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  • Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Marcus Aurelius
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (61)

    Meditations is former U.S. President Bill Clinton's favorite book. This audio consists of a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161-180 AD, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy.

    Mark Grebner says: "The reading made it impossible to focus on content"
    "The reading made it impossible to focus on content"
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    I looked forward to Meditations both as philosophy and for the insights it might yield into Roman history. But the experience was almost completely ruined by Alan Munro's reading.

    His voice was mellifluous, clear, confident, and well-paced. But it was as if he were reading for transcription, pausing every three or four words for the stenographer to catch up. So instead of reading sentences and paragraphs in a way that brought out their meaning, he read small clusters of words, breaking apart their larger meanings in a way that made it impossible for me to follow the author's argument. If he were to read the preceding sentence, this would not be an exaggeration:

    So instead of reading.
    Sentences and paragraphs
    In a way
    That brought out their meaning
    He read small clusters of words
    Breaking apart their larger meanings
    In a way
    That made it impossible for me
    To follow the author's argument.

    I suppose somebody with a different attention span might find a much better experience, but I'll certainly never make the mistake of buying anything else Munro narrates.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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