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Meditations Audiobook

Meditations

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One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

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    Peter Mercoulia 26/09/2016
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    "amazing"

    loved every minute of it. he was a profound thinker. voice was perfect for the writings also. really enjoyed it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Oyvind 09/05/2016
    Oyvind 09/05/2016
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    "Great book"

    A book everyone should read by a very ineresting guy. Audio quality is good and easy to follow.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    C. R. Grice 25/03/2017
    C. R. Grice 25/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Great introduction to Philosophy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, as it discusses topics that naturally turn into good conversations with friends.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Meditations?

    The thought processes on death which emphasises that we are only on this earth for a short time and not to get to caught up with the successes of this life as for all mortals the result is inevitably the same no matter how much some people have been able to accomplish. The author encourages readers to accept that we are going to eventually pass away. Once we accept this we can learn to enjoy the time we have on this earth without creating unnecessary expectations on ourselves and therefore maintaining a good life balance.


    What does Duncan Steen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I have enjoyed listening to Duncan. He is very passionate when reading this book and he makes it his own by incorporating this when reading the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ricky 06/03/2017
    Ricky 06/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Narration suits the text"

    I prefer discussion application or explanation of meaning rather than the raw text. The narration suits the text. I found it good to fall asleep to. Even though I didn't understand everything I found myself coming up with ideas like the text had a meditative effect either that or my mind. Wandered off because I couldn't understand. I didn't rate it low because it is what it us supposed to be however it isn't really my thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie 04/01/2017
    Jamie 04/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Something different"

    A book i would have never read in the standard fashion! being able to listen passively help no end.. content is thick with heavy language and having Duncan read it in a smooth clear fashion made the experience!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Bushell 25/08/2016
    Tom Bushell 25/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great read. Will be reading again"

    Great narrator. Good strong clear voice. Will be reading this book a few more times

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Winnellie, Australia
    25/03/13
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    "The Royal Treatment"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A classic work of personal philosophy that has not aged a day since it was written by Emperor Marcus Aurelius between 170 and 180 CE.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What does Duncan Steen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Fantastic voice...not grating or wheezy or nerdily academic...Steen sounds like a soldier and a dignified ruler, and it is so easy to imagine Aurelius himself narrating his Meditations.
    I would still read the book, because this is philosophy and not something you gobble down in a few hours. This is a road map for living. But I enjoyed being able to listen to a title that I have loved since I was 16, while doing something else with my hands.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    N/A


    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • John J.
    28/02/15
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    "SO BRILLIANT, I BOUGHT THE HARD COPY...!!"
    If you could sum up Meditations in three words, what would they be?

    A magnificent read...!!


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    A compilation of writings never intended for publication, you receive a candid insight into the man himself, his values, principles and ponderings. Seeking balance in his life as a ruler, a warrior, spouse, father and human being - I found his perspectives fascinating...


    Have you listened to any of Duncan Steen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No - but I am a new fan. His verbal inflections reflect an obvious mental and emotional immersion into the topic matter and do great credit to the writings and meditations of Marcus Aurelius...


    If you could give Meditations a new subtitle, what would it be?

    "Wisdoms & Guidance for Life..."


    Any additional comments?

    A magnificent compilation of historical wisdoms, historically articulated through many cultures and various systems of belief, most of us have had handed down to us through the course of our own lives. Welcome caveat being, these wisdoms are offered through the prism and perspective of the man himself, which brings depth and dimension to Marcus Aurelius as a man and insight into how his wheels turned. As an "average Joe," and casual student of philosophy, I found this book so worth my time, I play it repetitiously, like a favorite movie from which you catch something new each time you watch it...!! Narrator, Duncan Steen - CHERRS...!!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Trenton
    Texas, Alaska United States
    22/02/15
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    "Great narrator"

    This narrator rocks. I love setting the timer at night and just falling asleep to this book. He says a lot of good things.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • James A. Williams
    14/05/12
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    "Clearly and dramatically read classic"
    If you could sum up Meditations in three words, what would they be?

    insightful
    Inspirational


    What other book might you compare Meditations to and why?

    Bhagavad Gita - Discusses the way to perceive the challenges of life


    What about Duncan Steen’s performance did you like?

    Clearly and passionately read


    If you could give Meditations a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Interpreting and making sense of life through clearer lens


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Scott
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States
    25/03/13
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    "Great Narration, Great Content"
    If you could sum up Meditations in three words, what would they be?

    Concise, relevant, clear. This book lays out the heart of stoic philosophy and is a guide for living your life as a stoic.


    What does Duncan Steen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Commanding voice and use of language.


    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Jeff
    Pickering, Ontario, Canada
    9/01/14
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    "BEST NARRATION ON ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER"

    This is undoubtedly one of the best books ever written! Best advice for young and old in a perfectly straightforward manner. The most remarkable treatise on how to live ones life, whether it be on your actions or responding to the actions of others. One of the most remarkable books that Ive ever read- hands down. This is the best audible version of it as well. AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Joe S.
    3/03/12
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    "A book that needs to be listened to."
    If you could sum up Meditations in three words, what would they be?

