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How to live a better life. One of the most important books on Western philosophy - a powerful and inspirational guide for the complicated world of today.

Few ancient works have been as influential as the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. Filled with wisdom, practical guidance and profound understanding of human behaviour, it remains one of the greatest works of spiritual and ethical reflection ever written. Marcus' insights and advice - on everything from living in the world to coping with adversity and interacting with others - have made the Meditations required listening for statesmen and philosophers alike, while generations of ordinary listeners have responded to the straightforward intimacy of his style.

In Gregory Hays' translation, Marcus' thoughts speak with a new immediacy. Never before have Marcus' insights been so directly and powerfully presented.

Public Domain (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

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"Refreshing and restorative." (Guardian)

"An ancient work of spiritual reflection which remains a powerful reminder of how we could live a more dignified life by avoiding deceit, vanity and greed."(OK magazine)

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Excellent translation

I have listened to other translations of Meditations. I enjoyed listening to this translation. It's presented in clear modern English. The audition is clear with the appropriate pace. I highly recommend this audio book.

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Good, but quite repetitive over the same few pointd

It's a good read, I'd definitely recommend to anyone, as the writer says in the introduction, it's a defensive philosophy to life. The format doesn't allow you to get lost in the amazing world of details that help emphasise a point, but that is of no fault of the writer, this was merely how Marcus wrote it. It's quite repetitive, goes over the same 3 or 4 points for the entirety of the book, just explained in different ways

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  • 21-07-22

Staccato reading style

The reading is very robotic, chopped up in parts. It’s unfortunate because this particular translation is good, it’s just the narrator doesn’t flow at all. I give it four stars only because there is no other choice to get this translation, and this translation is valuable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-22

The Best Book of All time

This is the best book I have ever read in life with practical advice on facing difficult times

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  • Massimiliano Savarese
  • 19-10-21

Mind blowing

A must read. Twice. Reading it once is not enough. Eager to read it in my native language as well.

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  • 28-08-21

Greatest Book to Guide your Life 🙏

Best book i have ever read , which drive my life. I have read 2 transactions of Meditations prior to this , but nothing subtler like this translation.