• Stoicism: The Art of Happiness

  • How the Stoic Philosophy Works, Living a Good Life, Finding Calm and Managing Your Emotions in a Turbulent World
  • By: Brian Sandler
  • Narrated by: Marc Nicholson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (178 ratings)

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Stoicism: The Art of Happiness

By: Brian Sandler
Narrated by: Marc Nicholson
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Publisher's Summary

Would you like a tool that can help you?

  • Handle tough times with grace
  • Find deeper meaning in your life
  • Overcome suffering and depression
  • Increase your happiness and gratitude
  • Improve your mental flexibility
  • Let go of ego, jealousy, and greed
  • Gain control and plan your future
  • Be a better leader or business person

That tool is the philosophy of stoicism. “If you understand it in depth and know how to practice it, stoicism can be your key to strength and to happiness. Learning how to consciously value stoicism can make you tremendously independent and unshakeable in many situations you encounter in life. If you want to rediscover an old lesson in personal empowerment in a new light, read on and allow yourself to benefit from the potential of this unique virtue”, says Brian Sandler, author of Stoicism: The Art of Happiness.

In a brief, information-packed audiobook, Sandler discusses:

  • The origins of stoicism and its core philosophies
  • The three stoic disciplines and the three fields of stoic philosophy
  • The four virtues and the four passions of stoicism
  • Famous stoic philosophers and their beliefs
  • Apply stoic disciplines to the modern world
  • Succeed in business, leadership, and the military with stoicism
  • View material possessions through the lens of stoicism
  • Handle death and grief
  • Live in harmony with your community and your environment
©2019 Brian Sandler (P)2019 Brian Sandler
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Not totally terrible

The narrator pauses in unnatural places and reads each sentence as though it’s the only sentence in the paragraph. It was hard to listen around that, his mispronunciation, unnatural inflection, and emphasis on the wrong syllables in common words.

Some of the issue is that the author also writes like he’s a blogger, with wordy sentences and an overly conversational tone. “No, it doesn’t mean you should shoot heroin because you’re going to die anyway,” is one of the weirder things he says, but this sort of baseless drivel is common when authors have run out of things to say and are just stuffing words.

My biggest problem with the book is that it lacks actionable information. For example, it talks about the value of a daily practice but gives no information on what it should contain. It feels more like a book that talks around stoicism and is collected from material he read online than a book written by someone who practices stoicism and has valuable insight.

If you look at all of the Audible books on stoicism, you can clearly see that they have fake reviews. This one is no exception, and while it’s not super awesome, it didn’t totally suck. There are a handful of good principles thrown in that are basic, obvious principles for positive interaction with the world and its people, but it was nice to have them collected under a common topic for once. I learned that much of what I do naturally is in line with stoicism, which makes it easier to work on the few things where I struggle.

I don’t feel like the book was a waste of time or a credit, but I desperately hope that there’s something better out there.

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Easy to understand, easier to implement!

A fantastic book that will get your mind in the right place and allow you to establish your place in the world. It helped me pause and reflect and then pivot on many of the things in life. It helped me decide to move forward full force in opening my own company, now and not later. It helped me get over fear and understand we can only control our own reasoned choice. It helps you in so many ways become armed with what it takes to be a good person.
At the end, I do believe what they say. Enough reading, it is time to turn words into works!
Be a good person, do your part to contribute to the world.

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The Red Stoic

This is a must read for young men in these sensitive times in our country. Practicing these methods will give anyone a sound foundation to strengthen their inner person in learning how to embrace change and use conflict for growth and not for a reason to be destructive.

Great read. Thank you Audible

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Absolutely good book on Stoicism

Good listen , it’s the first book I’ve listen on stoicism so I can’t make comparisons to others, but a great introduction to stoicism. Got me very curious about stoicism, and has convinced me that indoctrinating stoic principles into someone's life could drastically improve their quality of life.
Would highly recommend it to anyone just looking into stoicism.

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Great book, awful narration

Book was informative and well written but the narration was poorly done, full of pauses where the narrator thought how to pronounce a word and the mispronounced it. Audio quality was also noticably poor, sounded like the tech had the gain too high or the narrator was far too close to the microphone. Overall you would do better to read this one.

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hard to listen to...

kinda sounded like a computer reading the script.
mostly I didn't care for this authors interpretation of what stoicism is and how to pursue it. not my cup of tea.

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I love it when you call me big papa

loved it I'm reading again. thank you so much for the insight to the stioc lifestyle.

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I am a stoic

sometimes I need a little reminding. so most of the descriptions espoused here we're smack on for me, but to listen to a narrator who doesn't know how to say "Epictetus" just makes me cringe. please, next time, work with the narrator a tad so he doesn't sound like a robot. yes, I said I needed a reminder, but it's easier to eat the meal when the music isn't so bad

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A tough read!

Get the book! It’s got some tools you need! I have no doubts that it’s a tough read. I couldn’t do it. However, the narrator (who did his best, I’m sure!) seemed to struggle a bit. Which made his cadence a little choppy. BUT! I’ve already started listening to it a second time!

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Good listen

Not a bad listen had to go back and catch up on a few areas but overall very good

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  • 05-01-21

Just awful. Watch a YouTube video

Poorly written. Typical yank book with basic concepts repeating it self and packaged to give you" a better life".

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  • Stefan
  • 09-14-20

Useful and inspiring

Narrator sounds like text to speech. A lot of bass and sharp sss. Not pleasant to listen.

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  • Louise Barnett
  • 10-23-19

This book is so well written and so full

This book is so well written and so full of information about the early stoics and the major themes of stoicism.

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  • Anthony Chan
  • 10-20-19

Valuable and deserving of consideration!

Prescribed! The Stoicism Motivational book is audible as a historical document outlining the birth of stoicism and its practice in Western culture, while at the same time, teaching the tenants of its philosophy in clear, everyday English.

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  • Megan Cameron
  • 10-20-19

I found this valuable guide from Amazon.

The author put a great deal of research behind his work and wrapped it together to make an enlightening and effectively listen to audible. I bought this Stoicism Motivational guide from Amazon and It's helpful for all of us.

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  • Craig B
  • 12-15-19

terrible voice recording sounds computer generated

When will authors stop avoiding reading their own books. Blown away by how they can trust such an important job to someone with little or no empathy for the content. Will definitely struggle to finish this one