Review: Shinto & Japanese New Religions

Shinto and Japanese New Religions (Religion, Scriptures & Spirituality)Shinto and Japanese New Religions by Byron Earhart read by Ben Kingsley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Full of interesting information, this audio book makes for a good introduction to Japanese religions and spirituality. I was looking forward to hearing Kingsley narrate but, for some reason, he adopts a tone right out of a British war-time newsreel which, while amusing, highlights when the script occasionally oversimplifies topics (carefully explaining them in “Western” terms,) and the piece slips into the patronizing. Nevertheless, the information is clearly presented, aided by voices other than just “newsreel Ben” for quotes from other scholars etc…

A small warning for those who are not used to listening to Japanese speaking with a heavy “Katakana English” accent – a few of the Japanese readers might be a little difficult to understand.

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