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Letters from a Stoic: Complete (Letters 1 - 124) Adapted for the Contemporary Reader (Seneca)

Narrated by: Greg Douras
Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Philosophy
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The Epistulae morales ad Lucilium (Latin for moral letters to Lucilius) are a collection of 124 letters which were written by Seneca at the end of his life, during his retirement, and after he had worked for the Emperor Nero for 15 years. They are addressed to Lucilius, the then procurator of Sicily. The letters highlight many moral and ethical ways to live and address many of the issues known to man about life and death. These letters have been carefully adapted into a contemporary format to allow for easy listening and understanding.

This is the complete volume, containing all 124 letters.

©2017 James Harris (P)2017 James Harris
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Even on 0.8 speed, this is read way too fast

I was disappointed at the speed at which this book is read. Even at 80% speed, it's still sounds like the narrator is rushing. The content is amazing but the reading of it lets this down. I would recommend another version.

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  • cosmitron
  • 21-03-18

Wisdom across time.

Would you consider the audio edition of Letters from a Stoic: Complete (Letters 1 - 124) Adapted for the Contemporary Reader (Seneca) to be better than the print version?

Do not know have only listened to the Audio edition.

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What about Greg Douras’s performance did you like?

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  • Hammy
  • 09-03-18

Terrible Oration of a Great Writing

How could the performance have been better?

The content is fantastic. 10 stars. Which makes the audio all the more unbearable. The reader drones on, misses key punctuation, does not enunciate, and in no way conveys the import of the words he reads.
The words require thought and reflection, but the pace of the reading leaves barely enough time for basic comprehension.
There is also an early chapter that has more than a dozen editing errors where whole passages of text cut out mid-word. I thought at first it was a data streaming issue, but i played it several times and the skips happened at the exact same words every time.

Buy the book and read it, but don't waste your time with this audio-book.

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  • Luke
  • 17-12-17

Wow

This should be mandatory listening for everyone over the age of about 15.

The narrator gets the job done admirably, even though the material has the potential to be extremely dry.

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  • Tyler Brown
  • 08-01-18

Crap

Sentences were cut off and the reader would be cut off constantly and then start in the middle of another sentence.

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  • William Spengler
  • 08-04-19

Skips in recording

Chapter 20 has some short skips, a word or two sporadically not being spoken. Looking to get a replacement.

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  • Deedra
  • 16-06-18

Letters from a stoic

A compilation of letters on stoicism.I enjoyed listening to these.Greg Douras was a fine narrator.
I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-02-20

The reading is utterly monotonous

I'm sorry I bought this Audible-recommended version of 'Letters'. It sounds as if the reader was being paid to speed read something in a language he didn'tunderstand. He's saying words monotonously, with no indication that he cares about what he's reading. And on top of that, the recording skips for no apparent reason. Don't bother with this version of 'Letters'.

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  • Lowell Rice
  • 17-01-20

The performance and translation were both awful

The narrator sounds completely bored with the material, and many sentences got cut off without ever being finished. The translation weirdly over-modernizes many situations. This was the worst audiobook I've ever listened to for performance, quality of audio engineering, and quality of translation.

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  • ryab
  • 04-07-19

If perfect exist

How can it be more eloquent when learning the perfect soul.

especially chapter 32&21 Thanks,