Plato in 90 Minutes Audiobook, by Paul Strathern Play Audiobook Sample

Plato in 90 Minutes Audiobook

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Read By: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 0.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 0.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Philosophers in 90 Minutes Series Release Date: June 2005 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481536011

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

5

Longest Chapter Length:

40:54 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

03:03 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

14:55 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

34

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Publisher Description

In an age when philosophers had scarcely glimpsed the horizons of the mind, a boy named Aristocles decided to forgo his ambitions as a wrestler. Adopting the nickname Plato, he embarked instead on a life in philosophy. In 387 BC he founded the Academy, the world's first university, and taught his students that all we see is not reality but merely a reproduction of the true source. And in his famous Republic he described the politics of "the highest form of state."

In Plato in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Plato's life and ideas and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from Plato's work, a brief list of suggested reading for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place Plato within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.

The 90 Minutes series includes brief but authoritative interpretations of the world's greatest thinkers, deciphering philosophical thought in an entertaining and accessible fashion and making it comprehensible and interesting to almost everyone.

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"Strathern doesn't bother to give The Republic the attention it deserves, deciding that more time spent on the history of the era better explains the philosophical contributions of Plato. I don't know if I agree with that, but I think (given how short these books are) he gets much accomplished."

— Timothy (4 out of 5 stars)

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  • “Well-written, clear, and informed, they have a breezy wit about them. I find them hard to stop reading.”

    — New York Times
  • “Each of these little books is witty and dramatic and creates a sense of time, place, and character…I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one’s friends to Western civilization.”

    — Boston Globe
  • “Witty, illuminating, and blessedly concise.”

    — Wall Street Journal

Plato in 90 Minutes Listener Reviews

Overall Performance: 3.26315789473684 out of 53.26315789473684 out of 53.26315789473684 out of 53.26315789473684 out of 53.26315789473684 out of 5 (3.26)
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  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " An introduction to his philosophy. "

    — Gail, 1/2/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Another good introduction to Plato's thinking. His ideas can be useful but easily corrupted. Plato is a little too totatlitarian for me. "

    — Bo, 11/16/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A very short but interesting book. I never knew he was such a fascist. He believed in subordinating your entire individuality to the state and obeying your leaders without question. "

    — Sherene, 11/4/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    — James Myers, 9/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Just can't get enough in this short of a book "

    — Tammy, 6/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " For some reason I didn't find this one as entertaining as the others I've listened to (Aristotle and Wittgenstein). What I gained from it was a sort of vague dislike of Plato as a person, which might just be a reflection of Strathern's feelings to some extent. "

    — Tra-Kay, 3/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " love Paul Strathern "

    — Maxfield, 3/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I don't know, didn't last 90 minutes. Lots of typos. "

    — James, 9/20/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Short and informative. Can't ask for anything more. "

    — Emil, 7/12/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " still replete with snide remarks rather than substance of life and thoughts of plato, but also with a fair amount of substance with this philosopher. "

    — Maggie, 5/28/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Really good crash course on Plato, it hits all the main points and lays out his ideas without being overly verbose. "

    — Carlos, 3/28/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Nice easy to read book that focuses mostly on Plato's life. Has some interesting facts in it. Connecting Plato to Hitler and Stalin is a bit over the top however. "

    — Jimmy, 3/16/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " strathern does it again..excellent. "

    — Jose, 2/7/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Seems like a decent summary of Plato for 90 minutes. Felt like there was a lot left out, even though I don't know much about Plato. "

    — Joseph, 10/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This is great for what it is. :) "

    — Kim, 4/26/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Nice easy to read book that focuses mostly on Plato's life. Has some interesting facts in it. Connecting Plato to Hitler and Stalin is a bit over the top however. "

    — Jimmy, 3/24/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I don't know, didn't last 90 minutes. Lots of typos. "

    — James, 3/3/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Really good crash course on Plato, it hits all the main points and lays out his ideas without being overly verbose. "

    — Carlos, 7/20/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A very short but interesting book. I never knew he was such a fascist. He believed in subordinating your entire individuality to the state and obeying your leaders without question. "

    — Sherene, 5/6/2010

About Paul Strathern

Paul Strathern earned a degree in philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin, and has lectured in philosophy and mathematics. The author of many nonfiction books and of articles for numerous publications, he has also written several novels and has won the Somerset Maugham Prize. He lives and writes in London.

About Simon Vance

David Suchet, famed as TV’s Hercule Poirot, has starred with the RSC, on London’s West End and on Broadway, winning four Olivier nominations and a Tony® nomination. He has starred in numerous films and is director of the Old Vic Theatre, and a member of the Trust Council of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.