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    • Plato's Republic

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 679
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 620
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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: $24.95

    • Black Like Me

    • By: John Howard Griffin
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,567
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291

    Writer John Howard Griffin (1920-1980) decided to perform an experiment in order to learn from the inside out how one race could withstand the second class citizenship imposed on it by another race. Through medication, he dyed his skin dark and left his family and home in Texas to find out.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This book brings back memories...

    • By Wayne on 11-26-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Amos Fortune

    • Free Man
    • By: Elizabeth Yates
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 91

    Captured by slave traders when only 15, At-mun never forgot his roots as a prince. Nor did he ever lose his princely dignity and the courage to hold his head high. Sold at auction in America and haunted by the memory of his young sister left behind in Africa, At-mun, now Amos, began his long march to freedom. He dreamed of being free and of buying the freedom of his closest friends.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • LOVED IT!

    • By Andrea j. Smith on 02-07-19

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Plato's Symposium

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
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      5 out of 5 stars 46
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    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

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Plato's Gorgias

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great dialogue + good performance

    • By The Masked Reviewer on 01-07-17

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Aristotle's Poetics

    • By: Aristotle
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    Aristotle's Poetics is best known for its definitions and analyses of tragedy and comedy, but it also applies to truth and beauty as they are manifested in the other arts. In our age, when the natural and social sciences have dominated the quest for truth, it is helpful to consider why Aristotle claimed poetry is more philosophical and more significant than history. Like so many other works by Aristotle, the Poetics has dominated the way we have thought about all forms of dramatic performance in Europe and America ever since.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a careful reading of a great classic

    • By Aristobulus on 01-11-18

    Regular price: $10.49

    • A Hunter's Fireside Book

    • Tales of Dogs, Ducks, Birds, & Guns
    • By: Gene Hill
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 63

    The legendary American outdoor writer’s finest collection. For decades, Gene Hill’s articles and books have captured the spirit of the outdoors in a way that inspires and entertains millions of readers. A Hunter’s Fireside Book captures the essence of the life of a sportsman and explores the full spectrum of the hunter’s experience: sunrises in the duck blind, an unforgettable hunter’s moon, the camaraderie of men who know the pleasures of being wet and cold and a little bit lost.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great.

    • By Rachel on 05-19-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Plato's Apology

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 1 hr
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 129
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      5 out of 5 stars 117
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      5 out of 5 stars 118

    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
    • Wow! What a speech!

    • By Avery on 01-08-19

    Regular price: $10.49

    • The Function of Reason

    • By: Alfred North Whitehead
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Whitehead presented these three lectures at Princeton University in 1929. Although 85 years have passed, his central thesis and his analysis remain remarkably current. The scientific materialism that Whitehead opposed with such vigor continues to dominate in academic circles, and even now those who question that worldview are often accused of being antiscientific. This is especially true in discussions of the nature of the human mind and its relation to the body (particularly the brain).

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Very dense. Prepare to utilize the back-30 button

    • By Scott Perry on 01-25-18

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Plato's Phaedo

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 71
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 63

    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

    • Dao De Jing

    • By: Laozi
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 10
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    The Dao De Jing exists on the border between poetry and philosophy, embracing both mythos and logos. Its poetic form can stand alone, but it is enriched when its timeless ideas are analyzed and explained through careful scholarship. For example: He who knows others is knowledgeable. He who knows himself is wise. These words resemble Socrates' account of his own quest in Plato's Apology.

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Plato's Euthyphro

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 75
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      5 out of 5 stars 66
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      5 out of 5 stars 65

    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 Phaedrus

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
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      5 out of 5 stars 56

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Plato's probably mots poetical dialogue.

    • By Stefan Balan on 01-30-17

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Descartes' Meditations

    • By: Rene Descartes
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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    Rene Descartes is often described as the first modern philosopher, but much of the content of his Meditations on First Philosophy can be found in the medieval period that had already existed for more than a thousand years. Does God exist? If so, what is his nature? Is the human soul immortal? How does it differ from the body? What role do sense experience and pure reason play in knowing?

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Half-assed skepticism

    • By Dyllan Carignan on 08-02-18

    Regular price: $10.49

    • The Calypso Directive

    • A Novel
    • By: Brian Andrews
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 50
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      4 out of 5 stars 45
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      4 out of 5 stars 46

    For 155 days, Will Foster has been locked in medical quarantine without his consent. The doctors claim he is infected with a deadly virus, but this is a lie. Encoded in his DNA is a mutation that provides immunity from disease for all who possess it, source code that Vyrogen Pharmaceuticals aims to commercialize as a multi-billion dollar gene therapy. Against all odds, Foster escapes his laboratory prison and steals a virulent strain of bubonic plague as insurance. To help him unravel the mystery inside him, Foster contacts the only person he can trust - a former lover and microbiologist living Vienna - and the two become fugitives.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Concept & Plot Good, Characters bland & Fanciful

    • By Lia on 01-31-19

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Plato's Meno

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
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      5 out of 5 stars 53
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      5 out of 5 stars 54

    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

    • Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy

    • By: Friedrich Nietzsche
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
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      4 out of 5 stars 22
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      4 out of 5 stars 21

    In this, his first book, Nietzsche developed a way of thinking about the arts that unites the Greek gods Apollo and Dionysus as the central symbol of human existence. Although tragedy serves as the focus of this work, music, visual art, dance, and the other arts can also be viewed using Nietzsche's analysis and integration of the Apollonian and the Dionysian. The Birth of Tragedy stands alongside Aristotle's Poetics as an essential work for all who seek to understand poetry and its relationship to human life.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • boring

    • By Tim Parsons on 11-08-16

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Plato's Crito

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 61
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      5 out of 5 stars 54
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      5 out of 5 stars 55

    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 Long Road to Gettysburg

    • By: Jim Murphy
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs, Terry Bregy, William Dufris
    • Length: 2 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    Experience firsthand the bloodiest battle of the Civil war, through the eyes of two young teenage military officers - one from the North and one from the South. Corporal Thomas Galway was a 17-year-old Union soldier, while 19-year-old John Dooley fought for the South. Murphy expertly weaves excerpts from their journals with vivid descriptions of the brutal realities of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War in general.

    Regular price: $9.07

    • Mill's On Liberty

    • By: John Stuart Mill
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Mill's thinking about freedom in civic and social life examines fundamental principles shared among conservative, liberal, and radical politicians. The life of true philosophy stands outside the political battles that are rampant in society and seeks the political wisdom that is necessary for a good life in any age. Mill's philosophical presentation and analysis of those principles stand alongside the reflections of Plato, Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Rock solid treatise on individual liberty

    • By Wayne on 10-23-18

    Regular price: $10.49

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