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The Apology of Socrates, by Plato, is the dialogue that presents the speech of legal self-defense, which Socrates presented at his trial for corruption in 399 BC.

Specifically, The Apology of Socrates is a defense against the charges of "corrupting the young" and "not believing in the gods which the city believes in, but in other gods which are unknown" to Athens.

The Apology of Socrates is the dialogue that depicts the trial, written by Plato, who details the final days of the philosopher Socrates.

This book has been carefully adapted into modern English to allow for easy listening.

©2017 James Harris (P)2017 James Harris

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This was wonderfully done and well delivered. The narration pace bothered me. I sped it up and it was much better. The narrator did a great job. Even if it was a bit slow.

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Interesting Insight into Plato's Mind

Where does The Apology of Socrates: Adapted for the Contemporary Reader rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

For this type of thing, this ranks very highly for me. It's a quick listen at under an hour and I actually sped it up a bit too. It's cool to get a snapshot of someone's mindset so long ago directly from them, and the nuggets of wisdom within make this a highly recommended book.

What about Michael T Downey’s performance did you like?

The narrator is very clear - which is why I could speed it up and it was fine.

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I was unaware Socrates was this level of troll....

Good god, this book was freaking hilarious. Slightly depressing knowing how Socrates ended his life shortly after this happened, but the amount of burns he lays down before going out is simply wonderful. This is the second book I have heard from Michael Downey and I think he did head and shoulders better in this one, which is saying something as I did enjoy his last work as well. If your considering this book I would highly recommend giving it a try.

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Good!

Fantastic narration for this classic!

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A Life Unexamined Is Not Worth Living

Plato’s telling of Socrates trial for corrupting the youth and not believing in the correct gods. Socrates argued logically this was not correct and at the same made it clear those who believed themselves to be wise were not. Clearly letting his accusers what he thought of them.
He gave his opinion of people who put riches above learning and of uses the famous quote...A life unexamined is not worth living.
Many things he addresses are relevant today.
The narrator was perfect, it was listening to play. Great voice, great intonation timing and emotion

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Rushed Speech

I felt like the narrator was consciously kerping time, to make sure this remained under a tome limit. II was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Classic

Wonderfully done.
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Witty, Wonderful character, Page-turner, Original, Realistic, Easy-to-read, Entertaining, Twisted, Informative.
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Interesting Listen

The Greek mythos was never covered in my formal education, so I was very interested to explore this little piece of history. The explanation and argument that Socrates makes at his trial are both cogent and reasonable...and of course threatening to those who sit in power and hold opposing views. This rendition was accessible to modern ears and very easy to follow.

The narration is well done with a smooth and measured delivery.

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Interesting

I've always enjoyed learning about history and ancient Greece is one of the areas I studies in high school, although that seems like a very long time ago now. Of course you can't learn about ancient Greek history with learning about Socrates, but I've never read the Apology of Socrates so when I got the chance I jumped at it.

I found it really interesting, the style of logic that Socrates used was compelling and convincing for me. The modernization seem to have been done well.

The narration is good, the phrasing of the delivery is well done and the limited character voices were clear.

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  • 11-27-17

Apologia

Written by Plato, from the perspective of Socrates this is an 'apologia' - a reasoned defense of a position or action - not an apology - saying sorry -for holding those positions. Socrates is not recanting or apologising for holding his views, but is defending himself and explaining his positions. With modern language rarely using apology/apologia in this context it isn't immediately clear.

The short work covers the speeches given by Socrates at his trial (2500 year old spoiler: he is found guilty and executed), against the charges of corrupting the youth and atheism. The book covers his defense, his response to the verdict and his final statements before execution

As with all we know of Socrates, it comes as hearsay via Plato and is told in a question and answer 'Socratic method'. It is interesting and well reasoned, if short. A great way to get a good overview of Socrates, his style (or Plato's style, at least) and what he taught. Overall well worth the short investment of time.

Narration by Michael T Downey is fine. He is clear and well paced. I would have liked a little more effort in clarifying the back-and-forth questioning between multiple people - to keep it clear who was talking. At times he modified his voice to be a different 'character', but other times he didn't. Or minimally did. Overall, narration is good but nothing exciting. It does what it needs to, but doesn't go beyond that.

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