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  • The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions

  • By: Jay L. Garfield, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jay L. Garfield
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157
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What is the meaning of life?It's a question every thoughtful person has pondered at one time or another. Indeed, it may be the biggest question of all-at once profound and universal, but also deeply personal.We want to understand the world in which we live, but we also want to understand how to make our own lives as meaningful as possible; to know not only why we're living, but that we're doing it with intention, purpose, and ethical commitment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful, Evenhanded, Precise, and Well Spoken

  • By George on 03-12-14

Incredible

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Reviewed: 04-19-19

An unforgettable distillation of knowledge regarding one of the most important questions we face. I was captivated from start to finish.

  • How to Read a Book

  • By: Mortimer J. Adler, Charles Van Doren
  • Narrated by: Edward Holland
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
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How to Read a Book, first published in 1940, is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader. Now it has been completely rewritten and updated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If You Read Books, You Must Read This

  • By Lulu on 06-07-12

Fantastic!

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Reviewed: 04-16-19

A great book which will help anyone develop a better appreciation for reading. For all ages and very simple to understand.

  • At the Existentialist Café

  • Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails
  • By: Sarah Bakewell
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
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Paris, 1933: Three contemporaries meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are the young Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and longtime friend Raymond Aron, a fellow philosopher who raves to them about a new conceptual framework from Berlin called phenomenology. "You see," he says, "if you are a phenomenologist, you can talk about this cocktail and make philosophy out of it!"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly the best book on Audible

  • By David A. Wilson Jr. on 07-10-16

Great!

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Reviewed: 03-20-19

Another fantastic book by this author. it is a great introductory book of Sartre and Camus. My only reservation is it's more of a biography of the philosophers than discussion of their ideas.

  • How to Live

  • Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
  • By: Sarah Bakewell
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
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This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, perhaps the first recognizably modern individual. A nobleman, public official, and winegrower, he wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought and experience, unlike anything written before. He called them essays, meaning “attempts” or “tries.” He put whatever was in his head into them: his tastes in wine and food, his childhood memories, the way his dog’s ears twitched when it was dreaming, as well as the religious wars....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and in parts Inspired.

  • By Darwin8u on 05-21-12

Good book

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Reviewed: 03-15-19

This book serves as a great introduction to Montainge. The book is a mixture of biography and philosophy but I feel it's more the former. I wish the book was a bit more philosophical but it's still decent.

  • Lives of the Eminent Philosophers

  • By: Diogenes Laertius, Pamela Mensch - translator, James Miller - editor
  • Narrated by: Jennifer M. Dixon
  • Length: 28 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
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    3 out of 5 stars 6
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This anthology is a miscellany of maxims and anecdotes that generations of Western readers have consulted for edification as well as entertainment ever since Lives of the Eminent Philosophers, first compiled in the AD third century, came to prominence in Renaissance Italy. To this day, it remains a crucial source for much of what we know about the origins and practice of philosophy in ancient Greece.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A let down but still decent

  • By Carlos on 03-13-19

A let down but still decent

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Reviewed: 03-13-19

Diogenes discusses the personal lives of many philosophers with some ancedotes with little to no discussion of their ideas. Consequently the book is a let down and more biography than philosophy. However the essays by various modern scholars after the book make up for it slightly.

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  • Why Not Socialism?

  • By: G. A. Cohen
  • Narrated by: John Lescault
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 64
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Is socialism desirable? Is it even possible? In this concise book, one of the world's leading political philosophers presents with clarity and wit a compelling moral case for socialism and argues that the obstacles in its way are exaggerated. There are times, G. A. Cohen notes, when we all behave like socialists.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • huh?

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-05-18

Short and Simple but Superb

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Reviewed: 02-27-19

This is a great and fantastic introductory argument for socialism. While it isn't convincing in its case for socialism it does a good job of critiquing capitalism.

  • The Analects of Confucius

  • By: Confucius
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
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Confucius was a Chinese philosopher who lived from 551 BC – 479 BC. Although he is usually listed as the author of The Analects ( wise sayings ), it was actually a group of his followers, years after his death, who wrote down his words and descriptions of his daily life. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized morality, "the proprieties" - correctness of social relationships - as well as justice and sincerity. A major goal of his conversations was to get his disciples to think deeply for themselves by relentless study of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wise words of a true sage.

  • By Chris on 07-03-17

The Example of Greatness

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Reviewed: 02-04-19

This was a great short read. I highly recommend it but only to those already familiar with Confucius.

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  • Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

  • By: Marcus Aurelius
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
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Meditations is former U.S. President Bill Clinton's favorite book. This audio consists of a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161-180 AD, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The reading made it impossible to focus on content

  • By Mark Grebner on 09-02-12

Overrated but still good

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Reviewed: 02-04-19

This is often cited in lists of great philosophic books. It's a good book and worth looking into but not exactly the master piece of philosophy it's said to be.

  • Tao Te Ching

  • A New English Version
  • By: Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mitchell
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,658
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In 81 brief chapters, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, as well as a serene and generous spirit. It teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao: the basic principle of the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Peace is ruined at the end

  • By Mary Durand on 03-04-15

Eternal Wisdom

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Reviewed: 02-02-19

This is a fantastic masterpiece of ancient wisdom and the narration was beautiful. I got it for $2 but it was priceless.

  • English Grammar Boot Camp

  • By: Anne Curzan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Anne Curzan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Original Recording
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Grammar! For many of us, the word triggers memories of finger-wagging schoolteachers, and of wrestling with the ambiguous and complicated rules of using formal language. But what is grammar? In fact, it's the integral basis of how we speak and write. As such, a refined awareness of grammar opens a world of possibilities for both your pleasure in the English language and your skill in using it, in both speech and the written word.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular

  • By Quaker on 09-24-16

Decent

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Reviewed: 02-02-19

Dr. Cruzan knows a lot about the topic. And you certainly can learn some great and useful tips. However, this is more for someone heavily interested in the subject and is not a introduction for the layman. Furthermore more time needed to be spent on punucation and commas