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Letters from a Stoic

Penguin Classics
Written by: Seneca
Narrated by: Julian Glover
Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
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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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The speaker's voice is not so clear and confusing

The speaker's voice is not so clear and confusing. It would have been better if another reader would have read it

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  • S. Alec
  • 08-03-20

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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  • Mr D.
  • 28-01-20

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
  • 27-02-20

Fantastic insight into a great, and humorous mind

Fantastic book, before I talk about it though I have to say this is by far the best audible performance I’ve heard yet. The narrator captures Senecas humour and emphasises and laughs where needed. He softens and explains when also needed, it’s as if he wrote the letters himself and were reciting them to a friend.

Seneca’s letters show a leading roman stoic at their barest. These letters are fantastic in that there is such a variety of information and subjects covered. They are very well written and clear, making them a fantastic read (whether you agree with what’s being said or not). Seneca pulls no punches; here we see his gripes and issues with the unphilosophical men of his time and even some criticism of other stoics and their practises. He has great whit and his stoicism seems a more digestible one for the common person.

These letters were intended to be read, and I highly recommend their reading.

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  • SteveO
  • 31-01-20

Excellent narration

I enjoyed this very much, Primal texts like this are not as easy to summarise as secondary texts, but non the less, this made for easy listening. As well as learning about Stoicism it was enjoyable to hear about the life of the stoics and how they spent their time.

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  • mustLearnMore
  • 22-01-20

I wish Mr Glover narrated Seneca's other works...

What a joy to listen to! Julian Glover IS Seneca in this audiobook, I only wish he narrated Seneca's others works as well (On Anger etc.) Great commentary that is applicable to one's life now as it was two thousand years ago. HIGHLY recommended.

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  • fuzzylogic
  • 07-12-19

Excellent reading

The narrators (actor Julian Glover) style and reading is very good, I really could almost believe it was an elderly Seneca reading them! If he had spoken excellent English that was. :-)