Plato's Republic

  • by Plato
  • Narrated by Ron Welch
  • 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

I went down yesterday to the Piraeus with Glaucon the son of Ariston, that I might offer up my prayers to the goddess (Bendis, the Thracian Artemis); and also because I wanted to see in what manner they would celebrate the festival, which was a new thing. I was delighted with the procession of the inhabitants; but that of the Thracians was equally, if not more, beautiful. When we had finished our prayers and viewed the spectacle, we turned in the direction of the city; and at that instant, Polemarchus the son of Cephalus chanced to catch sight of us from a distance as we were starting on our way home, and told his servant to run and bid us wait for him. The servant took hold of me by the cloak behind, and said, "Polemarchus desires you to wait."
I turned round, and asked him where his master was.
"There he is," said the youth, "Coming after you, if you will only wait."

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I think I need to be smarter to get it!

Since this is more of a review on the narration, the only thing I'll say about the content of this audio book is that it is very difficult to follow. The ideas and debates come rapid fire and keeping up with all of the different ideas and trains of thought is difficult to say the least. I usually consider myself to be pretty intelligent, but I found listening to this to be very difficult indeed. Slowing it down helped some, but I honestly think reading this book would be much more beneficial from the standpoint of fully understanding and contemplating what Plato is trying to convey.

The narration was wonderful. The different voices were distinct. The pace was smooth and slow enough to allow those of quick wit to keep up (I don't think dimwitted people really have any business reading this book anyway). I found myself using the rewind 30 seconds button on many occasions during this book, so what does that say about me?!?!?

If you have any interest in debates, intellectual conversation, philosophy or just something a little different, this book would suit you very well. This book isn't just a lecture. It's a broad range of ideas and arguments laid out in the form of dialogue between friends. To my mind, that makes it so much more interesting and engaging than any textbook could hope to be.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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- Eric Reeves

An enjoyable narration of a classic

If you are like me then going into reading The Republic you probably know about Socrates and the idea of his Socratic method, and something about a cave and showing poor shadows on the wall of true forms.

But there is a lot more to this book than that.

The book is a discussion between Socrates and several friends around the reality of justice, a just city-state and man. It looks as how Socrates and his friends would set up their city-state, ruled by benevolent Philosopher-Kings. It goes into details on what justice is, what it means to be just, and into the other characteristics of a good ruler. It looks at several different government types (oligarchy, democracy, dictatorships etc) and the strengths and weaknesses of each.

It's an interesting book, full of interesting ideas. Because it is presented as a dialogue, rather than a non-fiction explanation, it flows really easily and keeps the reader engaged.


Narration by Ron Welch is a large part of why this is easy to follow and keeps you engaged. I've previously listened to another of his books and found it to be okay, but this one was really good. He provides different voices for each of the people speaking, making it much easier to follow the dialogue. He also adopts a different tone for the footnotes, so that it is clear when there are footnotes. He is clear and well paced.

If you have ever been interested in reading The Republic, this is an enjoyable and accessible version.
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- Kingsley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-22-2017
  • Publisher: Socratic Audio