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    Meditations

    Penguin Classics

    Narrated by Richard Armitage ...

    Unabridged

    6 hours 18 min

    **Brought to you by Penguin.This Penguin Classic is performed by Richard Armitage, star of Peter Jackson'sThe Hobbit trilogy and also known for his roles in Ocean's 8 and Spooks. This definitive recording includes an Introduction by Diskin Clay.**Originally written only for his personal consumption, Marcus Aurelius's Meditations has become a key text in the understanding of Roman Stoic philosophy. ... Read more

    $22.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Maidens

    The instant Sunday Times bestseller from the author of The Silent Patient

    Unabridged

    9 hours 19 min

    We all keep secrets. Even from ourselves.'A thrilling, heart-in-throat ride' STEPHEN FRY'An absolute jaw-dropper' LUCY FOLEY'Elegant, sinister, stylish' CHRIS WHITAKER'Grips from start to finish' HARRIET TYCE* * * * *YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE MAIDENS.The Maidens are Cambridge University's most exclusive society, whos... ... Read more

    $35.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

    The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius

    Narrated by Donald J. Robertson ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 31 min

    "This book is a wonderful introduction to one of history's greatest figures: Marcus Aurelius. His life and this book are a clear guide for those facing adversity, seeking tranquility and pursuing excellence." — Ryan Holiday, bestselling author of The Obstacle is the Way and The Daily StoicThe life-changing principles of Stoicism taught through the story of its most famous proponent.Roman emperor ... Read more

    $23.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The History of Philosophy

    Narrated by Neil Gardner ...

    Unabridged

    28 hours 6 min

    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The History of Philosophy written by A.C. Grayling, read by Neil Gardner.The story of philosophy is an epic tale: an exploration of the ideas, views and teachings of some of the most creative minds known to humanity. But since the long-popular classic Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy, first published in 1945, there has been no comprehensive ... Read more

    $24.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Discipline is Destiny

    The Power of Self-Control

    by Ryan Holiday ...
    Narrated by Ryan Holiday ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 23 min

    An inspiring anthem to the power, promise and challenges of self-control, the second in a series examining the timeless Stoic virtues from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ryan HolidayThe inscription on the Oracle of Delphi says: 'Nothing in excess.' C.S. Lewis described temperance as going to the 'right length but no further.' Easy to say, hard to practice - and if it was tough in 300 BCE, or ... Read more

    $39.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Letters from a Stoic

    Penguin Classics

    by Seneca ...
    Narrated by Julian Glover ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 38 min

    **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 ... Read more

    $17.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Lives of the Eminent Philosophers

    by Diogenes Laertius

    Narrated by Jennifer M. Dixon ...

    Unabridged

    28 hours 33 min

    Everyone wants to live a meaningful life. Long before our own day of self-help books offering twelve-step programs and other guides to attain happiness, the philosophers of ancient Greece explored the riddle of what makes a life worth living, producing a wide variety of ideas and examples to follow. This rich tradition was recast by Diogenes Laertius into an anthology, a miscellany of maxims and ... Read more

    $51.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Practicing Stoic

    Narrated by John Lescault ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 57 min

    The great insights of the Stoics are spread over a wide range of ancient sources. This book brings them all together for the first time. It systematically presents what the various Stoic philosophers said on every important topic, accompanied by an eloquent commentary that is clear and concise. The result is a set of philosophy lessons for everyone—the most valuable wisdom of ages past made ... Read more

    $29.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Republic

    by Plato ...
    Narrated by James Langton ...

    Unabridged

    11 hours 58 min

    "What is at stake is far from insignificant: it is how one should live one's life." Plato's The Republic is widely acknowledged as the cornerstone of Western philosophy. Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, it is an inquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individual within it. During the conversation, other questions are ... Read more

    $30.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    50 Philosophy Classics

    Thinking, Being, Acting, Seeing, Profound Insights and Powerful Thinking from Fifty Key Books

    Narrated by Sean Pratt ...

