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  • Plato's Republic |  Plato

    Plato's Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    The Republic poses questions that endure: What is justice? What form of community fosters the best possible life for human beings? What is the nature and destiny of the soul? What form of education provides the best leaders for a good republic? What are the various forms of poetry and the other arts, and which ones should be fostered and which ones should be discouraged? How does knowing differ from believing?

    Benjamin Myers says: "Spectacular"
  • Black Like Me | John Howard Griffin

    Black Like Me

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Howard Griffin
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Writer John Howard Griffin (1920-1980) decided to perform an experiment in order to learn from the inside out how one race could withstand the second class citizenship imposed on it by another race. Through medication, he dyed his skin dark and left his family and home in Texas to find out.

    Tim says: "Absolutely Stunning!"
  • Aristotle's Poetics |  Aristotle

    Aristotle's Poetics

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 24 mins)
    • By Aristotle
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    Aristotle's Poetics is best known for its definitions and analyses of tragedy and comedy, but it also applies to truth and beauty as they are manifested in the other arts. In our age, when the natural and social sciences have dominated the quest for truth, it is helpful to consider why Aristotle claimed poetry is more philosophical and more significant than history. Like so many other works by Aristotle, the Poetics has dominated the way we have thought about all forms of dramatic performance in Europe and America ever since.

  • Plato's Gorgias |  Plato

    Plato's Gorgias

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    Gorgias of Leontini, a famous teacher of rhetoric, has come to Athens to recruit students, promising to teach them how to become leaders in politics and business. A group has gathered at Callicles' house to hear Gorgias demonstrate the power of his art. This dialogue blends comic and serious discussion of the best life, providing a penetrating examination of ethics.

    bayani says: "ray childs hits it out of the park
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  • Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy | Friedrich Nietzsche

    Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Friedrich Nietzsche
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    In this, his first book, Nietzsche developed a way of thinking about the arts that unites the Greek gods Apollo and Dionysus as the central symbol of human existence. Although tragedy serves as the focus of this work, music, visual art, dance, and the other arts can also be viewed using Nietzsche's analysis and integration of the Apollonian and the Dionysian. The Birth of Tragedy stands alongside Aristotle's Poetics as an essential work for all who seek to understand poetry and its relationship to human life.

    Tim Parsons says: "boring"
  • Plato's Meno |  Plato

    Plato's Meno

    • UNABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    A dialogue between Socrates and Meno probes the subject of ethics. Can goodness be taught? If it can, then we should be able to find teachers capable of instructing others about what is good and bad, right and wrong, or just and unjust.

    Nelson Alexander says: "Why Incomplete?"
  • The Calypso Directive: A Novel | Brian Andrews

    The Calypso Directive: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brian Andrews
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    For 155 days, Will Foster has been locked in medical quarantine without his consent. The doctors claim he is infected with a deadly virus, but this is a lie. Encoded in his DNA is a mutation that provides immunity from disease for all who possess it, source code that Vyrogen Pharmaceuticals aims to commercialize as a multi-billion dollar gene therapy. Against all odds, Foster escapes his laboratory prison and steals a virulent strain of bubonic plague as insurance. To help him unravel the mystery inside him, Foster contacts the only person he can trust - a former lover and microbiologist living Vienna - and the two become fugitives.

    Ann says: "Horrendous!"
  • Plato's Phaedo |  Plato

    Plato's Phaedo

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    Socrates is in prison, sentenced to die when the sun sets. In this final conversation, he asks what will become of him once he drinks the poison prescribed for his execution. Socrates and his friends examine several arguments designed to prove that the soul is immortal. This quest leads him to the broader topic of the nature of mind and its connection not only to human existence but also to the cosmos itself. What could be a better way to pass the time between now and the sunset?

    Amazon Customer says: "Wonderful"
  • Plato's Phaedrus |  Plato

    Plato's Phaedrus

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    Phaedrus lures Socrates outside the walls of Athens, where he seldom goes, by promising to share a new work by his friend and mentor, Lysias, a famous writer of speeches. This dialogue provides a powerful example of the dialectical writing that Plato uses to manifest ideas that are essential to human existence and to living a good life. Phaedrus shows how oral and written forms of language relate to each other and to philosophy.

    Stefan Balan says: "Plato's probably mots poetical dialogue."
  • Hume's Dialogues | David Hume

    Hume's Dialogues

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By David Hume
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    David Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion had not yet been published when he died in 1776. Even though the manuscript was mostly written during the 1750s, it did not appear until 1779. The subject itself was too delicate and controversial, and Hume's dialectical examination of religious knowledge was especially provocative. What should we teach young people about religion? The characters Demea, Cleanthes, and Philo passionately present and defend three sharply different answers to that question.

