Beyond Good and Evil


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(3.8 stars; 183 reviews)

First published in 1886 at Nietzsche’s own expense, the book was not initially considered important. In it, Nietzsche denounced what he considered to be the moral vacuity of 19th century thinkers. He attacked philosophers for what he considered to be their lack of critical sense and their blind acceptance of Christian premises in their considerations of morality and values. Beyond Good and Evil is a comprehensive overview of Nietzsche’s mature philosophy. (Summary from Wikipedia)

(8 hr 2 min)

Chapters

Preface 6:02 Read by Hugh McGuire
Prejudices of Philosophers 59:28 Read by Hugh McGuire
The Free Spirit 39:59 Read by wedschild
The Religious Mood 44:04 Read by Chris Vee
Apophtegms and Interludes 23:30 Read by Maddie
The Natural History of Morals 57:25 Read by Rainer
We Scholars 53:35 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Our Virtues 1:09:52 Read by Andrew Miller
Peoples and Countries 1:01:46 Read by Gesine
What is Noble? 1:06:29 Read by President Lethe

Reviews

(3.5 stars)

What do you expect from a free service? The fact we can gain access to this content should inspire thanks in the listeners. My only criticism is that people could slow their speech when listing numbered points within the text. Apart from this small suggestion I take my hat off to the readers. P. S. If you wish to understand this philosophy then you should read/listen to more philosophy. I can hardly see how you're lack of knowledge is the fault of the volunteers.

(5 stars)

I have read Nietzsche since i was 15, and I cannot express how glad i am with this f*****g awesome app, i simply love it. The reading is not perfect, but it is better than nothing. I work a lot, so that I don't devote much time re-reading the books that i love, for i would rather read new ones in my free time. Ps: for all those new on Nietzsche, and want to understand this work, read or listen to "the Genealogy of morals", Nietzsche wrote it as a prelude to this, and he basically gives the intent and purpose of his whole philosophy in the first chapters. Thanks librovox.

great overall

(4 stars)

most readers are very good. would anyone like to reread chapter 2?... slower, as if you believe in what you're reading. Creating a tone that fits. Not like you've been unexpectedly called upon to read a section of a book in middle school. Not to offend the reader too much, just what it sounds like. Aren't there retakes? I would reread this myself but I'm illiterate. :/

Great book. Unfortunately reader of ch. 2 was terrible.

(4 stars)

It should be an honor to read Nietzsche to the public. Some of the readers were clearly aware of it. The fact that the books are available to the public doesn't excuse the misuse of the opportunity given to the readers. This book is a master piece in the world of knowledge. Evidently speed reading doesn't represent great intellect.

Good readers.

(5 stars)

I completely disagree with the other reviewer. I like the readers, and may I remind you: "foreign" readers are not foreign to people from their home country.

(4 stars)

for free content I can't complain. In terms of readers, some excellent some bad but the content is phenomenal.

This has to be read slowly

(5 stars)

good quality of sound. but...female reader reads so fast like she wants to prove something. no emotions also.but like we are all aware . this is free and worthy more than praise. but this is Nietzche. even with slow reading his style is only worthy of the highest minds and mediators. me and my adhd need to get this book and read it my self . thanks so much to the readers and librivox

Not as good as I hoped...

(2 stars)

I may be misjudging this one, because I haven't listened to the whole book and I'm not very familiar with Nietzsche. (Up to now I've only listened to Librivox's version of The Antichrist.) It strikes me as the sort of book that requires some background and/or careful reading to be worthwhile, and that may be one reason this audiorecording lost my interest very early on. However, in this recording I find that several of the readers read carelessly, without evident comprehension; too drily, without passion; with thick foreign accents; and/or with mispronunciations. No offense meant to the volunteer readers, but I wish someone would rerecord chapters 2, 5, and possibly others. Any takers?