The Analects of Confucius

  • by Confucius
  • Narrated by Jim Roberts
  • 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Confucius was a Chinese philosopher who lived from 551 BC – 479 BC. Although he is usually listed as the author of The Analects ( wise sayings ), it was actually a group of his followers, years after his death, who wrote down his words and descriptions of his daily life. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized morality, "the proprieties" - correctness of social relationships - as well as justice and sincerity. A major goal of his conversations was to get his disciples to think deeply for themselves by relentless study of the world. Confucius' values gained prominence in China over all other doctrines and, in time, his thoughts were developed into a system of philosophy known as "Confucianism." It is difficult for people outside China to realize just how great an influence Confucius has had on Chinese thought. To his day, even in Communist China, there are temples to Confucius in almost every city and every year spectacular memorial ceremonies are held honoring Confucius and his philosophy.

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Wise words of a true sage.

As simple as this book may seem, once you understand its meaning you'll be exposed to pure wisdom that's effective today as it was in ancient times. Humanity must remember this kind of wisdom, even more so nowadays where people constantly forget themselves and allow their psyches to be lowered by denigrating and unfruitful material. People tend to think that forgetting all these teachings means to "evolve," but instead they devolve through technology and the lack of use of their recalcitrant minds.
Wise is he who thrives to understand and tunes his nature to the world and not to oneself.

Mr. Jim Roberts delivers an exceptional and soothing narration that elevates the content of this book to an utmost form.
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- Chris

Timeless wisdom, terrible narration

The tone and pacing of the reader were confusing and completely inappropriate. The reader seemed uncomfortable and unfamiliar with the text, as if reading each sentence for the very first time. The fit was like reading Shakespeare in the tone of a sportscaster. Reader also seems completely unfamiliar with pronunciation of Chinese names. I'm sure the reader is fantastic at interpreting other topics, but a reader more familiar with the subject matter would greatly improve the performance of this reading.
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- Christopher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2011
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings