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The Tao of Seneca (volumes 1-3) is an introduction to Stoic philosophy through the words of Seneca. If you study Seneca, you'll be in good company. He was popular with the educated elite of the Greco-Roman Empire, but Thomas Jefferson also had Seneca on his bedside table. Thought leaders in Silicon Valley tout the benefits of Stoicism, and NFL management, coaches, and players alike - from teams such as the Patriots and Seahawks - have embraced it because the principles make them better competitors. Stoicism is a no-nonsense philosophical system designed to produce dramatic real-world effects. Think of it as an ideal operating system for thriving in high-stress environments. This is your guide.

Public Domain (P)2015 Seneca and Marcus, LLC

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Interesting voice actor but

What would have made The Tao of Seneca better?

Interesting voice actor but too difficult to listen to for long making this a book I'm struggling to finish our enjoy. I also don't like how Audible deleted all the earlier negative reviews . I regret blowing a credit on this book and felt my earlier review was fair.

80 of 85 people found this review helpful

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Terrible audio!!!

I struggle to listen to it! At faster speed is super distorted!
Please remove the echo on key phrases at least!

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • 04-04-16

No problem with audio. Excellent content.

The content is excellent. The audio problems mentioned in previous reviews appear to have been fixed. I did not notice any such problems. So if you are sitting the fence because of those reports (as I initially was), don't worry about it.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Torrey
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  • 02-01-16

Horrible quality

I couldn't follow the story the audio was so bad.
Come on T Ferriss you're better than that.

36 of 42 people found this review helpful

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This is a must read.

What made the experience of listening to The Tao of Seneca the most enjoyable?

The narrator, John Robinson, did a wonderful job. In a unique way, Robinson's reiteration portrays the voice and emotion of Seneca, which really helps the listener understand Seneca's message in each letter.

Have you listened to any of John A. Robinson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. I will be buying the entire series and I am excited to share my experience with friends and family.

Any additional comments?

As an attorney, I feel like I am above average when it comes to comprehension, especially when it comes to reading. There are times when I have a hard time reading Seneca's letters. This audio book allowed me, as a student, to fully grasp and understand the meaning behind Seneca's letters. <br/>

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great Content, Noise Issues Don't Ruin It

What did you love best about The Tao of Seneca?

The narrator has a great voice, and the content is superb.

What did you like best about this story?

How much content there is!

What does John A. Robinson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A classic feel as though Seneca were speaking to me.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Remaining calm and focused despite what life might throw towards me. Stoicism promotes a great mindset to thrive in this crazy world.

Any additional comments?

People have complained about sound issues, and my download totally had them. However, it's very brief and I could still understand John. I'll be getting the other two volumes for sure.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Highly recommended

I recently bought this and I'm really enjoying the work. Not only because of the content, but also the way its set up. You can easily listen to a chapter of this book whenever you Find 10 minutes.

What would make it even better was if the chapters had titles. F.e. 'Chapter 1: Saving time' instead of chapter 1. There are a lot of chapters and I like relisten some of them. Its easier to navigate the book this way imho.

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Poor narration, it sounds very forced/put on

Poor narration, it sounds very forced/put on, as if it is a young person trying to sound old/dignified. Get the James Cameron Stewart version of Seneca's timeless works

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Amazing

I love the format of the short stories. Little powerful punches of highly insightful messages. I haven't found anything recently that has captured my attention so fully! I often get sidetracked by full audio books and conversational podcasts don't always captivate me. Having Seneca's short stories is such a gift :)

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Great for short daily doses of stoicism philosophy, buy if you are into meditation

When I hear Seneca I think boring. I'd rather listen to a podcast, but I'm glad I bought this.

The first letter is pretty long, the rest aren't like that.

The other letters are short enough to listen one a day for 15 mins.

The preface is a fun origin story.

If you are in a high stress environment, in a high performance career or trying to attain a greater level of self-development, these ancient letters give good insight on the Stoic philosophy.

Well worth the 1 credit on audible, I preordered the other 2 as well.

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  • Nero
  • 04-06-16

I can only be honest...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes I would recommend it. But I would recommend listening to the audiobook version first because the narrator's voice is quite difficult to listen to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tao of Seneca?

Nothing stood out.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of John A. Robinson?

ME!

Was The Tao of Seneca worth the listening time?

If the narrator was easier to listen to.

Any additional comments?

Trial narrator's prior to going ahead. For me, John A. Robinson's voice really get's in the way.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-17

The Mind's Training Ground

This book feels like stepping into a gym for the mind buth with a guide.

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  • 11-25-16

Great book<br />

Good narrator and great book, most definitely recommend this book. Im definitely reading vol II

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  • hdfhdfhdfh
  • 08-20-17

Solid advice and worth a listen but read better

waffles a little at times and although I don't personally like a narator, I feel he needs more gravitas, it is still great advice to live to. I would personally suggest meditations by Marcus Aurelius as a better choice if you have not yet read it. Much more engaging and immersive with a great performance by the narator.

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  • Michael Stanner
  • 01-22-16

Fantastic - Well done Tim

"Life changer" for Tim means this is a top priority listen! Thanks for making this available Tim .. As your first reviewer, I'll accept that coffee (or special tequila) whenever you're ready ..

7 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • Rachel
  • 04-04-16

I adore!

I adore this audiobook, it takes me completely out of this world or any situation and provides a powerful and actionable insight. It's wonderful.

I'm now a third... or half way through. I'm not entirely sure since the chapters aren't titled and I sometimes lose my place.

Please title the chapters!

Thank you for creating this and providing access to such an essential piece of philosophy. An impatient reader, I don't think I'd have the same pleasure reading as hearing Seneca.

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  • Daniel
  • 02-26-16

A very well made audiobook and very interesting listen

For me, I found little nuggets of knowledge in almost every letter.

I have adopted some of these stoic practices in my day to day life and had already been practising a couple of them.

I have recommended this book/audiobook to many of friends and colleagues already. I am a big fan of the teachings of the stoics. I believe that many people could benefit by implementing some of these philosophies in their day to day lives.

Note: I will expand this review when not on my iPhone.

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  • Karl
  • 08-02-17

become wise

Cracking audio book takes some getting used to but stick with it as you will benefit a lot...