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Manual for Living Audiobook
Manual for Living
Written by: 
Epictetus
Narrated by: 
Jim Roberts
Manual for Living Audiobook

Manual for Living

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Epictetus was a second-century stoic Greek philosopher whose beliefs were recorded by his disciple Arrian in this short volume of aphorisms, Manual for Living.

While other philosophers were concerned about metaphysics, Epictetus’ writing centers around applying philosophy to daily life. His primary teachings involve understanding the concept of fate and realizing which events are out of our control. Those who find true happiness, he finds, don’t look for external events to change, but find it from within.

With his rich voice, Jim Roberts provides an uninflected and stately reading of this ancient forerunner to the self-help manual.

Publisher's Summary

Epictetus was a Greek Stoic philosopher. This short "handbook", which was actually written down by one of his pupils, is a guide to daily living. It has been read by countless people over the centuries because of it's sensibility and and it's easy application to daily living. Unlike some of his forefathers in philosophy, like Plato and Aristotle, he focuses on how to practically apply oneself on a philosophical level.

(P)2009 Jimcin Recordings

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    caitilin Bloomington, IN, United States 12-24-12
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    "Timeless wisdom"

    The writing of Epictetus is as relevant, practical and powerful today as the day it was written. His writing should be required reading in all schools. He teaches how to build one's character, achieve excellence in, and take control of, one's life. He is not advocating the easiest life, but rather, the best life possible.

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    Gibigbig 02-26-15
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    "Great message condensed in 55 minutes."

    My only gripe is that I wished it was longer. But I suppose it was only what it was meant to be. A "manual" for living, no more.
    Good listen, good price. Ok-ish narration.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Paul H Aube 03-28-16
    Paul H Aube 03-28-16

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    "Simple and practical"

    This is an ideal book for the stoic at heart.

    The length of the chapters of this audio book is ideal for a morning start or bedtime review.

    The text is easily understood and the narrator makes it even more so.

    This is the type of book you listen to repeatedly as the ideas and your reflections will meet to become enlightenment.

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    David San Jose, CA United States 08-07-14
    David San Jose, CA United States 08-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Did the Buddha know of stoics or visa versa?"

    I'm not sure this isn't just another translation of what I've already read. Still, it was quite good and any repetition would do me no harm. I was say the major thesis was the development of equanimity. I don't think people always understand the concept. The concept is NOT about NOT feeling, it is about not being attached to any feeling. There is specific advice in the book reminding us that our feelings are tied to our thoughts. If I don't get something, it isn't sad, it's my thought about the thing which has me feel sad.

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    Christian M. Adriano São Paulo, Brazil 06-21-16
    Christian M. Adriano São Paulo, Brazil 06-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "the narration was bit robotic"

    More pauses and entonation would have make the listening more enjoyable. The content is awesome anyways.

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    "listened to it several times"

    I think I've listened to it some 10 times or more. I definitely don't agree on all things but it's my go to book for practical wisdom.

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    "Good book requires thought and will stretch you."

    Good book requires thought and will stretch you. Requires reading a few times to fully appreciate.

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