For my morning and evening walks to and from work, I'm currently listening to Librivox's Thus Spake Zarathustra. I'm a huge fan of Librivox and use it all the time. All the readers are volunteers and all the recordings are in the public domain. It is the ultimate well-meaning, liberal, education-loving freak's (ie me) dream site.
I'm struggling a little with Zarathustra though. It does seem churlish to criticise, in view of everything I've said above, but nonetheless some of the readings are hard work. There seems to be a general sense of portentousness about the delivery, with everything declaimed and every sentence falling at the end. At times, the repetitiveness of the rhythms becomes boring, and Thus Spake Zarathustra is many things - perplexing, bamboozling, profound, witty, silly, provocative - but it should never, ever be boring. There is one reader in particular, and sadly he reads more chapters than anyone else, who is virtually unlistenable. He seems to dispense entirely with breath for most of the readings, relying purely on a croak from deep in his throat. Ghastly.
I don't know what it is with Nietzsche. I think he's a lot more playful than most people give him credit for; he's generally taken for some dour, half demented ranter. I think Zarathustra should be read with bounce and zip and elan and - yes, humour.
Thus spake Conoboy.