Nietzsche in 90 Minutes

Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
3.9 out of 5 stars (195 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

With Friedrich Nietzsche, philosophy was dangerous not only for philosophers but for everyone. Nietzsche ended up going mad, but his ideas presaged a collective madness that had horrific consequences in Europe in the early 1900s. Though his philosophy is more one of aphorisms and insights than a system, it is brilliant, persuasive, and incisive. His major concept is the will to power, which he saw as the basic impulse for all our acts. Christianity he saw as a subtle perversion of this concept, thus Nietzsche's famous pronouncement, "God is dead."

In Nietzsche in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Nietzsche's life and ideas and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world.

©1996 Paul Strathern (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

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A short biography

The best part of this book is the sketch of Nietzsche's life. Strathern does well here. He balances this with a glimpse (and it's only a glimpse) into his philosophy. As usual, such a brief taste of a philosopher can give a distorted view his work, but if Strathern's work is taken for what it is -- and invitation to look further -- it can be very usful. Ignore (or investigate further) some of Strathern's simplistic descriptions of some of Nietzsche's thought and you'll have fun with Whitfield's reading.

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Shallow and misleading

This book is close to worthless. A great philosopher receives a high handed, patronizing treatment from an intellectual midget, the author, who reviews important concepts that he does not understand through the lens of politically correct cliches of our times. The inappropriately patronizing tone of the narrator, who is quite lost as to where to apply emphasis or ironical tone (so he does that randomly) is irritating. My advice is save your time and money. I should have taken the trouble to listen to an excerpt.

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Good Overview, but leaves a lot to be desired

This was a good overview of Nietzsche's life, and very brief overview of his philosophy. It only speaks about the highlights, and left me thinking, wanting to know more. The narrarator's voice is not my favorite.

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a bit biased

I wish it just gave me.more.info.on the actual philosophy, instead of so much historical information

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A great start

Although I am no expert in Fredrick Nietzsche, I have managed to read some of his works and find him eerily fascinating. Having his life and works read out in 90 mins. gives the listener the ability to see Nietzsche as a whole person rather than an esoteric philosopher. I am a firm believer that you cannot remove the message from the man, and I feel this short book illustrates that point quite well.

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After Nietzsche, philosophy became dangerous for e

Understand that no philosopher/philosophy can be given justice in 90 minutes, but this book does a nice job of condensing major themes and refuting the usual misrepresentations of Nietzsche's thought. A nice comparison when viewed against Spinoza in 90 minutes, Spinoza being his near exact opposite. Whitfield's, huh wit, and humor makes what could be a dry reading very enjoyable. The performance is excellent.

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Yeah...wow...

If you know anything about philosophy, listen to the first thirty seconds of this and try not to crack up. Scholasticism was a “slumber” from philosophy? Wow...

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Overly critical but good overa

I felt that the work was overly critical of Nietzsche's attitudes, arrogance and uncomfortable philosophical views. it fairly described his ideas but became tedious and tiresome when criticizing him for his arrogance. Particularly irksome was the assessment of 'Thus Spake Zarathrustra', which was a flat out attack on Nietzsche's humanity. We get it. Nietzsche exhibited some narcissism and other troubling attitudes. But a history essay should not be a critique. Just give us the details absent the grandstanding. History should be neutral.

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Nietzsche Used and Misused

Apparently one of the strengths of Nietzsche is his ability to be quoted. Many of the other philosophers were very hard to read, and Nietzsche next to them is not. I didn't realize the last 11 years of his life were pretty much in a comatose state. The Nazi Party could use Nietzsche because he spoke in Memes, and they can be misinterpreted easily. He lived on a pension from his job as a professor in Switzerland. I enjoyed listening to the story.

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not much was said

Very little of Nietzsche's philosophy was conveyed, it was mostly a life history. It was not worth the $6 dollars.