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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (142 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Johnson Narrator: John Curless Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781461847069
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Acclaimed historian and bestselling author Paul Johnson’s books have been translated into dozens of languages. In Socrates: A Man for Our Times, Johnson draws from little-known resources to construct a fascinating account of one of history’s greatest thinkers. Socrates transcended class limitations in Athens during the fifth century BC to develop ideas that still shape the way we think about the human body and soul, including the workings of the human mind. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Spectacular...A delight to read.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Robust.”

    New Republic

  • “An admirably concise view of the philosopher’s methods and rhetorical tactics in exploring courage, moral purity, and mortality.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A succinct, useful exploration of life in ancient Athens and of the great philosopher’s essential beliefs.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaetano Amato | 2/4/2014

    " "Socrates was the first to call Philosphy down from the skies, and establish her in the towns". I look forward to reading another book about Socrates - who knows what road it will take me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne Carter | 1/19/2014

    " Just the right size of book to learn about Socrates, his life, the trial against him and how he died and his positive effect on morality, his views of dying and the after life "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hadrian | 1/17/2014

    " Very quick read - a biographical panegyric on Socrates, founder of Western philosophy, and culture and thought, etc., etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 1/11/2014

    " Audio -- many centuries later Socrates is described as a charasmatic teacher. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Andrews | 11/28/2013

    " It's always disheartening when a scholar of Mr. Johnson's caliber infuses his Christian ideals and perspectives into a study of a vastly important philosopher such as Socrates. It doesn't belong there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 11/3/2013

    " Good biography. The author makes sure the historical context is part of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 10/19/2013

    " A biography, rather than a philosophical study. Verges on hero worship, but is actually pretty good in his insistence on distinguishing Socrates, as the most social of men, and Plato, as theorist and academic.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Blatt | 4/2/2013

    " Despite a slow start, this is a good read, particularly when he tries to tease out the differences between Socrates and Plato. Perhaps the second half of the book would make a worthy addition to an Introduction to Philosophy course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin | 3/12/2013

    " Philosophy personified. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 12/22/2012

    " Good book over the life of this wonderful person that made many ideas come to the minds of people today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia Beck | 8/19/2012

    " A biographical account of Socrates for the general reader and not Philosophy students. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Munro | 8/4/2012

    " not great like Jaeger's Paideia but worthy and a good read. I have the NOOK version "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary Smith | 6/4/2012

    " Short and interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colin | 1/27/2012

    " A fairly scholarly but basic look at Socrates, his life, his philosophy, and his impact. Not bad, but not very deep. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C.E. | 11/24/2011

    " OK-ish short look at Socrates. Not really a biography in the strictest sense--much more of review of Socrates' life and ideas that tries to put him in the context of times. As such, probably better for those who are really familiar with Socrates and looking for some new ways to view him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 10/20/2011

    " If you're like me and most of what you know about Socrates you learned from Bill and Ted, you might want to read this book. (BTW, the scene where Billy the Kid and Socrates try to pick up girls in the mall food court rings true to the man described by Paul Johnson) "

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About the Author
Author Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson, British author and historian, is the author of many books, including Modern Times, A History of the Jews, Intellectuals, The Birth of the Modern, and The Quest for God, which have been translated into many languages. He has been a frequent contributor to the Daily Telegraph, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Spectator, and other newspapers and magazines. He has lectured to academic, business, and political audiences all over the world.

About the Narrator

John Curless is a theater, film, and television actor. He has appeared on Broadway in Journeys End, The Sound of Music, and The King and I and off-Broadway in Passion Play, Comic Potential, and The Entertainer. His film and television credits include Vibrations, Ed, and NYPD Blue. His audiobook narrations have been awarded two AudioFile Earphones Awards.