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Summary

From the team that brought you The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy, a beautiful daily devotional of Stoic meditations.

Why have history's greatest minds - from George Washington to Frederick the Great to Ralph Waldo Emerson along with today's top performers, from Super Bowl-winning football coaches to CEOs and celebrities - embraced the wisdom of the ancient Stoics? Because they realize that the most valuable wisdom is timeless and that philosophy is for living a better life, not a classroom exercise.

The Daily Stoic offers a daily devotional of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations from Emperor Marcus Aurelius, playwright Seneca, and slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus. Every day of the year, you'll find one of their pithy, powerful quotations as well as historical anecdotes, provocative commentary, and a helpful glossary of Greek terms. By following these teachings over the course of a year (and, indeed, for years to come), you'll find the serenity, self-knowledge, and resilience you need to live well.

©2016 Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman (P)2016 Tim Ferriss

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Great content, TERRIBLE audio delivery

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I'm a big fan of stoic philosophy and enjoyed the daily meditation concept. However, this is one to read; the audio fails miserably. The narrator sounds like a 1950s infomercial, and it's awfully distracting. I stopped listening a few chapters in.

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Great book - exceptional research

A book for today, and tomorrow. I love it. My only complaint is the narrator, in that he sounds dated, from a bygone era ... the sort of narrator from a black and white version of Spartacus. Why???? This is a book for 2016, for 2020, for 2030 ... kind of annoying, but not a show stopper

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Great for beginners

Would you consider the audio edition of The Daily Stoic to be better than the print version?

Although I thoroughly enjoyed the audio, IMO print would be better. I prefer to listen to it a little at a time find myself repeating each chapter over a few times to digest, this would be easier with the print version. I will probably purchase the print version soon.

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I would recommend to everyone(beginners) interested in stoic philosophy though probably print version.

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A way to live.

A brilliant guide for life.

Basically how to live a good life as a human being.

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Unlistenable

I'm afraid I couldn't actually listen to this audio book. The American narrator sounds as if he's promoting a movie in every sentence. It's such a shame. I'll read the book instead. It would be so much better to offer audio books with different narrator options.

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Genuinely brilliant.

Would you listen to The Daily Stoic again? Why?

I will listen to this daily. It's genuinely useful, practical and impactful wisdom. Brilliantly well researched and easy to use, engage with and understand. The quotes are delivered in a somewhat hammy acting style, which (before becoming a stoic! ) would probably have annoyed me intensely. In the end they are just part of the rich content, delivery and experience- and quite funny. It's a really great book. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a sense of clarity in their lives.

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Simply brilliant

fantastic, inspirational and concise, this book is the perfect way of absorbing and putting into practice the teachings of some of the greatest philosophers to have lived. A great stand alone book but also really useful as a companion to Seneca's Letters from A Stoic and Marcus Aurelius's Meditations -it neatly distills the most inspirational quotes from stoic literature and makes it to understandabke to all.

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I am now a fan of stoicism

An enlighting book that brings stoic philosophy into the present day. This is an excellent listen and I highly recommend. Also check out Ryan's other books 'Obstacle is the Way' and 'Ego is the Enemy'.

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Daily Stoic is a truly inspirational book!

An amazing philosophy book that makes you think. one of the best books this year for sure!

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not ideal for an audiobook. there's no story.

no story which makes it hard to stay engaged. like my audiobooks a bit more entertaining and explanation as to why certain topics are mentioned and how you can use it in your own life.

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  • heldal@online.no
  • 27-12-16

Not well made as audio

What disappointed you about The Daily Stoic?

You're supposed to listen to one meditation every day, but there is no audible separation between the 366 meditations so you don't know when to stop.... It turned out being a frustration experience instead of meditation.

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Remake it asap, make a beep or somehow audibly announce when a chapter ends.

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  • Jason Masciarelli
  • 29-10-16

Makes Stoicism Accessible

Would you consider the audio edition of The Daily Stoic to be better than the print version?

The audio version is a great compliment to the printed version. Well narrated with multiple voices in a tasteful effort to sound like your listening to the scholars themselves.

What other book might you compare The Daily Stoic to and why?

The Daily Stoic is an instant timeless classic

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Each meditation is structured in a powerful way providing a concept, stoic quote, then description of how to apply in daily life.

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The Daily Stoic is fantastic foundational book as both an introduction to stoicism and valuable essence of the best stoic concepts which is great for someone who reads the original stoic works regularly.

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  • Lika
  • 24-11-17

Really useful but maybe the paperback is better

This was supposed to be read one chapter per day, but who does that, right? Useful quotes and all very applicable in life. Definitely worth buying, but since this is the type of book you would always come back to whenever you need an enlightenment, I think probably better to own the paperback version (not that the audiobook is not good, it's just for practicality, easier to go to the chapter you want if it's a physical book).

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  • 04-01-17

good as daily companion

What is most valuable is the organization of the book into an almost annual course of stoicism. One can literally do one meditaion per day and make substantial progress. Even the authors comments which put each mediation into the frame of todays world are very helpfull. The only weekness is the somewhat pompous tone of the narration which seems to attempt to indduce the emperial atmosfere of roman senate and the result is a bit funny and unecessarily unatural for today. I don't really get it why these audios always try this tone when it comes to stoicism as if someone really new how the emperors sounded 2 000 years ago.

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  • EmmaK
  • 14-01-18

Narration is off-putting

I really like the fact that all of these pearls of wisdom are gathered into one place, but I think I’d like the print version better. The narrator sounds at best like a newscaster, at worst like he’s barking orders. I’m less receptive to the ideas because of the narrator.

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  • Samori
  • 22-10-16

Essential

Essential for any person ready to learn about and practice stoicism.

Great meditations and wisdom.

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  • nicole iovine
  • 23-03-18

sad it's over.

I will definitely listen to this a few more times. it has timeless and classic thought provoki g wisdom

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-02-18

This book has literally been my bible!

I listen to it just about every day--I consider it the best book I've ever read (or heard)...and I'm a bit of a skeptic, better yet a stoic ;-)

Format is perfect--the meditations are short and simple, yet POWERFULLY ESSENTIAL IN EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE. I've even shared them with my teenage daughter.

I've read/heard countless books but this is actually my first review. Not that I'm anyone special but...this has been the only book deserving of my review.

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  • Jason410
  • 08-02-18

Great for daily instruction in stoic living

It's not convenient to listen to just one section a day so I binge listened to the book multiple times. Each day I take away a lesson that directly helps me in my daily life. Sometimes it's a kick in the butt saying, "Make use of every moment" or it's a reminder to not be overly concerned with material things. I recommend this book as a general introduction to stoic thought and practical stoic living.

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  • Luis
  • 05-02-18

Phenomenal book!

Phenomenal book that simplifies stoicism in a way that is easy to understand, learn, and apply to our daily lives, There is a great amount of wisdom in this book and applying these principles to daily life is truly life changing. once you understand things from the stoic point of view, it makes life more fulfilling and also prepares you to deal with the challenges of life.

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