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    • Plato's Republic

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Spectacular

    • By Benjamin Myers on 08-08-16

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Thus Spoke Zarathustra / The Apology of Socrates / Tao Te Ching

    • Classic Philosophical Works
    • By: Plato, Friedrich Nietzsche, Herman Hesse, and others
    • Narrated by: Bertrand Russell
    • Length: 24 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Content: Plato - "The Allegory of The Cave"; Bertrand Russell - "Appearance and Reality of The Problems of Philosophy"; Friedrich Nietzsche - "Thus Spoke Zarathustra"; Herman Hesse - "Siddhartha"; The Three Initiates - "The Kybalion"; Leo Tolstoy - "The Kingdom of God Is Within You"; Immanuel Kant - "Answering the Question: What Is Enlightenment?"; Lao Tzu - "Tao Te Ching"; Plato - "The Apology of Socrates".

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    • The Republic (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In search of an ideal civilization, Socrates leads Glaucon, Polemarchus, Thrasymachus, and others in debates about various subjects, including justice, truth, class, and art. For without righteousness, tyranny and injustice give rise to oligarchy. The influential dialogues of The Republic helped shape all of Western literature and philosophical thought. It is as much a doctrine of ethics and politics now as it was for the ancient Greeks, and its dilemma remains: how to create a perfect society populated by very imperfect human beings.

    Regular price: $6.99

    • The Apology of Socrates

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Brian Kelly
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "The Apology" (of Socrates) is Plato's version of the speech given by Socrates as he defends himself against the charges of being a man "who corrupted the young, did not believe in the gods, and created new deities."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enlightening

    • By Henry Huang on 08-06-18

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    • The Socratic Dialogues: Early Period, Volume 1

    • The Apology, Crito, Charmides, Laches, Lysis, Menexenus, Ion
    • By: Plato, Benjamin Jowett - translator
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul, full cast
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining, insightful, stimulating

    • By Jeff Lacy on 05-30-18

    Regular price: $17.69

    • Symposium

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 247
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A perfect introduction to Plato

    • By B. Leddy on 02-19-12
    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
    • Release date: 02-10-06
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 247 ratings

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    • Allegory of the Cave

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
    • Length: 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointed Customer

    • By JK on 01-08-09

    Regular price: $2.80

    • The Socratic Dialogues Middle Period, Volume 1

    • Symposium, Theaetetus, Phaedo
    • By: Plato, Benjamin Jowett - translation
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul, Hugh Ross, full cast
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Here are three important but very different Dialogues from the Middle Period. Symposium, the most well-known in this collection, is concerned with the theme of love. In the house of Agathon, a group of friends - each very different in personality and background - meet to consider and discuss various kinds of love. Each one, Phaedrus, Pausanias, Eryximachus, Aristophanes (the playwright) and Agathon (a prize-winning tragic poet), presents his particular view in a short discourse.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Audio Needs a Cleanup

    • By Zachary Craft on 07-18-18

    Regular price: $21.63

    • The Republic

    • Translated with Notes, An Interpretive Essay, and a New Introduction by Raymond Larson
    • By: Plato, Raymond Larson (translator)
    • Narrated by: Don Hagen
    • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 243
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Raymond Larson is the translator!

    • By Mary on 07-16-14

    Regular price: $9.79

    • Plato's Meno

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
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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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Why Incomplete?

    • By Nelson Alexander on 08-27-16

    Regular price: $10.49

    • The Socratic Dialogues Early Period, Volume 2

    • Gorgias, Protagoras, Meno, Euthydemus, Lesser Hippias, Greater Hippias
    • By: Plato, Benjamin Jowett - translator
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul, full cast
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 40
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    Here, in this second collection of Socratic Dialogues from Plato's Early Period, read by David Rintoul as Socrates with a full cast, are contrasting six works. Often, as with Gorgias, which opens the recording, Socrates combats the popular subjects of sophistry and rhetoric, in direct conversation with Gorgias (a leading sophist teacher), and with one of his pupils, Callicles.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • an excellent performance

    • By Christopher Powell on 07-10-18

    Regular price: $21.63

    • The Socratic Dialogues: Late Period, Volume 1

    • Timaeus, Critias, Sophist, Statesman, Philebus
    • By: Plato, Benjamin Jowett - translator
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul, David Timson, Peter Kenny, and others
    • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
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    These five very different Socratic Dialogues date from Plato's later period, when he was revisiting his early thoughts and conclusions and showing a willingness for revision. In Timaeus (mainly a monologue read by David Timson in the title role), Plato considers cosmology in terms of the nature and structure of the universe, the ever-changing physical world and the unchanging eternal world. And he proposes a demiurge as a benevolent creator God.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfectly performed and antidote for what ails us

    • By Gary on 02-23-18

    Regular price: $23.76

    • The Socratic Dialogues Middle Period, Volume 2

    • Phaedrus, Cratylus, Parmenides
    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul, Laurence Kennedy, full cast
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    The remarkable range of Plato's Dialogues is vividly demonstrated by these three works. It opens with Phaedrus, a highly personal discussion between Socrates (David Rintoul) and the young, love-struck Phaedrus (Gunnar Cauthery). They go for a walk outside the walls of Athens and, under a plane tree by the banks of the Ilissus, talk about love - erotic and 'Platonic' love. Socrates endeavours to steer Phaedrus away from infatuation and show him that real love is based on concern for the beloved.

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    • Plato's Symposium

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fantastic

    • By Aleksander on 11-09-16

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    • Plato's Apology

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 1 hr
    • Unabridged
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • one of my favorite classical text

    • By Nicholas on 12-12-18

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    • The Trial and the Death of Socrates

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Bruce Alexander, Jamie Glover, David Timson
    • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding Performance!

    • By Joanna on 02-18-13

    Regular price: $16.79

    • The Laws

    • The Socratic Dialogues Late Period, Volume 2
    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy, Hayward Morse, Sam Dale
    • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Laws is the longest of Plato’s Dialogues and actually doesn’t feature Socrates at all - the principal figure taking the lead is the ‘Athenian Stranger’ who engages two older men in the discussion, Cleinias (from Crete) and Megillus (from Sparta). The Dialogue is set in Crete, and the three men embark on a pilgrimage from Knossus to the cave of Dicte, where, legend reports, Zeus was born. 

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    • Plato's Phaedo

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-01-17

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Plato's Euthyphro

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 64
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ray Childs is the bomb

    • By Danielle on 11-07-17

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    • 600 Quotes of Ancient Philosophy

    • By: Plato, Aristotle, Buddha, and others
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sagely advise never sounded so good!!!

    • By Prometheus Worley on 11-22-17

    Regular price: $15.59

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