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Meditations Audiobook

Meditations

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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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    John J. 02-28-15
    John J. 02-28-15
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    "SO BRILLIANT, I BOUGHT THE HARD COPY...!!"
    If you could sum up Meditations in three words, what would they be?

    A magnificent read...!!


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    A compilation of writings never intended for publication, you receive a candid insight into the man himself, his values, principles and ponderings. Seeking balance in his life as a ruler, a warrior, spouse, father and human being - I found his perspectives fascinating...


    Have you listened to any of Duncan Steen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No - but I am a new fan. His verbal inflections reflect an obvious mental and emotional immersion into the topic matter and do great credit to the writings and meditations of Marcus Aurelius...


    If you could give Meditations a new subtitle, what would it be?

    "Wisdoms & Guidance for Life..."


    Any additional comments?

    A magnificent compilation of historical wisdoms, historically articulated through many cultures and various systems of belief, most of us have had handed down to us through the course of our own lives. Welcome caveat being, these wisdoms are offered through the prism and perspective of the man himself, which brings depth and dimension to Marcus Aurelius as a man and insight into how his wheels turned. As an "average Joe," and casual student of philosophy, I found this book so worth my time, I play it repetitiously, like a favorite movie from which you catch something new each time you watch it...!! Narrator, Duncan Steen - CHERRS...!!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Trenton Texas, Alaska United States 02-22-15
    Trenton Texas, Alaska United States 02-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great narrator"

    This narrator rocks. I love setting the timer at night and just falling asleep to this book. He says a lot of good things.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    James A. Williams 05-14-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Clearly and dramatically read classic"
    If you could sum up Meditations in three words, what would they be?

    insightful<br/>Inspirational


    What other book might you compare Meditations to and why?

    Bhagavad Gita - Discusses the way to perceive the challenges of life


    What about Duncan Steen’s performance did you like?

    Clearly and passionately read


    If you could give Meditations a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Interpreting and making sense of life through clearer lens


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    n 03-25-13
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    "The Royal Treatment"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A classic work of personal philosophy that has not aged a day since it was written by Emperor Marcus Aurelius between 170 and 180 CE.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What does Duncan Steen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Fantastic voice...not grating or wheezy or nerdily academic...Steen sounds like a soldier and a dignified ruler, and it is so easy to imagine Aurelius himself narrating his Meditations.<br/>I would still read the book, because this is philosophy and not something you gobble down in a few hours. This is a road map for living. But I enjoyed being able to listen to a title that I have loved since I was 16, while doing something else with my hands.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    N/A


    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Scott MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 03-25-13
    Scott MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 03-25-13
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    "Great Narration, Great Content"
    If you could sum up Meditations in three words, what would they be?

    Concise, relevant, clear. This book lays out the heart of stoic philosophy and is a guide for living your life as a stoic.


    What does Duncan Steen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Commanding voice and use of language.


    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 01-09-14
    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 01-09-14 Member Since 2015

    54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.

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    "BEST NARRATION ON ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER"

    This is undoubtedly one of the best books ever written! Best advice for young and old in a perfectly straightforward manner. The most remarkable treatise on how to live ones life, whether it be on your actions or responding to the actions of others. One of the most remarkable books that Ive ever read- hands down. This is the best audible version of it as well. AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ.

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    David 10-22-16
    David 10-22-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Excelent reading of an excellent classic"

    Marcus Aurelius seems often to be regarded as the "father of Stoicism" and his Meditations as a sort of Stoic Bible. Neither of these things is true - Stoicism was founded centuries before his time, in Greece, and the emperor's "meditations" were basically his study notes and personal journals. He was writing only for himself, and never meant for his writings to be published after his death as a guide to others on how to live their lives.

    Nonetheless, the Meditations are worthy of a deep, thoughtful read. Much of what Aurelius "teaches" can be considered common sense guidelines to approaching life, even if you are not a capital-s Stoic.


    "You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength."


    This is Stoicism in a nutshell: You cannot control other things and people - you can only control yourself. Aurelius belabors this point at length - that whatever happens is meant to happen, that you have no power to change what has happened or will happen, and that therefore your only choice is how you will react to it. And that reacting with emotion is foolish.

    Much of his philosophy also boils down to telling oneself to rise above insults, injuries, and idiots.


    Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness – all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good or evil. But for my part I have long perceived the nature of good and its nobility, the nature of evil and its meanness, and also the nature of the culprit himself, who is my brother (not in the physical sense, but as a fellow creature similarly endowed with reason and a share of the divine); therefore none of those things can injure me, for nobody can implicate me in what is degrading. Neither can I be angry with my brother or fall foul of him; for he and I were born to work together, like a man’s two hands, feet or eyelids, or the upper and lower rows of his teeth. To obstruct each other is against Nature’s law – and what is irritation or aversion but a form of obstruction.


    Stoicism often seems close to fatalism - one could conclude that if your life is basically out of your control and that everything and everyone will act according to their natures, there isn't much point in making plans or having hopes and dreams. But that isn't what Stoicism teaches, because the one thing you are in control of - yourself - is still a powerful agent in your life. Maybe you are (according to Stoic principles) fated to live a certain way and only that way, but you can choose to enjoy it or not, be miserable or not, be fulfilled or not.

