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Rumi: Voice of Longing

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In the seven centuries since the death of Jelaluddin Rumi in 1273, the world has come to know and thrill to his sacred poetry. In concert with the tabla and sitar, his writing is part of a religious tradition that is believed to excite "spiritual heroism," embracing the holiness of love, lamentation, battle, and the longing for God.Rumi: Voice of Longing collects nearly 10 ...more
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Published April 1st 2002 by Sounds True (first published 1994)
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Ellen
Apr 17, 2014 Ellen rated it it was ok
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I love Sounds True recordings and Coleman Barks has an amazing voice but a decision was made to play music over his poetry readings, as if Rumi's poetry itself is not entertaining enough and needs to be jazzed up. This creates a chaotic experience. The music is beautiful but distracting and creates a sense that the listener is expected to feel a specific emotion in response to Rumi's words. A lot of people loved this audiobook but for me, the music made it very difficult to concentrate on the wo ...more
Vik
Apr 14, 2016 Vik rated it really liked it
Excellent rendition by Coleman Barks as always , I personally enjoyed the eastern music accompanied with the poetry recital . Comparing this work to Rumi's Pure Waters , this had religious undertones .
Most of the verses sighted some biblical constructs like judgement day with references to Moses (Musa) , Abu Baker ; but nevertheless it did not deter an enthusiast of philosophy and an atheist like myself from appreciating Rumi's poetic exquisiteness .
Mark
Oct 13, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it
The tabla and sitar were wonderful, unfortunately to the point that it was hard to focus on the poetry.
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Jo
Sep 25, 2016 Jo rated it really liked it
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Gorgeous audio experience! Coleman Bark's deep, soft Tennessee accent reciting his interpretations of Rumi with sitar in the background. I played the very beginning repeatedly, short poems strung together, starting with "Birdsong:" "Birdsong brings relief/to my longing/I'm just as ecstatic as they are,/but with nothing to say!/Please universal soul, practice/some song or something through me! I recommend lying in the middle of a field and listening to this.
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Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world's languages, and he has been described as the most popular poet and the best-selling poet in the United States.

His poetry has influenced Persian literature, but also Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Azerbaijani, Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu, as well as the l
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