    Wisdom to remember


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Provides wisdom on how to live. This is one of the great books on the subject.


    What does Duncan Steen bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    He reads it extremely well, as if he is Marcus Aurelius.


    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Viviana
    New York, NY
    5/02/16
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    "This is a masterpiece. Most enriching. So thankful for it. "

    I am so thankful to have "stumbled" on this Audible recommendation. It was on sale, but after listening a few minutes I knew it was priceless. There is no way to "pay" for something whose value cannot be summed up. A treasure.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Leon Velazquez, PMP
    McAllen
    25/07/13
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    "Great narrator. Easy, modern english"
    What did you love best about Meditations?

    Duncan Steen is PERFECT for this book. He feels like a super wise father.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The tone of the narrator did almost everything for me.


    Any additional comments?

    It's worth the price.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Joan
    El Granada, CA, United States
    11/02/13
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    "Terrific reader for this excellent work"
    Where does Meditations rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks at the top of other audiobooks.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent reader gives the book the gravitas and emphasis it deserves and makes the work come alive.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Paschal
    Cork, Ireland
    7/01/17
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    "A matter of life and death."

    It's amazing to think that Marcus Aurelius was wiser 2000 years ago than most of are today.

    I listened to this while I was waiting for news regarding a life threatening disease.

    It calmed me.

    It helped me realise that whatever happens will be ok.

    It is difficult to keep concentrating on the words all of the time but that does not matter because the important things are repeated in many different ways.

    It is stoicism in the extreme.

    But I like that.

    It certainly helps one to keep ones feet on the ground.

    And all that coming from a Roman Emperor.

    Amazing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • James Riley
    2/12/15
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    "Important text on self-reflection and improvement"
    Would you listen to Meditations again? Why?

    I would. It is one of those books that you don't just listen to once, or listen to in one sitting. Because the structure of the book is the multiple self-reflections of Aurelius, you can dip in and out. Listen to 3 minutes and you will get something to think about for the next 3 hours. If you are 'seasoning' this book, you are doing it wrong. Reflect on his reflections!

    Aurelius constantly stresses the importance of acting in the most stoic way, how to improve yourself and those around you without being dominating nor imposing. The great little gems of knowledge are interspersed with some comments on the science / worldview of the time, which makes it a nice historic account and truly set in its time. Nonetheless, the importance of a stoic attitude to life is still relevant today.

    Without a doubt it is one of the important texts in history about being a good human being.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gavin
    13/06/16
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    "Always look on the bright side of life"

    A fine book and reflections. It would be wrong to regret listening to the book. Good philosophy, wondering if I can use it on a psych ward of suicidal patients. I'll have to listen again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ken Murphy
    27/02/16
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    "Old world philosophy still relevant..."

    ... to the modern world and the human condition. An excellent reading of the meditations of Marcus Aurelius. Best enjoyed in a quiet room sitting comfortably on a good chair in my opinion in order to get into the appropriate, reflective state of mind.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    1/10/11
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    "Peace in a CD"

    The material is excellent and the voice is perfect for this Book - not too dramatic, not too droll, no irritations - absolutely perfect - the combination of these great words and this perfect voice can bring you Peace.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Tiny
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    3/09/15
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    "Prolific, profound, essential messages!"

    If you want to understand how you, life and the universe works. .read this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Asten
    7/03/17
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    "Classic and timeless"

    This is a book with timeless ideas and philosophy on how to deal with the ups and downs of life. Marcus Aurelius writes with a wisdom that is more insightful and real than most of today's self-help life coaches.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR S PITTS
    4/03/17
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    "V good"

    you might want to pause and consider what is being said, every other sentence. as there is soo much wisdom in this book it can quickly pass you by

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E T-Watson
    12/10/16
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    "Not Easy Listening"

    Not was listening but very worthwhile. The first section of giving credit to his mentors is somewhat off putting. Thereafter it is a book of wise words but all essentially the same message of treat others with respect, life is only fleeting so should be borne with endurance with efforts to be one's best. Having listened I think I should revisit in written form to absorb fully the key messages.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • T. Costick
    U.K.
    9/02/16
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    "A wise companion"
    Would you listen to Meditations again? Why?

    Most certainly! This is a book that never fades. Countless nuggets of good advice on living well and observations on life's troubles and irritations. I listen to this at times when I have the quiet to absorb its words. It's rather like meditating, particularly the currently popular "mindfulness" style (of which I am not a practitioner, finding it not to my taste).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Meditations?

    Too many to pin it down to just one or even a few. I love the earthiness of the language.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The wry humour of some of the passages with respect to observations on the behaviour of misguided people.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Stoic perspective on existence and our place in the universe and immeasurable time.


    Any additional comments?

    Duncan Steen's reading is faultless and perfect for the material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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