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The Daily Stoic Audiobook

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

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Publisher's Summary

From the team that brought you The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy, a beautiful daily devotional of Stoic meditations.

Why have history's greatest minds - from George Washington to Frederick the Great to Ralph Waldo Emerson along with today's top performers, from Super Bowl-winning football coaches to CEOs and celebrities - embraced the wisdom of the ancient Stoics? Because they realize that the most valuable wisdom is timeless and that philosophy is for living a better life, not a classroom exercise.

The Daily Stoic offers a daily devotional of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations from Emperor Marcus Aurelius, playwright Seneca, and slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus. Every day of the year, you'll find one of their pithy, powerful quotations as well as historical anecdotes, provocative commentary, and a helpful glossary of Greek terms. By following these teachings over the course of a year (and, indeed, for years to come), you'll find the serenity, self-knowledge, and resilience you need to live well.

©2016 Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman (P)2016 Tim Ferriss

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    heldal@online.no Norway 12-27-16
    heldal@online.no Norway 12-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not well made as audio"
    What disappointed you about The Daily Stoic?

    You're supposed to listen to one meditation every day, but there is no audible separation between the 366 meditations so you don't know when to stop.... It turned out being a frustration experience instead of meditation.


    Any additional comments?

    Remake it asap, make a beep or somehow audibly announce when a chapter ends.

    34 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Masciarelli Florida 10-29-16
    Jason Masciarelli Florida 10-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Makes Stoicism Accessible"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Daily Stoic to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is a great compliment to the printed version. Well narrated with multiple voices in a tasteful effort to sound like your listening to the scholars themselves.


    What other book might you compare The Daily Stoic to and why?

    The Daily Stoic is an instant timeless classic


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

    Each meditation is structured in a powerful way providing a concept, stoic quote, then description of how to apply in daily life.


    Any additional comments?

    The Daily Stoic is fantastic foundational book as both an introduction to stoicism and valuable essence of the best stoic concepts which is great for someone who reads the original stoic works regularly.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "good as daily companion"

    What is most valuable is the organization of the book into an almost annual course of stoicism. One can literally do one meditaion per day and make substantial progress. Even the authors comments which put each mediation into the frame of todays world are very helpfull. The only weekness is the somewhat pompous tone of the narration which seems to attempt to indduce the emperial atmosfere of roman senate and the result is a bit funny and unecessarily unatural for today. I don't really get it why these audios always try this tone when it comes to stoicism as if someone really new how the emperors sounded 2 000 years ago.

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    Samori New Orleans, La, United States 10-22-16
    Samori New Orleans, La, United States 10-22-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Essential"

    Essential for any person ready to learn about and practice stoicism.

    Great meditations and wisdom.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lloyd Hofmeyr 07-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A must listen!"

    Loved it... about to listen to it again! think I'll get the book too.... highly recommend it to keep the internal chatter in your mind healthy and helpful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simin 07-04-17
    Simin 07-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Reference Book For Everyday Struggles"


    An excellent book that uses fantastic examples from history to make us both see what it takes to achieve anything great and to be at peace with ourselves.

    Ryan Holliday's work will bring you back to earth so that you can see what others have seen and what the rest has missed. When we are not happy, it's not about the world around us but the world inside that is constantly at war. Here is a tool to change your perspective.

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    Ken 01-02-17
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    "Outstanding!!"

    The information and presentation of the material in this book is excellent! I am adding it to my library of "Life Changers".

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    SJ 12-29-16
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    "Lots of learnings"

    Some learnings are difficult to make sense of, but the author's explanation makes each of them practically applicable

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    Sherilyn 10-26-16
    Sherilyn 10-26-16
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    "Needs a new narrator"

    This book may have been more interesting, but the narrator's voice killed it for me.

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    Torrey Central Coast, CA 11-13-17
    Torrey Central Coast, CA 11-13-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great way to start the day."

    At first I had trouble taking it seriously because the narrotor almost sounds like he’s joking or laughing while reading it. But it grew on me and now I remember quotes in that voice and it makes it more memorable. Great lessons and I use it as meditations in the morning with my coffee and it makes for a good start of the day.

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  • shoesshoesshoes
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    11/23/16
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    "Great content, TERRIBLE audio delivery"
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    I'm a big fan of stoic philosophy and enjoyed the daily meditation concept. However, this is one to read; the audio fails miserably. The narrator sounds like a 1950s infomercial, and it's awfully distracting. I stopped listening a few chapters in.

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  • Adrian Shaw
    1/5/17
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    "Great book - exceptional research"

    A book for today, and tomorrow. I love it. My only complaint is the narrator, in that he sounds dated, from a bygone era ... the sort of narrator from a black and white version of Spartacus. Why???? This is a book for 2016, for 2020, for 2030 ... kind of annoying, but not a show stopper

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
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    9/8/17
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    "Unlistenable"

    I'm afraid I couldn't actually listen to this audio book. The American narrator sounds as if he's promoting a movie in every sentence. It's such a shame. I'll read the book instead. It would be so much better to offer audio books with different narrator options.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ross
    12/16/16
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    "Great for beginners"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Daily Stoic to be better than the print version?

    Although I thoroughly enjoyed the audio, IMO print would be better. I prefer to listen to it a little at a time find myself repeating each chapter over a few times to digest, this would be easier with the print version. I will probably purchase the print version soon.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend to everyone(beginners) interested in stoic philosophy though probably print version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • BlackApple
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    "Narration technique distracts from good material"

    The narrator‘s voice is a little “nbc news” but pleasant enough when he simply reads in his own style. The “performance” of quotations is however truly awful - the delivery is a sort of quivering amateur dramatics vibe which totally ruined the experience for me . Reading in character is a very different skill to reading straight from the script and this performance has driven me to buy the book and return the audiobook.

    Sorry to be negative but this really was either the wrong choice of narrator or the director that told him to read the quotes “in character” needs to re-think that idea...

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  • Anonymous
    8/23/17
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    "Full of wisdom !"

    Such a great book that provides a tonne of invaluable perspectives on life and daily challenges.
    Will no doubt return to read this book many times.

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  • Mr. Owen Ashby
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    2/11/17
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    "Genuinely brilliant."
    Would you listen to The Daily Stoic again? Why?

    I will listen to this daily. It's genuinely useful, practical and impactful wisdom. Brilliantly well researched and easy to use, engage with and understand. The quotes are delivered in a somewhat hammy acting style, which (before becoming a stoic! ) would probably have annoyed me intensely. In the end they are just part of the rich content, delivery and experience- and quite funny. It's a really great book. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a sense of clarity in their lives.


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  • Anon
    11/19/16
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    "Simply brilliant"

    fantastic, inspirational and concise, this book is the perfect way of absorbing and putting into practice the teachings of some of the greatest philosophers to have lived. A great stand alone book but also really useful as a companion to Seneca's Letters from A Stoic and Marcus Aurelius's Meditations -it neatly distills the most inspirational quotes from stoic literature and makes it to understandabke to all.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas hunt
    4/27/17
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    "I will be recommending to everyone."

    Awesome book with great insight into life and stoicism. I will be listening more than once.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jan
    4/4/17
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    "Not for me."

    Wish I had not bought this book. It seems to be directed at those people who are seriously full of hate and anger.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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