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Publisher's Summary

This highly regarded volume features a modern translation of all ten books of The Republic. Translated by Raymond Larson.
The Republic is an explosion of thought; a ten-book brainstorm of one of the greatest minds of all-time.

©1968 Allan Bloom (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC

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Raymond Larson is the translator!

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I have both the Larson and Bloom, so I was able to compare. It's definitely the Larson, which is probably a wise choice to read aloud--Bloom is very good, but doesn't flow that well. Please someone make a recording of the new Joe Sachs translation of the Republic!

The narrator is not really going for the sparkle and humor of the original (and this translation in particular), and has Glaucon and Adeimantus sound like little boys, but these things are hard to get right.

All this being said, this is the best recording currently available for a serious student of Plato, who wants to get the sound and pace of how it must have been to hear it read aloud--as it no doubt was.

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My first time I ever finished it

This is clearly one of the best books ever written. Many times I've started reading it but never could get in to it. This is the first time I actually tried listening to it instead of reading it, and now I realize that this book was meant to be listened to not read. I suspect it is a very good translation (by Raymond Larson), and I know it has a great introduction that really helped me in understanding the text.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in philosophy and especially to the person who has never read anything about philosophy before because of the way it teaches one how to think critically.

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Excellent job

The translation was well done, but the narrator doesn't change his voice between characters very much so sometimes it's difficult to know who's speaking.

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Lame narration but

Would you listen to The Republic by Plato Raymond Larson (Translator) again? Why?

No, I would go listen to the free Librivox recording

Who was your favorite character and why?

Glaucon

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He spoke in a monotone, made no effort to differentiate the characters speaking, he sounded completely disinterested in the subject, and he had no idea how to pronounce anyone's name. I can sort of forgive calling Thrasymachus "THRAES-ee-MACK-us" as it is not often encountered, but repeatedly calling Hesiod "Heshid"?

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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Seriously, Audible's narration of ancient classics are something to be wanting, Librivox is free, use dated copyright-free translations but the narrators put great effort into it especially in the Platonic dialogues

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Great book, great narrator.

My only complaint is that the reading was exceptionally slow, so much so that I could play it at 1.5x and it still sounded like normal speech.

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Incorrect labeling!

What disappointed you about The Republic by Plato Raymond Larson (Translator)?

Audible says the translator on this is Allan Bloom when in fact it is Raymond Larson. Very misleading as I was looking for the Allan Bloom translation. Very annoyed and never using audible again.

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This is the first book everyone should read.

It contains some of the most important knowledge there is. I highly recommend this book for everyone.

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not very fun to read

this may have been brilliant at it's time but the method of logic and discourse is painful to modern ears

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From narration to the story itself this is among my favorite books from audible so far(out of around 70)👌👍👏👏👏

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