Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are Audiobook, by John Kaag Play Audiobook Sample

Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are Audiobook

Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are Audiobook, by John Kaag Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Josh Bloomberg Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781538549032

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56:40 minutes

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09:32 minutes

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29:47 minutes

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A revelatory Alpine journey in the spirit of the great Romantic thinker, Friedrich Nietzsche

Hiking with Nietzsche is a tale of two philosophical journeys—one made by John Kaag as an introspective young man of nineteen, the other seventeen years later and in quite different circumstances: as a husband and father. His wife and small child in tow, Kaag sets off for the Swiss peaks above Sils-Maria, where Nietzsche routinely summered, and where he wrote his mysterious landmark work Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Both journeys are made in search of the wisdom at the core of Nietzsche’s philosophy, but they deliver him to radically different interpretations and, more crucially, revelations about the human condition.

Just as Kaag’s acclaimed debut, American Philosophy: A Love Story, seamlessly wove together his philosophical discoveries and his search for meaning, Hiking with Nietzsche is a fascinating exploration, not only of Nietzsche’s ideals, but of how his experience of living relates to us as individuals in the twenty-first century. Bold, intimate, and rich with insight, Hiking with Nietzsche is about defeating complacency, balancing sanity and madness, and coming to grips with the unobtainable. As Kaag hikes alone or with his family, but always with Nietzsche, he recognizes that even slipping can be instructive. It is in the process of climbing, and through the inevitable missteps, that one has the chance, in Nietzsche’s words, to “become who you are.”

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“John Kaag is the closest thing we have to William James: a breathtakingly good prose stylist; philosophically and psychologically courageous, inventive and inspiring; ruthlessly honest; unsparing about the difficulties of love, intimacy and experience; and above all, human, in the most valuable and moral sense of the word.”

— Clancy Martin, professor of philosophy, University of Missouri–Kansas City, and author of How to Sell: A Novel, praise for the author 


  • “Kaag has crafted a stirring account of a personal encounter with a great mind.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “A philosopher’s journey into the life, writings, and mountains of Nietzsche—and ultimately into himself…A meditative work full of self-understanding that will resonate with anyone who has ever been drawn toward the void.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “A story perfect for book lovers and soul searchers alike…A surprisingly absorbing book.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on American Philosophy: A Love Story

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About John Kaag

John Kaag is a professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He is the author of American Philosophy: A Love Story, which was an NPR Best Book of 2016 and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications. He lives outside Boston with his wife and daughter.

About Josh Bloomberg

Josh Bloomberg, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a trained professional actor with extensive audiobook experience as a director and narrator. Having worked with some of the biggest publishers in the audiobook industry, he is used to performing at high standards. He speaks English, French, and Hebrew fluently and is a member of the Audio Publishers Association. He also records his voice for commercial spots and other types of voice-over. In his spare time, he loves making homemade almond milk.