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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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    Sam Motes Tampa 06-03-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 06-03-13 Listener Since 2009

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Insight from man on top"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Guilherme 03-25-12
    Guilherme 03-25-12 Member Since 2011

    You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky

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    "Stoic Wisdom at it's best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Meditations to be better than the print version?

    Sometimes Marcus can get a bit repetitive, this is probably due to the fact that this book was actually a diary and was not written intending to be a proper book. I had a much better time listening to the book than reading it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Meditations?

    Marcus Aurelius was one of the few rulers who was good with words as well as with actions. The whole thing is great.


    Have you listened to any of Duncan Steen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Duncan performs his reading marvelously, he brings Marcus to life, it feels like author is actually talking to you.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    BEGIN EACH DAY by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishne


    Any additional comments?

    It's a shame that only a few other classics from stoicism are availble at audible. I would like to see other books from seneca and a very good book about the subject here: A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    n 03-25-13
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A classic work of personal philosophy that has not aged a day since it was written by Emperor Marcus Aurelius between 170 and 180 CE.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


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

    Fantastic voice...not grating or wheezy or nerdily academic...Steen sounds like a soldier and a dignified ruler, and it is so easy to imagine Aurelius himself narrating his Meditations.
    I would still read the book, because this is philosophy and not something you gobble down in a few hours. This is a road map for living. But I enjoyed being able to listen to a title that I have loved since I was 16, while doing something else with my hands.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    N/A


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scott MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 03-25-13
    Scott MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 03-25-13
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    "Great Narration, Great Content"
    If you could sum up Meditations in three words, what would they be?

    Concise, relevant, clear. This book lays out the heart of stoic philosophy and is a guide for living your life as a stoic.


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

    Commanding voice and use of language.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James A. Williams 05-14-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Clearly and dramatically read classic"
    If you could sum up Meditations in three words, what would they be?

    insightful
    Inspirational


    What other book might you compare Meditations to and why?

    Bhagavad Gita - Discusses the way to perceive the challenges of life


    What about Duncan Steen’s performance did you like?

    Clearly and passionately read


    If you could give Meditations a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Interpreting and making sense of life through clearer lens


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 01-09-14
    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 01-09-14 Member Since 2007

    50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction

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    "BEST NARRATION ON ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER"

    This is undoubtedly one of the best books ever written! Best advice for young and old in a perfectly straightforward manner. The most remarkable treatise on how to live ones life, whether it be on your actions or responding to the actions of others. One of the most remarkable books that Ive ever read- hands down. This is the best audible version of it as well. AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ.

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    Leon Velazquez, PMP McAllen 07-25-13
    Leon Velazquez, PMP McAllen 07-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great narrator. Easy, modern english"
    What did you love best about Meditations?

    Duncan Steen is PERFECT for this book. He feels like a super wise father.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The tone of the narrator did almost everything for me.


    Any additional comments?

    It's worth the price.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Spellman 03-03-12
    J. Spellman 03-03-12 Member Since 2005
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    "A book that needs to be listened to."
    If you could sum up Meditations in three words, what would they be?

    Wisdom to remember


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Provides wisdom on how to live. This is one of the great books on the subject.


    What does Duncan Steen bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    He reads it extremely well, as if he is Marcus Aurelius.


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Prsilla 11-22-13
    Prsilla 11-22-13 Member Since 2007

    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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    Joan 02-11-13
    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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    "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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