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Laura

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  • The Aeneid

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert Fitzgerald (translator), Virgil
    • Narrated By Christopher Ravenscroft
    Overall
    (24)
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    (20)
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    (21)

    Profoundly poetic yet gloriously accessible, this is the best way to experience a work that has remained a centerpiece of Western civilization for 2,000 years. Fitzgerald's rendering speaks directly to the modern listener, inviting us to share the excitement, adventure, and human tears as Aeneas, the warrior hero, escapes from the burning city of Troy, embarks on a long and perilous journey, and eventually, triumphantly establishes a new nation: Rome.

    Kodiak1221 says: "Strange Narration"
    "The Legend of Rome and Caesar Augustus"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is easy to understand, fascinating and helps one better understand Greek myths and Roman mythology.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The first part of this book is adventurous, like the Odyssey, and the second is fighting, like the Iliad. The best of both books, though not as much of a smash and bang cacaphony like the Iliad, and it has the better storyline of the Odyssey.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Ravenscroft’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No it did not. It was strictly read for school purposes, though I would listen to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    Hard to tell exactly where you are. Not much warning of which chapter your in, so if this is for school purposes, you may want to get the Robert Fitzgerald translation in the actual book. Be warned, the two are not fully parallel, the audio will occasionally skip up to five pages or more just to get to the point, this can cause confusion. The two for the most part read the same.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plato: The Giants of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Berel Lang
    • Narrated By Charlton Heston
    Overall
    (23)
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    (14)
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    (14)

    Plato was the first great philosopher of the West to organize and record the issues and questions that define philosophy. A student of Socrates, Plato preserved the teachings of his mentor in many famous "dialogues" that deal with classic issues like law and justice, perception and reality, death and the soul, mind and body, reason and passion, and the nature of love.

    Laura says: "The Updated Socrates"
    "The Updated Socrates"
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    If you could sum up Plato in three words, what would they be?

    Clever, successful, improved.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Plato is the reason we know anything about Socrates, Plato also took many of Socrates' ideas and expanded on them.


    What does Charlton Heston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Legibility. Plato presents many confusing ideas, and the explanations made by Charlton Heston make it easier to understand.


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

    NO! This is a long book, which is best listened to in several sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Socrates, then Plato is the one to thank.
    If you like Socrates, then you will love Plato.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aristotle: The Giants of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Thomas C. Brickhouse
    • Narrated By Charlton Heston
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (9)
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    (9)

    Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) was Plato's student, but revised his teacher's ideas to be more consistent with ordinary experience. He thought human beings are one with the rest of nature, yet set apart from it by their ability to reason. Aristotle systematized the laws of thought, gave a complete account of nature and God, and developed an attractive view of the good life and the good society. He also provided the first systematic expositions of physics, biology, psychology, and the standards of literature.

    Laura says: "The First Humanist"
    "The First Humanist"
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    If you could sum up Aristotle in three words, what would they be?

    The First Humanist


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Hard to say. I guess it would be that Aristotle was the first major humanist. Not a wonderful thing, but it is interesting that he came up with ideas that are still held high in esteem today.


    What does Charlton Heston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sometimes being able to listen helps with understanding, no other comments though.


    If you could give Aristotle a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The First Humanist.


    Any additional comments?

    You need to love philosophic ideas to really enjoy this. I simply listened to this for school purposes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Socrates

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Thomas C. Brickhouse
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (12)
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    (6)
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    (6)

    Though Socrates left no written works, there were many ancient accounts of his life and his philosophy. The most important of the surviving accounts are from three contemporaries (the comic poet Aristophanes, the historian Xenophon, and the philosopher Plato) along with two later Greek biographers: Plutarch (1st cent. AD) and Diogenes Laertius (3rd cent. AD). The "Socratic Problem" is to determine from those varying accounts what Socrates actually said and believed.

    Laura says: "The Base for Western Thinking"
    "The Base for Western Thinking"
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    If you could sum up Socrates in three words, what would they be?

    Clever, hated, ugly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was interesting to see how much of today's ideas are based off of Socrates' ideas.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the parts where Socrates would come up with some mindbending idea.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The tag line would be "The Gadfly", as Socrates often sees himself as the city of Athens' gadfly.


    Any additional comments?

    Not exactly recreational reading! Unless you are a philosopher junkie, this is a hard to read, occasionally confusing book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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