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Plato's Republic Audiobook

Plato's Republic

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I went down yesterday to the Piraeus with Glaucon the son of Ariston, that I might offer up my prayers to the goddess (Bendis, the Thracian Artemis); and also because I wanted to see in what manner they would celebrate the festival, which was a new thing. I was delighted with the procession of the inhabitants; but that of the Thracians was equally, if not more, beautiful. When we had finished our prayers and viewed the spectacle, we turned in the direction of the city; and at that instant, Polemarchus the son of Cephalus chanced to catch sight of us from a distance as we were starting on our way home, and told his servant to run and bid us wait for him. The servant took hold of me by the cloak behind, and said, "Polemarchus desires you to wait."

I turned round, and asked him where his master was.

"There he is," said the youth, "Coming after you, if you will only wait."

Public Domain (P)2017 Procrustes Media

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    Ryan 07-03-17
    Ryan 07-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "One of the first philosophy textbooks"

    A great narration of the classic Republic. As one of the founding members of western philosophy there is much that can be learned even today. To use logic and reason for debate rather than feelings and insults is becoming a lost art and is one of the core teachings of Socrates.

    The republic is read as a dialogue between people and I think is best enjoyed and understood that way as Ron Welch does a great job of it being conversational between characters.

    For people who want to learn how to think through an argument rather than be told what to think I would recommend this book. Its teachings can be applied to many aspects of life and is an interesting study of philosophy and the human condition.

    ***I received a free copy by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an honest review***

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Beaulac NEK Vermont 06-29-17
    Bill Beaulac NEK Vermont 06-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A book truly meant to be listened to, not read."

    Having struggled, more than once, with reading through Plato's Republic I was hesitant to commit to listening to the same. Thank goodness I did!!! In fact, since the Socratic method was originally in the form of dialog, it only stands to reason that listening to the content is the intended method rather than reading it.

    The narration by Ron Welch was about as close to perfect for listening that one could find. The speech was clear, at a great pace, with much inflection and gives the listener the sense of being right in the middle of the conversation. This work was intended as a listen as opposed to a read.

    This classic is a deep listen, but filled with wit. Although it may not be for everyone . . . it should be as the insight into humanity is worth the time and effort. I would highly recommend listening to this work as it is MUCH more enjoyable than reading it!!!

    A review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. My hope is that this review helps in your decision to obtain this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Reeves Raleigh, NC 06-23-17
    Eric Reeves Raleigh, NC 06-23-17
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    "I think I need to be smarter to get it!"

    Since this is more of a review on the narration, the only thing I'll say about the content of this audio book is that it is very difficult to follow. The ideas and debates come rapid fire and keeping up with all of the different ideas and trains of thought is difficult to say the least. I usually consider myself to be pretty intelligent, but I found listening to this to be very difficult indeed. Slowing it down helped some, but I honestly think reading this book would be much more beneficial from the standpoint of fully understanding and contemplating what Plato is trying to convey.

    The narration was wonderful. The different voices were distinct. The pace was smooth and slow enough to allow those of quick wit to keep up (I don't think dimwitted people really have any business reading this book anyway). I found myself using the rewind 30 seconds button on many occasions during this book, so what does that say about me?!?!?

    If you have any interest in debates, intellectual conversation, philosophy or just something a little different, this book would suit you very well. This book isn't just a lecture. It's a broad range of ideas and arguments laid out in the form of dialogue between friends. To my mind, that makes it so much more interesting and engaging than any textbook could hope to be.

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Well narrated version of Plato's Republic!"
    What made the experience of listening to Plato's Republic the most enjoyable?

    The narrator does an excellent job tackling this piece. It made the listening experience enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare Plato's Republic to and why?

    It's a book/dialogue of its own kind, it's worth the listen for sure.


    What about Ron Welch’s performance did you like?

    It's always hard to listen to philosophy and takes a certain type of narrator. Ron's voice is well suited.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    If there's one chapter/book in this dialogue you should listen to, it's book 10. I feel like that last book really bought the whole dialogue together.


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    Kingsley Henely Brook, Australia 06-12-17
    Kingsley Henely Brook, Australia 06-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "An enjoyable narration of a classic"

    If you are like me then going into reading The Republic you probably know about Socrates and the idea of his Socratic method, and something about a cave and showing poor shadows on the wall of true forms.

    But there is a lot more to this book than that.

    The book is a discussion between Socrates and several friends around the reality of justice, a just city-state and man. It looks as how Socrates and his friends would set up their city-state, ruled by benevolent Philosopher-Kings. It goes into details on what justice is, what it means to be just, and into the other characteristics of a good ruler. It looks at several different government types (oligarchy, democracy, dictatorships etc) and the strengths and weaknesses of each.

    It's an interesting book, full of interesting ideas. Because it is presented as a dialogue, rather than a non-fiction explanation, it flows really easily and keeps the reader engaged.


    Narration by Ron Welch is a large part of why this is easy to follow and keeps you engaged. I've previously listened to another of his books and found it to be okay, but this one was really good. He provides different voices for each of the people speaking, making it much easier to follow the dialogue. He also adopts a different tone for the footnotes, so that it is clear when there are footnotes. He is clear and well paced.

    If you have ever been interested in reading The Republic, this is an enjoyable and accessible version.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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