Manual for Living

  • by Epictetus
  • Narrated by Jim Roberts
  • 0 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Epictetus was a Greek Stoic philosopher. This short "handbook", which was actually written down by one of his pupils, is a guide to daily living. It has been read by countless people over the centuries because of it's sensibility and and it's easy application to daily living. Unlike some of his forefathers in philosophy, like Plato and Aristotle, he focuses on how to practically apply oneself on a philosophical level.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Epictetus was a second-century stoic Greek philosopher whose beliefs were recorded by his disciple Arrian in this short volume of aphorisms, Manual for Living.
While other philosophers were concerned about metaphysics, Epictetus’ writing centers around applying philosophy to daily life. His primary teachings involve understanding the concept of fate and realizing which events are out of our control. Those who find true happiness, he finds, don’t look for external events to change, but find it from within.
With his rich voice, Jim Roberts provides an uninflected and stately reading of this ancient forerunner to the self-help manual.

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Timeless wisdom

The writing of Epictetus is as relevant, practical and powerful today as the day it was written. His writing should be required reading in all schools. He teaches how to build one's character, achieve excellence in, and take control of, one's life. He is not advocating the easiest life, but rather, the best life possible.
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- Caitlin

Great message condensed in 55 minutes.

My only gripe is that I wished it was longer. But I suppose it was only what it was meant to be. A "manual" for living, no more.
Good listen, good price. Ok-ish narration.
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- Gibigbig

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-03-2009
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings