• Nietzsche: Nihilism, Existentialism, and the Übermensch Clarified by Friedrich Nietzsche

  • By: Ferdinand Jives
  • Narrated by: William Bennett
  • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (157 ratings)

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By: Ferdinand Jives
Narrated by: William Bennett
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Was he simply a depressed atheist, or was he a genius philosopher?  

Friedrich Nietzsche’s influence on the world of philosophy has undoubtedly been impressive. So what are we to think of this German thinker? Is his look on life and the universe truly negative? Or was he just misunderstood? 

What does it take to get to the deep meaning of his words? Did he see something beyond what the simple-minded perceive? 

His book Der Wille zur Macht ("The Will to Power") refers to what Nietzsche most likely thought to be the driving force in human beings, namely accomplishment, ambition, and trying to become the highest out there. 

He was on to something, wasn’t he? Aren’t we all trying to become more in life? 

His theory on nihilism raises questions, too: Is there an order to things, or do we just make that up to feed our convictions? 

It makes you wonder, doesn’t it? 

With all the reasoning and rationalist thinkers, is nihilism the theory that counters this? 

And what to think of his views on Christianity, alcoholism, existentialism, and the Übermensch? Are we going to stick with Descartes’ evidence that he exists because he thinks, or is a nihilist theory like that of Nietzsche’s more plausible? In other words, does he not exist? 

Hear more about the answers to these questions and others in this brief but powerful guide to Nietzsche’s life, theories, works, and prominent quotes. 

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Good job!

Great book, Ferdinand. I have always been interested in philosophy, and Nietzsche is one of the great philosophers.

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He was a genius

This philosopher had some psychological issues but he was a thinker, a real genius. I liked this 1.5 hour-long book about him.

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Enjoyed this

I sat on my chair, listening to the intriguing ideas of this great philosopher. Good narrator. Thanks.

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Audio is horrible

If you don't mind listening to a book that sounds like an A.M radio station... then you might like this.

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Great Priner

Fantastic book! It really gives a great overview on the subject. The The narrator was great!

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Fantastic summary

Originally I thought this was the original works described but it is more of a well done thesis on his writings and theological meanings on the various quotes.
I have to listen to it again as there is a lot of information compacted in the book to absorb.

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Quick and informative

This was a quick, satisfying audiobook. it's a great starting point if you're looking to drive deeper.

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Concise and informative

The author provides very useful breakdowns of Nietzsch’s writings. These breakdowns make complicated concepts accessible to everyone.

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I love it

one of the best stories I've ever heard, thank you for telling it
I listen to it a lot

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Loved Nietzsche

Such an intriguing idea. I think I will let my siblings partner listen to it. They need to know that there are audiobooks like these out there.

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  • Nze kkuc akabusi
  • 04-02-20

Poor start but with useful highlights on the way!

If you know your Nietzsche & can speak German some of the inaccuracies will get you spitting feather. The author suggest at one stage (N) died in an asylum, he didn't he died at home with his sister. The assertion that (N) died of syphilis is debatable it is just as possible a hereditary illness that killed His Father, a slow growing tumour (he had blinding migraines for most of his later life) that final grew too big by 1889 or poetically one too long lonely nights within which too much thinking maketh one mad. I would have liked to have some balance here.

The Young reader has a beautiful voice and received diction is easy on the ear but the shaky start & uncertainty in the topic is off putting. However it worth persevering, it does get better even though some of the pronouciations are excruciating. If I said, Rilk for Rilke you will get the picture and there is more. Ok that is my moan over.

The Audio book is a lovely jaunt through some of Nietzsche's major ideas and gives a fair insight into Ubermensch (I'm really happy its translated Over-man and not Superman) in Thus Spake Zarathustra, Master/Slave Morality duopoly in Genealogy of Morales and the Birth of Tragedy's dualism of Appollonian and Dionysian dichotomy. I thought it went over the top on Nihilism but it does give an insight, and I liked the reference to 'Will to Power' which is the book he never wrote but an idea hinted at and peppered throughout his body of work.

I'm glad I have this book in my library, I will listen to it again for sure on a journey with a couple of hours to kill but if you are new to Nietzsche you might want to bolster your insights elsewhere.

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  • Josh jeffree
  • 12-26-18

very clear

it was great. I particularly liked the way you got a history of the guy him self first and then delved into his ideas topped off with his quotes with detailed explanations of what they actually mean. really helpful for me as I can get confused about what the hell was being said at points but it got cleared up right away.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-14-18

Nihilism

The nihilism movement was made big by Nietzsche. He was a great philosopher. This book honors him.

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  • Laptop Worker
  • 09-23-21

A remarkable summary of and complex philosopher and his ideas

The book flows seamlessly leaving one in possession of key aspects of Nietzsche’s work. It is proof the hundreds of pages or many hours of listening are not needed to impart complex ideas. It does of course give one an appetite to explore the work of Nietzsche in more detail, something I have lacked until now.

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  • Nise Shen96
  • 09-08-20

Great Listening!

This was a concise listen with a great overview of the Philosopher and the topics therein, great narration highly recommended.

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  • M Evans
  • 06-06-19

An informative summary of Nietzsche and his philosophy

I was slightly deterred initially by the narration because he stumbled a few times over words and it began to make me question the professionalism of this ebook. However, I’m glad I persevered because this was an informative summary of Nietzsche and his principles in my view. As a student with an immense amount of material to cover summaries such as these are proving invaluable. Thank you!

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  • Henry O.
  • 05-19-19

Hopeless

This guy can barely read - huge pauses while he figures out what the next word is. It’s like he’s reading it for the very first time and is heavily distracted by other things. Unbelievable

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  • Matilda
  • 12-19-18

Nietzsche knew

He knew a lot about the vain existence in which we live, the super human concept, perfectionism, and other things.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-26-20

A basic, high level overview

The presents a broad overview of Nietzschke’s life and philosophical works. The style is more that of an easy to read article than a rigorous examination of the man and his musings.

The narration is not, I think, professionally done. While I have no opposition to amateur readings of books, it didn’t do anything to endear me to the book.

I am not well inclined to biographic works, and I am conscious I hold that bias against this work, but I found the pithy, pop-history style unsatisfying. Certainly if you’re more interested in a more substantial consideration of Nietzschke’s philosophical works this book is not for you.