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Manual for Living

By: Epictetus
Narrated by: Jim Roberts
Length: 55 mins
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Epictetus was a Greek Stoic philosopher. This short "handbook", which was actually written down by one of his pupils, is a guide to daily living. It has been read by countless people over the centuries because of its sensibility and its easy application to daily living. Unlike some of his forefathers in philosophy, like Plato and Aristotle, he focuses on how to practically apply oneself on a philosophical level.

Public Domain (P)2009 Jimcin Recordings

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listened to it several times

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.

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Good book requires thought and will stretch you.

Good book requires thought and will stretch you. Requires reading a few times to fully appreciate.

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  • Caitlin
  • 24-12-12

Timeless wisdom

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.

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  • Gibigbig
  • 26-02-15

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.

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  • Paul H Aube
  • 28-03-16

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.

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  • David
  • 07-08-14

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.

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  • Some Guy
  • 06-07-17

Great handbook for life.

The translation is awkward, and the voice acting is good, but takes some getting used to.

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  • David
  • 23-01-18

Thousands of years old book and still valid

short manual how live like stoic. if you obey the rules you will be happy

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  • dominic
  • 06-11-17

Principles to live by

I will definitely have to pick up the actual book to really put all of this to practice. I believe that if you where truly to put everything into practice that this book tells you to ur life would be much easier. The challenging part is actually executing.

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  • Mike
  • 04-03-17

A Great, Concise Handbook for Stoics

Very good summary of Stoic ideas. Performance was average, and only tolerable because the piece was so short.

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  • Justice Campbell
  • 28-03-18

Unlistenable

Jim Roberts is by a significant degree the worst narrator available. The content of this stoic classic is great but it is read with such a dead impassionate voice as to make it unlistenable- it will put you to sleep. There are better versions.

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  • Michael
  • 23-10-17

Outdated translation for timeless classics

This translation uses outdated and now pompous sounding language. It is hard to understand. There are better, more modern translations

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