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The Republic Audiobook

The Republic: Translated with Notes, An Interpretive Essay, and a New Introduction by Raymond Larson

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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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  • Mary
    16/07/14
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    "Raymond Larson is the translator!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    Las Cruces, NM, United States
    25/04/16
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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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel J. Macarro
    Philadelphia, PA
    23/03/15
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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


    Any additional comments?

    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

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • John Bales
    12/03/15
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Reynolds
    28/08/15
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Edwardsville, IL
    11/06/15
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter T
    30/05/15
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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.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Coramdeo540
    Anywhere, USA
    26/05/16
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    "Still a Classic a Must Read"

    The Republic is a Must read many times over!
    This was a Great Presentation Period!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    23/03/16
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    "a classic"

    difficult to listen to at the office, this is a work that demands attention and reflection. worth your time. worth your thoughts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Eugene Shafer Jr
    9/02/16
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    "Problems of today solved 2000 years ago."

    Great book, calls out many of the problems that still occur in our society today. It may take a time or two as the language is a little different than today. But great book either way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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