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Stillness Is the Key

Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
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Summary

Throughout history, there's been one indelible quality that great leaders, makers, artists and fighters have shared. The Zen Buddhists described it as inner peace, the Stoics called it ataraxia and Ryan Holiday calls it stillness: the ability to be steady, focussed and calm in a constantly busy world.

This quality, valued by every major school of thought from Buddha to Seneca, John Stuart Mill to Nietzsche, is urgently necessary today. And, Holiday shows, it is entirely attainable. Just as Winston Churchill used bricklaying as a time to recharge and reflect, or Oprah Winfrey learned deep empathy from her quiet childhood, we can all benefit from stillness to feed into our greater ambitions - whether winning a battle, building a business, or simply finding happiness, peace and self-direction.

Filled with wisdom and examples from historical and contemporary figures, this audiobook shows how to cultivate this quality in your own life. Because stillness is not merely inactivity, but the doorway to the self-mastery, discipline and focus necessary to succeed in this competitive, noisy world.

©2019 Ryan Holiday (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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Abandoned

This book disappointed me. Got to chapter 7 and quit. Chapters are bloated with far too much olde-worlde philosophy, sports analogies or the old Buddhist story with only a few words at the end about the actual matter that he's supposed to be discussing. This was overload for me and not succinct or to the point. 90% of what I listened to wasn’t his own thoughts just a regurgitation or rehash of other works. It's ironic as one of his chapters suggests “limiting inputs to prevent information overload”. Abandoned.

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could not finish

The narration made it too hard to listen to, sadly. I will buy the book instead.

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Always worth a relisten!

This book is truly a life saver and maker. Holiday is one of my favourite contemporary authors for many good reasons

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Great finish to the trilogy

Great book and the best in the series. Although all were very good. Highly recommend for anyone interested in improving their lives.

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Another great book

I really like how the book is structured, the narration is clear and energetic which carries some harder more confronting subjects well. I’d recommend this book to anyone wanting to enjoy life a little more, connect more deeply and create space for much needed clarity in a noisy world.

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A surprising gem of a book

I knew this would be quite a good book as Ryan Holiday isn’t likely to release a bad one but I didn’t realise just how good it would be. I feared it might be a bit vanilla but it felt characterful and unique. It definitely has its own feel and the advice is gives is essential if a little vague at times. I enjoyed the examples of people in history he used and the way it flowed worked as well. Definitely a very good personal development book

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Poor. Avoid.

Stopped reading this after 40 mins. In summary its just the author telling you how to live and uses select examples to boost his own narrative. Have read other books of this genre and at least they provide interesting insights or pose different questions for thought.

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Some Good Anecdotes - A bit of Padding out.

This formula of reminding us of old stories we already know to illustrate a moral seems to be a winning one. Like his mentor Robert Green, Holiday is very good at it. There are positive messages here and I'll certainly play this in the car in the hope the kids might pick up a few lessons.

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Eye opening and thought provoking

I seriously loved listening to this book and the thoughts that were conjured as a result.

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Good listen on some often forgotten advice

another well performed, self-narrated book by Ryan Holiday which embodies something which we all forget to do in this technologically driven world which keeps us at the mercy of calls and notifications on a whim. it reminds us of the joy of just stopping, letting go and doing what helps YOU be content. Backed up with some good stories around huge characters from history, he even uses some evidence of research to back up his points which I have criticized him of doing too little of in the past.

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  • Paul
  • 27-10-19

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Another great Audio Book by a Ryan, I'm grateful that I found his work and now have the tools to tackle life and upgrade my internal operating software to become a better human, Father, Husband, Son, Neighbour, Friend, etc

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  • Emil Smith
  • 16-07-20

Really find stillness in all areas of your life...

I've listened to this book at least 5 times, and it has become a kind of "reference book" when I think of how I want to shape and live my life. It covers all the different areas of your life, and can be applied to both your professional life as well as your personal life. Ryan brings together the thoughts and writings from many different philosophies, mainly focusing on Stoicism, to really challenge you to look at the way you live your life, in order to find true stillness and joy. He discusses many clever examples from famous people in history, highlighting both things you should do and also things you should avoid, in order to live a thoughtful and successful life. His narration is beautiful, and I found it much more compelling than some of his other titles.

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  • Junaid
  • 06-01-20

Very insightful and Practical.

Very well researched and the recommendations and strategies can be put to use immediately. Thank you for writing this Ryan

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  • Johanna P
  • 13-08-20

Great material but the author sounds dry and dull

Great for reading. I would recommend it as a book. Maybe next book he should hire someone. I would buy a second audiobook but I'm actually afraid I can't listen to Ryan (take a holiday:D) for hours..

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  • Andrew
  • 13-07-20

Another great book!

More ruminations on life by Holiday. lot's to think about. this book is one of those books that will mature for a long time in my head.

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  • Leon Streete
  • 23-01-20

another solid follow up

great content, well researched, hypothesised and explained. well worth a read for greater spiritual understanding.