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I have both the Larson and Bloom, so I was able to compare. It's definitely the Larson, which is probably a wise choice to read aloud--Bloom is very good, but doesn't flow that well. Please someone make a recording of the new Joe Sachs translation of the Republic!
The narrator is not really going for the sparkle and humor of the original (and this translation in particular), and has Glaucon and Adeimantus sound like little boys, but these things are hard to get right.
All this being said, this is the best recording currently available for a serious student of Plato, who wants to get the sound and pace of how it must have been to hear it read aloud--as it no doubt was.
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This is clearly one of the best books ever written. Many times I've started reading it but never could get in to it. This is the first time I actually tried listening to it instead of reading it, and now I realize that this book was meant to be listened to not read. I suspect it is a very good translation (by Raymond Larson), and I know it has a great introduction that really helped me in understanding the text.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in philosophy and especially to the person who has never read anything about philosophy before because of the way it teaches one how to think critically.
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