The Analects of Confucius

Read by Jing Li

(4.5 stars; 67 reviews)

The Analects, or Lunyu, also known as the Analects of Confucius, are considered a record of the words and acts of the central Chinese thinker and philosopher Confucius and his disciples, as well as the discussions they held. Written during the Spring and Autumn Period through the Warring States Period (ca. 475 BC - 221 BC), the Analects is the representative work of Confucianism and continues to have a substantial influence on Chinese and East Asian thought and values today. William Jennings was a rector of Grasmere, and late colonial chaplain. He served at St. John's Cathedral in Hong Kong. (Summary by Wikipedia and Jing Li) (3 hr 32 min)


Introduction 9:12 Read by Jing Li
Book 1 7:17 Read by Jing Li
Book 2 8:33 Read by Jing Li
Book 3 12:02 Read by Jing Li
Book 4 6:12 Read by Jing Li
Book 5 11:08 Read by Jing Li
Book 6 10:18 Read by Jing Li
Book 7 11:39 Read by Jing Li
Book 8 7:55 Read by Jing Li
Book 9 9:55 Read by Jing Li
Book 10 10:31 Read by Jing Li
Book 11 12:55 Read by Jing Li
Book 12 12:30 Read by Jing Li
Book 13 12:05 Read by Jing Li
Book 14 15:42 Read by Jing Li
Book 15 10:10 Read by Jing Li
Book 16 9:42 Read by Jing Li
Book 17 12:25 Read by Jing Li
Book 18 7:42 Read by Jing Li
Book 19 9:13 Read by Jing Li
Book 20 5:06 Read by Jing Li


sayings from a humane & practical philosophy

(5 stars)

fluently, eloquently & thoughtfully read

important wisdom for today

(4.5 stars)

This is a mix of proverbs from Confucius and of short conversations with his disciples. Tradition dates him older than Socrates, but from what I have understood the closest western parallel to Confucian philosophy represented in the analects is Stoicism. Very capably read. William Jennings produced a clear translation in English for modern ears.

(5 stars)

Essential classic of the world’s literature. Officials in any governmental post should strive to emulate the ‘superior man’ of Confucius. Well read, though treble was a tad harsh.

(3 stars)

Good audio recording and voice. The stories are ok. Not the most engaging for me, Confucius isn't as interesting as I expected it to be.

(5 stars)

Very well and clearly read. A classic and certainly worthwhile for those so inclined.

(5 stars)

Bom ritmo de leitura é excelente pernuncia para ouvir.

Ignores the plight of undocumented LatinX Guest Workers

(4.5 stars)

I like Confucius because he is a BIPOC. However, as a college educated white liberal, I realize my position of inherent power. I must use my power to criticize Confucius for not doing enough to raise his fellow oppressed peoples. Confucius ignored the contribution of LatinX's to the Confucian discourse. Also he fails to rail against the poor undocumented guest workers being put in cages by Donald Trump. We need to restrict his teaching untill he can take a more holistic approach to pursuing social justice. Any work that does not explicitly acknowledge the plight of each and every oppressed class of people is Raycyst. His thoughts on 'the superior man' are paternalistic. The parent and the family unit must be sacrificed on the alter of social justice. Confucius is the yellow face of white power. Maybe we can erase all his writings and replace the with the collected works of George Soros. We can keep his role as credited author(he is a BIPOC after all). But his words are problematic