Aristotle's surviving works were likely intended for his students and other philosophers. His prose is less than gripping for contemporary readers. This audiobook seeks to make the texts accessible by providing manageable excerpts from works such as The History of Animals and Nicomachean Ethics. Hugh Ross's narration of Aristotle is friendly and spirited, a style that goes some way in making this work sound less like lecture notes than it might have in other hands. Even more inviting are the preambles that place each passage in context. Roy McMillan delivers these in an avuncular voice, as though he were reading to children. In the end, these introductions are often more interesting than the extracts themselves.
Aristotle was the third key figure among the philosophers of Ancient Greece, after Socrates and Plato. Here, extensive sections of the main works for which he is still respected are given, following accessible introductions setting the scene.
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After loving the audio versions of Plato's Socratic dialogs, I wanted to try listening to Aristotle. This recording was disappointing both for its selections and the narration.
The selections lean toward colorful but unchallenging tidbits such as zoological observations. I'd have liked more of the Ethics, Logic, and other work that I might spend some time contemplating.
The narrator doesn't help matters, sounding as pedantic as a small-college Philosophy professor serving out his time until retirement.
But still, it's Aristotle. There isn't much of his work available so far in Audio format, but I'd say try Nichomachean Ethics first. Come back to this collection if you want more.
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