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Publisher's Summary

Meditations is former U.S. President Bill Clinton's favorite book. This audio consists of a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161-180 AD, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy.
Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media
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By Mark Grebner on 09-02-12

The reading made it impossible to focus on content

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.

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By David on 10-06-12

Interesting but very Slow

The thoughts and statements of this book were interesting, however it was read with broken English. I'm not sure why, but every 4-6 words had a pause. It was highly annoying.

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By Dr. Gerd Folberth on 03-04-16

Good book poorly read.

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.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful


By Comrade on 05-13-15

Good book, dull delivery.

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.

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By Bachir El Khoury on 03-30-15

Great book but

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 :(

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By Andrew on 08-25-17

terrible narrator - great philosophy

The narrator is literally the worst. He took what could have been exciting and make it sleep inducing.

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