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3.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 5 3.76 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Plato Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Alpha DVD Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN:
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The Trial and Death of Socrates presents the trial and subsequent execution of Socrates in 399 BCE. Socrates was tried on the basis of two ambiguous charges: corrupting the youth and impiety. Euthyphro, one of Plato's early dialogues, takes place during the weeks leading up to Socrates' trial. Apology is Plato's version of the speech given by Socrates as he defends himself against the charges of being a man who corrupted the young, refused to worship the gods, and created new deities. Crito, a short dialogue by Plato, is a conversation between Socrates and his wealthy friend Crito regarding justice, injustice, and the appropriate response to injustice. Phaedo, depicts the death of Socrates, and is Plato's last dialogue covering Socrates' final days.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamatha Goodling | 2/8/2014

    " The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways--I to die, and you to live. Which is better God only knows. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron Records | 1/18/2014

    " I personally found this edition very useful in its footnotes, and the translation was very concise and easy to read. I got this version for my intro to philosophy class, but I have also read some of these translations by W.H.D. Rouse. Both G.M.A. Grube and Rouse create a readable translation. Unless you need this version for a class, though, I'd suggest buying the complete dialogues of Plato (better buy for the money; the complete dialogues of Plato translated by Rouse only cost me $6.95). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 1/13/2014

    " This needs to be a stage play! The actual existence of Socrates is still a matter of dispute among scholars, but this is among Plato's finest dialogs. As Socrates' final moments draw near you can actually place yourself in the room with him and his students. A riveting work! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole Geddie | 1/6/2014

    " Oh man. Haaaaated this book. Torture to get through. I'm sure the plot was decent but I was too distracted by how much I hated the book to notice. I want to give it zero stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer George | 1/2/2014

    " Although I had to read this for a college course, I truly enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Setareh Ghanooni | 1/1/2014

    " I love how Socrates went to the three categories of people (poets, politicians and artisans) and told them that they were morons! SO BRAVE! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francisco | 12/27/2013

    " If you love wisdom, this is a must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan | 12/19/2013

    " I never read this when I was young. I loved coming across all the quotes and philosophies that are so common. Now I know where they came from. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Yelverton | 11/29/2013

    " One of the few philosophy books that I read in college that was actually interesting and in my opinion, worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ishy | 10/23/2013

    " Wonderful, thought provoking book. A pleasure to read, and respect for Plato. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 10/11/2013

    " A wonderful little book. It has some good insights into certain human attitudes, e.g. when we grieve the death of someone we really are grieving for ourselves not for the deceased. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 10/9/2013

    " Read for my Hero English class. Interesting read. Socrates...man can that man ask those annoyingly diificult questions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marybeth Treece | 9/24/2013

    " Incredibly brilliant account of the conversations of Socrates, and a guide in understanding the power of the Socratic Method of argument. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alanah | 9/3/2013

    " I think this is a re-read. There are just something that a 13-year-old just doesn't understand. But I remember liking it...for the most part. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 7/9/2013

    " This was my first taste of philosophy, which embarrassingly came when I was 20 years old. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew Carlin | 3/1/2013

    " It turns out Socrates was a dick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rio Gonzalez | 12/5/2012

    " Plato's accountings of Socrates. Astounding! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wonderperson89 | 8/27/2012

    " Socrates has it against him and as a result is sentenced to death by a very public poisoning and this is his swan song. Arguments against argumentation where protagonist loses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manuel Pirino | 3/2/2012

    " Most enlightening, in so many ways. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Layla - | 1/16/2012

    " Sad, but inspiring! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 12/23/2011

    " The story of an a man, real or mythologized, representing the next stage of thought and being persecuted for it. Plato presents his mentor's last days with a subtle beauty in four different dialouges. A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. M. | 11/6/2011

    " Certainly an eye-opening, thought-provoking dialogue. The realization of the drastic differences between our time and that of Socrates' is truly fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michel | 10/7/2011

    " This there is a book everybody should have read, this is it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanner Quammen | 8/31/2011

    " Socrates died because he could no longer fulfill his purpose in the way which he saw fit. The only way to maintain his purpose was to die. By maintaining his purpose he did not fear death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bibliophile | 5/25/2011

    " I read this book for a school project and I thought it would be not very good. The philosophical ideas are really valuable and I recommend that everyone reads it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 5/22/2011

    " A little dry, but interesting topics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 4/2/2011

    " I don't even remember this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 3/21/2011

    " The story of an a man, real or mythologized, representing the next stage of thought and being persecuted for it. Plato presents his mentor's last days with a subtle beauty in four different dialouges. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/29/2011

    " I saw a one-man performance of "Apology of Socrates" one evening in Athens. I had read the text several times before in high-school and university, but the performance really demonstrated what a powerful text it really is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/20/2011

    " Read for my Hero English class. Interesting read. Socrates...man can that man ask those annoyingly diificult questions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremiah | 1/12/2011

    " The Phaedo was my favorite out of these dialogues! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 12/1/2010

    " Funny story of Socrates and a great characterization of the man and who he really was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtis | 11/30/2010

    " Not exactly a page turner, but shows some foundational philosophical techniques and Greek ideologies on life, after-life, the soul, the body, opposites, perception, obeying the law, society, piety, and more.

    Not to mention it's a critical historical and literary story of injustice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/28/2010

    " I enjoyed the book but did not agree with Socrates. "

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About the Author
Author Plato

Plato (c. 427–347 BC) stands with Socrates and Aristotle as one of the shapers of the whole intellectual tradition of the West. He founded in Athens the Academy, the first permanent institution devoted to philosophical research and teaching, and the prototype of all Western universities.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.