    Stoicism is powerful and requires a lot more study than just reading a Wikipedia summary or the meditations of one long-dead philosopher-emperor. But it appeals to me a lot, and so I really enjoyed reading Aurelius's words, even when he was expressing things that don't jive with my modern sensibilities. He was a pagan, of course, so he speaks of the gods as arbiters of our fates and the source of all that is good (a paradox I have always found amusing, given what fickle, spiteful jerks the gods are typically in Greco-Roman mythology), but sometimes he also refers to "God" as if he had also assimilated some monotheistic ideas.

    Not everything in Aurelius's Meditations will resonate with everyone, but even if you are not interested in Stoicism per se, this is still a great philosophical and literary classic that is worth reading in its own right, for insights as to why an emperor from two thousand years ago is still so highly regarded.

    The audiobook reading was pitch-perfect. I could listen to this guy speaking Stoic philosophy all day. Obviously Marcus Aurelius did not have a rich British accent, nor did he speak English, but still, it's easy to imagine his voice being like this, his accent being the equivalent, just as the words in translations probably don't use the exact same metaphors and figures of speech he did (and of course, in translation it's still quite deliberately stilted and archaic in cadence and sentence structure and vocabulary, when obviously Aurelius would have sounded more contemporary, if formal, to his own ears and those of his peers) but sound authentic.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Viviana New York, NY 02-05-16
    Viviana New York, NY 02-05-16 Member Since 2017

    Stargazer, Truth-lover, pilgrim...

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    "This is a masterpiece. Most enriching. So thankful for it. "

    I am so thankful to have "stumbled" on this Audible recommendation. It was on sale, but after listening a few minutes I knew it was priceless. There is no way to "pay" for something whose value cannot be summed up. A treasure.

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    Joe S. 03-03-12
    Joe S. 03-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A book that needs to be listened to."
    If you could sum up Meditations in three words, what would they be?

    Wisdom to remember


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Provides wisdom on how to live. This is one of the great books on the subject.


    What does Duncan Steen bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    He reads it extremely well, as if he is Marcus Aurelius.


    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Leon Velazquez, PMP McAllen 07-25-13
    Leon Velazquez, PMP McAllen 07-25-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great narrator. Easy, modern english"
    What did you love best about Meditations?

    Duncan Steen is PERFECT for this book. He feels like a super wise father.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The tone of the narrator did almost everything for me.


    Any additional comments?

    It's worth the price.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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  • Paschal
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    "A matter of life and death."

    It's amazing to think that Marcus Aurelius was wiser 2000 years ago than most of are today.

    I listened to this while I was waiting for news regarding a life threatening disease.

    It calmed me.

    It helped me realise that whatever happens will be ok.

    It is difficult to keep concentrating on the words all of the time but that does not matter because the important things are repeated in many different ways.

    It is stoicism in the extreme.

    But I like that.

    It certainly helps one to keep ones feet on the ground.

    And all that coming from a Roman Emperor.

    Amazing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • James Riley
    12/2/15
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    "Important text on self-reflection and improvement"
    Would you listen to Meditations again? Why?

    I would. It is one of those books that you don't just listen to once, or listen to in one sitting. Because the structure of the book is the multiple self-reflections of Aurelius, you can dip in and out. Listen to 3 minutes and you will get something to think about for the next 3 hours. If you are 'seasoning' this book, you are doing it wrong. Reflect on his reflections!<br/><br/>Aurelius constantly stresses the importance of acting in the most stoic way, how to improve yourself and those around you without being dominating nor imposing. The great little gems of knowledge are interspersed with some comments on the science / worldview of the time, which makes it a nice historic account and truly set in its time. Nonetheless, the importance of a stoic attitude to life is still relevant today. <br/><br/>Without a doubt it is one of the important texts in history about being a good human being.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gavin
    6/13/16
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    "Always look on the bright side of life"

    A fine book and reflections. It would be wrong to regret listening to the book. Good philosophy, wondering if I can use it on a psych ward of suicidal patients. I'll have to listen again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ken Murphy
    2/27/16
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    "Old world philosophy still relevant..."

    ... to the modern world and the human condition. An excellent reading of the meditations of Marcus Aurelius. Best enjoyed in a quiet room sitting comfortably on a good chair in my opinion in order to get into the appropriate, reflective state of mind.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    10/1/11
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    "Peace in a CD"

    The material is excellent and the voice is perfect for this Book - not too dramatic, not too droll, no irritations - absolutely perfect - the combination of these great words and this perfect voice can bring you Peace.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Tiny
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    9/3/15
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    "Prolific, profound, essential messages!"

    If you want to understand how you, life and the universe works. .read this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/10/17
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    "Great book."

    A wisdom that can change your life. I wish i had read this before. worth another listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ken
    Leraatsfontein, South Africa
    6/17/17
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Asten
    3/7/17
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    "Classic and timeless"

    This is a book with timeless ideas and philosophy on how to deal with the ups and downs of life. Marcus Aurelius writes with a wisdom that is more insightful and real than most of today's self-help life coaches.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR S PITTS
    3/4/17
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    "V good"

    you might want to pause and consider what is being said, every other sentence. as there is soo much wisdom in this book it can quickly pass you by

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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