Get Your Free Audiobook

On the Shortness of Life

Narrated by: Clint Arthur
Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

Non-member price: $10.18

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

The majority of mortals, Paulinus, complain bitterly of the spitefulness of Nature, because we are born for a brief span of life, because even this space that has been granted to us rushes by so speedily and so swiftly that all save a very few find life at an end just when they are getting ready to live. Nor is it merely the common herd and the unthinking crowd that bemoan what is, as men deem it, an universal ill; the same feeling has called forth complaint also from men who were famous.

Public Domain (P)2015 Clint Arthur

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    9
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    6
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Insightful

Very good insights into the human experience. Good reading. Quick book that can be reviewed regularly to remind you to live to the full

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-11-2015

Excellent short read on the shortness of life!

we all don't have very much time in this body and life on this plane of existence. Life can be fleeting. Life can be very short. how does it occur to us that in the end of days, at the end of your life, you begin to realize how much time was wasted on frivolous things that had no meaning. this is an excellent book, a very short read. You can get it done in just a few hours. And you won't be wasting your time. the shortness of life such an awesome classic!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Cali
  • Cali
  • 22-01-2016

Really great book everyone should have in their audible library

Not only is the book a great story and invaluable to learn, Clint does a wonderful job narrating. His words are concise and emphatic. Recommended for all.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Bryan Kapocius
  • Bryan Kapocius
  • 29-02-2016

Short book with a great message.

Short book with a great message. I found it well worth my time to listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for cukamunger
  • cukamunger
  • 15-10-2015

Dated, yet still true

Recommended for those who stress about time and don't mind Roman historical references. Definitely puts people in perspective who have ended up working for works sake.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-09-2019

nice and short

interesting principles, ideas and opinions on the shortness of our life. some of the words weren't clearly spoken but overall might help some people who are struggling with their lives but still are open minded.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-06-2019

Great book

This is a very very good book. I would highly recommend it if you want wisdom.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for J. Mcdonald
  • J. Mcdonald
  • 01-06-2019

excellent job and good work with the subject

excellent condensation of works. good read , subject matter covered with aplomb and panache. RECOMMENDED

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for FCD117
  • FCD117
  • 03-05-2019

An Excellent And Interesting Essay

I completely enjoyed this work. It is not lengthy. I did read along on Kindle. There is much of Roman history included in this essay, the knowledge of which adds to the enjoyment of it. The essay provides much fuel for thought. Thank You...

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for V
  • V
  • 24-04-2019

Amazing how little humans change

It made sense back then and makes sense now. Interesting to see how little humans change throughout history

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Sean Ring
  • Sean Ring
  • 12-04-2019

A lovely reading.

This piece is something I wish I listened to twenty years ago. Clint read it very well. There’s much wisdom to be gained in under one hour.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for James
  • James
  • 20-09-2016

love it, best read ever.

this book should be taught in every school, humanity need to know more than just media and propaganda

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Chewy
  • Chewy
  • 13-07-2016

Difficult to listen - horrible narration

I think the book might have been okay but the narration was so distracting. As an avid audible reader, really not happy :(

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Andy
  • Andy
  • 03-03-2018

The narrator reads too quickly!

Seneca's amazing essay 'On the shortness of Life' is a profound and wonderful essay. However I couldn't listen to it for more than 2 minutes due to the speed at which The narrator chose to read it. it is impossible to absorb and take in philosophy when it is rushed and read without feeling.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for shane
  • shane
  • 04-11-2016

great read

i really enjoyed this book. the speakers voice was very low though, at times it was hard to hear and a bit fast paced but I slowed it down which worked well. highly recommended