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Meditations is former US President Bill Clinton's favorite book. This audio consists of a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor AD 161-180, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy.

Public Domain (P)2015 Trout Lake Media

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exceptional reading of universal integrity.

In ones life. one must endure hardship, to appreciate love. seek out adversity. find balance in this chaotic world. ones life is what one thinks and believes.

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too fast the reader was but ok at..8 full speed

old knowledge that is still relevant in today's modern world great philosophy mostly written for himself almost two thousand years ago.

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  • Benjamin D. Mathes
  • 22-05-2016

NOT GREGORY HAYES

Some reviews said this was the Gregory Hayes translation. That's what I wanted, the contemporary, more relatable version.

Instead this is as dense as the King James Bible, full of overly-ornate "thee"s, "thou"s, and overly intricate sentences written more to make the translator feel smart than communicate the essence of Aurelius's work.

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  • WT Sharpe
  • 15-04-2016

Great narration.

Would you listen to Meditations again? Why?

I would listen again because I have read this book twice before and each time it remains fresh. And while I consider Peter Batchelor an excellent narrator, this is one of those books that must be studied in print as well as heard to get the maximum benefit.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Meditations?

I was especially impressed this time around with all the parallels to Biblical and especially New Testament/Pauline writings. For a non-Christian stoic who had a most unfavorable view of Christians, the similarity to Christian writings in his Meditations are striking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-05-2018

my humble opinion

difficult to follow as the story was written in Old English. would have been more enjoyable had it been recited in Modern English.

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  • Eric
  • 24-07-2015

...as translated by Shakespeare

This translation is, for me, basically worthless. It must have been translated in the 17th century. There was a 9 word sentence that had the words thee, thine, thou, thy and thyself...in a 9 word sentence! Glad it was only 2 dollars I wasted. If you love olde english this might be for you.

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  • Davie
  • 29-03-2017

The narration...

I brought this version because it's super cheap and the narrator has a nice old school accent which I thought would add to the book, but actually, it's almost impossible to understand! I will be returning this book I will buy the actual version with up to date English narration.

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  • Jeff Pinkham
  • 20-06-2018

Original Roman text read at a relatively fast pace

It's the original text written in the then current style of Roman writing (think shakespear) without any modern translation, and whilst I might not be averse to listening to the original. The pace makes it quite difficult.

Just as my brain is trying to construct the sentence in it's original form and translate it into the current meaning the narrator has moved on.

It's difficult to understand and almost impossible to digest.

The narrator's pace if slowed down may help but it would still be difficult.

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  • Kevin Walker
  • 06-02-2018

Clarity

Gave me clarity in my findings and helped me sharpen my focus on my projects