The Moral Epistles: 124 Letters to Lucilius [Audiobook]

The Moral Epistles: 124 Letters to Lucilius [Audiobook]
The Moral Epistles: 124 Letters to Lucilius [Audiobook] by Seneca the Younger, read by James Cameron Stewart
2016 | M4B@64 kbps | 23 hrs 18 mins | 634.92MB

Towards the end of his life, Seneca the Younger (c4 BCE-65 CE) began a correspondence with a friend in Sicily, later collected under the title The Moral Epistles.

In these 124 letters, Seneca expresses, in a wise, steady and calm manner, the philosophy by which he lived - derived essentially from the Stoics. The letters deal with a variety of specific topics - often eminently practical - such as 'On Saving Time', 'On the Terrors of Death', 'On True and False Friendships', 'On Brawn and Brains' and 'On Old Age and Death'.

His views are as relevant to us today as in his own time. He remarks on how we waste our time through lack of clarity of purpose, how we jump from one attraction to another and how fleeting life is. But these are letters to a friend, so the tone is not grandly didactic but friendly, personal and direct and speak to us across the centuries.

Though not so well known as Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, The Moral Epistles are approachable, memorable and immensely rich in content - and especially so in this sympathetic reading by James Cameron Stewart.

Translation Richard Gummere.

Being and Nothingness [Audiobook]

Being and Nothingness [Audiobook]
Being and Nothingness [Audiobook] by Jean-Paul Sartre, read by Pam Tierney
2013 | MP3@112 kbps + EPUB | 39 hrs 18 mins | 1.84 GB

Being and Nothingness is without doubt one of the most significant books of the twentieth century. The central work by one of the world's most influential thinkers, it altered the course of western philosophy. Its revolutionary approach challenged all previous assumptions about the individual's relationship with the world. Known as 'the Bible of existentialism', its impact on culture and literature was immediate and was felt worldwide, from the absurd drama of Samuel Beckett to the soul-searching cries of the Beat poets.

Being and Nothingness is one of those rare books whose influence has affected the mind-set of subsequent generations. Sixty years after its first publication, its message remains as potent as ever - challenging the reader to confront the fundamental dilemmas of human freedom, responsibility and action.

Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison [Audiobook]

Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison [Audiobook]
Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison [Audiobook] by Michel Foucault, read by Simon Prebble
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 12 mins | 262.14MB

Two hundred and fifty years ago, a man condemned of attempting to assassinate the King of France was drawn and quartered in a grisly spectacle that suggested an unmediated duel between the violence of the criminal and the violence of the state.

This groundbreaking audiobook by Michel Foucault, the most influential philosopher since Sartre, compels us to reevaluate our assumptions about all the ensuing reforms in the penal institutions of the West. For as Foucault examines innovations that range from the abolition of torture to the institution of forced labor and the appearance of the modern penitentiary, he suggests that punishment has shifted its focus from the prisoner's body to his soul - and that our very concern with rehabilitation encourages and refines criminal activity.

Lucidly reasoned and deftly marshaling a vast body of research, Discipline and Punish is a genuinely revolutionary audiobook, whose implications extend beyond the prison to the minute power relations of our society.

Christianity: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]

Christianity: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]
Christianity: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook] by Linda Woodhead, read by Jennifer Van Dyck
2015 | MP3@128 kbps + MOBI | 4 hrs 35 mins | 251.81

At a time when Christianity is flourishing in the Southern Hempisphere but declining in much of the West, Linda Woodhead offers a bold new overview of the world's largest religion, exploring the cultural and institutional dimensions of Christianity over two millennia.

Judaism: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]

Judaism: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]
Judaism: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook] by Norman Solomon, read by Jesse Einstein
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 56 mins | 118.56MB

Norman Solomon's succinct audiobook is an ideal introduction to Judaism as a religion and way of life. In addition to surveying the nature and development of Judaism, this Very Short Introduction outlines the basics of practical Judaism - its festivals, prayers, customs, and various sects. Modern concerns and debates of the Jewish people are also addressed, such as the impact of the Holocaust, the establishment of the State of Israel, the status of women, and medical and commercial ethics.

