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Meditations is former U.S. President Bill Clinton's favorite book. This audio consists of a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161-180 AD, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy.

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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  • Mark Grebner
  • 02/09/2012

The reading made it impossible to focus on content

I looked forward to Meditations both as philosophy and for the insights it might yield into Roman history. But the experience was almost completely ruined by Alan Munro's reading.

His voice was mellifluous, clear, confident, and well-paced. But it was as if he were reading for transcription, pausing every three or four words for the stenographer to catch up. So instead of reading sentences and paragraphs in a way that brought out their meaning, he read small clusters of words, breaking apart their larger meanings in a way that made it impossible for me to follow the author's argument. If he were to read the preceding sentence, this would not be an exaggeration:

So instead of reading.
Sentences and paragraphs
In a way
That brought out their meaning
He read small clusters of words
Breaking apart their larger meanings
In a way
That made it impossible for me
To follow the author's argument.

I suppose somebody with a different attention span might find a much better experience, but I'll certainly never make the mistake of buying anything else Munro narrates.

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  • David
  • 06/10/2012

Interesting but very Slow

The thoughts and statements of this book were interesting, however it was read with broken English. I'm not sure why, but every 4-6 words had a pause. It was highly annoying.

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  • Vaughn
  • 16/10/2014

Narration was monotonous

What disappointed you about Meditations of Marcus Aurelius?

The narration was monotonous and didn't seem like the narrator understood the content he was reading. I actually wondered if this was being read by a computer voice.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The philosophy.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It didn't seem like the narrator understood or cared about the content he was reading. It might as well have been read by a computer voice.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The philosophy.

Any additional comments?

I'm trying the copy read by another narrator.

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  • P
  • 11/03/2014

I love his wisdom, but

What disappointed you about Meditations of Marcus Aurelius?

I am a fan of ancient philosophy and love M. Aurelius; have the books.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The audio voice is unfortunately not that good at all. Sounded mechanical and robotic. I'm convinced something was altered on that voice, it just does not sound normal. Read the book instead.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The philosophy sparks inspiration on how to live life in ease within one's mind; the audio voice was disappointing.

Any additional comments?

Don't use your credit or buy the audible, buy yourself a lovely book to read under a tree on a warm spring day!

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  • Piltdown Mann
  • 30/01/2013

Don't Listen to it in the Car

What didn’t you like about Alan Munro’s performance?

The narrator has a resonant baritone voice. The narration would probably be okay if you were listening to it at home or with headphones. However, I usually listen to audible recordings in the car. With all the ambient noise, I found the narration very difficult to follow. I haven't experienced this problem with other narrators under similar conditions.

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  • Cliente de Amazon
  • 26/10/2017

the worst part, listening to Alan Munro. pauses

He pauses in the middle of each idea as a listener you cannot connect what he saying it's an agony for me to try to understand what he says when he does not even finish a sentence you cannot tell the difference between two ideas so far is the worst I've listened to

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  • Brian Grissom
  • 08/08/2017

Awful narration

Everyone else said it first, but they are right. The uneven, herky-jerky reading makes this near impossible to follow, especially if you are accustomed to increased speed.

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  • David S. Mathew
  • 11/07/2017

The Philosopher King

A friend recommended this to me, because I told him I wanted to learn more about Stoic philosophy. This collection of Marcus Aurelius's thoughts on life not only gave me a good foundation for Stoic thought, but shocked me when I realized just how far ahead of his time the Roman Emperor truly was. This reads like it could have been written by Carl Sagan.

As for the sound quality, the recording is honestly a bit scratchy. However, Alan Munro does a good job with material that is fairly dry so it's worth it. Overall, very highly recommended.

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  • Neuron
  • 11/04/2018

A very old book...

I wish I could be more like Marcus Aurelius. Stoicism is my favorite life philosophy and Marcus is one of the most impressive stoics every - in theory and in practice. The philosophy of stoicism is basically a mindset, a mindset of endurance and inner peace. You will meet idiots, but it is not their fault that they are idiots. You, who know better, know that is is better to remain calm in every situation. Idiots cannot hurt you unless you let them. Instead, be nice, be gentle, be reasonable, at all times and in every encounter.

These are the principles spelled out in this book. Marcus, despite being a very powerful man comes across as humble and reasonable and he is, I think rightly, considered one of the greatest leaders of all time. It, therefore, pains me to say that the book was not very readable. Indeed, I would say that if you finish this book you are already a proven stoic. The reader should keep in mind that Aurelius lived almost 2000 years ago. Language evolves a lot in 2000 years and his contemporaries probably didn't experience the same issues when reading his book. Nevertheless, his promiscuous use of conjunctions (and, or, nor), leads to insanely long sentences - so long that you forget what the sentence was about by the time you reach the end of the sentence.

So even though I am a fan of stoicism and of Marcus Aurelius, I can't recommend this book unless you are one of those persons with a concentration ability made of concrete. In short, the book has a nice message but it is very boring.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20/11/2017

Alan Munro

Alan Munro has a good voice but not for a book that you’re trying to retain knowledge from. Should do kids bedtime stories

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