The Meditations


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.3 stars; 169 reviews)

Marcus Aurelius wrote Meditations in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, as a source for his own guidance and self-improvement. These memos survive and continue to inspire others to this day. These writings take the form of quotations varying in length from one sentence to long paragraphs. He explicates the Stoic philosophy that the only way a man can be harmed by others is to allow his reaction to overpower him. He shows no particular religious faith in his writings, but seems to believe that some sort of logical, benevolent force organizes the universe in such a way that even "bad" occurrences happen for the good of the whole. (Summary by Ticktockman)

(6 hr 59 min)

Chapters

Introduction 2:47 Read by Aegist
Chapter 1 16:25 Read by Kevin McAsh
Chapter 2 13:49 Read by Kevin McAsh
Chapter 3 17:40 Read by Aegist
Chapter 4 28:45 Read by davyobrian
Chapter 5 32:36 Read by Cicorée
Chapter 6 27:43 Read by ontheroad
Chapter 7 32:37 Read by davyobrian
Chapter 8 35:59 Read by Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
Chapter 9 32:49 Read by Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
Chapter 10 28:36 Read by ML Cohen
Chapter 11 25:43 Read by Leon Mire
Chapter 12 22:52 Read by Leon Mire
M. Aurelius Antoninus 42:55 Read by Leon Mire
The Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius 58:04 Read by ML Cohen

Reviews

choppy and rambling

(3 stars)

Decent quality narration but as the translator acknowledges (I’d listen to the last two chapters first to refresh yourself on the historical and philosophical background) the language is choppy. The subject matter is widely varied and not as quotable as Seneca’s moral letters.

The bestest of the bestest.

(5 stars)

I really love the book most especially the conclusion where the narrator said something that the only thing which rules the conduct of man is PHILOSOPHY. I wish I really met Marcus Aurelius face to face.

Intersting but contradictory

(3 stars)

There are some useful reminders in here about life and the universe but to many contractions for me. the Recordings are fairly good apart from one or two bring very low quality. It's neo Plato work and the usual mystical philosophy that can be found everywhere. It's really quite interesting considering the context in which it was written, but I'm not convinced of how this could help out guide a person. It's a philosophy of death, not life. Contemplating death keeps things in perspective but it shouldn't be the motivation behind why you should live. I can't agree with it overall. I think it's vastly overrated due to mostly the context in which it was written and by who. Is there much difference between this and any other mystical work? Worth a listen but not really practical due to contractions.

philosopher king

(5 stars)

power through humility. strength through reason. nobility through service. satisfaction through gratitude. grace through acceptance. good readers, some with poor audio quality. thank you readers, thank you Librivox, thank you Marcus

Great book. chapter 8/9 was awful quality

(4 stars)

I feel like M. Aurelius is the philosopher for the day to day. The maturing person philosopher which although are very simple at times in his concepts are very poignant and applicable to day to day life. Centring our interactions with self focus, being stoic and asking ourselves what is our nature and to abide by that are all great rules for one person growing up into self actualisation of who we are as individuals. My only gripes are the persistence of God (although a feature of that time period) and the idea that pain exerted onto us is only as relevant as the value we attribute to it. That's not true for me anyway but nonetheless i see how that thought process can 'help' in select occurrences. Recommended read. but audiobook itself needs some serious updating. especially chapter 8/9.

(5 stars)

This is great! All is consistent! I have studied for 10yrs now, and I also teach, problem is most want to teach for money, no I teach for free the.light33@yahoo.com , I'm always available for questions u have or anything, seek and u will find. Don't follow the multitude.

Thank you readers

(5 stars)

I wanted to thank the volunteers who narrated this very important and insightful text. Of all the stoic texts this is my favorite. Those who are leaving bad reviews based on mere trivialities, are entirely missing the point of Stoicism.

The reading of the sections is inconsistent

(3 stars)

Though generally the recordings are of a fine quality, only some readers appropriately mention the chapter/section number. This is extremely important because each section is an unconnected thought from that which comes before our after it. All readers pause for these sections, but without the text in front of the listener there is a risk of confusing divergent thoughts or, if you will, meditations.