    Jack Patterson says: "Great little audio book"
  • Dao De Jing |  Laozi

    Dao De Jing

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Laozi
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    The Dao De Jing exists on the border between poetry and philosophy, embracing both mythos and logos. Its poetic form can stand alone, but it is enriched when its timeless ideas are analyzed and explained through careful scholarship. For example: He who knows others is knowledgeable. He who knows himself is wise. These words resemble Socrates' account of his own quest in Plato's Apology.

  • Plato's Symposium |  Plato

    Plato's Symposium

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    The dramatic nature of Plato's dialogues is delightfully evident in Symposium. The marriage between character and thought bursts forth as the guests gather at Agathon's house to celebrate the success of his first tragedy. With wit and insight, they all present their ideas about love - from Erixymachus' scientific naturalism to Aristophanes' comic fantasy. The unexpected arrival of Alcibiades breaks the spell cast by Diotima's ethereal climb up the staircase of love to beauty itself.

    Aleksander says: "fantastic"
  • Plato's Ion |  Plato

    Plato's Ion

    • UNABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    Socrates questions Ion, an actor who just won a major prize, about his ability to interpret the epic poetry of Homer. How does an actor, a poet, or any other artist create? Is it by knowing? Is it by inspiration? As the dialogue proceeds, the nature of human creativity emerges as a mysterious process and an unsolved puzzle.

  • A Hunter's Fireside Book: Tales of Dogs, Ducks, Birds, & Guns | Gene Hill

    A Hunter's Fireside Book: Tales of Dogs, Ducks, Birds, & Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Gene Hill
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    The legendary American outdoor writer’s finest collection. For decades, Gene Hill’s articles and books have captured the spirit of the outdoors in a way that inspires and entertains millions of readers. A Hunter’s Fireside Book captures the essence of the life of a sportsman and explores the full spectrum of the hunter’s experience: sunrises in the duck blind, an unforgettable hunter’s moon, the camaraderie of men who know the pleasures of being wet and cold and a little bit lost.

    Rachel says: "Great."
  • Plato's Apology |  Plato

    Plato's Apology

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    Socrates is on trial for his life. He is charged with impiety and corrupting young people. He presents his own defense, explaining why he has devoted his life to challenging the most powerful and important people in the Greek world. The reason is that rich and famous politicians, priests, poets, and a host of others pretend to know what is good, true, holy, and beautiful, but when Socrates questions them, they are shown to be foolish rather than wise.

    J. Roche says: "Another well acted presentation"
  • Plato's Crito |  Plato

    Plato's Crito

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    The Athenian court has found Socrates guilty and sentenced him to death. While he is waiting to be executed, his friend, Crito, comes to the prison to persuade him to escape and go into exile. Socrates responds by examining the essence of law and community, probing the various kinds of law and making distinctions that go far beyond the particular issue of whether or not Socrates should escape.

    Byron says: "Bravo!"
  • Plato's Laches |  Plato

    Plato's Laches

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    Laches, a general in the Athenian army, saw Socrates fight bravely in the battle of Delium. When he and Nicias, another general, are asked to explain the idea of courage, they are at a loss, and words fail them. How does courage differ from thoughtless and reckless audacity? Can a lion be said to be courageous? What about small children who have little idea of the dangers they face? Should we call people courageous who do not know whether their bravery will produce good or bad consequences?

    Amazon Customer says: "Elegant"
  • Descartes' Meditations | Rene Descartes

    Descartes' Meditations

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rene Descartes
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    Rene Descartes is often described as the first modern philosopher, but much of the content of his Meditations on First Philosophy can be found in the medieval period that had already existed for more than a thousand years. Does God exist? If so, what is his nature? Is the human soul immortal? How does it differ from the body? What role do sense experience and pure reason play in knowing?

  • Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous | George Berkeley

    Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George Berkeley
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    Berkeley uses the Socratic mode of inquiry in Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous to question fundamental beliefs about knowledge and reality. These dialogues are between Hylas (whose name is derived from the ancient Greek word for matter) and Philonous, whose name means "lover of mind". The new physical sciences developed in the 17th century supported the materialism proposed by Thomas Hobbes and several other philosophers.

    Aleksander says: "Ray Childs at it again"
  • Amos Fortune: Free Man | Elizabeth Yates

    Amos Fortune: Free Man

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Yates
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    Captured by slave traders when only 15, At-mun never forgot his roots as a prince. Nor did he ever lose his princely dignity and the courage to hold his head high. Sold at auction in America and haunted by the memory of his young sister left behind in Africa, At-mun, now Amos, began his long march to freedom. He dreamed of being free and of buying the freedom of his closest friends.

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