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Publisher's Summary

The Dialogues of Plato (427-347 B.C.) rank with the writings of Aristotle as the most important and influential philosophical works in Western thought. In them Plato cast his teacher Socrates as the central disputant in colloquies that brilliantly probe a vast spectrum of philosophical ideas and issues. None are more exciting and revelatory than the four dialogues - Euthyphro, Apology, Crito and Phaedo - on themes evoked by the trial and death of Socrates, accused by his enemies and detractors of crimes against the state, among them impiety and corruption of the young. In Euthyphro, Socrates explores the concepts and aims of piety and religion; in Apology, he courageously defends the integrity of his teachings; in Crito, he demonstrates his respect for the law in his refusal to flee his death sentence; and in Phaedo embraces death and discusses the immortality of the soul.
(P)1995 by Blackstone Audiobooks
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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I liked the performance, and the dialogues. The dialogues did not start at the beginning of the chapter segments, so you cannot just skip to the particulars you wanted to hear; this was very disappointing! Change the recording format and you have a success.

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Not Complete Dialogues

My Plato's Dialogues is 1500 pages. The intro on the audio says that this is only 150 pages. Perhaps it's "unabridged" but it is also "selected" and the summary should say so.

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Old

Every turn of chapter starts back a little bit as if to refresh the listener who has had to dig out the next cassette. There's a lot of other things that date the piece. There's a little bit of audible breathing in the back ground. It's not annoying but it's there. Overall still good.

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Chapters cut dialogues

Chapters cut dialogues in random pieces. This makes the book almost useless unless you listen from beginning to end.

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The way to die

Plato’s clear words are read in a clear calm balanced and unhurried voice. This audiobook is a priceless gem.

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Everything that Plato knew about Socrates

Everything about the life-and-death of Socrates from the He was on trial for his life.

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Next to Moses, the most important man in history

Would you listen to Dialogues of Plato again? Why?

Yes, and i bought the book for future reference. It is hard to imagine how western thought would have progressed without this influence of this man, his teacher Socrates, and his pupil, Aristotle and his pupil, Alexander the Great. This man, next to Moses and Christ changed the entire world's thought processes. Amazing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dialogues of Plato?

The analysis of Socrates duty to the state. Magnificent.

What about Pat Bottino’s performance did you like?

This is a difficult work if it is not translated properly, and this was translated in such a way that everyone can understand and follow.

If you could give Dialogues of Plato a new subtitle, what would it be?

Understanding right and wrong, good and bad.

Any additional comments?

This should be mandatory reading for every person on the globe.

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great stuff

the only reason i give 4 stars instead of 5 is that they don't separate the dialogues into different chapters. So if you want to give the apology, you have to hunt for the beginning in the middle of "chapter" 3, or whichever it is

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Very well done review of Plato's dialogue...

I really liked everything about this book. I studied Philosophy in college and really enjoyed it, so this was a great review of Plato's work. Philosophy is a great subject to study. I am so glad I got this book! I will go through this time and time again. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

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Lost in the narration

Do not listen to this book while driving. Regretfully, the lifeless tone used by the narrator (who is capable of much better) put us all to sleep.

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  • Mr. Daniel A. Brown
  • 10-15-21

Narration

Nothing against the narrator, he did the best he can, but surely the nature of a dialogue is it's purely just people speaking, which seems perfec for multiple readers reading for each person.

Probably a cost thing but seems a bit of a missed trick.

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  • Marco Tranchino
  • 11-19-17

Only 4 dialogues

This volume contains only 4 of the dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phædo.
It would be better for the description to make this clear.

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  • SKY LIGHT
  • 01-31-15

Very Dull Narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better reader.

What will your next listen be?

'Symposium' - Plato

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Pat Bottino?

James Langton or Jonathan Cowley

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

The narrator reading the name of the speaker prior to each word or phrase was very distracting. Better readers are able to use different voices to clearly identify the speakers.

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  • T. Ellam
  • 11-25-21

I quit the audio to read an e book

I found this 1995 (?) audio hard to listen to. The narrator is almost monotonal, and doesn’t differentiate between Socrates and whoever else is speaking.
Aside from that it was much much easier and quicker to read it as an e book.