Poetics


Read by Robert Foster

(3.8 stars; 31 reviews)

Aristotle’s Poetics from the 4th century B.C. aims to give a short study of storytelling. It discusses things like unity of plot, reversal of situation, and character in the context of Greek tragedy, comedy and epic poetry. But it still applies today. It is especially popular with screenwriters as seen in many script gurus’ how-to books. (Summary by Robert Foster) (2 hr 23 min)

Chapters

Preface 25:21 Read by Robert Foster
Chapters 1-3 9:07 Read by Robert Foster
Chapters 4-5 9:45 Read by Robert Foster
Chapters 6-8 13:20 Read by Robert Foster
Chapters 9-13 15:20 Read by Robert Foster
Chapter 14 5:28 Read by Robert Foster
Chapters 15-16 10:52 Read by Robert Foster
Chapters 17-19 8:35 Read by Robert Foster
Chapters 20-21 13:21 Read by Robert Foster
Chapters 22-24 16:41 Read by Robert Foster
Chapters 25-26 15:59 Read by Robert Foster

Reviews

A pretty close call to dislike


(3 stars)

I found the reader's pacing poor, his pronunciation wanting, and tone static. Aristotle is intriguing as always.

bad


(0.5 stars)

This poor guy struggled over the basic terms of the work.

Gives it a good shot, does a good job.


(3 stars)

Robert Foster has more courage than I do. His work is what the idea of a community of volunteers is all about. I must say that the more I listened to him the more he earned my respect for his efforts. Like him, I don't know Greek--although I can tell when someone is pronouncing it right. At one point he says, "the blank of blank". This is a wise decision. Initially his voice is a bit gravely and he has a bit of an accent that is unfamiliar to me. I wasn't certain I wanted to listen. That would have been a mistake. Overall, it's a good reading. Good job, Robert, and thanks for making the recording.

Very bad please do it with professional


(1 stars)

lot of shhh sounds for every word that has s in them very un pleasent to listen on long duration , please re do it, also reader should have read this completely before recording

Thank you.


(5 stars)

It felt like the Preface was more interesting than the work itself. Also, references to ancient plays require the reader or the listener to be familiar with them beforehand. Not sure what to make of this....

Poor Reader


(1.5 stars)

The reader, unfortunately, struggles to pronounce basic words and add his own apologies and unnecessary comments.

Really Enjoyed This Reader


(5 stars)

One of the more enjoyable readings I've heard on LibriVox. I do hope that he records more classics in the future.