How to Say No: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Cynicism Audiobook, by Diogenes Play Audiobook Sample

How to Say No: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Cynicism Audiobook

How to Say No: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Cynicism Audiobook, by Diogenes Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Liam Gerrard Publisher: Highbridge Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 1.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 1.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781696609555

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19:04 minutes

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03:04 minutes

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11:42 minutes

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The Cynics were ancient Greek philosophers who stood athwart the flood of society's material excess, unexamined conventions, and even norms of politeness and thundered "No!" Diogenes, the most famous Cynic, wasn't shy about literally extending his middle finger to the world. When asked why he was called Diogenes the Dog, he replied "because I fawn on those who give, I bark at those who don't, and I bite scoundrels." How to Say No is a delightful collection of brief ancient writings about Cynicism that captures all the outrageousness, wit, and wisdom of its remarkable cast of characters—from Diogenes in the fourth century BCE to the column-stander Symeon Stylites in late antiquity.

With their "less is more" approach to life, the Cynics speak urgently to our world of climate change, economic uncertainty, and psychic malaise. Although the Cynics weren't writers, their memorable utterances and behavior were recorded by their admirers and detractors, and M. D. Usher offers fresh new translations of appealing selections from this body of writing—ranging from street sermons and repartee to biography and snapshots of Cynics in action.

Complete with introductions to the volume, this lively book demonstrates why the Cynics still retain their power to surprise us and make us laugh—and to make us think and question how we live.

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“The Cynics were the punks of the ancient world, and this is a useful and highly entertaining compendium of their sayings and antics. A must for the bedside.”

— The Idler 


  • “With a high degree of scholarship lying behind his lively translations, M. D. Usher has plainly mastered the ancient material.”

    — John Dillon, author of The Roots of Platonism

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About Liam Gerrard

Liam Gerrard is an award-winning voice artist with over ten years of experience working in every field of the voice industry, as well as a highly acclaimed stage and screen actor. A 2017 Audie Award nominee, he has narrated over thirty audiobooks in a wide range of genres and styles.