The Nicomachean Ethics

  • by Aristotle, David Ross (translator)
  • Narrated by Nadia May
  • 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the Nicomachean Ethics (so called after their first editor, Aristotle's son Nicomachus) Aristotle sets out to discover the good life for man: the life of happiness or eudaimonia. Happiness for Aristotle is the activity of the soul in accordance with virtue. Virtue is shown in the deliberate choice of actions as part of a worked-out plan of life, a plan which takes a middle course between excess and deficiency. This is the famous doctrine of the golden mean; courage, for example, is a mean between cowardice and rashness, and justice between a man's getting more or less than his due. The supreme happiness, according to Aristotle, is to be found in a life of philosophical contemplation; but this is only possible for a few, and a secondary kind of happiness is available in a virtuous life of political activity and public magnificence.

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Aristotle on audiobook?

This in many ways an excellent audio book, but I would hesitate to recommend it wholeheartedly. Nadia May reads, as usual, clearly and intelligently and this version is much to be preferred to the mechanical monotone of the other audiobook version of this work. By listening to this recording it is possible to get an overview of one of the most fundamental works of moral philosophy.My hesitation comes from the difficulty of following the intricacies of some of Aristotle's arguments while listening. This is one of those books where an audio book is greatly inferior to reading and rereading the text slowly.
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- Francis

Hardcore only - audiobooks come into their own

Read the book, got the t-shirt, but starting to forget what it was actually all about....a great way to dip back into all that heavy-duty stuff that was based on afternoons at the library in the days before Wikipedia.
Despite other reviews, this is easy to follow - albeit in the bite-size chunks and commuting and listening on the go dictates. But then, this is a modern world, isn't it....?
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- Welsh Mafia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-05-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.