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Letters from a Stoic

Written by: Seneca,Robin Campbell
Narrated by: Julian Glover
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Brought to you by Penguin.   

This Penguin Classic is performed by Julian Glover, Olivier Award winning actor, also known for his roles in Game of Thrones and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This definitive recording includes an Introduction by Robin Campbell.   

A philosophy that saw self-possession as the key to an existence lived 'in accordance with nature', Stoicism called for the restraint of animal instincts and the severing of emotional ties. These beliefs were formulated by the Athenian followers of Zeno in the fourth century BC, but it was in Seneca (c. 4 BC- AD 65) that the Stoics found their most eloquent advocate. Stoicism, as expressed in the Letters, helped ease pagan Rome's transition to Christianity, for it upholds upright ethical ideals and extols virtuous living, as well as expressing disgust for the harsh treatment of slaves and the inhumane slaughters witnessed in the Roman arenas. Seneca's major contribution to a seemingly unsympathetic creed was to transform it into a powerfully moving and inspiring declaration of the dignity of the individual mind.

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True knowledge does not diminish with age.

“My advice is really this: what we hear the philosophers saying and what we find in their writings should be applied in our pursuit of the happy life. We should hunt out the helpful pieces of teaching, and the spirited and noble - minded sayings which are capable of immediate practical application - not far - fetched or archaic expressions or extravagant metaphors and figures of speech - and learn them so well that words become works. No one to my mind lets humanity down quite so much as those who study philosophy as if it were a sort of commercial skill and then proceed to live in a quite different manner from the way they tell other people to live.”

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Amazing story telling

Everything you would need to know (the basics) on his letter and life. Very meaningful words and definitely recommend to anyone that’s trying to better themselves

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  • Michael Augustus Ennis
  • 2021-12-03

Returned - Not "Unabridged"

The narration of these letters was fine, but please note that although it's listed as unabridged this is not a complete audiobook of the letters, but rather a selection. Listeners looking for a taste will have a very fine time of it, the narrator is pleasant, but those looking for an audiobook of all 124 of the Epistulae should go elsewhere.

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  • Mr D.
  • 2020-01-28

Great example should be followed

I loved all letters. Provides great aid in today's delapedated chaos. Should be read frequently.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-26

Brilliant performance

The narrator’s delivery demonstrates that he understands Seneca’s writing. That’s important. I’ve listened to other audiobooks where Alexa would have put more thought into delivery.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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  • Jorge Andre M Bravo
  • 2020-09-16

Short, but narration is superb

I had bought the complete set, but exchanged for this one. The former narration was so poor that I decided to go with this one.

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  • Nelson R.
  • 2020-08-09

Absolutely brilliant, an instant favorite.

Easily the most impactful and succinct stoic book I've read to date, full of anecdotes and parables that I can relate directly to my own experiences and lifestyle almost two millennia after its writing. The performance is outstanding, fatherly and friendly, somber when necessary, but never cold or didactic.

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  • S. Alec
  • 2020-03-08

Can’t understand this English accent

Waste of money , listen first maybe you can understand 😀.........this app also sucks because I need to put 15 min words for review

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  • Jim Lewis
  • 2020-10-18

Kept me company on a long hike

Letters From a Stoic kept me engaged the whole way through. Listened to t straight through in one session - and will certainly listen to it again.

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  • 2023-06-19

Very enlightening

Ive listened to this a few times now and everytime i enjoy it more. the speaker does a great job of adding personality to the writing like im listening to Seneca himself while were having drinks. I'd really recommend it to anyone looking to get more of a grip over there own mind and emotions. It won't be enough itself but it has set me on a path of learning and self discipline to become a better person.

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  • John Ma
  • 2023-05-17

Amazing Wisdom but very hard to follow

The narrator really makes it hard to follow. I feel like it takes every bit of concentration for me to be able to follow the narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-07-12

Some very good advice mixed into rambling

Seneca has some of the best thoughts on life I have heard, but it is not what I was expecting. It is entertaining in that he actually talks about what he is doing in real life, and sometimes it actually makes me laugh, but these ideas are extremely unstructured. Just like Meditations, except Meditations stays more on track. Im thinking of reading the Enchiridion next, that should have plenty of structure...

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