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Thus Spoke Zarathustra

By: Friedrich Nietzsche,R. J. Hollingdale - introduction
Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
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This Penguin Classic is performed by Saul Reichlin, known for their roles in War and Peace and Miss Marple. This definitive recording includes an introduction by R. J. Hollingdale, also read by Saul Reichlin.

Nietzsche was one of the most revolutionary thinkers in Western philosophy, and Thus Spoke Zarathustra remains his most influential work. It describes how the ancient Persian prophet Zarathustra descends from his solitude in the mountains to tell the world that God is dead and that the Superman, the human embodiment of divinity, is his successor. With blazing intensity, Nietzsche argues that the meaning of existence is not to be found in religious pieties or meek submission, but in an all-powerful life force: passionate, chaotic and free.

©1961, 1969 R. J. Hollingdale (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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I love this book

Beautiful work of Friedrich Nietzsche
Perfect Translation by R. J. Hollingdale
and amazingly Narrated by : Saul Reichlin
My Thanks and appreciation to penguin classic .

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Amazing book that really sees into the fact that
The author had to create his superhero within his own world to express his philosophy

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Turgid stuff

I am aware that Nietzsche is an unprecedented genius and his thinking is a cornerstone of modern philosophy. But to me this book is an unrelenting assault of meaningless words and sentences, no context, just one after the other. Pure torture to be honest, I listened to it out of duty, but it’s unbearable.

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Perfection!

This is the best way to experience this monumental book. Narrator is exceptionally good and it feels like Zarathustra himself is speaking to me. This is a must listen/read!

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  • Aaron D. Geis
  • 12-12-21

Some problematic editing and lacking proper review

This is only a criticism with the editing and final review of the audio production. While it is not excessive within this performance some sentences are omitted, some passages repeated, and some words misread (example; “unfruitful” was said as “untruthful).” I caught these occurrences because for these type of books I prefer to read along with the narrator to increase my absorption of the content (and yes, I ensured I had a matching copy of the physical book).

The narrator/voice talent, in my opinion, did a fantastic performance of Nietzsche’s work.

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  • 21-02-23

Profound and provocative

I finally managed to read (listen to) this classic. This is an exquisite edition with special mention for Hollindale's contemporary translation and Saul Reichlin's superb narration!