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Publisher's Summary

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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ricardo Melgoza
  • 2022-02-19

Very disappointed in this book

It was painful to go through this book. It's simply a rudimentary collection of stories and a poor intent to give advice about life. I do not recommend this book.

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  • Justin
  • 2022-02-17

Narrator is terrible.

Seneca’s works are amazing, but the way they are told here is terrible. The narrator sounds like some Sherlock Holmes, 19th century English monocle type. Very, very dry and difficult to work through.

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  • Logan Banegas
  • 2022-01-20

missing letters.

its a shame, the narrator is pleasant however some letters are missing. some of my favorite ones at that.