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Throughout history, there's been one indelible quality that great leaders, makers, artists and fighters have shared. The Zen Buddhists described it as inner peace, the Stoics called it ataraxia and Ryan Holiday calls it stillness: the ability to be steady, focussed and calm in a constantly busy world.

This quality, valued by every major school of thought from Buddha to Seneca, John Stuart Mill to Nietzsche, is urgently necessary today. And, Holiday shows, it is entirely attainable. Just as Winston Churchill used bricklaying as a time to recharge and reflect, or Oprah Winfrey learned deep empathy from her quiet childhood, we can all benefit from stillness to feed into our greater ambitions - whether winning a battle, building a business, or simply finding happiness, peace and self-direction.

Filled with wisdom and examples from historical and contemporary figures, this audiobook shows how to cultivate this quality in your own life. Because stillness is not merely inactivity, but the doorway to the self-mastery, discipline and focus necessary to succeed in this competitive, noisy world.

©2019 Ryan Holiday (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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Another great Audio Book by a Ryan, I'm grateful that I found his work and now have the tools to tackle life and upgrade my internal operating software to become a better human, Father, Husband, Son, Neighbour, Friend, etc

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Really find stillness in all areas of your life...

I've listened to this book at least 5 times, and it has become a kind of "reference book" when I think of how I want to shape and live my life. It covers all the different areas of your life, and can be applied to both your professional life as well as your personal life.

Ryan brings together the thoughts and writings from many different philosophies, mainly focusing on Stoicism, to really challenge you to look at the way you live your life, in order to find true stillness and joy. He discusses many clever examples from famous people in history, highlighting both things you should do and also things you should avoid, in order to live a thoughtful and successful life.

His narration is beautiful, and I found it much more compelling than some of his other titles.

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Very insightful and Practical.

Very well researched and the recommendations and strategies can be put to use immediately. Thank you for writing this Ryan

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A must read for all

The most thought provoking book I read in the past 2 years. I totally loved it.

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Very good actually

Though it seems like an extended means to say find/make peace and be good always - this book is very very well structured and the journey by use of real life examples per idea is handled well.

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Concise and Pointed

Overall very happy. Excellent and precise guidance without a lot of fluff.

I’ve been a Daily Stoic email subscriber for some time. And an avid reader of books and blogs in this wider genre. And watched a few Ryan Holiday YouTube videos. Yet this was my first experience delving into a full book. Well worth the listen. My take away affirmation that I’m already practicing much of what is discussed. And provided a few areas where I had some blind spots.

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Nailed it, lean yet powerful.

Short insightful read. Relevant to those interested in the mind, personal development or just becoming a better person, father, partner or CEO.

I enjoyed Ego is the Enemy and The Obstacle is the way, but Stillness is the key is described with even more logic and practicality.

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Great material but the author sounds dry and dull

Great for reading. I would recommend it as a book. Maybe next book he should hire someone. I would buy a second audiobook but I'm actually afraid I can't listen to Ryan (take a holiday:D) for hours..

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Another great book!

More ruminations on life by Holiday. lot's to think about. this book is one of those books that will mature for a long time in my head.

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another solid follow up

great content, well researched, hypothesised and explained. well worth a read for greater spiritual understanding.

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  • J-One
  • 11-04-19

Abandoned

This book disappointed me. Got to chapter 7 and quit. Chapters are bloated with far too much olde-worlde philosophy, sports analogies or the old Buddhist story with only a few words at the end about the actual matter that he's supposed to be discussing. This was overload for me and not succinct or to the point. 90% of what I listened to wasn’t his own thoughts just a regurgitation or rehash of other works. It's ironic as one of his chapters suggests “limiting inputs to prevent information overload”. Abandoned.

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  • Caitlin L.
  • 03-24-20

could not finish

The narration made it too hard to listen to, sadly. I will buy the book instead.

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  • Daniel Bamber
  • 01-17-20

Great finish to the trilogy

Great book and the best in the series. Although all were very good. Highly recommend for anyone interested in improving their lives.

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  • R-the Relentless
  • 12-30-19

Always worth a relisten!

