• On the Shortness of Life

  • By: Lucius Seneca
  • Narrated by: Clint Arthur
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (734 ratings)

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By: Lucius Seneca
Narrated by: Clint Arthur
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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.

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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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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Recommended for those who stress about time and don't mind Roman historical references.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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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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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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Essential Seneca, painful Clint

I would go so far as to say that On The Shortness of Life is essential reading (or in this case listening); however, the narrator was just painful to listen to. His pronunciations were flawless, but his voice was banal, flat, and dull. The entire time I was bored, checking to see how much longer would I have to endure listening to this guy. It reminded me of high school, when the teacher would coerce people to read aloud for the class... only this time it was the whole damn book.

Get On the Shortness of Life, but I'd strongly encourage you get a different narrator.

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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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Awful narrator disgrace to Seneca

Seneca is great but the narration is terrible. Get a professional narrator next time so you can do the content justice.

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Took some time.

At first, the narrators style was one I was not use to, however his style grew on me as I continued listening. I personally enjoyed this book and would recommend it because of how quickly you could get thru it if dedicated.

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1 hour book!

thought the book would be longer. not as good as other of Seneca's work. the narration was good enough.

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really inspiring

better than I expected ☺️. I will really read this and take notes, it should be worth it

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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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  • Andrew
  • 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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  • 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