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I looked forward to Meditations both as philosophy and for the insights it might yield into Roman history. But the experience was almost completely ruined by Alan Munro's reading.
His voice was mellifluous, clear, confident, and well-paced. But it was as if he were reading for transcription, pausing every three or four words for the stenographer to catch up. So instead of reading sentences and paragraphs in a way that brought out their meaning, he read small clusters of words, breaking apart their larger meanings in a way that made it impossible for me to follow the author's argument. If he were to read the preceding sentence, this would not be an exaggeration:
So instead of reading.
Sentences and paragraphs
In a way
That brought out their meaning
He read small clusters of words
Breaking apart their larger meanings
In a way
That made it impossible for me
To follow the author's argument.
I suppose somebody with a different attention span might find a much better experience, but I'll certainly never make the mistake of buying anything else Munro narrates.
134 of 134 people found this review helpful
I am really not sure if I like this classic text or not because the reader made a poor job of his performance. They may just as well recite the book book in its Latin original because I doubt they would have understood less of what they read. I have rarely experienced a more disinterested and detached reading that was more off of the meaning in its intonation. Emphasis comes randomly and so do pauses. Not one of Audibles best.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Interesting book for those interested in ancient philosophy or profound "common sense" knowledge. Marcus Aurelius gives a stirring series of reccomend actions on living the good life through rational means.
The performance however was boring to say the least. It felt like the reader was merely droning off passages rather than having any enthusiasm for the project.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Horrible reading style. The voice is ok but very choppy reading, pauses where it doesn't make sense. As if there's a comma every two words. Only just stared and I really can't continue listening to this. Such a shame :(
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
The narrator is literally the worst. He took what could have been exciting and make it sleep inducing.