Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mark Grebner on 02-09-12

The reading made it impossible to focus on content

I looked forward to Meditations both as philosophy and for the insights it might yield into Roman history. But the experience was almost completely ruined by Alan Munro's reading.

His voice was mellifluous, clear, confident, and well-paced. But it was as if he were reading for transcription, pausing every three or four words for the stenographer to catch up. So instead of reading sentences and paragraphs in a way that brought out their meaning, he read small clusters of words, breaking apart their larger meanings in a way that made it impossible for me to follow the author's argument. If he were to read the preceding sentence, this would not be an exaggeration:

So instead of reading.
Sentences and paragraphs
In a way
That brought out their meaning
He read small clusters of words
Breaking apart their larger meanings
In a way
That made it impossible for me
To follow the author's argument.

I suppose somebody with a different attention span might find a much better experience, but I'll certainly never make the mistake of buying anything else Munro narrates.

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134 of 134 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By David on 06-10-12

Interesting but very Slow

The thoughts and statements of this book were interesting, however it was read with broken English. I'm not sure why, but every 4-6 words had a pause. It was highly annoying.

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38 of 39 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Vaughn on 16-10-14

Narration was monotonous

What disappointed you about Meditations of Marcus Aurelius?

The narration was monotonous and didn't seem like the narrator understood the content he was reading. I actually wondered if this was being read by a computer voice.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The philosophy.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It didn't seem like the narrator understood or cared about the content he was reading. It might as well have been read by a computer voice.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The philosophy.

Any additional comments?

I'm trying the copy read by another narrator.

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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By P on 11-03-14

I love his wisdom, but

What disappointed you about Meditations of Marcus Aurelius?

I am a fan of ancient philosophy and love M. Aurelius; have the books.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The audio voice is unfortunately not that good at all. Sounded mechanical and robotic. I'm convinced something was altered on that voice, it just does not sound normal. Read the book instead.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The philosophy sparks inspiration on how to live life in ease within one's mind; the audio voice was disappointing.

Any additional comments?

Don't use your credit or buy the audible, buy yourself a lovely book to read under a tree on a warm spring day!

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11 of 12 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Piltdown Mann on 30-01-13

Don't Listen to it in the Car

What didn’t you like about Alan Munro’s performance?

The narrator has a resonant baritone voice. The narration would probably be okay if you were listening to it at home or with headphones. However, I usually listen to audible recordings in the car. With all the ambient noise, I found the narration very difficult to follow. I haven't experienced this problem with other narrators under similar conditions.

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10 of 12 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Cliente de Amazon on 26-10-17

the worst part, listening to Alan Munro. pauses

He pauses in the middle of each idea as a listener you cannot connect what he saying it's an agony for me to try to understand what he says when he does not even finish a sentence you cannot tell the difference between two ideas so far is the worst I've listened to

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful