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Lives of the Stoics

The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius
Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
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For millennia, Stoicism has been the ancient philosophy that attracts those who seek greatness, from athletes to politicians and everyone in between. And no wonder: its embrace of self-mastery, virtue and indifference to that which we cannot control has much to offer those grappling with today's chaotic world. But who were the Stoics?

In this book, Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman offer a fresh approach to understanding Stoicism through the lives of the people who practised it. Through short biographies of all the famous and lesser-known Stoics, this book will show what it means to live stoically and reveal the lessons to be learned from their struggles and successes. The result is a treasure trove of insights for anyone in search of living a good life.

©2020 Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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  • Sam
  • 28-09-2020

Great book, but lacks the 'it' factor

It's a great book, and Ryan and Stephen did a fantastic job, but you can't compare this to Will Durant's 'The Life of Greece'. If you want to go deeper without the fluff read Will Durant. Still 5 stars though for the making this cross-over to regular readers.

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  • Alberto
  • 04-10-2020

Great philosophy, amazing book, fantastic authors

I love stoicism and Ryan Holiday goes very deep on it. In this book he tells practical examples of this philosophy.

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  • Philip
  • 25-09-2020

Excellent as always

I have a lot to thank Ryan Holiday for popularising the subject and his writing is always accessible, engaging, well paced and insightful. But Ryan - if you're reading this - the narration seems a bit rushed and monotone. Needs a bit more colour - to my two ears at any rate. But your books are great and if anyone reading is hesitating clicking purchase - don't think twice, it's another great listen and a strong summary of the lives of the great Stoics.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-2020

Narration is overly fast and flat.

Made it through to the end but the hurried, Shatner-esque narration made it quite a chore in places. I hope that Ryan asks somebody else to narrate his next book because, as good as the content is, this left me feeling very cold. I DO recommend the book, but physical is definitely the best option for this one I think.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-2020

SOOOOOO GOOD! THANK YOU

so so powerful comprehensive and life enriching experience thank you Sirs I loved your conversation at the end