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  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra

  • A Book for All and None
  • By: Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Narrated by: Christopher Oxford
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Thus Spoke Zarathustra is one of the most extraordinary - and important - texts in Western philosophy. It was written by Friedrich Nietzsche between 1883 and 1885. He cast it in the form of a novel in the hope that his urgent message of the 'death of God' and the rise of the superman (Ubermensch) would have greater emotional as well as intellectual impact.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narration!

  • By Judd on 06-06-16

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This is a very well done reading of an important book. In the first place, it gives you everything you want from a philosophical audiobook -- it presents a crisp, elegant reading of the material. But I think more importantly and more interestingly it relies on an interpretation of the tone of the book which I have not encountered anywhere else. The narrator eschews the standard bombastic reading of the prose for a far more nuanced, subtle and theatrical reading. I can see how some people might not like that, since it's a fairly unorthodox approach to the tone of the book, but this certainly challenged my previous feelings about the rhythm of the prose (thus also Nietzsche's intent) which is really, I think, a special accomplishment for a philosophical audiobook.

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