Regular price: £18.29

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – choose any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • Free, unlimited access to Audio Shows
  • After your trial, Audible is just £7.99/month
OR
In Basket

Summary

Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD, recording his private notes to himself and ideas on Stoic philosophy. 

The Meditations is divided into 12 books that chronicle different periods of Marcus' life. Each book is not in chronological order and it was written for no one but himself. The style of writing that permeates the text is one that is simplified, straightforward, and perhaps reflecting Marcus' Stoic perspective on the text. 

Depending on the English translation, Marcus' style is not viewed as anything regal or belonging to royalty, but rather a man among other men, which allows the reader to relate to his wisdom. Marcus Aurelius wrote Meditations at his base in Sirmium, in modern Serbia, and also while positioned at the city of Aquincum, while on campaign in Pannonia, which included modern Hungary.

Public Domain (P)2018 Combray Media

What members say

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ray Johnson
  • 29-04-18

A classic retold

The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius has been translated and retold dozens of times, you can find a ton of these books on Amazon, but I have to say I really enjoyed this book better than the others.

Marcus Aurelius was a stoic, a person who accepted things as they came. A strong believer in destiny or fate there is no need to rail at God for imagined slights. Simply see things for what they are, and live through it. Reason also plays a key role.

I really believe that this is most likely one of the first self help books to have been written. It is also very positive, in spite of what you think of stoicism, and impresses the need for loving one's self. He was so in touch with himself that he tried to avoid becoming Emperor, and eventually only cave into accepting it on the condition that he share the seat with his (adopted) brother.

There are a lot of quotes and phrases that should be infused into everyone's life found in this book, and I promise that if you listen you will not forget them, and eventually, you may find yourself living by them.

Waters really narrates this with some invigorating life and gravitas. You almost feel as if his channeling Marcus Aurelius more than mouthing his words. I give full credit for that. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.


If this review helped, please press the YES below. Thank you immensely!!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • MANI
  • 29-04-18

Marcus Aurelius

Anybody who wants to learn should read/ listen to this book. It has a lot of wisdom that can be gained from reading it, although if you really want to gain wisdom, you should read Proverbs from the Bible. The book is very well organized .

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mark Twain "Eddie"
  • 27-04-18

Excellent narration

What made the experience of listening to The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius the most enjoyable?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Excellent narration. I have the other version of Meditations, read by Alan Munro, and I prefer this reader -- a higher, clearer voice.

What other book might you compare The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius to and why?

You would also like Seneca and Epictetus.

What does Jonathan Waters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Clear narration and regal dignity.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Brilliant, essential literature to understand the merits of Stoicism.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Alex Garrett
  • 24-04-18

good book

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

this was a good book nothing really too bad about it little hard for me to stay into it for long periods of time but I'm definitely glad I have finished it. there are definitely a couple pointers that I'll be using in my life practices. I will be listening to this book again in the near future.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful