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Publisher's Summary

Thousands of years ago Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote these meditations as a guide for his own self-improvement, and they're still relevant today.

Bedtime stories are narrated by the world’s most celebrated voices and written with no beginning, middle, or end so you don’t stay up to hear what happens next. They're interesting enough to give your mind something to focus on, but delivered in a way that encourages sleep. 

This title is part of The Audible Sleep Collection, exclusive audio experiences created to invite relaxation and sleep. New and free for members.

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Grateful for the gift

I was lucky to get that bedtime story for free and was surprised how much I love it. It is only Book one (with invisible transition to the beginning of Book 2) , it is not abridged and it is one of the good translations.
For me it is a triple success- the choice of the book, (the part of that book), the choice of the voice behind and the personal choice of the narrator per se how to read that part. The beautiful rich velvet voice, keeping special monotony so you calm down, the voice rhythm, staying invisible so you can follow the Marcus Aurelius' quill/train-of thoughts as he puts them down to eternity, and also -the part of the book, his acknowledgments ,(which is the most colorless and neat part of Meditations) - all Is perfect for bedtime travel to sleep. I've been listening myself to sleep for many years, I understand the timbre needed to calm you down. I think Prentice Onayemi's voice is brilliant here! I would like to hear the whole book read at that ambiance.

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It put me to sleep.

Of course, that was the whole point, so it did its job. The narrator does a really good job. Not to much inflection, but not to monotone or robotic either. Perfect for falling asleep.

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leave out the plural

the reader's S's are annoying, frequent, and once noticed sure to ruin one's chances of sleep.

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Weird / creepy narration

The meditations themselves are a great source of perennial wisdom, but this is a terrible narration: they went over the top with the “content to fall asleep to” — so the narrator doesn’t read in a natural way, making the sentences difficult to follow. His voice is deep and breathy, so it’s like having a big unknown man whisper Marcus Aurelius in your ear, loudly; bummer because I love the book, but I wish I could delete this from my library.

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Excellent listen

Narrator is OUTSTANDING! His voice is smooth and calming. I would like to hear it for more audio books.

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Narrator didn't do it for me

I do like the work of Marcus Aurelius and thought this would be a perfect bedtime story.
The narrator was using a soothing voice, however every time there was words with a t spoken in it ,eg. to, the etc, it was harsh and sharp, it ruined it for me.
I know this is personal taste, it may not bother others but it did me, and i couldn't relax with it.

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Fundamental Misunderstanding of the Text

Apparently, the people who recorded this saw the word “Meditations” in the title of the book, and assumed that this meant Aurelius intended for us to cross our legs and find inner peace.
However, a simple google search would have informed them that meditation, in this context, means, “a written or spoken discourse expressing considered thoughts on a subject.”

Marcus Aurelius is outlining and explaining his thoughts on a variety of topics. His intention is to convince us that Stoicism is the most prudent and logical philosophy, not to help us manifest calmness through breathing exercises.

The fact that the people who recorded this don’t understand this should tell you that they are utterly ignorant of both this text and philosophy at large.

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goodnight

The narrator's voice and cadence is a lullaby. Wow. I lasted about 3 minutes before dreamland.

Of course I've never finished this. I've listened several times.

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great intro!

it's the first chapter of meditations by Marcus Aurelius. great intro into the work, but I'd rather buy it in its entirety.

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need new narrator

hated the narration but enjoyed the content. the narrator sounds like he's about to yawn at all times

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