording. That’s so sweet of you to let me know that you were here. I hope that you get to read/hear it in its entirety soon. I appreciate your point about the Adventure aspect of meditations.

      Sending much love and peace your way…


  2. What a soothing, calming voice you have… I had not heard of Siddarta but my body understood this immediately. I couldn’t imagine this being read as an adventure novel. You really did make this a meditation. And on a purely physical level: not sure how you do this while sounding like you never took a breath… I have done a bit of recorded reading and I know that’s very hard to do. Glad to have found your blog today…🙏💕

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    1. Oh my gosh, Patti! Thank you! Your response is exactly what I would hope for, if I didn’t enjoy recording so much. But seriously, I do hope that all of my recordings touch others as deeply as they touch me. Thank you for encouraging me to share my work.

      Regarding breathing, I breathe quite conspicuously. You can hear it especially on my recording of The Great Stone Face. I’ve been experimenting with editing out my breaths using various techniques: for this recording, I replaced it with “room sound”, and am using the “envelope tool” in my digital audio workstation (DAW) for my next post. Some people say that they like the human element of hearing breathing. Other people say that they prefer the professional quality of hearing no breaths except those that add expression. What do you prefer? I have tried refraining from breathing, and breathing very shallowly, and you can guess how that turned out.

      Thank you again for sharing the photos of the water molecules that changed according to emotions that were directed toward them. Such an important consideration as we work to improve our health.

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      1. Oh I’m glad you enjoyed my post 😊 And… I do like to hear some breathing (and because I was focusing on that, I did notice that you occasionally breathed 😊) but too much can be distracting. You had the perfect balance 👍

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        1. You sweetheart! Thanks for letting me know how much you appreciate my effort. In response, I’m wondering if you’d like to request a certain public domain recording from a book at Project Gutenberg (https://www.gutenberg.org/) that I can submit to LibriVox. 🙏 Maybe you’ll see a first chapter or short story that you’d like to hear me read?

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          1. I just checked it out: so many (too many?) to choose from! A reader’s paradise 😊

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            1. Yes, gutenberg.org IS a reader’s paradise…and all free!

              Rather than rummage through the listings at Gutenberg, you might want to chose one of the items that I selected out for my ToDo list:

              Short stories and articles:
              Definition of Madness, from Observations on Madness and Melancholy, by John Haslam
              Desiree’s Baby by Kate Chopin
              The Verdict by Edith Wharton
              Feathertop by Nathaniel Hawthorne
              Landscape Gardener by A. A. Milne
              Golden Anniversary by Lucy Maud Montgomery
              Aunt Philippa by Lucy Maud Montgomery
              The U. S. Constitution
              March 9, 1937 Fireside Chat of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
              Society Fashion by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
              A Middle-Sized Artist by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
              Her Housekeeper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
              North and South by Mrs. Gaskell

              Chapter 1 of:
              Pathfinder by James Fennimore Cooper
              Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
              Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar by Edgar Rice Burroughs
              Our Androcentric Culture by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
              Silas Marner by George Eliot
              Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
              Mary Barton by Mrs. Gaskell
              Wives and Daughters by Mrs. Gaskell
              Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

              Does anything on this list pop out at you, or remind you of something? If you pick one, I’ll work on it next, as soon as I finish the four readings that I’m currently working on finishing.

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              1. Anne of Green Gables, hands down 😊 The very first book that made me cry (I think I was 10 years old). I read children’s stories on our local CBC radio station for about 10 years (quite a few years ago, as a volunteer for a local literacy group) and this was my first ‘read’ (an excerpt, of course). Mom gave me the book when I was a girl and told me I HAD to read it because she thought Anne was ‘just like me’ 😊

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              2. Yay! Thanks for the request. I’m working on it! I didn’t know the author at all, and have taken a liking to her stories this year.

                How fantastic that you broadcasted stories on the radio. I’d love to hear your work.

                I haven’t gotten far enough in the book to learn anything about Anne yet, except that she is a girl and patiently waiting at the train station. In what ways are you like her, or in what ways did your mother think that you were like her?

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              3. Anne is so real to me… to a lot of Canadians, I think 😊 Well let’s see, she is a daydreamer with a VERY active imagination. She has not had it easy so her escape is her imagination: she can get completely caught up in the beautiful worlds she creates in her mind. She is a writer. She is incredibly sweet but has a fiery temper. She is a wonderful – albeit unusual and rather eccentric- friend. She believes in fairies and druids and other wonderful things. She sees the beauty that most people miss. She is an avid reader. She loves pretty things and has a gift for ‘prettifying’ the world around her. People love her whether they intended to or not. But she is no pushover and she speaks her mind when something isn’t ‘right’ (I always wanted to be more like her in that regard: speaking my mind is difficult for me and always has been). She gets herself into trouble because sometimes she acts before she thinks (that last part isn’t much like me either but I always admired her spirit). I only have audiocassettes of my readings and no way to convert them. I really should look into doing that for my (now grown) children 😐

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              4. Hooray for daydreaming and active imaginations! Imagination is so valuable for problem solving and thinking positively, especially as we protect ourselves and each other from the virus.

                Hooray for speaking one’s mind! Like you, I do better in writing. I can’t think quickly enough to express myself clearly when speaking spontaneously. I prefer to edit and re-edit and re-edit and…

                I have considered paying a professional company to convert some of our VHS tapes to CDs. Someone must be available to do that for your audiocassettes. Have you considered getting a cassette player, and using your computer mic to record the playback? Your recordings are precious for your kids.

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              5. That’s a good idea! Thank you…🙏🙏🙏😊

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              6. I am pre-empting your request with a recording for everyone agitated by the Coronavirus pandemic. I am recording a history of the flu. Coming soon!


            2. Your recording is up! Mrs. Rachel Lynde Is Surprised, from Anne Of Green Gables is ready for you to enjoy. You can download it, too, from the Archive link. I welcome any suggestions.


  3. Your vocal rendition of the first part of this story got me hooked, so I read the rest of it. Wow, what an inspirational story and so full of broad-minded wisdom! Thank you.

    “The opposite of every truth is just as true!”

    If that’s not mind-bending, what is?

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    1. That’s wonderful! I’m so glad! Thanks for letting me know.

      And, yes, what a great quote! Like a mobius.

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