• The Republic

  • By: Plato
  • Narrated by: Pat Bottino
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (550 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this monumental work of moral and political philosophy, Plato sought to answer some of the world's most formidable questions: What does it mean to be good? What enables us to distinguish between right and wrong? How should human virtues be translated into a just society? Perhaps the greatest single treatise written on political philosophy, The Republic has strongly influenced Western thought concerning questions of justice, rule, obedience, and the good life.

This work is also undoubtedly the best introduction to Plato's philosophy in general. Not only does it contain his ideas on the state and man, but also his famous theory of forms, his theory of knowledge, and his views on the role of music and poetry in society.

Public Domain (P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Jowett's 1894 translation

I am quite deep into this version, having read large parts of the Republic in other translations. Translations do matter for Plato, as the translators introduce their own biases into the result.

This is the 1894 translation by Bejamin Jowett, Oxford theologian and classical scholar, and seems particularly sympathetic to harmonizing Plato and Christianity. This of course is an old tradition, but its use of Christian concepts seems a bit heavyhanded nowadays. Nevertheless, the translation itself is considered by some an English language classic.

But that is a minor point. The book is a major foundation stone of Western civilization.

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Great classic

Great classic providing great experience. Entertaining and instructing.. Clear speech. Highly recommend to all from whatever age.

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plato is king as usual

better version of this discussion on scribd. either way, find a version that works for you and soak in some plato. you cannot go wrong in doing so friend

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Monumental

This is the Key most work by Plato & must read for all who lead or aspire to lead people in all facet of life.

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A good listen

I loved the book in college and the audio book is even better. Great narration too! Hard to believe this book, which is still so relevant today, was written that long ago.

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a classic book that all should read

if you are interested in thought experiments, this is the book for you.

These thinkers were working though issues that we still deal with today. I am glad we can see that our ancestors we just as troubled as we are today.

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A great book

A wonderful book that I found to be developmental and maturative for a young man coming of age such as myself. I found this book to be highly intelligent and highly relatable. I further highly recommend this book.

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Descriptive like instructions

First 5 chapters very descriptive almost like instructions... from chapter 6 onwards it gets deeper into philosophical understanding.

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It was ok

I expected more, but there were a half dozen fantastic philosophical things mentioned in this book. I’m not sure it’s enough to make the entire endeavor worth it to read, but to listen I don’t regret it.

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Loved this Audiobook

Loved it and recommend it!! I was able to follow this storyline perfectly. It was fun to listen, stop, think, and then rewind and then listen again. A light bulb turns on, “…oh that makes sense!!!” Love it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-21-21

Worth the effort

I combined this audiobook with the kindle version and read it alongside listening to the Great Courses lecture series (can’t remember the lecturer’s name) which is also available on Audible.
I really feel that I have solid understanding of Plato now, having first encountered his work through Karl Popper’s critique of him.
The Republic really is essential reading for anyone interested in political theory/philosophy. Throughout the book, it gradually dawned on me just how central Plato’s ideas are to the entire history of western thought.
Although the narrator’s voice was fine, the recording could have been better. With the editing techniques available now, there is no excuse for excessive ambient oral noise. It bothered me at times, but I imagine most people will be able to ignore it.

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  • K
  • 03-22-22

Beautifully read retelling of The Matrix

Recall a time you sat in the pub with a friend putting the world to rights.
"I have done that often"
Now imagine your friend is a sycophant who never puts up any real challenge to even your most flimsy proposals.
"Sounds like a good friend, in awe of your intellect."
Now this friend just echoes back whatever you just said.
"You mean he just repeats what you say?"
Exactly. So you basically have to hear the same thing twice. Now imagine at the end of the evening you realise that you have been talking nonsense but think it was just an enjoyable evening frittered away with an agreeable friend. You thank goodness that your half-baked ideas were not scrutinised seriously, and you would never subject anyone else to what would be a tedious conversation.
"Sounds like a relaxing time, a one off human experience. Wisely forgotten."
Yes, but the pub landlord has been earwigging your whole conversation and sneaks off to write it all down, word for word (or at least what he can remember himself). Then publishes it once you are dead, claiming he was your best friend.
"Sounds like a unscrupulous fellow."
Quite. Now imagine there are only three books in the world library so your plagiarized conversation goes on to be a best seller.
Then imagine that school children are forced to read this drivel making it a touchstone for shared western culture.
"Sounds agonising, child abuse!"
Now imagine the best bits are made into movies. The Ring of Gyges - Lord of the Rings, and the shadows in the cave - The matrix. Despite you explicitly saying artistic imitation was a corrupting influence.
"Both very good movies, not a complete waste of time then. Though I think The Matrix owes more to the comic book The Invisibles."
Call yourself a friend - just agree with me blindly!


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  • 08-06-20

a brilliant classic that everyone should know

loved it so incredibly that a book like this was written so long ago and so many of the ideas they discussed are so relevant today in the way we shape our society, narrater is good but flat at times.

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  • 07-13-22

The Republic

Narration was very good. Clear, nil tech issues, etc.

Reading The Republic is all about perspective, not so for the joy of reading. Any philosophy book framed as conversation has this issue as the 2nd person is just a wall for the philosopher to explain all their ideas at. It would've been a bore to read every word, much more palatable as an audiobook.