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Meditations | [Marcus Aurelius]

Meditations

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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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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    James J. Edwards USA 02-19-15
    James J. Edwards USA 02-19-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Centuries old, but still so timely"

    More meaningful with each listen, and there have been many. Each chapter is a new beginning. Help with any challenge

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    Joan 02-11-13
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    "Terrific reader for this excellent work"
    Where does Meditations rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks at the top of other audiobooks.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent reader gives the book the gravitas and emphasis it deserves and makes the work come alive.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Prsilla 11-22-13
    Prsilla 11-22-13 Member Since 2014

    Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.

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    "MAGNIFICENT NARRATION BUT VERY DEPRESSING MESSAGE"

    I wish I had gotten around to this classic many years ago. At this stage of my life, I am finding love and joy and good works everywhere I look. I am way, way too far along to need reminding that we all die soon anyway, or to contemplate what happens to dead bodies or any more dismal nonsense.

    Yes, it's a classic and Wikipedia has a wonderful long article about this fine person.

    I want to recognize Duncan Steen's wonderful, smooth reading of this work. He sounds a bit like my old teacher, Stuart Wilde, another Brit. He reads with understanding so that the listener is better able to understand also. He varies his pace and tone so that the listener is refreshed. I never had the feeling that he was just droning on. I will definitely follow this narrator.

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    Nathan OREM, UT, United States 02-24-13
    Nathan OREM, UT, United States 02-24-13
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    "Solid stoic classic"
    Would you listen to Meditations again? Why?

    Yes.
    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.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The idea of being more thoughtful than passionate when dealing with others.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Lavelle D. Peterson 05-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I loved it."

    Finally thoughts and meditations of the past that can be put into action-now. The narrator adds life to the thoughts of Marcus Aurelius making it easy too listen. It was almost like the roman emperor was riding along with me in my vehicle.

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    Jonathan Henrich 05-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    Crazy how philosophies of those days can easily be applied to today. Well worth the time and money. Very valuable insight into the universe.

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    Spencer M. 04-13-15
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    "Classic"

    I plan on listening to this several more times. The narrator does a good job in keeping the listener engaged.

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    Carolina Collao Calgary, AB Canada 04-11-15
    Carolina Collao Calgary, AB Canada 04-11-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Powerful stuff"

    Sit down to listen to this one as it is complex and it will require much of your attention to comprehend. Worth the time thou. He really nailed it!

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    Cody Micah Carmichael 04-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Jewel of Philosophy"
    Where does Meditations rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Meditations is among the top audio books I have ever listened to, given Steen's even voice and Aurelius' beautiful yet easy to follow prose, this work of philosophy lends itself to such a medium as if it were written specifically for it.


    What other book might you compare Meditations to and why?

    I would compare Meditations roughly to Plato's Republic or any of the works of Socrates, but that doesn't quite seem to do it justice. Aurelius in this work takes what philosophy is often criticized as- a logic puzzle for old men who've nothing better to do, and adapts it into a true form of contemplation, an examination of the existential and obligatory faculties that rule our lives. Also, this book may compare to many books that are used in the fields of Counseling and Therapy, as the author often gives advice that in many cases would ease the sharpness of the psychic stress we tend to feel in modern life.


    What does Duncan Steen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Steen brought the authority and evenness of voice that this book requires. His smooth and confident delivery makes the text come to life and even more memorable than possible had I read this novel myself. Also, in covering this book in 5 short hours, he makes it easy to fully digest the entire text and take it as a comprehensive object, rather than the segments we often mangle to create our own opinions of text.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Certainly. This is the sort of experience that would lend it self to being done in a single sitting, preferably when relaxed and given an environment where one could easily focus.


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    Daniel 01-23-15
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    "Excellent listen for clearer thinking"

    Fantastic read of timeless knowledge to help simplify life in our overly complex world. I will definitely listen again.

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    "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.

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