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    • Plato's Republic

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 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

    • 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 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

    • 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 14
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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

    • 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
    • Ray Childs

    • By Jerry on 07-20-18

    Regular price: $10.49

    • 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

    Regular price: $0.94

    • 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 30 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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • not theaetetus

    • By Joshua on 01-16-18

    Regular price: $21.63

    • 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

    • Symposium

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 243
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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 243 ratings

    Regular price: $15.39

    • 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 27
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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
    • Plato was woke af & David R sounded straight fire

    • By shahrukh on 05-14-18

    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 238
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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

    • The Socratic Dialogues: Middle Period, Volume 3

    • The Republic
    • By: Plato, Benjamin Jowlett - translator
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 7
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    The Republic is perhaps the single most important, the most studied and the most quoted text of all of Plato's Socratic Dialogues. Through the medium of Socrates, Plato outlines his view and ideas concerning the ideal working of the city-state. Socrates narrates a conversation that took place the previous day with Cephalus, Glaucon, Thrasymachus and others. The dialogue is organised into 10 books and covers a broad range of topics, including the ideal community and the ideal rulers of the community.

    Regular price: $25.90

    • 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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    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 Euthyphro

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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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

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Plato's Crito

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bravo!

    • By Byron on 10-12-16

    Regular price: $10.49

    • The Final Days of Socrates

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Atherton, Donal Donnelly
    • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Plato recorded the final days of his mentor, Socrates, who was tried and condemned in Athens in 399 B.C. on trumped-up charges of being a heretic and corrupter of the young. This collection comprises 4 books: Euthyphro, in which Socrates engages Euthyphro in a debate on the steps of the courthouse where he is to stand trial, The Apology, in which Socrates argues on his own behalf, Crito, in which Socrates's friends and supporters visit him in prison and urge him to recant.

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Plato's Meno

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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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 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

    • 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

    • 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. 

    Regular price: $31.63

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