    Unabridged

    13 hours 48 min

    From Aristotle to Wittgenstein and Zizek, 50 Philosophy Classics provides a lively entry point to the field of philosophy. Analyses of key works by Descartes, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Heidegger, and Nietzsche also show how philosophy helped shape the thinking and events of the last 150 years. The list also includes 20th century greats including de Beauvoir, Foucault, Kuhn, and Sartre, along with ... Read more

    $58.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Nicomachean Ethics

    by Aristotle ...
    Narrated by Wanda McCaddon ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 45 min

    Named for Aristotle's son, Nicomachus, who was the first to edit this work, The Nicomachean Ethics plays a prominent role in defining Aristotelian ethics. In the ten books of this work, Aristotle explains the good life for man: the life of happiness.For Aristotle, happiness exists when the soul is in accordance with virtue. Virtue exists in a deliberate choice of actions that take a middle course ... Read more

    $24.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    How to Be Free

    An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life

    by Epictetus ...
    Narrated by Shaun Grindell ...

    Unabridged

    1 hour 55 min

    Born a slave, the Roman Stoic philosopher Epictetus (c. 55-135 AD) taught that mental freedom is supreme, since it can liberate one anywhere, even in a prison. In How to Be Free, A. A. Long-one of the world's leading authorities on Stoicism and a pioneer in its remarkable contemporary revival-provides a superb new edition of Epictetus's celebrated guide to the Stoic philosophy of life (the ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    La disposizione dell’amicizia e la possessione dell’amore

    Narrated by Lorenzo Loreti ...

    Unabridged

    52 min

    Platone ha inventato un grande rimedio per la follia: la ragione! In questo breve, denso e illuminante saggio, Umberto Galimberti muove dai Greci per giungere fino a noi e alla relazione che ci costituisce. Il Simposio, il più bel testo che mai sia stato scritto sull'amore, ci guida ancora a scoprire la mediazione che l'amore realizza tra la follia e la ragione. È attraverso l'amore che entriamo ... Read more

    $18.69 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Il tempo della bellezza

    by Umberto Curi ...
    Narrated by Lorenzo Loreti ...

    Unabridged

    48 min

    La misteriosa natura del bello, a cui faceva riferimento Simone Weil, non è puramente estetica, cioè riconducibile a questioni di gusto. Essa è piuttosto ontologica ed etica, strettamente unita com’è al vero, al giusto e al bene. È questo il senso della bellezza che si ritrova nei testi classici della grecità, da Omero a Saffo ai tragici. Umberto Curi vi si sofferma ampiamente in questo suo saggio ... Read more

    $16.49 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Selections from the Writings of Cicero

    Narrated by Robertson Dean ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 10 min

    Roman statesman and philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero wrote on a wide range of subjects, from Greek philosophy to moral duty to friendship. Though he considered philosophy secondary to politics and often used his writings for explicit political ends, his work has nevertheless been widely read for over two thousand years and has influenced everything from the culture of the Renaissance to the ... Read more

    $26.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Maimonides and Medieval Jewish Philosophy

    series The World of Philosophy Series

    Unabridged

    2 hours 53 min

    From Philo of Judea to Maimonides and beyond, Medieval Jewish philosophy created an outstanding, unbroken tradition. Jewish thinkers worked to square Biblical faith with the demands of reason; their efforts to understand the individual in relation to God and to the human community powerfully foreshadowed contemporary problems. Maimonides, who can be compared with St. Thomas Aquinas, profoundly ... Read more

    $17.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    How to Tell a Joke

    An Ancient Guide to the Art of Humor

    Narrated by Roger Clark ...
    series Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers

    Unabridged

    2 hours 30 min

    Can jokes win a hostile room, a hopeless argument, or even an election? You bet they can, according to Cicero, and he knew what he was talking about. One of Rome's greatest politicians, speakers, and lawyers, Cicero was also reputedly one of antiquity's funniest people. After he was elected commander-in-chief and head of state, his enemies even started calling him "the stand-up Consul." How to ... Read more

