These eight Easy-Read Chinese audiobooks are specially made to be compatible with Easy-Read Pen
, a pen-shaped book reader onto which audio from specific books can be downloaded.
When Easy-Read Pen
scans across book pages, either images or texts, the corresponding Chinese words, phrases, paragraphs, or dialogues are read out loudly in clear mandarin, a new technique of Point and Read. Please see E-reading pen: an interactive tool to learn Chinese
for more details.
This package includes eight books of Journey to the West
. Journey to the West
is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. It was written in the 16th century during the Ming Dynasty and attributed to Wu Cheng'en.
The novel is a fictionalized account of the legendary pilgrimage to India of the Buddhist monk Xuanzang, and loosely based its source from the historic text Great Tang Records on the Western Regions and traditional folk tales. The monk travelled to the "Western Regions" during the Tang Dynasty, to obtain sacred texts.
The Guanyin, on instruction from the Buddha, gives this task to the monk and his three protectors in the form of disciples — namely Sun Wukong, Zhu Bajie and Sha Wujing — together with a dragon prince who acts as Xuanzang's steed, a white horse. These four characters have agreed to help Xuanzang as an atonement for past sins.
Journey to the West
has a strong background in Chinese folk religion, Chinese mythology and value systems; the pantheon of Taoist immortals and Buddhist bodhisattvas is still reflective of Chinese religious beliefs today. Enduringly popular, the tale is at once an adventure story, a spring of spiritual insight, and an extended allegory in which the group of pilgrims journeying toward India represents individuals journeying towards enlightenment.
You can upload the audio files of these books into your Easy-Read Pen
. These audio files are available from a CD that comes with the books. Or you can download them from here
Here is a demo video for Journey to the West
. Please enable your computer audio and increase the speaker volume so that you can hear the sound track.
Demo Video for Journey to the West (8 Easy-Read Bilingual Audiobooks)
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