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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (12,599 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcus Aurelius Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781400185498
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Live each day as if it were your last.

Written in Greek by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, without any intention of publication, Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations offers a remarkable series of challenging spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the emperor struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe. Ranging from doubt and despair to conviction and exaltation, they cover such diverse topics as the nature of moral virtue, human rationality, divine providence, and Marcus’ own emotions. But while The Meditations was composed to provide personal consolation and encouragement, in developing his beliefs Marcus Aurelius also created one of the greatest of all works of philosophy: a timeless collection of extended meditations and short aphorisms that has been consulted and admired by statesmen, thinkers, and readers throughout the centuries.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 2/20/2014

    " He was a clever chap old Marcus and there's a lot of fascinating and thought provoking ideas in this book. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who wants some food for thought (though you will look like a pretentious goon if you are seen reading it in public). Some of the ideas he brings up do get a bit repetitive but never to a detrimental degree. I would suggest reading this in short chunks just so that every musing receives its due consideration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Mitchell | 2/18/2014

    " I was extraordinarily impressed by the humble and straightforward advice of this former Roman emperor. Firstly, this was more like his own personal diary, so I never felt as if I was being preached too. I thought his words were believable because he is documented to have lived out these principles, unlike Seneca. I generally appreciated the fact that his philosophy wasn't cryptic, but actually made a remarkable amount of sense. I can only speculate that this book will never lose its relevance throughout history. It's an absolutely unique text in the grand scheme of reading, and that's definitely worth something to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Smith | 2/14/2014

    " This is one of the best books I've ever read: entertaining, challenging, and captivating, and totally unlike any book I've ever read before. The Man, Marcus, is a stoic and yet he runs the Roman empire at its height. I recommend this book to everyone, it is filled with insights worthy of Oprah, but it its so much more than that. I want to also mention that the Mays translation is great and his ""forward"" is worth the price of the book along. Plus he adds a list of characters in the back and more. This is a GREAT book, so don't miss it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney Burns | 1/24/2014

    " Thoughtful. There were parts that I agreed with and parts that I didn't and parts that I would like to think more about. I particularly enjoyed chapter 1. I wonder if I might enjoy a different edition more as I found the introduction and notes to be tedious (the notes less so). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irina Almazova | 1/22/2014

    " was really hard in english! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 1/12/2014

    " It's nice to know that even Roman Emperors sometimes had days where they'd prefer to stay in bed under the covers, and didn't even mind writing that in their memoirs. But I guess if you were a Roman Emperor you could do whatever you wanted: invade Britain, name your horse Counsel, convert the Empire to Christianity, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J Stall | 12/31/2013

    " I sleep with this book under my pillow to cure my sense of unrest in the night. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan Ehret | 12/31/2013

    " A decent read. It follows no real logical order, and is divided up into small paragraphs of thought, but it can still be morosely profound in places. Considering the mores of Rome at the time of Marcus Aurelius' reign, many of his notions are amazingly 'modern'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 12/23/2013

    " I've been trying to finish this for about a year and a half. So far it's stellar! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Igorio | 12/21/2013

    " I really liked this book because of its content. there are so many good thoughts and ideas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 12/4/2013

    " A book you can reread and reread and ..... during your entire life and each time there are new insights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Night Hobbit | 10/16/2013

    " Common sense, compassion, humility, honor. A man long dead who left a legacy that will live forever in his words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ingrid Umlaut | 9/26/2013

    " Strangely Buddhist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Orehman | 9/26/2013

    " Meditations provides rare insight into the inner thoughts of a Roman emperor. While I do not agree with his entire philosophical outlook, I find his thoughts interesting, giving the position he held. The text is quite short, however I only went through a few pages at a time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noah | 9/23/2013

    " This is an amazing book. If only we had more Stoics like Marcus Aurelius in the world... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lacy Lalonde | 8/10/2013

    " Everyone should read this book. It's good for the soul. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 7/28/2013

    " The ancient Roman emporer's stoic thoughts on life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dada Vinci | 1/25/2013

    " I read and listen to this over and over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 10/26/2012

    " I love this book and turn back to it constantly. It's traveled with my almost constantly for over a year now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donda | 6/20/2012

    " remarkable.... and highly sensible "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurali Star | 10/9/2011

    " An antique book that really brings you back to the basics in your way of thinking. Simple little things you can do and think in your daily life to bring good fortune and luck upon you. Thought-provoking and the beliefs still hold true and are useful today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Marquette | 8/16/2011

    " Difficult in that it does not present a fully consistent or coherent philosophical system. However, read in the way one would read the journals of a great figure (the work seems a sort of journal), it was fascinating and inspiring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morgan | 7/24/2011

    " this book was ok!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dakur | 5/17/2011

    " Dude was a legend. Stoic wisdom for winners. Kind of like a religious text in the sense that you don't ever really "finish" reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 4/23/2011

    " Marcus-Aurelius was the head honcho almost 2000 years ago and he found time to write down a few profound thoughts. The language is a bit bizarre at times but it is most definitely a classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 4/19/2011

    " Perhaps it's my lazy scientific brain, but this is one of the few philosophically-inclined books that interests me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 4/17/2011

    " I don't know that anything has informed my thinking more than this - really. I'll write a proper review, but for now, I can't say anything more than this gets my highest recommendations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bhargavi | 4/12/2011

    " One of my absolute favorite reflections. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrewhickey | 3/23/2011

    " I turned to this book when I was very stressed out, and also examining something called mindfulness, the Buddhist counterpart to Stoicism. Meditations won't offer you behavioral help, but it offers honesty, passion, and should you delve into it yourself with honesty and passion, ataraxia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ezra | 3/23/2011

    " General Bunting calls this "the book" about leadership. I concur. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 3/23/2011

    " A non-linear read. Full of great quotes and deep thoughts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith PJ | 3/15/2011

    " Very important read for thoughtful intelligent people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 2/27/2011

    " Stoicisms, Aristolian thoughts, accordance with nature, the last of the five great emporior kings. Excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 1/31/2011

    " A healthy way of living that maybe I'll attempt one day. "

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About the Author
Author Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius (AD 121–180) was a Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher. Though his reign was threatened by war and disease, he successfully held the empire together and is associated with the Golden Age of Rome. His Meditations has long been considered one of the greatest books of the era and remains a cornerstone of Western philosophical appreciation of Stoicism.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.