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.
Public Domain (P)2010 Naxos AudioBooks
Ranks at the top of other audiobooks.
Excellent reader gives the book the gravitas and emphasis it deserves and makes the work come alive.
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.
Priceless wisdom, easily digested. Should be mandatory reading in high-schools and higher education in general. A good habit for all of us to get into, since these were notes and letters Marcus wrote to himself as a guiding light.
In this audio format, you can carry these precious writings wherever you go. Maybe 2000 years old yet vibrant with truth. The narrator is also great, and a necessary ingredient for s great time. Thanks!
Read 20 min at a time more or less. If you go longer you will eventually space out. Now tat we got that out of the way....WOW....amazing book...worth the read.
To keep it simple, I believe that Marcus Aurelius needs no further introduction or review.
As a bonus to this already wonderful piece of wisdom, listening to Duncan Steen's performance felt like I was being lectured by the Emperor himself.
Do yourself a favor and listen to this at least once.
Suspend theological or sexual beliefs and focus on the virtues and practices of in Meditations and you will find Marcus Aurelius presents a wonderful view of what it is to be good and how to quantify that virtue in your life.
The narrator Duncan Steen does an exceptional job allowing the text to become almost therapeutic.
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