    $29.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Plato's Republic

    Narrated by Simon Vance ...
    Audiobook 4 - Books That Changed the World

    Unabridged

    4 hours 13 min

    Plato is perhaps the most significant philosopher who has ever lived, and The Republic, composed in Athens in about 375 BC, is widely regarded as his most famous dialogue. Its discussion of the perfect city-and the perfect mind-laid the foundations for Western culture and, for over two thousand years, has been the cornerstone of Western philosophy. As Simon Blackburn writes, "It has probably ... Read more

    $20.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Philosophies of India

    Narrated by Lynn Redgrave ...
    series The World of Philosophy Series

    Unabridged

    2 hours 57 min

    India has perhaps the oldest living philosophical tradition in the world. Though both Buddhism and Jainism began in India, its primary influence is the Vedic tradition. The Vedas are the fundamental Hindu scriptures and the basis of the six systems of Indian philosophy. Hindu philosophy affirms an ultimate or universal reality, but it is also individualistic, embracing many alternatives or paths ... Read more

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    The Pleasure Principle: Epicureanism: A Philosophy for Modern Living

    Narrated by Billie Fulford-Brown ...

    Unabridged

    6 hours 53 min

    In our troubled world, looking back to ancient wisdom can shed light on fresh solutions.For years, many of us have upheld the Stoic belief in ‘no pain, no gain.’ But when the pace of modern life and the demands of jobs and family overwhelm us, punishing exercise regimes, productivity apps and early morning starts may not be the best solution.According to the pleasure-centric philosophy of ... Read more

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    Von der Kürze des Lebens

    by Seneca ...
    Narrated by Gerd Böckmann ...

    Abridged

    1 hour 1 min

    "Das Leben ist lang, wenn du es zu gebrauchen verstehst." Wie soll der Mensch richtig leben, wenn er weiß, dass sein Leben kurz ist? Diese grundlegende Frage der Lebenskunst beantwortet der Philosoph Seneca mit Maximen und Einsichten, die nichts von ihrer Gültigkeit eingebüßt haben. Wenn wir das Wesen der Zeit verstanden haben, so lehrt uns der antike Stoiker, dann haben wir den wichtigsten ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Lao Tzu: Pearls of Wisdom [Russian Edition]

    by Lao Tzu ...
    Narrated by Stanislav Ivanov ...

    Unabridged

    22 min

    The name of this Chinese sage is considered to be synonymous with wisdom and greatness. Lao Tzu is best known as the founder of Taoism.However, his statements, collected in one of the greatest literary works of antiquity "Tao Te Ching", can serve as a useful lesson not only for followers of mystical teachings. This guide to a calm, but happy life in harmony with yourself. This book contains the ... Read more

    $22.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Philosophie des Glücks

    by Epikur ...
    Narrated by Peter Jordan, Stephan Schad ...

    Abridged

    36 min

    "Niemand ist zu jung oder zu alt, um etwas für die Gesundheit seiner Seele zu tun." Der griechische Philosoph Epikur stellte das Glück des einzelnen ins Zentrum seiner Lehre. Er wies seinen Schülerinnen und Schülern den Weg zur höchsten Lust und zur Vermeidung des Schmerzes. Dem modernen Menschen erscheint Epikurs Philosophie nicht zuletzt deshalb sympathisch, weil sie das Erreichen vollkommener ... Read more

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    The Good Life Handbook

    Narrated by Jeffrey Marr ...

    Unabridged

    39 min

    The Good Life Handbook is a rendering of Enchiridion in plain English. It is a concise summary of the teachings of Epictetus, as transcribed and later summarized by his student Flavius Arrian.The Handbook is a guide to the good life. It answers the question, “How can we be good and live free and happy, no matter what else is happening around us?”Ancient Stoics lived in a time of turmoil under ... Read more

    $7.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial