HUMAN, ALL TOO HUMAN A BOOK FOR FREE SPIRITS
By Friedrich Nietzsche • Read by Michael Lunts
Would you listen to Human, All Too Human again? Why?
Definitely. This is a the easiest way for me to digest Nietzsche. Reading his writings I get too distracted, but I’ve found that listening allows me better absorption. I actually played this entire book on 2x speed. It requires a slight increase in listening effort, but the challenge keeps you from drifting off.
What did you like best about this story?
This isn’t the devastating Christian critique of The Antichrist, nor the ground breaking dismissal of ethics with Beyond Good and Evil, but a manifesto for free life. It contains several sections, moving from moral critiques to Christianity.
In short, this is a deconstruction of morals and virtue, revealing the false restrictions they impose. The content is unique from his other writings, although the themes are the same. There are no proprietary Nietzsche here to learn, but plenty of things to think about, including: the dangers of compassion, what creates the mindset of justice, the bias of religious virtue, and more.
More aphorism than consistent narrative, this book is easier to hop in and out of. Where as in his other works, if you miss something early on you might be missing a crucial ingredient for later.
What does Michael Lunts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Solid reader; his voice was a comfortable fill in for whatever Nietzsche might actually sound like.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Feelings of my power growing.