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Publisher's Summary

De Brevitate Vitae (frequently referred to as On the Shortness of Life in English) is a moral essay written by Seneca the Younger, a Roman Stoic philosopher, to his father-in-law Paulinus. The philosopher brings up many Stoic principles on the nature of time, namely that men waste much of it in meaningless pursuits. According to the essay, nature gives man enough time to do what is really important and the individual must allot it properly. In general, time can be best used in the study of philosophy, according to Seneca.
This essay has been carefully adapted into a contemporary form.
©2016 James Harris (P)2016 James Harris
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1 out of 5 stars
By Ellis Vee on 01-12-17

Terrible narration. Sorry I purchased this one!

Would you try another book from Lucius Seneca and James Harris and/or Scott R. Smith?

Not with this narrator, unfortunately.

Would you be willing to try another one of Scott R. Smith’s performances?

No. I made the mistake of purchasing two at the same time. After listening to this title, I hoped the second would have shown some improvement - but that wasn't the case.

Any additional comments?

The narration actually makes me want to go back and read this one in print - so I could follow the author/translator's intent. Smith's inflection is good, but far too often doesn't relate to the sense of the text (disjointed sentences, misinterpretation of the flow from one thought to the next, and similar discontinuities).

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3 out of 5 stars
By David R. Scott on 03-28-18

Grating, amateurish narration

Ok wisdom from 20 centuries ago, but the narration was poor and in an unpleasant voice which projected a whiny tone and often nonexistent or misplaced inflection.

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By John Paul McGroarty on 09-08-17

Great translation. Very modern English.

Easy listening. Great translation. Very modern English. Highly recommended introduction to the works of one of the greatest philosophers of all time. Time is the theme. Life is short. This essay is worth ten modern time management books.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-25-17

timeless wisdom

I'd read the book and wanted an audio version. I like the way some parts were made contemporary.

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