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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.

Public Domain (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Austin
  • 04/03/2006

Wonderful

Nadia May's clear and fetching voice brings us this most ancient, complete and instructive of works, by the old master himself. The translation is equally lucid. As for a review of Aristotle's writing, I shall refrain, as it is an experience indescribable. Do not skip this one!

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Frank Lester Adams
  • 26/07/2016

It's All About the Pacing

Would you listen to another book narrated by Nadia May?

Yes.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely not.

Any additional comments?

The problem I had with this reading was with the pacing of the presentation. When philosophical concepts are being presented in a book, especially so in a book being read and listened to aloud, many times it is necessary for the listener to take a moment or two to pause to digest what he has just heard. A work of philosophy cannot be read at the same pace as can be read (say) a page-turner novel.

And therein lay the difficulty I had with listening to this presentation. It was a bit like riding through a museum on a bicycle. It was an otherwise excellent recitation read too quickly. I would have liked for the work to have been read a bit more slowly with longer pauses between paragraphs. I realize that what I have just said could be said about any work that requires a bit of intellectual heavy lifting to be properly comprehended . . . but there you have it.

Fortunately, my listening device came equipped with a pause and rewind button.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dimitrios
  • 10/04/2018

Excellent Reading

The basis of today's problems and their analysis 2,500 ago. The answer to ethical diplomas and existential questions for inquisitive minds. Unfortunately with all the analysis comes the realization and understanding of what is going wrong in our modern world.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Microglyphics
  • 21/04/2022

Sophomoric Drivel

To call it sophomoric is to elevate it above its station. Aristotle comes across as an elitist who narrated this after a bender. The reader did a good job given the source material. I wanted to 'read' the source material, I've always felt that Virtue ethics and imaginative religious work had a common core. Hearing this, my feeling has only strengthened. As with religion, it seems this only plays well to people already indoctrinated into the mindset. Plato's Republic had the same vibe, and given the relationship between the two, it's not surprising. I am left wondering if these two are just satirists and some generations later, they're being interpreted as something more.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jedediah Hope
  • 16/10/2021

excellent narration

and of course the book is excellent. a must 'read'. ....words, words, filler words .

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Francis
  • 11/05/2007

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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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Welsh Mafia
  • 28/06/2008

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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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jamie Barron
  • 27/05/2022

Interesting and clearly-read

A clear, decent reading of an interesting philosophical consideration of what makes a person good, and how we can balance extremes to find the optimum. I found some parts of this more interesting than others, but enjoyed it as a whole, and the reading was crisp and clear.

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    2 out of 5 stars
  • EveG
  • 16/11/2021

Impossible to understand

While the narrator has a decent voice she speaks ridiculously fast that one cannot comprehend half of what she is saying. It almost makes you feel anxious trying to keep up. It’s like she is merely reading words off an autocue with no emotion. As for the story I didn’t catch much of anything and gave up after 15mins. I’ll have to read the book for myself