The Koran: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]

The Koran: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]
The Koran: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook] by Michael Cook, read by Peter Ganim
2009 | MP3 VBR V4 + EPUB | 5 hrs 5 mins | 163.63MB

The Koran has constituted a remarkably resilient core of identity and continuity for a religious tradition that is now in its 15th century. In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Cook provides a lucid and direct account of the significance of the Koran, both in the modern world and in that of traditional Islam.

He gives vivid accounts of its role in Muslim civilization, illustrates the diversity of interpretations championed by traditional and modern commentators, discusses the processes by which the book took shape, and compares it to other scriptures and classics of the historic cultures of Eurasia.

Islam: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]

Islam: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]
Islam: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook] by Malise Ruthven, read by the Author
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 3 hrs 50 mins | 106.81MB

Islam features widely in the news, often in its most militant versions, but few people in the non-Muslim world really understand the nature of Islam.

Malise Ruthven's Very Short Introduction contains essential insights into various issues such as the major divisions between movements like the Shi'ites, the Sunnis, and the Wahhabis; and the central importance of the Shar'ia (Islamic law) in Islamic life.

Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind [Audiobook]

Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind [Audiobook]
Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind [Audiobook] by Graham Hancock, read by Christopher Lane
2014 | M4B@64 kbps + PDF | 14 hrs 56 mins | 408.76MB

Less than fifty thousand years ago mankind had no art, no religion, no sophisticated symbolism, no innovative thinking. Then, in a dramatic and electrifying change, described by scientists as "the greatest riddle in human history," all the skills and qualities that we value most highly in ourselves appeared already fully formed, as though bestowed on us by hidden powers.

In Supernatural Graham Hancock sets out to investigate this mysterious "before-and-after moment" and to discover the truth about the influences that gave birth to the modern human mind. His quest takes him on a detective journey from the stunningly beautiful painted caves of prehistoric France, Spain, and Italy to rock shelters in the mountains of South Africa, where he finds extraordinary Stone Age art. He uncovers clues that lead him to the depths of the Amazon rainforest to drink the powerful hallucinogen Ayahuasca with shamans, whose paintings contain images of "supernatural beings" identical to the animal-human hybrids depicted in prehistoric caves. Hallucinogens such as mescaline also produce visionary encounters with exactly the same beings. Scientists at the cutting edge of consciousness research have begun to consider the possibility that such hallucinations may be real perceptions of other "dimensions." Could the "supernaturals" first depicted in the painted caves be the ancient teachers of mankind? Could it be that human evolution is not just the "meaningless" process that Darwin identified, but something more purposive and intelligent that we have barely begun to understand?

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind [Audiobook]

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind [Audiobook]
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind [Audiobook] by Julian Jaynes, read by James Patrick Cronin
2015 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 1 min | 437.37MB

At the heart of this classic, seminal book is Julian Jaynes' still-controversial thesis that human consciousness did not begin far back in animal evolution but instead is a learned process that came about only 3,000 years ago and is still developing. The implications of this revolutionary scientific paradigm extend into virtually every aspect of our psychology, our history and culture, our religion - and indeed our future.

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy [Audiobook]

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy [Audiobook]
A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy [Audiobook] by William B Irvine, read by James Patrick Cronin
2013 | MP3@96 kbps + MOBI | 8 hrs 3 mins | 342.34MB

One of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still remarkably applicable to modern lives. In A Guide to the Good Life, Irvine offers a refreshing presentation of Stoicism, showing how this ancient philosophy can still direct us toward a better life.

Using the psychological insights and the practical techniques of the Stoics, Irvine offers a roadmap for anyone seeking to avoid the feelings of chronic dissatisfaction that plague so many of us. Irvine looks at various Stoic techniques for attaining tranquility and shows how to put these techniques to work in our own life. As he does so, he describes his own experiences practicing Stoicism and offers valuable first-hand advice for anyone wishing to live better by following in the footsteps of these ancient philosophers. Listeners learn how to minimize worry, how to let go of the past and focus our efforts on the things we can control, and how to deal with insults, grief, old age, and the distracting temptations of fame and fortune. We learn from Marcus Aurelius the importance of prizing only things of true value, and from Epictetus we learn how to be more content with what we have.

Finally, A Guide to the Good Life shows listeners how to become thoughtful observers of their own lives. If we watch ourselves as we go about our daily business and later reflect on what we saw, we can better identify the sources of distress and eventually avoid that pain in our life. By doing this, the Stoics thought, we can hope to attain a truly joyful life.

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