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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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  • Judd
  • 06-06-16

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
  • 30-12-16

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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  • Alex Matas
  • 07-06-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-18

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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  • Malachi
  • 03-04-17

Nietzsche is King

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

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  • Angelo
  • 10-03-18

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
  • 27-02-18

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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  • Jack Frasier
  • 08-04-19

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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  • G. Vidal
  • 06-10-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-20

Fantastic. Not for agreeable people.

The narrator makes Nietzsche's voice come to life. so powerful is his voice that to me it is the voice of Zarathustra.
Oh, you higher men, you blasphemers. You laughing lions. Nietzsche wrote this for us.

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  • Zeb Kaylique
  • 29-02-16

Best Narration of this book thus far!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, if you've ever wondered if the prose of this book could ever been properly and well delivered. Then this is it! Christopher Oxford gives maximum effort and does a magnificent job of really paying attention to the text and appears to fully appreciate and understand it. This culminates in a listening experience that is enjoyable and helps get across some of the nuances of the text. I don't believe this has been as well as this before. If you want to hear this book with a different perspective on delivery - then look no further and get this version without hesitation!

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  • Rory McKinley
  • 27-09-19

Beautifully Read!

Christopher Oxford’s charismatic performance allows you to register and contemplate every word with delicious savour. Nowhere have I seen philosophy been made more engaging, and Thus Spoke Zarathustra will make you question all of your previously held assumptions on what is right and wrong in beautiful poetic prose.

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  • Reg
  • 27-04-20

Thomas Common.

One problem with translations is that sometimes things like this happen. (That is, translators are not necessarily good, or even tolerable, writers.)

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  • Artur Szczypta
  • 04-08-18

Dissapointed

This book is stupedlesly dreadful. If I'd cut out about 70% of it I wouldn't affect it' massages that much.

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  • Thomas
  • 08-09-19

19th Century Trolling

There will always be crusaders wielding contemptuous sarcasm and cynicism to destroy established ideas. As Nietzsche was an intellectual juggernaut and influential historical contributor to this sort of thinking, his attacks are worth becoming familiar with.

Unfortunately, I did not find this book as accessible as 'Beyond Good and Evil'. The style is too poetic and ambiguous. When it seems like he's finally winding up to a point, he says 'Thus spoke Zarathustra' and I'm left shrugging. I would be surprised if anyone could understand all the content without listening to it twice and constantly replaying segments, and I am unwilling to do either.

It could be helpful to supplement with clearly articulated interpretations by modern philosophers rather than relying solely on this source material.

A bit of conceptual destruction and recreation is healthy to avoid stagnation, but Nietzsche is almost all destruction; he doesn't offer much besides 'power' to fill the vacuum left behind in his wake. For example, the arguments around power as the great virtue are creepily reminiscent of Lavayan Satanism or the power = truth dystopias described by Orwell.

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  • Juy Hepner
  • 11-07-19

A lot of the spider and not enough of the bee

Neitzche advises rejecting the creation and gives us a superman who is more like Zod. Powerful...yes, but all destruction without creation. Anyone can destroy. It is an act of desperation, not contemplation. Arrogant and difficult to learn from. The best thing that can be said is that he advises us to reject superstition and to question authority. It’s quite sad to hear his yearning for eternity in a world where he values nothing except power. Even the Eagle that he thinly claims to love is a barren symbol in that it’s nobility is not expanded upon except for its remoteness from the world and its freedom from company.
Despite his low regard for us shopkeepers and householders he nevertheless tries to sell a product...but unfortunately it’s a selfish one, like a gold backscratcher. Does he like Mozart? With his intellect he may have unearthed and fashioned a superman like that but instead decided to be so esoteric and spiteful that he didn’t create one superman beyond himself, and, like Wilde’s Remarkable Rocket, his genius blazed friendless in a field, in a day that was like a starless night.

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  • MR
  • 31-01-19

Largely self aggrandisement

Not nearly as good as "Beyond Good and Evil", but an important work nonetheless. Largely consists of saying the same thing over and over. He needed an editor.

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  • Roshan R.
  • 22-07-18

Gibberish

This book would make sense to idiots and knuckle heads fools low iWatch humans . One