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The majority of mortals, Paulinus, complain bitterly of the spitefulness of Nature, because we are born for a brief span of life, because even this space that has been granted to us rushes by so speedily and so swiftly that all save a very few find life at an end just when they are getting ready to live. Nor is it merely the common herd and the unthinking crowd that bemoan what is, as men deem it, an universal ill; the same feeling has called forth complaint also from men who were famous.

Public Domain (P)2015 Clint Arthur

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Really great book everyone should have in their audible library

Not only is the book a great story and invaluable to learn, Clint does a wonderful job narrating. His words are concise and emphatic. Recommended for all.

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Excellent short read on the shortness of life!

we all don't have very much time in this body and life on this plane of existence. Life can be fleeting. Life can be very short. how does it occur to us that in the end of days, at the end of your life, you begin to realize how much time was wasted on frivolous things that had no meaning. this is an excellent book, a very short read. You can get it done in just a few hours. And you won't be wasting your time. the shortness of life such an awesome classic!

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Short book with a great message.

Short book with a great message. I found it well worth my time to listen.

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Dated, yet still true

Recommended for those who stress about time and don't mind Roman historical references. Definitely puts people in perspective who have ended up working for works sake.

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A Way Of Thinking

Narrated by Clint Arthur Clint as in East Word Arthur As In King
IS The Best Performance

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A good intermission,

A refreshing interlude from our hectic life of the dragon chasing the pearl. Life from a different perspective. Fast read and well read..

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Brilliant

Hand to believe this was written almost 2000 years ago. You relate to almost every analogy the author makes. And I say almost because he mentions slaves and other outdated things. But I would say this book is a must read.

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It was really a mind opening experience. Loved it!

The narrator was really good I didn't have any problems with the way he spoke

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Narrator ruins this

Read by an amateur. Horribly slow and a terrible recording. Buy another version of this and sample the voice first.

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Reminder of our right to live life

Too short but a great recommend reading for those avoiding or escaping the trappings of our society which will take your life from you if you are not awake & vigilent. Be careful.

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  • Andy
  • 03-03-18

The narrator reads too quickly!

Seneca's amazing essay 'On the shortness of Life' is a profound and wonderful essay. However I couldn't listen to it for more than 2 minutes due to the speed at which The narrator chose to read it. it is impossible to absorb and take in philosophy when it is rushed and read without feeling.

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  • shane
  • 11-04-16

great read

i really enjoyed this book. the speakers voice was very low though, at times it was hard to hear and a bit fast paced but I slowed it down which worked well. highly recommended

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  • James
  • 09-20-16

love it, best read ever.

this book should be taught in every school, humanity need to know more than just media and propaganda

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  • Chewy
  • 07-13-16

Difficult to listen - horrible narration

I think the book might have been okay but the narration was so distracting. As an avid audible reader, really not happy :(

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  • Bradley
  • 09-18-16

Insightful

Very good insights into the human experience. Good reading. Quick book that can be reviewed regularly to remind you to live to the full