Meditations Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 9 minutes|
|Author||Marcus Aurelius, George Long - translator, Duncan Steen - translator|
|Audible.ca Release Date||January 07 2011|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #3,468 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#4 in Ancient, Classical & Medieval Literature
#6 in Ancient & Classical Literature
#9 in Greek & Roman Philosophy (Audible Books & Originals)
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" ... MARCUS AURELIUS ANTONINUS become born on April 26, AD 121. His actual name changed into M. Annius Verus , and he changed into sprung of a noble own family which Claimed descent from Numa, 2d King of Rome. Thus the maximum spiritual of emperors Got right here of the blood of the maximum pious of early kings. His father, Annius Verrus, had held excessive office in Rome, and his grandfather, of the identical call, were thrice Consul..."
My first reaction was "WTF?"... it appears like it was machine translated and not edited at all. Later it gets worse:
"His body changed into knowledgeable to hardihood through way of wrestling, searching, and outside video video video video games; and no matter the truth that his charter have become susceptible, he confirmed superb personal courage to encounter the fiercest boars. At the same time he changed into stored from the extravagancies of his day. The tremendous delight in Rome end up the strife of the Factions, as they have been known as, inside the circus. The racing drivers used to undertake clearly one in every of 4 shades—pink, blue, white, or green—and their partisans confirmed an eagerness in helping them which no longer some element can also furthermore additionally want to surpass."
"... outside video video video video games" (?!?!?) Seriously?
So, it's basically unreadable. No idea how this was translated, or by who, but it's clearly not what I thought I was buying. No faith that the actual meditations which follow have been faithfully translated, and I've requesting a refund.
Best avoid this one and pick a version from a reputable source.
I read some of the "Meditations" each day as a step toward self-improvement. In such a vicious time as ours,when so much of our news is brutal, it is a comfort, and somewhat satisfying, to 'fill one's head' with good thoughts.
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"MARCUS AURELIUS ANTONINUS turned into born on April 26, A.D. 121. His actual name was M. Annius Verus, and he changed into sprung of a noble own family which claimed decent from Numa, 2nd King of Rome."
I was also surprised at the many references to Marcus Aurelius's many web pages:
"on the very first web page of his book..."
The paperback I received is a shoddy reprint of an archaic and unreadable pre-modern translation. The name of the translator is not given, but it is certainly not Hays. Amazon gave me a refund, but I am now unsure how to get a copy of the Hays translation in paperback. I would not chance ordering any of the editions of the Meditations on Amazon.