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What is at stake is far from insignificant: it is how one should live one's life. Plato's The Republic is widely acknowledged as the cornerstone of Western philosophy. Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, it is an inquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individual within it. During the conversation, other questions are raised: What is goodness? What is reality? What is knowledge? The Republic also addresses the purpose of education and the roles of both women and men as "guardians" of the people. With remarkable lucidity and deft use of allegory, Plato arrives at a depiction of a state bound by harmony and ruled by "philosopher kings."
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lazaro on 10-25-11

Very Good!

Coming into the audiobook, one already knows it's a classic. However, the questions remains, does the narrator bring it to life. Well, the answer is yes. The narrator plays an excellent Socrates, and during the dialogues changes voices to include the other characters. I like it very much.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Shider on 04-03-13

Langton - great job despite a daunting work!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend it to anyone; only it is an exceedingly challenging read. I'm listening along with some of The Great Courses to help me understand all the subtleties.

What other book might you compare The Republic to and why?

"Thus Spoke Zarathustra" - in terms of challenge.

Which character – as performed by James Langton – was your favorite?

Langton has done a great job over Socrates' opponents, distinguishing them very nicely, often mockingly, from the main speaker.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Of course not. It's supposed to stimulate your brain to reason.

Any additional comments?

Do not buy this on its own! Start thinking about additional lectures. You won't get it right away.

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By Mr. P. A. Gower on 11-07-13

Tough book to understand whilst communting

The narrator used a variety of voices to great effect to emphasize the dialogue nature of Plato’s work. I don’t intend to be disparaging but it did remind me of “Jackanory” (a kid’s story telling BBC TV program from the 1970s) in that by having one narrator you get drawn into the story whereas I find I get distracted with different narrators. I hadn’t read the book prior to listening and it is easy to miss key elements of the arguments whilst listening on your commute to work and I had to repeat sections when I got lost. Although I did not fully understand the book, I was so intrigued that I bought a Great Courses audible book – Plato’s Republic (Professor David Roochnik). I found this excellent and would recommend people buying both to fully appreciate Plato's work. Initially I listened to the course and I then went through the course again switching from lectures to relevant chapters (Plato's "books").

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