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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"
  • 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 Republic: Translated with Notes, An Interpretive Essay, and a New Introduction by Raymond Larson |  Plato,Raymond Larson (translator)

    The Republic: Translated with Notes, An Interpretive Essay, and a New Introduction by Raymond Larson

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Plato, Raymond Larson (translator)
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
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    This highly regarded volume features a modern translation of all ten books of The Republic. Translated by Raymond Larson. The Republic is an explosion of thought; a ten-book brainstorm of one of the greatest minds of all-time.

    Mary says: "Raymond Larson is the translator!"
  • 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"
  • The Socratic Dialogues: Early Period, Volume 1: The Apology, Crito, Charmides, Laches, Lysis, Menexenus, Ion |  Plato,Benjamin Jowett - translator

    The Socratic Dialogues: Early Period, Volume 1: The Apology, Crito, Charmides, Laches, Lysis, Menexenus, Ion

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Plato, Benjamin Jowett - translator
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    Here are the Socratic Dialogues presented as Plato designed them to be - living discussions between friends and protagonists, with the personality of Socrates himself coming alive as he deals with a host of subjects, from justice and inspiration to courage, poetry and the gods. Plato's Socratic Dialogues provide a bedrock for classical Western philosophy. For centuries they have been read, studied and discussed via the flat pages of books, but the ideal medium for them is the spoken word.

  • Plato's Euthyphro |  Plato

    Plato's Euthyphro

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    In Euthyphro, Socrates is on his way to the court, where he must defend himself against serious charges brought by religious and political authorities. On the way he meets Euthyphro, an expert on religious matters who has come to prosecute his own father. Socrates questions Euthyphro's claim that religion serves as the basis for ethics. Euthyphro is not able to provide satisfactory answers to Socrates' questions, but their dialogue leaves us with the challenge of making a reasonable connection between ethics and religion.

    J. Roche says: "Well balanced and engaging. A good start."
  • The Trial and the Death of Socrates |  Plato

    The Trial and the Death of Socrates

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Bruce Alexander, Jamie Glover, David Timson
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    The Trial and the Death of Socrates remains a powerful document not least because it gives a first-hand account of the end of one of the greatest figures in history.

    In Apology, Socrates defends himself before the Athenian court against charges of corrupting youth. Phaedo is the account by a young man of the actual last words and moments of Socrates.

    Joanna says: "Outstanding Performance!"
  • Allegory of the Cave |  Plato

    Allegory of the Cave

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
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    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.

    JK says: "Disappointed Customer"
  • Apology, Crito, and The Republic, Books 1 and 2 |  Plato

    Apology, Crito, and The Republic, Books 1 and 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
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    For those looking for "a taste of Plato", this audiobook is ideal. It includes the full text of "Apology" and "Crito" as well as the first two books of Plato's monumental Republic.

    Brad says: "Great Summary"
  • The Republic |  Plato

    The Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By James Langton
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    What is at stake is far from insignificant: it is how one should live one's life. Plato's The Republic is widely acknowledged as the cornerstone of Western philosophy. Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, it is an inquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individual within it. During the conversation, other questions are raised: What is goodness? What is reality? What is knowledge?

    Lazaro says: "Very Good!"
  • 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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  • Symposium |  Plato

    Symposium

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By full cast
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    The Greek word sumposion means a drinking party (a fact shamefully ignored by the organizers of modern symposia), and the party described in Plato's Symposium is one supposedly given in the year 416 BC by the playwright Agathon to celebrate his victory in the dramatic festival of the Lenaea. He has already given one party, the previous evening; this second party is for a select group of friends, and host and guests alike are feeling a little frail.

    B. Leddy says: "A perfect introduction to Plato"
  • 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 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."
  • 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!"
  • The Republic |  Plato

    The Republic

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Bruce Alexander
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    In The Republic, Plato tackles the big issues of the state and the individual: how the state should be ruled, and by whom; and the way the individual should lead his life - and why. The lively quality of the dialogue can be clearly appreciated in this new translation by Tom Griffith.

    Plato777 says: "One of the best book ever written! Period."
  • 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"
  • 600 Quotes of Ancient Philosophy |  Plato, Aristotle, Buddha, Epictetus, Confucius,Marcus Aurelius

    600 Quotes of Ancient Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Plato, Aristotle, Buddha, and others
    • Narrated By Katie Haigh
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    Ancient philosophy provides us with timeless wisdom while bringing a new light on the way modern thought has been shaped by building on the ancient masters. This audiobook is a careful compilation of essential quotes summarizing each one of the great masters' fundamental ideas. Learn Stoicism from the teachings of both Marcus Aurelius, the emperor, and Epictetus the slave, each one intent on his own quest for the best possible life; discover the essence of ideas, logic and philosophy with Aristotle and his pupil Plato.

  • The Republic |  Plato

    The Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By George Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    "The Republic" (380 BC) by Plato is a Socratic dialogue, concerning the definition of justice, the order and character of the just city-state and the just man. As Plato's best-known work, it has proven to be one of the world's most influential works of philosophy and political theory, both intellectually and historically. In it, Socrates along with various Athenians and foreigners discuss the meaning of justice and examine whether or not the just man is happier than the unjust man by considering a series of different cities.

  • Symposium |  Plato

    Symposium

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Alastair Cameron
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    In this acclaimed Plato masterpiece, you travel back in time to attend an elaborate high society dinner. At this party, you meet Plato's mentor, Socrates, and the comic poet Aristophanes. During the banquet, each of these men is invited to praise Eros, the god of love and desire. You witness them deliver speeches that embody their wisdom and philosophies on love. You hear Socrates' celebrated account of Diotima, the prophetess who taught him that love is the manifestation of human goodness. Finally, you even hear from the famous Alcibiades.

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