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The New York Times best-selling author of The Geography of Bliss embarks on a rollicking intellectual journey, following in the footsteps of history’s greatest thinkers and showing us how each - from Epicurus to Gandhi, Thoreau to Beauvoir - offers practical and spiritual lessons for today’s unsettled times.

We turn to philosophy for the same reasons we travel: to see the world from a different perspective, to unearth hidden beauty, and to find new ways of being. We want to learn how to embrace wonder. Face regrets. Sustain hope.

Eric Weiner combines his twin passions for philosophy and global travel in a pilgrimage that uncovers surprising life lessons from great thinkers around the world, from Rousseau to Nietzsche, Confucius to Simone Weil. Traveling by train (the most thoughtful mode of transport), he journeys thousands of miles, making stops in Athens, Delhi, Wyoming, Coney Island, Frankfurt, and points in between to reconnect with philosophy’s original purpose: teaching us how to lead wiser, more meaningful lives. From Socrates and ancient Athens to Simone de Beauvoir and 20th-century Paris, Weiner’s chosen philosophers and places provide important signposts as we navigate today’s chaotic times.

In The Socrates Express, Weiner invites us to voyage alongside him on his life-changing pursuit of wisdom and discovery as he attempts to find answers to our most vital questions.

©2020 Eric Weiner (P)2020 Simon & Schuster

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  • NotTheDuchess
  • 28-08-2020

Wisdom, Wit and Warmth

I absolutely LOVED this book — just what I needed in this time of anxiety and uncertainty (a pandemic, political zaniness, etc). Eric Weiner is a reassuring, witty and worldly companion who takes us on his quest around the world (damn, have I missed being able to travel!) Experiencing wonder and gaining wisdom with a down-to-earth guide (and exceptional writer) was a welcome joy and absolute delight.

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  • TM
  • 01-09-2020

Suprisingly Worthwhile

I was a bit worried at first that this book might be a bit slow and self-indulgent. But the more I listened, the more I liked. Gentle overviews of significant philosophers, each with a theme on how their thoughts could improve the author’s (and of course your) life. Strongly recommend.

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  • Andrew
  • 31-08-2020

An approachable take on philosophy

I do not have a background in philosophy. I have heard a philosopher speak exactly once for about 30 minutes in my entire life. This book was a great introduction not only to the thinking of several great philosophers, but into how those philosophies might be practically applied to my day-to-day life, or at least my thinking. Weiner takes a lofty subject and makes it both relatable and practical. The reading is pleasant to listen to.

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  • Christopher C. Scorza
  • 16-10-2020

Perfect for the novice philosophy enthusiast

Found this book to be incredibly insightful and entertaining. The author does a brilliant job weaving all the different players and schools of thought into a thought provoking and digestible journey.

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  • Cold Tator
  • 05-09-2020

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-09-2020

Great audio book!

Just buy it... you definitely won't regret it! Great stories and insight into brilliant philosophical minds. Excited to listen to it again and take notes this time.

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  • wendy vilkin
  • 25-11-2020

Enough Wisdom for the Rest Of Your Days

I am a 19 year old ivy league scholar. I spend my days searching for words of the wise and sermons of the sages. Eric Weiner has written a tome of wise words and sages sermons. This book will be one that rests upon my bedside table for all times. If you don't have your life completely figured out, read it. Hear it. Taste it. Smell it. Do anything, something, just buy this book.

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  • Steven
  • 31-10-2020

A thoughtful ride.

Loved it! The author narrating makes the book feel like a conversation. A practical look at some of our must important thinkers!

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  • UltraFit1
  • 22-10-2020

A New Perspective on Philosophy

I really enjoyed how well this author presented philosophy and an open perspective with the foundation of how these dead philosophers thought. I feel that this book allows you to think differently and embrace other possibilities of what is, or could be, and how. I liked how the author/narrator's voice kept me engaged throughout the book, and how well each chapter was laid out. I felt like I journied with this author on his train ride as he thought along the way. Overall, I enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in philosophy or anyone who enjoys thinking outside the box.

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  • Jennifer
  • 12-10-2020

Very Easy Listen

I loved learning of the philosophers. so much more when you hear about their full lives. pleany of humor that is fully relatable. Mixed in with relatable and new philosophy. a little bit of "hmmm", in each chapter. I enjoy books read by the author and he is an easy listen.

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  • Miss B. March
  • 18-09-2020

A potted philosophy

I did so enjoy this book . I have not studied philosophy and the philosophers' names are not familiar to me so this was not just helpful but very accessible. I also enjoyed the train journeys and discovering the locations. I would recommend this book to anyone who want to discover what philosophy is all about.

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