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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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.
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.
Bhagavad Gita - Discusses the way to perceive the challenges of life
Clearly and passionately read
Interpreting and making sense of life through clearer lens
A magnificent read...!!
A compilation of writings never intended for publication, you receive a candid insight into the man himself, his values, principles and ponderings. Seeking balance in his life as a ruler, a warrior, spouse, father and human being - I found his perspectives fascinating...
No - but I am a new fan. His verbal inflections reflect an obvious mental and emotional immersion into the topic matter and do great credit to the writings and meditations of Marcus Aurelius...
"Wisdoms & Guidance for Life..."
A magnificent compilation of historical wisdoms, historically articulated through many cultures and various systems of belief, most of us have had handed down to us through the course of our own lives. Welcome caveat being, these wisdoms are offered through the prism and perspective of the man himself, which brings depth and dimension to Marcus Aurelius as a man and insight into how his wheels turned. As an "average Joe," and casual student of philosophy, I found this book so worth my time, I play it repetitiously, like a favorite movie from which you catch something new each time you watch it...!! Narrator, Duncan Steen - CHERRS...!!
This narrator rocks. I love setting the timer at night and just falling asleep to this book. He says a lot of good things.
Concise, relevant, clear. This book lays out the heart of stoic philosophy and is a guide for living your life as a stoic.
Commanding voice and use of language.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
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.
Wisdom to remember
Provides wisdom on how to live. This is one of the great books on the subject.
He reads it extremely well, as if he is Marcus Aurelius.
Stargazer, Truth-lover, pilgrim...
I am so thankful to have "stumbled" on this Audible recommendation. It was on sale, but after listening a few minutes I knew it was priceless. There is no way to "pay" for something whose value cannot be summed up. A treasure.
Duncan Steen is PERFECT for this book. He feels like a super wise father.
The tone of the narrator did almost everything for me.
It's worth the price.
Ranks at the top of other audiobooks.
Excellent reader gives the book the gravitas and emphasis it deserves and makes the work come alive.
"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.
"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.
"simple and practicle"
Makes you think about everything that is similar to todays generation and his. Anyhow the idea of philosophy is that never believe blindly to what anyone is saying, so this book made me think about how world would look if it would be by his philosophy.
"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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