The Republic: Book VII

  • by Plato, Benjamin Jowett (translator)
  • Narrated by Adrian Cronauer
  • 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Behold! Human beings living in an underground den. Like ourselves, they see only their own shadows, or the shadows of one another, which the fire throws on the opposite wall of the cave."
With that statement, Plato - one of the greatest thinkers in the history of mankind - introduces one of his of most important philosophical constructs: the relationship between truth and the image of truth.


Audible Editor Reviews

Adrian Cronauer's voice is full of emotion. His inflections capture the dynamic quality of Plato's The Republic. In Book VII, Plato examines the relationship between truth and the image of truth. Plato's Socratic dialogue has proven to be one of the most important and defining philosophical documents in the history of mankind. Cronauer's performance is stimulating, engaging the listener and making him or her partake in this ageless discussion. The listener will be prompted to examine his or her own thoughts on justice, philosophy, and nation-building.


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Customer Reviews

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Good Transation, you can start to hear Plato.

Just Finished the entire book seven of Plato's The Republic. And it sounds like Plato and Socrates believed two with out Math you can not think in a useful fashion...and two Philosiphers are the only people who will not take advantage of others...interesting though through the entire work just how much this book written 2500 years ago echo's through most of our current "enlightened" discussions.

As I reached the end of book seven I could not help thinking..."does it take a village to raise a child?" or just someone who understands math.

This was a much better translation than the edition simply covering "The Cave" section, as there was much less commentary. This lack of commentary allowed more of the original author and speaker to come through.
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- Dean "a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books