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Jeffrey

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  • Beyond Good and Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Friedrich Nietzsche
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings, Roy McMillan
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    (203)
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    (135)
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    (132)

    Continuing where Thus Spoke Zarathustra left off, Nietzsche's controversial work Beyond Good and Evil is one of the most influential philosophical texts of the 19th century and one of the most controversial works of ideology ever written. Attacking the notion of morality as nothing more than institutionalised weakness, Nietzsche criticises past philosophers for their unquestioning acceptance of moral precepts. Nietzsche tried to formulate what he called "the philosophy of the future".

    Diverse says: "Great Book, great Audio Narration"
    "Nietzsche Remains Utterly Opaque"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Definitely worth listening to, if only to see what the fuss is all about. I really wanted to find out exactly what he had against god - but I remain confused.


    What could Friedrich Nietzsche have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have outlined a proposition, presented arguments to support it, argued against contrary arguments, and then made a killer conclusion. Sadly, he did none of these.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    n/a


    Could you see Beyond Good and Evil being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Oh dear dog, no. Maybe Monty Python could do a satire of it - but it already satirises itself, so they'd have precious little to do.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is written entirely as a series of numbered aphorisms, none appearing to have any relationship to any of the others. In each case I understood every word, understood the grammar and syntax, yet when it finished I had no idea at all what it was about. He remained completely and utterly inaccessible (to me).
    Boy! Those Prussians sure didn't like the Jews, did they! I see where Adolf got it from.
    This audiobook was well-presented and read in a pleasant voice - yet Nietzche's prose remains thick and turgic beyond the point of incomprehensibility.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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