Confucius in 90 Minutes

  • by Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by Robert Whitfield
  • 1 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Confucius knew all about life and told us how to behave, but we can't find out precisely what he was up to. His well-meaning platitudes, quaint maxims, and quasi-enigmatic anecdotes combined to produce an ideal philosophy for civil servants. It would appear that his aim was to turn his pupils into good government officials, but his teachings succeeded beyond his wildest expectations, providing rules of conduct and spiritual fodder for more than two thousand years. In Confucius in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Confucius's life and ideas and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from Confucius' work, a brief list of suggested readings for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place Confucius within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.

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What the Critics Say

"Well-written, clear, and informed, they have a breezy wit about them. I find them hard to stop reading." (The New York Times)

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The author seems to dislike Confucius

The author completely fails to elucidate any of Confucius's brilliance, and instead appears to be utterly bored by Confucius (begging the question of why he wrote the book). The narrator faced a difficult task of trying to breathe life into the book, and didn't. This was an ill-conceived 90-minute introduction that does little to introduce Confucius to the listener, nor is it well organized. Don't waste your time--this is not a good introduction to the subject.
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- Douglas

Could have been better

The western point of view and bias get in the way of the information and ideas. It is difficult to understand Confucian thinking when the author of this book is so sure that it is wrong. If you are buying a book to learn something, try one of the others.
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- Gilbert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.