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Good choice of extracts if you want to learn the basics of Plato. It's the Benjamin Jowett translation, which is a bit stodgy but fine, and features lengthy introductions.
Unfortunately the reader kills the text. He's perfectly clear, but he recites everything in the same emotionless monotone. He doesn't give different voices to the characters in the Symposium, so it's hard to tell who's talking. He keeps giving words the wrong intonations, as if he's reading the text for the first time. He pronounces 'rhetoric' wrong (which is annoying because Plato says it a lot). It's very clear that the reader doesn't understand or care about what he's reading - indeed it sounds like he's not even listening to himself speak.
I fought through the whole thing, but I won't be buying any more books by this reader.
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Would you listen to Symposium, the Apology, and the Allegory of the Cave again? Why?
yes - especially the symposium. takes multiple listens.
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
decription of Socrates as a soldier in the SYmposium
What does Jonathan Cowley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The even pacing foregrounds the ideas
The reader has a good voice but someone should correct his pronounciation. Words like agora and rhetoric he gets so wrong and he does not really know how to dramatise reported Or direct speech. Did he have any direction ? Sadly these faults spoilt the enjoyment of this important work