Plato in 90 Minutes

Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In an age when philosophers had scarcely glimpsed the horizons of the mind, a boy named Aristocles decided to forgo his ambitions as a wrestler. Adopting the nickname Plato, he embarked instead on a life in philosophy. In 387 B.C. he founded the Academy, the world's first university, and taught his students that all we see is not reality but merely a reproduction of the true source. And in his famous Republic he described the politics of "the highest form of state."

In Plato in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Plato's life and ideas and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world.

©1996 Paul Strathern (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

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If you could sum up Plato in 90 Minutes in three words, what would they be?
aka Cliff Notes

Would you recommend Plato in 90 Minutes to your friends? Why or why not?
Yes - I've listened to each book in the series about a major philosopher that is available on Audible. Strathern's books don't have the analytical depth found in Will Durant's "The Story of Philosophy" books, but he does a good job summarizing each philosopher's biography, major philosophical points, and criticisms. Additionally, Strathern's breadth is broader than Durant's in that he covers a greater number of philosophers. I believe that the time spent listening to these books has been well-spent.

My reviews for each book in the series about a philosopher are identical.

What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?
Voice is clear, well-modulated, and easily understood, even at 1 1/2 speed.

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Helpful Summary of Plato

Of course 90 minutes cannot give a full telling of Plato's life or philosophy, but it's a great introduction.

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A wonderful summary - concise and interesting.

Would you listen to Plato in 90 Minutes again? Why?

Yes - I plan to. I want to remember it.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The historical importance and its impact on the present.

What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?

Clear and interesting.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I plan to listen to all historical biographys produced by this company.