Epictetus was a second-century stoic Greek philosopher whose beliefs were recorded by his disciple Arrian in this short volume of aphorisms, Manual for Living.
While other philosophers were concerned about metaphysics, Epictetus' writing centers around applying philosophy to daily life. His primary teachings involve understanding the concept of fate and realizing which events are out of our control. Those who find true happiness, he finds, don't look for external events to change, but find it from within.
With his rich voice, Jim Roberts provides an uninflected and stately reading of this ancient forerunner to the self-help manual.
(P)2009 Jimcin Recordings
I think I've listened to it some 10 times or more. I definitely don't agree on all things but it's my go to book for practical wisdom.
Good book requires thought and will stretch you. Requires reading a few times to fully appreciate.
The writing of Epictetus is as relevant, practical and powerful today as the day it was written. His writing should be required reading in all schools. He teaches how to build one's character, achieve excellence in, and take control of, one's life. He is not advocating the easiest life, but rather, the best life possible.
"Great message condensed in 55 minutes."
My only gripe is that I wished it was longer. But I suppose it was only what it was meant to be. A "manual" for living, no more.
Good listen, good price. Ok-ish narration.
"Simple and practical"
This is an ideal book for the stoic at heart.
The length of the chapters of this audio book is ideal for a morning start or bedtime review.
The text is easily understood and the narrator makes it even more so.
This is the type of book you listen to repeatedly as the ideas and your reflections will meet to become enlightenment.
"Did the Buddha know of stoics or visa versa?"
I'm not sure this isn't just another translation of what I've already read. Still, it was quite good and any repetition would do me no harm. I was say the major thesis was the development of equanimity. I don't think people always understand the concept. The concept is NOT about NOT feeling, it is about not being attached to any feeling. There is specific advice in the book reminding us that our feelings are tied to our thoughts. If I don't get something, it isn't sad, it's my thought about the thing which has me feel sad.
"A Great, Concise Handbook for Stoics"
Very good summary of Stoic ideas. Performance was average, and only tolerable because the piece was so short.
"Bad reading good book"
I enjoyed the book however as many have pointed out the narration is very odd with unusual intonation and pace
"the narration was bit robotic"
More pauses and entonation would have make the listening more enjoyable. The content is awesome anyways.
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