The Republic

  • by Plato
  • Narrated by Bruce Alexander
  • 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

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.
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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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- Lee

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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- Welsh Mafia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-2000
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks