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Publisher's 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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don't get the audible version

the narrator when quoting the ancient stoics changes his speaking style to what can only be called "bombastic" almost as if he is playing a character in a Saturday night live skit. it sounds pretty ridiculous.

The content is good but the short nature of each lesson makes it seem trite at times.

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A must listen

Amazing piece of work - definitely a must listen for anyone looking to improve their quality of life, or dealing with the struggles we all face in some way day to day.

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  • IK
  • 2021-01-13

Life Changing

Many aspects of our lives that we deal with on a daily basis were discussed. Good Read.

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Rational Logical Realistic

Great call to see things as they were how they are and how they could be. Be prepared. There may be some Prphetic insght gained.

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A treasure

Greatest book I have ever come across. I plan to listen to it again right away at a slower speed.

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terrific book filled with ancient wisdom on life

the brief summaries of the ancient stoics distilled into advice for modern Life is the perfect antidote to the chaos of modernity.

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I interesting read but sometimes hard to focus.

I enjoyed it and am always interested in different types of thinking.
this helped with a different perspective.

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Narrator too annoying

I like this book and the content but I could get more than half way through it because of the narrator. He would put on this accent whenever he was quoting the ancient stoics and I found it incredibly annoying to the point it distracted me from hearing the actual message. One of the earlier messages asserted that anxiety is want for things you can’t control, so I decided it was best to exert my control and not finish this book. I hope to find other books on stoic philosophy with a different narrator.

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A great introductory work for stoicism.

I'd recommend this book for the anyone getting into stoicism. Easy to follow and a lot of practical wisdom.

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Why do authors hire actors to narrate their audiobooks

As usual the paid actor almost ruins the book. They perform instead of communicate. Luckily the book is still exceptional and worth it however, as usual, actors perform with sill voices and tones instead of knowing the material. It’s like hiring a butcher as a psychologist.

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  • RegularJoe
  • 2019-10-10

Suffers from left-wing politics of the author

This could have been a great book, instead it is just an okay book. The authors have injected their own politics to their interpretations of the stoic passages they cite in the book. This is unfortunate as some of their interpretations leave much to be desired.

For example, at one point they cite Alinsky’s nasty and vicious “Rules for Radicals” as if anyone should use that as an example of righteous thinking. It’s a real shame that the authors have done this because it detracts heavily from the book for anyone who doesn’t share their politics.

My recommendation is to look for other books about the stoics. There are plenty of them, and you are bound to find one that doesn’t try to force the politics of its authors on you.

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  • Andreas
  • 2016-12-27

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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  • Lika
  • 2017-11-24

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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  • Greg Grant
  • 2018-08-04

The book is worth everything, the reader is not.

I’d recommend the book for sure but I don’t think you can listen to it very well. He reader does his best at changing his tone to indicate different voices but it gets to be annoying. Best way to get the essence and points are to just read them directly.

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  • Jason Masciarelli
  • 2016-10-29

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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  • EmmaK
  • 2018-01-14

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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  • jDeppen
  • 2019-01-04

One chapter for each day

It seems the chapter issue is fixed. This is a nice companion to the physical book. With this and the Kindle version, I can go to a specific day then play that day's audio right from the iOS Kindle app.

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  • Simin
  • 2017-07-04

Great Reference Book For Everyday Struggles


An excellent book that uses fantastic examples from history to make us both see what it takes to achieve anything great and to be at peace with ourselves.

Ryan Holliday's work will bring you back to earth so that you can see what others have seen and what the rest has missed. When we are not happy, it's not about the world around us but the world inside that is constantly at war. Here is a tool to change your perspective.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-01-04

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-11-21

greatbook

helped through the quarantine a lot. highly recommend the book. heard it whenever I need some words to get me through the day

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  • philippe girard
  • 2022-05-03

Good content, unpractical format

I owned this book on physical so I was already sold on its content, unfortunately unlike in the book they did not bother naming the chapters at the beginning of each month so listening to the page matching the exact date you're at is an issue at first. Also there should be an option to pause the content at the end of each chapter by default. Having to toggle it manually every day is not much but still kind of annoying. I use the Pimsleur program and it could also use that feature.