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Stoicism Audiobook

Stoicism: A Stoic Approach to Modern Life

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Publisher's Summary

It's a well-recorded phenomenon that words are liable to develop different meanings in common modern usage compared to those they had their origins and how people "in the know" would use them. This is doubly true for philosophical concepts - the word Epicurean, for example, has been transmuted from identifying the very sober and level teachings of the Greek philosopher Epicurus to being a synonym for wanton pleasure-seeking and hedonism.

Stoicism hasn't suffered as severe a distortion. The modern understanding of what it means to be stoical is never showing any form of outward emotion regardless of all circumstances, good or bad, and indeed not having any emotions whatsoever. The entire species of the Vulcans in the popular science fiction franchise Star Trek exemplifies the popular definition. But it's easy to recognize an absence of outward emotion as not necessarily being a good thing; it is possible, after all, for someone to have a calm and blank exterior and yet be screaming inside. Having no internal emotion at all is also a less-than-ideal situation, as well. Without emotion, how could one possibly enjoy life?

Being immune to the negatives and vicissitudes of life in this way is something we can all stand to benefit from. Our modern lives are so full of worries and insecurities, and peace and fulfillment are something most people try to find outside of themselves. Stoicism teaches that these are things we can only find from inside ourselves, and gives us the tools and mindset necessary to build them up.

What this audiobook will endeavor to do is to introduce the philosophy of Stoicism to the modern person and make a case for how it can drastically improve our outlook and quality of life.

©2015 Tom Miles (P)2015 HRD Publishing

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    J. Gramling 02-18-16
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    "Great subject matter but a lacking work"

    The author touches on Epictetus and Seneca, as well as Marcus Aurelius and others, but just gives such a fleeting overview that the value I got from listening was pretty shallow. The narrator also is overly careful in his reading and makes it slow to listen to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "A short but effective primer on Stoic thinking."

    I came to this book after having read STOICISM: The Ultimate Handbook to Philosophy, Wisdom, and Way of Life, which was, if nothing else, a cost-effective entry point into the school of thought. intrigued, I decided to take it further, and began to read Meditations, and sought out a practical book for modern Stoic application. In a word, this book is that, in that it is less an answer, and more of s next step in Stoic learning. I recommend it.

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    Elliot 12-05-16
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    "Super short. Barely a pamphlet."

    It's not bad and would be useful as a basic introduction. But certainly not worth the money.

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    Spudboy Idaho 11-29-16
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    "Way too short…"

    TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone looking for an introduction to Stoicism.

    NARRATOR: Excellent narration. Prosody and flow of the reading was superb. I usually listen to my books on 2x or 3x, and it was still easy to listen to and follow as this narrator read this book.

    OVERALL: Great introduction. I loved stoicism, and would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a brief understanding of what stoicism is and how it can help us. The author successfully shows us how this philosophy, which has been around for hundreds of years, is still very applicable in our everyday lives. I absolutely loved it.

    “This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Good introduction."

    This book didn't do the general "just keep a thankful diary", or "be kind" thing. Instead he explains the reasoning and background of the things stoics strive for. I liked it.

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    jDeppen 06-12-17
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    "Nice and quick periodic reminder"

    I'm pretty familiar with stoicism but still enjoyed this quick refresher. I feel it's worth the few bucks to have this around as a periodic reminder of the core principles. If you're looking for something more comprehensive, while still being relatable, check out A Guide to the Good Life (it's my fav).

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    "concise and to the point"

    concise and to the point. well summarized and immediately applicable. good introduction to the philosophy

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    "Awesome introduction to the philosophy"

    I've read the two Ryan Holiday books on the subject and especially liked William B Irvine book on stoicism in the modern world. Miles' book is like a crash course on the philosophy, in a good way - hitting the highlights in less than an hour. I can see myself skipping the history of the first chapter (every book feels compelled to recall stoicism's origins) and reviewing the main tenants again and again. Nice work Tim!

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    Erik 04-27-17
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    "Excellent guide to MODERN stoicism"

    As a short introduction to the contemporary psychology and ethics which borrow from the greatest insights of ancient stoicism, this was a GREAT listen!

    For anyone primarily interested in the actual philosophies of the ANCIENT stoics, however, I would recommend Googling "Philosophy without any gaps", and listening to the episodes on the ancient stoics there instead.

    While this guide "only" includes adapted portions of the best ingrediens of stoic philosophy which work TODAY, that's not exactly a drawback for the purposes of this book.

    Indeed, the original versions of ancient stoicism would REQUIRE some pruning in order to be possible to emulate today in any useful sense to begin with.

    As such, this guide does the job well, and further reading is recommended by the end of it.

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    otterd 12-04-16
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    "Stoicism is a good book"

    Its a good book. Negating the popular belief that stoicism is giving up on everything material. It's not. Its a balance between differentiating and accepting what you can control and what you can't.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by author, narrator or publisher.

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    "surprisingly applicable to modern life."

    I first heard about stoicism in the book antidote and wanted to find out more. this book doesn't really go into any great depth but gives a very simple overview of stoicism and how it can be applied to modern day life (which it turns out has resonated surprisingly well with me).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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