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  • Written by: Plato
  • Narrated by: Ray Childs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
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Plato's Republic

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Narrated by: Ray Childs
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The Republic poses questions that endure: What is justice? What form of community fosters the best possible life for human beings? What is the nature and destiny of the soul? What form of education provides the best leaders for a good republic? What are the various forms of poetry and the other arts, and which ones should be fostered and which ones should be discouraged? How does knowing differ from believing?

Several characters in the dialogue present a variety of tempting answers to those questions. Cephalus, Polemarchus, Thrasymachus, and Glaucon all offer definitions of justice. Socrates, Glaucon, and Adeimantus explore five different forms of republic and evaluate the merits of each from the standpoint of goodness.

Two contrasting models of education are proposed and examined. Three different forms of poetry are identified and analyzed. The difference between knowing and believing is discussed in relation to the objects of each kind of thinking.

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Acting is Great

Perfect if like me, you have to read this book but would like to understand what it’s actually saying

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great performance of an essential book

Plato's Republic is an indispensable piece of philosophy and literature so don't feel the need to comment much except to say that everyone should visit it at least once in their life.

The performance is animated and helped greatly with much understanding of a sometimes challenging text. Worth endless revisits.

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audio for the win

I've read this on paper back years ago and the audio book version is much better digested than print. the performance by the readers was great. highly recommend this audible over the print.

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Difficult to follow

Listened to most of the book. I found the content interesting, but the reading was difficult to follow. Perhaps it's due to the style. Regardless, I would not recommend the audio version, but rather the physical edition.

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Excellent narration

The thing that truly sets this appart is the narration of the story. The way it was organized makes it much more enjoyable to listen to and I would definitely recommend.

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Wish I would have read sooner

Long lost knowledge & wisdom that has stood like a monument for thousands of years. Plato beautifully articulates the nature of justice and the perfect Republic as well as how both of these things become corrupted. Our modern "leaders" would do well to take note. Voice acting was incredible and truly captured the essence of the work.

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A important Ancient Document that could teach many

I had to re-listen a few times because of the strong contents. it would be a benefit to play this 'Audible' version in any corrections institution. A must read/hear!

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Wonderful acting

The actors make Plato's thinking comme alive. A very compelling way to experience this classic.

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Classic

No surprise why this has stood the test of time.
I sincerely wish I had read it much earlier.

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mind opener

great book to understand the basis and foundation of philosophy .Open one's mind about the preoccupation of ancient Greeks about meaning of life.

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