With its pluralistic truth and the potential for diverse interpretations, mythology is often used as a base for the making of fantasy, adventure, and sci-fi creative works. Many of us are familiar with Indian mythology from childhood, as these tales and folklore have imparted us essential life lessons. The Ramayana and Mahabharata, for instance, emphasize ideals such as brotherhood, family unity, struggle, discipline, and righteousness. Recognizing the relevance of mythology, Audible provides a vast collection of such titles. To help listeners delve into the world of ancient epics, we have curated a list of five must-listen audiobooks and podcasts that capture the essence of these timeless narratives.
Written by: Ira Mukhoty and Narrated by: Meghna Sen
Mahabharat is always remembered for its valiant battles, heroic men and Lord Krishna leading Arjun to the path of truth. The soul of the epic, however, is the women and their stories with the core reason behind the war being Draupadi. This audiobook celebrates Draupadi and the women of Mahabharata – Satyavati, Ganga, Kunti, and Gandhari. It is the story of Draupadi’s passion and how she rises above them all to grip the imagination of the audience. The Song of Draupadi is an epiphany of the struggle of several women in the Mahabharata – arguing, pleading, reasoning and often raised in righteous anger.
Written by: Jatinder Verma, Claudia Mayer, and others and Narrated by: Paul Bhattacharjee, Sasha Behar
Mahabharata and the Ramayana are literary classics, the longest epic poems in world literature, and of profound significance to the world. This audio series entails a full-cast dramatized retellings of these two most important Sanskrit epics of India. The stories of the deeds of god and men, and the eternal battle between good and evil, are included in this modern version of the ancient legend. Directed by award-winning producer Claire Grove and with original music by acclaimed composer Niraj Chag, the dramatizations based on the classic Indian epics on Audible is a treat for mythology enthusiasts.
Written and Narrated by: Devdutt Pattanaik
Broaden your horizon of knowledge on Vedic Literature with the Veda 360 podcast on Audible. The podcast, Veda 360 by renowned mythologist and writer Devdutt Pattanaik provides an extensive and holistic understanding of the Vedas. It is a deep dive into the foundation of Sanatan Dharma and explores the Vedic theories of the Rigveda, the Yajurveda, the Samaveda, and the Atharvaveda – and delves into the customs and beliefs associated with them. The podcast is easy to comprehend and is a delight for anyone looking to gain a concrete understanding of the subject.
In one of Devdutt’s groundbreaking works, India’s most popular mythologist seeks to answer apparent paradoxes and unravels many myths of Sanatan Dharma. He retells sacred Hindu stories and decodes Hindu symbols and rituals using a unique commentary style. Discover lesser-known facts about why villainous Kauravas went to heaven, why Ram was considered a virtuous king despite sending his wife Sita into exile, and the reason behind the righteous Pandavas (all except Yudhishtira) being sent to hell, and lastly why Lord Brahma’s head was severed by Shiva. The objective of this audiobook is not just to debunk myths of mythology but also to provide a deeper understanding of the principles of Sanatan Dharma.
Written by: Aradhana Duppala
Develop an understanding of India’s vastness, diversity, and cultural heritage with stories from Indian society, culture, history, and Hindu mythology with this Audible podcast. Namaskar India – Society, Culture, History & Mythology Podcast explains the multi-cultural diversity of our country with reference to languages festivals, religions, dances, music, architecture, art, food, travel destinations, folktales, and customs. The Season 3 of this series provides an in-depth understanding of the various narratives of Indian Mythology.
Despite being stories of the past, mythology titles incorporated with mystery, sci-fi, and fiction appeal to listeners across all age groups even today. To get an in-depth understanding of the epics or listen to modern retellings of these stories, tune in to Audible and get access to a vast collection of mythology titles.