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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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  • p.
  • 24-07-2012

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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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  • Jill
  • 30-08-2007

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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  • Michael Willman
  • 17-03-2017

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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  • Dave Dragon
  • 02-02-2019

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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  • Jillian St Andre
  • 01-04-2021

Is that all there is?

A story of the death of Socrates: wrongly condemned by the state. I was expecting something heftier. Kinda weird, but at least it's not too long. Contains some mumbo jumbo. Conservatives and people who believe in reincarnation are gonna love it, as well as anyone who just enjoys any and all sad stuff.

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  • Michael H.
  • 26-03-2021

Terrible editing ruins a classic

Between the almost monotone narrator with a number of mispronunciations and the editing which has long pauses followed by a complete change of the narrators tone and a repetition of the previous paragraph made this a recording I cannot recommend.

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  • Lucky B.
  • 23-02-2021

Narrator or hypnotist?

Some people should just not be permitted to read out loud. Play this in public and wait 5 minutes then successfully rob everyone nearby because they will all be asleep lol.
I love Plato's writings but I just couldn't listen to this one.

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  • MR. MARCELL NIVAR
  • 20-02-2021

narrator is extremely monotone

I'm a fan of Socrates, but this narrator is monotone and emotionless 😑 2 thumbs down

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  • WSV1975
  • 29-08-2012

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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  • Arinze
  • 28-10-2015

I sat amongst great men.

Is how I felt as I listened to this. It was my first audio book but soon; everyone had their own voice and I could not but distinguish. A man died.

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  • SKY LIGHT
  • 31-01-2015

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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  • Marco Tranchino
  • 19-11-2017

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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