One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.
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The great leaders insight on morality, ethics, love and war. His belief in worrying about how you view yourself rather than how others view you is a very powerful thought from such a public figure. The Eastern philosophy of mindfulness is exemplified by much of his writing.
I am the stone that the builder refused
Because even though I have more Epicurean tendencies as opposed to stoic, this book is full of wisdom that could inspire the reader to cultivate his or her character.
The idea of being more thoughtful than passionate when dealing with others.
While the average listener will not have the same context the great author Marcus Aurelias did when writing about roman Gods the listener will still get a feel for how the great leader processed his world and made decisions.
Overall a good listen with a good reader.
Profound, Confusing, Nonsense
The way the book is read is excellent to listen to. Make's it seem like I'm listening to Marcus himself.
May have been a little fast. The wording is something that I really needed to follow along with the actual book just to understand it.
Good, not great on first listen. I listened to this while I was driving and had a very very hard time following the trains of thought. This is a book that demands your full attention.
This book is filled with good advice. The author, Marcus Aurelius, was a man of unimpeachable character and filled with wisdom. He just had one nasty little habit. He enjoyed slaughtering Christians. If you can get past that, there's some good stuff here.
The content is heavy, but profound. Too heavy, in my opinion, for an audio book. That's why I started reading the print version instead, where I learned about his hobby of mass murder.
But nonetheless, there's no denying the truth of stoicism, and it has very practical applications in the 21st century. And Aurelius did a great job of explaining it, if you like this kind of thing.
"Important text on self-reflection and improvement"
I would. It is one of those books that you don't just listen to once, or listen to in one sitting. Because the structure of the book is the multiple self-reflections of Aurelius, you can dip in and out. Listen to 3 minutes and you will get something to think about for the next 3 hours. If you are 'seasoning' this book, you are doing it wrong. Reflect on his reflections!
Aurelius constantly stresses the importance of acting in the most stoic way, how to improve yourself and those around you without being dominating nor imposing. The great little gems of knowledge are interspersed with some comments on the science / worldview of the time, which makes it a nice historic account and truly set in its time. Nonetheless, the importance of a stoic attitude to life is still relevant today.
Without a doubt it is one of the important texts in history about being a good human being.
"Prolific, profound, essential messages!"
If you want to understand how you, life and the universe works. .read this book!
"Peace in a CD"
The material is excellent and the voice is perfect for this Book - not too dramatic, not too droll, no irritations - absolutely perfect - the combination of these great words and this perfect voice can bring you Peace.
"A matter of life and death."
It's amazing to think that Marcus Aurelius was wiser 2000 years ago than most of are today.
I listened to this while I was waiting for news regarding a life threatening disease.
It calmed me.
It helped me realise that whatever happens will be ok.
It is difficult to keep concentrating on the words all of the time but that does not matter because the important things are repeated in many different ways.
It is stoicism in the extreme.
But I like that.
It certainly helps one to keep ones feet on the ground.
And all that coming from a Roman Emperor.
"Not Easy Listening"
Not was listening but very worthwhile. The first section of giving credit to his mentors is somewhat off putting. Thereafter it is a book of wise words but all essentially the same message of treat others with respect, life is only fleeting so should be borne with endurance with efforts to be one's best. Having listened I think I should revisit in written form to absorb fully the key messages.
"Always look on the bright side of life"
A fine book and reflections. It would be wrong to regret listening to the book. Good philosophy, wondering if I can use it on a psych ward of suicidal patients. I'll have to listen again.
"Old world philosophy still relevant..."
... to the modern world and the human condition. An excellent reading of the meditations of Marcus Aurelius. Best enjoyed in a quiet room sitting comfortably on a good chair in my opinion in order to get into the appropriate, reflective state of mind.
"A wise companion"
Most certainly! This is a book that never fades. Countless nuggets of good advice on living well and observations on life's troubles and irritations. I listen to this at times when I have the quiet to absorb its words. It's rather like meditating, particularly the currently popular "mindfulness" style (of which I am not a practitioner, finding it not to my taste).
Too many to pin it down to just one or even a few. I love the earthiness of the language.
The wry humour of some of the passages with respect to observations on the behaviour of misguided people.
The Stoic perspective on existence and our place in the universe and immeasurable time.
Duncan Steen's reading is faultless and perfect for the material.
"Human Principles of Life"
This is a man who's station and power exceed that which we may never hope to obtain, yet he suffers the same.
Here is given advice that will benefit the reasonable who will practice it, repeated over his life time, proving even he lost or feared loosing his way.
The performance by Duncan Steen is excellent. He has a real understanding of the words and context, which give it life.
"Philosophy that grounds you"
Picked this up after a recommendation from Ryan Holiday.
Is a great gem and something I listen to once a week at least.
Highly recommended. A classic in Stoic philosophy narrated by a calm yet firm(Stoic?) voice.
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