Plato's Allegory of the Cave is what many believe to be the foundation of Western Philosophy. It addresses what is visible and invisible, seen and observed versus intuited and imagined, and what is public versus private and just versus unjust. It also concerns the meaning and importance of education, the state of the soul, the conflict between truth and beauty, animal urges versus higher aspirations, knowledge versus ignorance, and on and on.
With this audiobook, you will hear the original Allegory of the Cave and much more in less than 60 minutes. To improve your understanding of Plato's allegory, we have included original commentary surrounding this subject. This information is intended to give you a fuller understanding of the allegory.
Fewer people than you may think have read or even heard of the Allegory of the Cave. Fewer still have read or heard of Plato's The Republic. If you're seeking to boost your performance in school, or if you're just curious, this audio program will put you ahead of the class!
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Bad, Bad, Bad!
The story the Allgory of the Cave is wonderful!! But the person reading is horrible. Mispronounced words, no ediiting and straight forward reading! You can tell when he is flipping pages and tries to pick up from where he left off. $2.94 is way too expensive for this.
Audble, I hope you take this off you list of books. It is really bad.
I am very disappointed with this audiobook. When I purchase an audiobook from Audible, I have come to expect professional quality recordings. The narrator slips over words, pauses, rereads words that were first stated incorrectly, and stumbles over main character names. If this audiobook were .99, I would understand, but at $5 for 45 minutes, I definitely expect a professional quality recording. Additionally, most of the 45 minutes of the recording is narrator commentary, which is not entirely correct or useful... I have never been so disappointed with an audiobook from Audible.
Its Plato so you know it has to be hard to understand. But the narrator is obviously reading from a script and there is little attempt to edit changes in reading tempo or slight stumbles so it aggravates the listeners ability to understand. I will continue to listen to it over and over but if you think you are going to here it one time and be a Plato scholar you are wrong.
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
I would like to suggest that Deaver Brown becomes a member of the Toastmasters. When he has completed his Competent Communicator manual he must immediately proceed to the Interpretative Reading one, then he can redo this current reading.
As a postgraduate student of Greek, I thought, well, this version of the "Allegory of the Cave" would help me a lot. I was disappointed, not because of the translation, but because of the WORSE narration I've ever heard. While Brown gives some important information about Plato in his introduction, he becomes more hesitant when reading the text. I tried several times to listen though this audiobook, but has been unsuccessful even after sitting with the Greek text in front of me.
Don't waste money on this book, you will definitely regret buying the book.
Business Physicist and Astronomer
I didn't care at all for the editorial/commentary which detracted from the horrible reading of the Cave.
This seems to me like something you'd get for free rather than buy. But, if you need to get through "The Cave" allegory in a hurry and need a rather shallow interpretation...here you go.
It was a bit too short for me....I need the context of the entire Book VII : The Republic. My copy was audio and the "educated commentary" muddied the message of the original Author and story teller.
Terrible, terrible, terrible, am i being to subtle? Talking too fast, like the narrator must have been nervous, audible need to do some sort of quality check before they offer items for sale.
The author spends most of his time telling us that philosophy isn't very interesting. As a fan of philosophy, I found it insulting. But in any case it was a waste of time to listen to. Just skip to the allegory itself and ignore all the rest.
The narrator is not very engaging, but the allegory pulls its own weight. If you like the allegory as much as I do, than you can deal with the narration.
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