This highly regarded volume features a modern translation of all ten books of The Republic. Translated by Raymond Larson.
The Republic is an explosion of thought; a ten-book brainstorm of one of the greatest minds of all-time.
©1968 Allan Bloom (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC
I have both the Larson and Bloom, so I was able to compare. It's definitely the Larson, which is probably a wise choice to read aloud--Bloom is very good, but doesn't flow that well. Please someone make a recording of the new Joe Sachs translation of the Republic!
The narrator is not really going for the sparkle and humor of the original (and this translation in particular), and has Glaucon and Adeimantus sound like little boys, but these things are hard to get right.
All this being said, this is the best recording currently available for a serious student of Plato, who wants to get the sound and pace of how it must have been to hear it read aloud--as it no doubt was.
Audible says the translator on this is Allan Bloom when in fact it is Raymond Larson. Very misleading as I was looking for the Allan Bloom translation. Very annoyed and never using audible again.
I like history, religion, philosophy, and language
No, I would go listen to the free Librivox recording
He spoke in a monotone, made no effort to differentiate the characters speaking, he sounded completely disinterested in the subject, and he had no idea how to pronounce anyone's name. I can sort of forgive calling Thrasymachus "THRAES-ee-MACK-us" as it is not often encountered, but repeatedly calling Hesiod "Heshid"?
Seriously, Audible's narration of ancient classics are something to be wanting, Librivox is free, use dated copyright-free translations but the narrators put great effort into it especially in the Platonic dialogues
The translation was well done, but the narrator doesn't change his voice between characters very much so sometimes it's difficult to know who's speaking.
My only complaint is that the reading was exceptionally slow, so much so that I could play it at 1.5x and it still sounded like normal speech.
It contains some of the most important knowledge there is. I highly recommend this book for everyone.
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