This book is truly a life saver and maker. Holiday is one of my favourite contemporary authors for many good reasons

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  • mr phillip suddick
  • 12-27-19

Another great book

I really like how the book is structured, the narration is clear and energetic which carries some harder more confronting subjects well. I’d recommend this book to anyone wanting to enjoy life a little more, connect more deeply and create space for much needed clarity in a noisy world.

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  • Tom
  • 10-30-19

A surprising gem of a book

I knew this would be quite a good book as Ryan Holiday isn’t likely to release a bad one but I didn’t realise just how good it would be. I feared it might be a bit vanilla but it felt characterful and unique. It definitely has its own feel and the advice is gives is essential if a little vague at times. I enjoyed the examples of people in history he used and the way it flowed worked as well. Definitely a very good personal development book

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  • Shane O'Brien
  • 11-18-19

Poor. Avoid.

Stopped reading this after 40 mins. In summary its just the author telling you how to live and uses select examples to boost his own narrative. Have read other books of this genre and at least they provide interesting insights or pose different questions for thought.

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  • John Sharpe
  • 10-18-19

Some Good Anecdotes - A bit of Padding out.

This formula of reminding us of old stories we already know to illustrate a moral seems to be a winning one. Like his mentor Robert Green, Holiday is very good at it. There are positive messages here and I'll certainly play this in the car in the hope the kids might pick up a few lessons.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-13-21

A perfect ending to the trilogy.

I'd say this one is my favorite out of the three in the trilogy.
The part on Tiger Woods was great also.
RH never let's me down.

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  • A Karen
  • 04-12-21

My new favourite book

Amazing book - life changing in fact
Insightful, interesting and incredibly thought provoking. Ryan writes in such an accessible and engaging way.

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  • Jackson
  • 10-13-19

A worthy finale to my favourite trilogy.

It may not be very still of me but I’ve already listened to this 3 times since it was released 3 days ago...
Another masterpiece from Ryan.

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  • Tom Saleeba
  • 06-02-20

Some good bits in there

I certainly learned quite a few new things and it made me think. However I kept feeling like Holiday had selection bias on the stories he picked. We never heard about anyone who practices all the same things the great and famous people do, but still failed miserably.

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  • Michelle
  • 09-03-20

It would be a hazard to finish this book

The narration in this book is DREADFUL. I am usually a fan of self narration but a person needs to check their limits.

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  • Cathryn Zhao
  • 05-01-20

A very much needed listen during turbulent times

This book brings back into focus the important things in life, especially during a time where most people are so caught up in the sometimes unnecessary busyness of the day to day. It highlights the need to nourish your mind, body and soul through time dedicated to quietness, introspection and active leisure.

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  • Kunal Malhotra
  • 11-04-19

Needs a better Narrator!

As great the subject matter is, Ryan needs to find someone else to narrate his book. No offence, but his style of narration (IMHO) doesn't instil the same sense of inspiration that his written words do.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-17-19

RYAN HOLIDAY HAS A REALLY ANNOYING VOICE

This book(and the 2 before it) would have been a really great audio book if the self-centered author would stop reading them and just hired a professional reader with a pleasant voice. I don't get why Ryan keeps on reading his own books when his monotonous, sleep-inducing, husky voice gets in the way of the message being conveyed. The listeners attention gets drawn into the vortex of hollow nothingness that is Mr. Holiday's persistently annoying vocals instead of the deep, rich ideas he has. I beg you Ryan, STOP READING! JUST WRITE!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-21

A good grasp on stoicisms most important attribute of stillness in all situations.

I think this is Holidays most coherent book yet
Lessons from history on how stillness leads to better decisions.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-21-21

Life changing

This book is a great read/listen to. For me it really helped me put things into perspective and helped me realise that I need to find more stillness which I am working towards now.

Worth the time

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-20

Amazing - must read

This book like all Ryan Holiday books is amazing . Drawing in so much wisdom of the ages , Ryan makes this wisdom so relevant to our daily lives . You will finish this book wanting more and that is the beauty of his writing . His books are roadmaps to the wisdom you need to have , and he makes you want to go there . An amazing author writing amazing books . The best !!

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  • Nicholas
  • 07-08-20

great read

the author done well with this! it was definitely worth the purchase and read. good job 👍