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Stoicism: Understanding and Practicing the Philosophy of The Stoics

Your Guide to Wisdom, Freedom, Happiness, and Living the Good Life
Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
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Summary

“It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable." (Seneca, The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: Essays and Letters)

What does it mean to be “unconquerable"?

Becoming unconquerable has nothing to do with forming an army or strengthening your muscles. In fact, it has nothing to do with anything physical at all. It’s about changing how you view the world and your part in it.

You become unconquerable when you learn how to deal with the curveballs of life. How do you find joy in your darkest hour? How do you feel rich when you have nothing?

You won’t find these teachings in today’s schools, but this is exactly what the ancient philosophers were teaching.  Events outside of your control should have no impact on your joy, happiness, peace, or confidence. If these things are going to happen anyway, why not turn them in to positive events?

Instead of always being the victim, turn yourself into the victor. All it takes is a shift in perspective; and that’s what Stoicism is all about.

The timeless wisdom of the Stoics can help anyone find inner peace and joy and Stoicism: Understanding and Practicing the Philosophy of the Stoics is the perfect starting point.

What are you waiting for? If you’re looking for true, unbreakable joy, and strength, get this audiobook to get started!

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This should be required listening

If everyone lived their life according to these tenets the world would be a happier place. I sent this to my 19 year old grandson, who had been questioning his approach to life and all the different he listen it he called me and said that he "could not thank me enough". He even called his little brother and has been counseling him on what kind of person he should become. I will be purchasing more copies in the future as gifts.

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Realistic and Helpful

I listen this to help me adapt to changes in my financial circumstances. I have a five month old infant and my husband and I felt it would be best to work less to spend more time with her. This book was even more helpful than I anticipated. Not only did it give us tools to cope with changes in our finances but also in caring for an infant. I also think stoic philosophy would be helpful for teaching children and teenagers how to deal with peer pressure and life choices.

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Incredible presentation of stoic philosophy

Kyle Faber has distilled the most salient points of stoic philosophy. Although I've already listen Hay's translation of the Meditations, Seneca's letters, Epictetus by Long, and Hadots Inner Citadel, I wish I could've started with Kyle Faber's book. Highly recommended for anyone that's interested in applying stoic philosophy.

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Very Calmly Rational

Kyle Faber performs the wonder of making philosophy again an issue for everyman, for everywoman. The stoic pursues tranquility by gradually gaining freedom from blind, reflex desires. The result is a calm joy in living that is missing from so many tormented, anxious lives. As Emerson said, much desperation lies under our comventional facades.

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Hello!

Regarding the typical critical comment . . . the book wasn't written as a comprehensive synopsis of Stoical thought to be used as a university philosophy class text. As others have said, it was written to explain how a centuries-old philosophy can be a viable means of approaching life in the 21st century. Viewed from that proper perspective, it is excellent.

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Stoicism could also be called the pathway

Stoicism could also be called the pathway to happiness as its tools provide the mind with the ability to control oneself and to handle the worst life has to offer in a manner where you retain your cognition. This book is a tour guide to the philosophy and outlines the basics.

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stoicism for the modern age

This book gives a fresh perspective on stoicism in light of all the information we have learned since ancient roman times, most interestingly evolutionary biology. It's a good read to introduce stoicism, as well as get you thinking about the importance of not living your life on autopilot and adopting some philosophy of life.

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stoicism for the modern age

This book gives a fresh perspective on stoicism in light of all the information we have learned since ancient roman times, most interestingly evolutionary biology. It's a good read to introduce stoicism, as well as get you thinking about the importance of not living your life on autopilot and adopting some philosophy of life.

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Excellent Book

Great book. Many commenters reference the "audience" it is intended for. In short it seems to be drafted for a listener of high school education, but also does a superb job of pulling many disparate (and sometimes different) stoic views from different philosophers, and speaks to an interpretation thereof.

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Life makes much more sense

This book makes me realize why certain things I've been doing my whole life helps or hurts me. I didn't know what negative visualization or voluntarily discomfort were...but I practice both regularly.

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  • Darin Andrews
  • 18-04-19

Lessons worth learning

I listen this book everyday, fifteen minutes a day until I got to the end and can confirm that there is life changing information within. I think the author sounds like the typical upper middle class fool seeking enlightenment in trivial sacrifices, but if you ignore his journey and focus on the lessons of Seneca, Marcus, and the likes you can change your paradigm appreciate the life you've been given.

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  • Scarlett Rogers
  • 01-05-19

Life changing

I stumbled across this book after stumbling across a blog article that mentioned it. Having no former knowledge of the stoic's or their philosophy I thought it might be mildly interesting. As a result I feel as though I just purchased a winning lottery ticket. It was an amazingly easy listen and though academically sound, it wasn't academically lofty or self serving. I feel nothing but pity for anyone who listens this book and isn't capable of deriving, if not life changing reflections on how to obtain real happiness out of life, at least a few meaningful tools on how to approach the challenges of everyday living. A must liste for anyone who sincerely seeks to enjoy a better life through better living.

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  • Millie Stevens
  • 30-04-19

Surprisingly relevant

I thought this would be a trip to the past but it now seems to me that the past is a lot more present than I had anticipated. The book has a modern touch allowing me to enter into the dialogue... Not as spectator but as a participant. Great insights, valuable experience.

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  • Julie Kelley
  • 30-04-19

Got this as a gift and he absolutely loved it

Got this as a gift and he absolutely loved the book. Showed up quickly, great condition. The book was a great start, nothing too far over my head- a lot of these books can get to be the type you have to read over a couple times before moving on. This was that but as well, deep and influential still.

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  • Sidney Rice
  • 23-04-19

Epic portrait of what it means to live Stoic

The Stoics have bewildered me for years with false impressions of old men, practicing sad philosophy. Not so! I was astounded to be advanced in my own practice of tranquility through masterful arts of negative visualization and avoiding the temptations to pursue riches, fame and possession as a means of joy. Thank you for this brilliant and well researched recap of the philosophy.

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  • Richard Barr
  • 23-04-19

A great summary of Stoic tips

I loved this book. I discovered Stoicism about a year ago by listening Happy by Derren Brown. I didn't enjoy that quite as much but wanted to look into the topic more. I think this book did a fabulous job at explaining Stoicism philosophy in a reasonably brief manner while giving practical tips on how to apply it to your own life every day. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone.

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  • Tom Baker
  • 01-05-19

This book is both interesting

This book is both interesting from an academic point of view and actionable from a personal perspective, I am very happy somebody went through all the classics and did the hard work to organize it in a way that makes sense, I find myself frequently using it as a manual to try to appreciate my life as it is, to find this "tranquility", so I can focus in the important things; there is so much noise!

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  • David Stevenson
  • 30-04-19

This is a fantastic introduction to Stoicism

This is a fantastic introduction to Stoicism for the modern world. The author is extremely clear and in my case, it was almost as he was anticipating the critical ideas that popped in my mind when reading. I had a mild interest in these ideas before listening this book, but my interest and the applicability of these ideas to my life have become much more apparent after listening this book!

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  • Ben Anderson
  • 01-05-19

Happy to have found this book

This is the second audio of this book. Not much a student of philosophy and had always thought Stoics were anti-emotion. This book opened my eyes to the joy of living day to day and appreciating how lucky I really am. After listening the book twice, realized Stoicism as described by Kyle Faber was a perfect fit for me.

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  • Sandra Jaynes
  • 30-04-19

Practical and actionable

The book provides a good balance of what, why, and how. I was primarily interested in the techniques and why for which this book provided, there were parts about the history and the philosophical coming about that I didn’t find relevant personally, but overall highly recommended.

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