THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – EARLY PERIOD VOLUME 1
The Apology • Crito • Charmenides • Laches • Lysis • Euthyphro • Menexenus • Ion
By Plato • Multi-Voice Production – Read by David Rintoul as Socrates and cast
As a fan of Plato, I had been searching for a complete set of the Socratic Dialogues, so I was very excited when I saw Ukemi recordings. I was even happier when I found out that Nicolas Soames, the founder of Ukemi, was previously in charge of Naxos Audiobooks and had produced many of my favourite classics. As for the production, it is well done and the actors give you a clear sense that they actually understand the ideas Plato was trying to convey: the pursuit of truth through questions, answers, and more questions. To me the attribute of actor-understanding is essential to enjoying any philosophical work in audible format and particularly with dialogues like these. In this case you feel as if you are in the room, experiencing the tension, with convincing protagonists attacking and defending competing theories of truth, virtue, and the good life. This is a very effective (and enjoyable) path to Plato. I’m currently on Volume 3 but I will definitely be buying the rest as soon as they are released. Top marks so far!
C J Deazeley – Audible