• by Marcus Aurelius
  • Narrated by Duncan Steen
  • 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.


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If you could sum up Meditations in three words, what would they be?

A magnificent read...!!

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

A compilation of writings never intended for publication, you receive a candid insight into the man himself, his values, principles and ponderings. Seeking balance in his life as a ruler, a warrior, spouse, father and human being - I found his perspectives fascinating...

Have you listened to any of Duncan Steen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No - but I am a new fan. His verbal inflections reflect an obvious mental and emotional immersion into the topic matter and do great credit to the writings and meditations of Marcus Aurelius...

If you could give Meditations a new subtitle, what would it be?

"Wisdoms & Guidance for Life..."

Any additional comments?

A magnificent compilation of historical wisdoms, historically articulated through many cultures and various systems of belief, most of us have had handed down to us through the course of our own lives. Welcome caveat being, these wisdoms are offered through the prism and perspective of the man himself, which brings depth and dimension to Marcus Aurelius as a man and insight into how his wheels turned. As an "average Joe," and casual student of philosophy, I found this book so worth my time, I play it repetitiously, like a favorite movie from which you catch something new each time you watch it...!! Narrator, Duncan Steen - CHERRS...!!

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- John J.

Great narrator

This narrator rocks. I love setting the timer at night and just falling asleep to this book. He says a lot of good things.
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- Trenton

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-10-2011
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks