This was okay...it was a little dry but I am glad that I listened to it before I listened to the plot to save socrates.
Great acting allows for the dialogue to flow with easy identification of characters. Socrates' timeless discussion of the afterlife on the eve of his death is brought to life in this well-presented audio program.
I have never done much (or any) on philosophy so I wondered if I could 'grasp' it. I dont know that I did, but I do know I loved it...I even quit listening to 'A briefer history of time' in order to finish it. It is well written, well orated, and seems to describe everything with just the right amount of detail, giving you an insight to how Socrates and others like him thought. Definately worth a read.
The "Apology" is an amazingly candid, aggressive, and modern defense of Socrates' personal philosophy, vs. the intolerance of the Athenians, that has many parallels in modern persecution on morally corrupt grounds. The Phaedo, which comprises the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th CD, is a sad effort in comparison, as Socrates defends a rather unimpressive (in modern terms) argument for the immortality of the soul, immediately prior to his own demise by hemlock. The reader does an excellent job on both counts.
Catalin Partenie is co-editor of Plato's Complete Works in Romanian (2001-2005).