The Meditations

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(4.4 stars; 365 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)


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


Enjoyed this audiobook

(4 stars)

Thought provoking book. However I wish that the chapters were read by same narrator.

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.

Poor reading speech by intro & C2

(2 stars)

to update

(3 stars)

after a good reader everything goes quickly downhill. I immensely appreciate the effort, but I could not manage to get past the forth chapter with the gasping for air in the middle of phrases and the misreadings.

Not The Books fault.

(2 stars)

As a Human, I struggle with day to day life. But, that is exactly why I am human. Marcus Aurelius’s Diary or Journal so to speak, brings light to the subject of being human. The book itself is must read, and I dare say that it NEEDS to be taught in school at the age of understanding. The Book itself has no problems, but the Audiovox version does. Sometimes the readers are hard to understand. As an American I find trying to comprehend Australian dialect rather difficult, along with poor quality and “Choppy” Audio quips. This book needs to be heavily edited and refined. That is my two-cents. - Angel


(5 stars)

Have read and watched many lectures and summaries on this book. Finally sunk my teeth into it in earnest. The poetry and prose is worth it alone. A real glimpse into the man's soul. Ruthless, logical, rational. Were it so easy to follow a doctrine we'd all be in a better place.

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.