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Meditations Audiobook

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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    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.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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


    8 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 2015

    54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.

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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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 06-03-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 06-03-13 Listener Since 2009
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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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    James A. Williams 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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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

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    J. Spellman 03-03-12
    J. Spellman 03-03-12 Member Since 2011
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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.


    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    John J. 02-28-15
    John J. 02-28-15
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    "SO BRILLIANT, I BOUGHT THE HARD COPY...!!"
    If you could sum up Meditations in three words, what would they be?

    A magnificent read...!!


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    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...


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

    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...


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

    "Wisdoms & Guidance for Life..."


    Any additional comments?

    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...!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Trenton Tampa, FL, United States 02-22-15
    Trenton Tampa, FL, United States 02-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great narrator"

    This narrator rocks. I love setting the timer at night and just falling asleep to this book. He says a lot of good things.

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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    7/23/15
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    "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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  • Lucy
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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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Zilvinas
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    "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.

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    "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.

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  • James Riley
    12/2/15
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    "Important text on self-reflection and improvement"
    Would you listen to Meditations again? Why?

    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.


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  • Tiny
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    "Prolific, profound, essential messages!"

    If you want to understand how you, life and the universe works. .read this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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