Ecce Homo

Read by TimSC

(4.5 stars; 115 reviews)

The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's autobiography, Ecce Homo, was the last prose work that he wrote before his illness in 1889. Coming at the end of an extraordinarily productive year in which he had produced The Twilight of the Idols and The Antichrist, Nietzsche shuns any pretense at modesty with chapter titles include “Why I am so Wise”, “Why I am so Clever” and “Why I Write Such Excellent Books”. His translator Anthony M. Ludovici states, Ecce Homo “is not only a coping-stone worthy of the wonderful creations of that year, but also a fitting conclusion to his whole life, in the form of a grand summing up of his character as a man, his purpose as a reformer, and his achievement as a thinker.” (Introduction by Tim SC) (5 hr 39 min)


0 - Translator's Introduction, Preface 30:27 Read by TimSC
1 - Why I Am So Wise 43:14 Read by TimSC
2 - Why I Am So Clever 1:02:21 Read by TimSC
3 - Why I Write Such Excellent Books, Part 1 1:04:44 Read by TimSC
4 - Why I Write Such Excellent Books, Part 2 1:10:34 Read by TimSC
5 - Why I Write Such Excellent Books, Part 3 36:27 Read by TimSC
6 - Why I Am a Fatality 32:02 Read by TimSC


Ecce Homo

(4.5 stars)

Thought provoking ~ I loved it!

An intelligent and robust reading. Sincerest thanks!

(5 stars)

I read Nietzsche often; greedily I re-read him. His genius is inexhaustible. No other writer (except possibly Samuel Beckett, in his prose works) compels my attention as Nietzsche does. To read his work aloud successfully, intelligibly, requires (I imagine) a very special effort of concentration. To give it that provocative edge, that prophetic urgency, and at the same time to suggest the very fragile state of mind from which comes so absurdly marvellous a work of self-description - this is a huge test for the reader. I think he meets the challenge admirably, and I congratulate him.

(4 stars)

Not a big fan of the content as found it a bit too much like listening to poetry than to say a book of meditations and philosophies than I could glean something out of. But that's not to say it's not good, I just didn't get much out of the first few chapters I listened to - maybe I'm too young to appreciate it. 5 stars to the reader, really great job in that respect


(5 stars)

The book is very interesting and the reader does an excellent job with it. yes it's true what some other reviewers says that he mispronounces most of the foreign words but that's pretty standard on librivox. but he has a great voice and reads with understanding and emotion.

The Nazi Translator

(3 stars)

Ludovici (the translator) was a nazi supporter who's translation of Nietzsche was prior to Kaufman's recapture of Nietzsche from the Nazis - I would listen to it with a couple of grams of salt. Ludovici was one of the few Englishmen to meet Hitler personally.

Correct pronunciation

(2 stars)

In general, readers mispronounce a variety of words. For example, "antipodes" is consistently mispronounced in this book and The Antichrist to sound like "AN-tee-pods." The correct pronunciation is "an-TIP-uh-deez." There are other examples but it happens pretty regularly.

Really Solid Reading

(5 stars)

Excellent and dedicated reading of a fascinating book. My only criticism is that the laborious translators forward is attached to Nietzsches preface.


(0 stars)

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