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Thus Spoke Zarathustra

A Book for All and None
Written by: Friedrich Nietzsche
Narrated by: Christopher Oxford
Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
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Thus Spoke Zarathustra is one of the most extraordinary - and important - texts in Western philosophy. It was written by Friedrich Nietzsche between 1883 and 1885. He cast it in the form of a novel in the hope that his urgent message of the 'death of God' and the rise of the superman (Ubermensch) would have greater emotional as well as intellectual impact.

Though tarnished somewhat by inappropriate adoption by the Nazi movement in the mid-20th century, Zarathustra remains an immensely important and influential work, particularly as it exhorts the individual to question standard conventions of society in order to pursue a truly ethical and spiritual path.

After 10 years in solitude in the mountains, Zarathustra decides it is time to return to the world so that people can benefit from the fruits of his pondering: 'I would like to bestow and distribute, until the wise have once more become joyous in their folly, and the poor happy in their riches.'

Thus Spoke Zarathustra is a challenging text, but once encountered and absorbed, it cannot be forgotten for both its content and style.

Translation: Thomas Common - revised and updated.

Public Domain (P)2015 Ukemi Productions Ltd

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  • RB
  • 2018-05-08

Clearly read and an enjoyable work

The reader does an excellent job. He brings out the spirit of the work and enunciates it clearly.

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not an enjoyable or engaging rendition

not an enjoyable or engaging rendition. I appreciate this story but not this one. look for something else

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  • Judd
  • 2016-06-06

Great Narration!

I grabbed this version because the more popular version had complaints regarding the narration, and I couldn't be happier.

The narrator does all the different voices from old women to donkeys. He's very expressive and doesn't hold back. Very engaging for such a massive work. I finished it in 2 days.

Bravo to Christopher Oxford!

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  • Juan Malo
  • 2016-12-30

A Great Book and Exceptional Reading

This is Nietzsche's greatest work appealing to the ordinary man and non-philosopher as well as one of my most favorite works for its depth and passion. A must for any lover of excellent literature. It would have been easily a five star rating overall, except for the text of an old translation (one of the first in English) by Thomas Common. Newer translations, and there are many, are more flowing and readable but the main conceptions are still intact. Most definitely a must buy for anyone interested in some of the greatest writing and philosophical concepts of our times. Highly recommended.

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  • Malachi
  • 2017-04-03

Nietzsche is King

This is by far my favorite work by Nietzsche. Intriguing, and the Audible version is excellent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-08-07

Excellent

This is a very well done reading of an important book. In the first place, it gives you everything you want from a philosophical audiobook -- it presents a crisp, elegant reading of the material. But I think more importantly and more interestingly it relies on an interpretation of the tone of the book which I have not encountered anywhere else. The narrator eschews the standard bombastic reading of the prose for a far more nuanced, subtle and theatrical reading. I can see how some people might not like that, since it's a fairly unorthodox approach to the tone of the book, but this certainly challenged my previous feelings about the rhythm of the prose (thus also Nietzsche's intent) which is really, I think, a special accomplishment for a philosophical audiobook.

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  • Jack Frasier
  • 2019-04-08

amazing to the wise

the way to understand these parables is to already be a person orreason, truth and knowing. the ubermensch. even then not all the parables will make sense immediately. but many will relate to what you already know. listen to this book over and over with your understanding of the world. that's how to understand this book.

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  • Angelo
  • 2018-03-10

MYSTERY

This book is not for just anyone, but everyone should in my regard read this book. And one must read it again and again to understand but it's not up to one self if one will actually know it's message.

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  • adam k
  • 2018-02-27

the old world poetic style was difficult for me

I had a hard time staying tuned into this due to the " Shakespeareian linguistics implemented in this piece. however, I find the subject matter interesting and shall give it another listen after a time

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  • Alex Matas
  • 2019-06-07

Not an easy pill to swallow

But at the same time extraordinarily satirical way of seeing life. Thus Spoke Alex. Recommend for any and all Super Humans

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  • JayPat Griffith
  • 2018-11-07

I’m going to need cliff notes

Verily, God is dead.
Oh, how I Love you O’ Eternity.
Higher men are noobs.

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  • G. Vidal
  • 2018-10-06

Perhaps reading it would be better....

Struggled to finish the book. At first it had captured my interest and I was keen to learn about Nietzsche's philosophy but at times it just left like rambling lectures on many tooics. there were definitely great nuggets of wisdom and moments upon which to reflect on, but I feel like it was the English translation that made it a chore to follow. I've read that in it's original language there is a lot of metaphors and wordplay, that maybe was lost on me.

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  • Isabelle
  • 2019-03-04

heavy

That's the best word to describe it. Some passages are worthy to note but I found it dragged on. Much could have been said in fewer words. I won't read it again. No doubt Nietzsche was a genius in his thinking but not all of his thoughts translated well on paper.

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