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Meditations Audiobook

Meditations

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amzshopper 02-11-13
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    "Terrific reader for this excellent work"
    Where does Meditations rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks at the top of other audiobooks.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent reader gives the book the gravitas and emphasis it deserves and makes the work come alive.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    jeffrey 05-18-17
    jeffrey 05-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    Great all around, first of all. The narration was sincere and smooth. I recommend buying it !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle 01-21-17
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    "great version, missing translator info"

    Great version. Book info is missing translator; it's George Long's translation, I believe. would recommend.

    1 of 1 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.

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    Nathan OREM, UT, United States 02-24-13
    Nathan OREM, UT, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Solid stoic classic"
    Would you listen to Meditations again? Why?

    Yes.
    Because even though I have more Epicurean tendencies as opposed to stoic, this book is full of wisdom that could inspire the reader to cultivate his or her character.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The idea of being more thoughtful than passionate when dealing with others.


    Any additional comments?

    While the average listener will not have the same context the great author Marcus Aurelias did when writing about roman Gods the listener will still get a feel for how the great leader processed his world and made decisions.

    Overall a good listen with a good reader.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "Most useful book that I have read/listened to."

    I started to set bookmarks, until I realized I was bookmarking the entire book! Great investment for me.

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    William 10-31-17
    William 10-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Essential"

    This book is a gift to all who want to better themselves. Good luck friends

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    Fernando P Almeida 10-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    Possibly the best (non fiction) book ever written - it’s amazing !!! And I’m running out of words ..

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    Bryce Fray 10-28-17
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    want to get hard copy to easily refer back. summarized: don't worry, be happy lol

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    Zachary Self 10-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Intellectually Rigorous and Brilliant"

    Listening to this book was like being in a master class taught by one of the foremost minds of the age. Brilliant and insightful. Aurelius's words cut to the bone with clarity and truth. Deep perspectives on life, pursuits of happiness, prosperity, and spirituality. Fascinating man and a brilliant performance by the reader. A+

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    "very good listening and insights "

    Makes sense what he says and surprisingly relevant . My preconceived​ ideas about the Roman emperors has been turned on its head, very dou
    Well read as well

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  • E T-Watson
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    "Not Easy Listening"

    Not was listening but very worthwhile. The first section of giving credit to his mentors is somewhat off putting. Thereafter it is a book of wise words but all essentially the same message of treat others with respect, life is only fleeting so should be borne with endurance with efforts to be one's best. Having listened I think I should revisit in written form to absorb fully the key messages.

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  • T. Costick
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    "A wise companion"
    Would you listen to Meditations again? Why?

    Most certainly! This is a book that never fades. Countless nuggets of good advice on living well and observations on life's troubles and irritations. I listen to this at times when I have the quiet to absorb its words. It's rather like meditating, particularly the currently popular "mindfulness" style (of which I am not a practitioner, finding it not to my taste).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Meditations?

    Too many to pin it down to just one or even a few. I love the earthiness of the language.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The wry humour of some of the passages with respect to observations on the behaviour of misguided people.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Stoic perspective on existence and our place in the universe and immeasurable time.


    Any additional comments?

    Duncan Steen's reading is faultless and perfect for the material.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Zilvinas
    12/8/15
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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