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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One of the first philosophy textbooks

A great narration of the classic Republic. As one of the founding members of western philosophy there is much that can be learned even today. To use logic and reason for debate rather than feelings and insults is becoming a lost art and is one of the core teachings of Socrates.

The republic is read as a dialogue between people and I think is best enjoyed and understood that way as Ron Welch does a great job of it being conversational between characters.

For people who want to learn how to think through an argument rather than be told what to think I would recommend this book. Its teachings can be applied to many aspects of life and is an interesting study of philosophy and the human condition.

***I received a free copy by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an honest review***

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- Ryan

A book truly meant to be listened to, not read.

Having struggled, more than once, with reading through Plato's Republic I was hesitant to commit to listening to the same. Thank goodness I did!!! In fact, since the Socratic method was originally in the form of dialog, it only stands to reason that listening to the content is the intended method rather than reading it.

The narration by Ron Welch was about as close to perfect for listening that one could find. The speech was clear, at a great pace, with much inflection and gives the listener the sense of being right in the middle of the conversation. This work was intended as a listen as opposed to a read.

This classic is a deep listen, but filled with wit. Although it may not be for everyone . . . it should be as the insight into humanity is worth the time and effort. I would highly recommend listening to this work as it is MUCH more enjoyable than reading it!!!

A review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. My hope is that this review helps in your decision to obtain this book.
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- Bill Beaulac

Book Details

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