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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author and creator of The Daily Stoic, Ryan Holiday...

...comes one of the most incredible stories in all of history. A young boy, out of nowhere, is chosen to be the emperor of most of the known world.

What he learns, what he does, who he is, will echo in eternity. 

In 138 AD, Hadrian, the emperor of Rome, chooses Marcus Aurelius to succeed him. He knows no one was born ready for the job, so he arranges for the young boy's education. The greatest philosophers of the day are assigned to teach him, and all throw themselves into crafting him into a great leader. 

It's a parable for life: The gods choose something for us, call us to something. Will we answer? Will we step up? Will we achieve the greatness within us?

Marcus Aurelius did. Absolute power not only didn't corrupt, it made him better.

And now, a story for the ages is illustrated and told for all ages in The Boy Who Would Be King.

This book is written by best-selling author Ryan Holiday and illustrated by the illustrious Victor Juhasz.

Ryan Holiday is one of the world's foremost thinkers and writers on ancient philosophy and its place in everyday life. He is a sought-after speaker and strategist and the author of many best-selling books including The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego Is the Enemy, and The Daily Stoic. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and sold over three million copies worldwide. He lives outside Austin, Texas, with his family. You can follow him @ryanholiday or subscribe to his writing at ryanholiday.net and dailystoic.com.

Victor Juhasz is an award-winning illustrator and visual reporter. His work has been published in Sports Illustrated, Esquire, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and elsewhere. Visit juhaszillustration.com for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Ryan Holiday (P)2021 Ryan Holiday

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  • 05-02-21

WTF is this....

it's the same 5 min story over and over with weird sound effects and a baby in the background. I love "The Obstacle is the Way" and much other of Holiday's work, but this is the worst $5 I've ever spent on audible.

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It shouldn’t be published as a book

It’s kind of a tryout, not a book, a very short story in many versions. Tryout. Isn’t clear why it was published as a 90 min book instead of 9 minutes short story for free or a 99cents

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It’s one short fable written by RH that is read multiple times

Honestly, I thought the file was broken when the same thing started for the 3rd time. I didn’t do my research. This is one 7 minute story/fable read multiple times differently. I am just glad I didn’t order the book but I still feel this should have been either free or money offered for charity. I really like RH’s work but I don’t get this format, even if I think about this was to tell kids one story.

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seriously .... 1 story told multiple times

not sure I understand this concept ... story is good but 6 min long? ... each chapter is a different reading? very disappointed ... glad only paid a sale price ...

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Very short

I didn’t realize this was a short story for children. I was not a fan of the same reading on loop.

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9 minutes, not 2 hours.

The same story is looped over and over. Deceptive and most of
It would be read in the sample.

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7-9 minute story read differently by various narrators

I was pretty surprised that this was a very short children’s story. I was expecting more. What’s there is delightful, but it’s so little.

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This is a Childrens book.. FYI

I purchased this without any research on the strength of Ryan’s book The Daily Stoic. It’s a short parable repeated with options of background music and different readings..
Just an FYI, this is for children..

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Don’t buy this book save your money on this joke

It’s a good story, but the whole book is about 6 minutes. Do your self a favor and don’t waste your money on this. I learned the hard way.

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Do not purchase this as an audiobook.

It is a good story, but purchase it as a physical book to read it with your child. It is not good as an audiobook.

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  • PETER CRASCALL
  • 04-20-21

Bit of a Cash In

Have purchased all of Ryan’s Books. Have found them very useful and try to live by stoic principles.

This book challenges those principles and I would invite Ryan to reflect on that as there is a level of deception in the same short story recycled by different narrators.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-21

It’s only 9 minutes long??

Big fan of Ryan’s and stoicism in general but I didn’t realise this whole thing is only 9 minutes long and frankly seems like a trailer for an audiobook about Marcus Aurelius more than an actual story. the only reason the book goes for hours is because it’s re-read over and over in different voices. For $9 I was hoping for some depth. :/