• The Republic

  • By: Plato
  • Narrated by: Bruce Alexander
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 07-07-00
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • 4.1 (240 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In The Republic, Plato tackles the big issues of the state and the individual: how the state should be ruled, and by whom; and the way the individual should lead his life - and why. Plato casts Socrates in the role of the leader and teacher in this carefully-reasoned enquiry held in association with the students of his circle. Yet despite the rigor of the argument - the need for a philosopher-king; the need for just behavior by all - the beneficient humanity of Socrates and the poetic imagination of Plato are vividly apparent. The lively quality of the dialogue can be clearly appreciated in this new translation by Tom Griffith.
Public Domain (P)2000 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd., All Rights Reserved
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By Plato777 on 02-10-03

One of the best book ever written! Period.

The audiobook is beautifully narrated by Bruce Alexander and respects the original ancient Greek version. Plato himself would have been happy by this interpretation.

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21 of 23 people found this review helpful


By Traci on 02-22-04

The Republic By Plato

What is the nature of human beings? of things which transcend the human condition? Plato's Republic is necessary for anyone who wishes to think well, to understand well. Contemplating this book over time will help simplify and clarify the way you understand the world. This book is good for anyone with a thoughtful and inquisitive nature. Even the thoughtful subjectivist is bound to consider the eternal and transcending nature of truth, to reconsider the limitations of truth in the physical world. What is Justice? What is the Good? What is the nature of humans...what is the one thing that sets us apprt from animals? Are all men equal? What is the difference between laborers and rulers? What is the Good Life? This classical text calls up intriguing questions thinkers wonder at every day. Excellent for those who wish to rule or think well...executives, government officials, students. Sheds light on the foundation of Western thought and civilization.

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By Lee on 05-01-10

Pure joy

This is my favourite audio book by far! I was once told 'there isn't anything we do today that hasn't already been done thousands of years ago' so learn your history well...and the Republic lays out with such simplicity all that drives human behaviour. It?s a real pleasure and joy to listen to - wonderfully narrated and captivating. It takes you along a journey of questioning that makes you wonder how we so easily forget the wisdom of the past. An audio book I can honestly say is worth listening to over and over again ? definitely a keeper!

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By Welsh Mafia on 09-29-08

Amongst the Olive Groves??

This is pure pleasure, effortless, engaging, ennobling? enjoyment amongst the ennui of everyday urban existence. Life is as simple as it is broken down and reconstructed by Socrates ? conjecture, belief, opinion, understanding, knowledge. A city built up from its essentials and the just identified and separated out into its component parts?Wisdom dissected, Justice catalogued in a step by step way that sits us at the philosopher?s feet in the sunny, shady grove overlooking the ancient city.
Its on the A level syllabus, by the way??but for those, like me, who are looking to support a young philosopher on his first steps to qualification, what a wonderful way to revisit an old friend ? a real pleasure. Take the time, Socrates is a more steady guide than today?s hyped up gurus.

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