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Thus Spoke Zarathustra Audiobook

Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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Publisher's Summary

Also sprach Zarathustra was conceived and written by Friedrich Nietzsche during the years 1881-1885; the first three Parts were published in 1883 and 1884. The book formed part of his "campaign against morality", in which Nietzsche explored the ethical consequences of the "death of God".

Heavily critical not only of Christian values but also of their modern replacements, Thus Spoke Zarathustra argues for a new value-system based around the prophecy of the Ubermensch, or Superman. Its appropriation by the National Socialist movement in Germany early in the 20th century has tainted its reputation unjustly; but there are signs that the rehabilitation of Nietzsche, and of this, his most incendiary work, is almost complete.

The translation used in this audiobook is that of Thomas Common.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

Public Domain ©2005 Naxos AudioBooks Ltd.; (P)2005 Naxos AudioBooks Ltd.

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    Jeremy Seattle, WA, USA 08-17-05
    Jeremy Seattle, WA, USA 08-17-05
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    "Not the best translation"

    It's a shame the producers of this audiobook used the outdated and often misleading translation of Thomas Common. If you want a more authentic version, either read the original German or find Walter Kaufmann's translation--considered the most thorough and definitive rendering of this classic text.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-30-05 Member Since 2015
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    "OK, it's not _sneakily_ abridged"

    After my initial anger at discovering this audiobook was an abridgement, I noticed it says so clearly in the description. My mistake, not Audible's.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    JPMcGlaughlin 04-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Evoking the Eternal Return!"

    Jennings does a great job narrating Thus Spoke Zarathustra. It is very easy to understand and the cadence of his speech is perfect and evocative for total comprehension. This abridged version, however, concludes after the climax of the book, The Seven Seals, and does not continue into the fourth and final part of Nietzsche's most iconic work. Nonetheless, it is a moving and inspiring narration that successfully evokes Zarathustra's devotion to moving man away from false virtue and into an awareness of our eternal return.

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    Jonathan Thomas 04-01-15
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    "Well narrated."

    It's refreshing to hear this book narrated by someone who seems to actually care about the spirit in which it was written. Quite enjoyed it.

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    Gordon 03-14-07
    Gordon 03-14-07
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    "Is this really Nietzsche?"

    If you enjoy reading the King James version of the Bible then you might like this audiobook. However, if you are hoping for muscularly rational argument then you will probably find these lectures to be only cryptic and pedantic.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful

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