Rhetoric


Read by Geoffrey Edwards

(2.9 stars; 40 reviews)

The Rhetoric was developed by Aristotle during two periods when he was in Athens, the first between 367 to 347 BCE (when he was seconded to Plato in the Academy), and the second between 335 to 322 BCE (when he was running his own school, the Lyceum). The Rhetoric consists of three books. Book I offers a general overview, presenting the purposes of rhetoric and a working definition; it also offers a detailed discussion of the major contexts and types of rhetoric. Book II discusses in detail the three means of persuasion that an orator must rely on: those grounded in credibility (ethos), in the emotions and psychology of the audience (pathos), and in patterns of reasoning (logos). Book III introduces the elements of style (word choice, metaphor, and sentence structure) and arrangement (organization). Some attention is paid to delivery, but generally the reader is referred to the Poetics for more information in that area. (Summary by Wikipedia)

(8 hr 34 min)

Chapters

Book I Part 1 (Chapters 1-5) 58:02 Read by Geoffrey Edwards
Book I Part 2 (Chapters 6-10) 56:47 Read by Geoffrey Edwards
Book I Part 3 (Chapters 11-16) 55:34 Read by Geoffrey Edwards
Book II Part 1 (Chapters 1-9) 1:09:06 Read by Geoffrey Edwards
Book II Part 2 (Chapters 10-21) 1:03:20 Read by Geoffrey Edwards
Book II Part 3 (Chapters 22-28) 1:09:05 Read by Geoffrey Edwards
Book III Part 1 (Chapters 1-10) 1:06:32 Read by Geoffrey Edwards
Book III Part 2 (Chapters 11-14) 38:10 Read by Geoffrey Edwards
Book III Part 3 (Chapters 15-19) 38:14 Read by Geoffrey Edwards

Reviews

New version PLEASE

(0.5 stars)

Only one reader for such an important text? Please give us another version

Tom

(0.5 stars)

The reader reads with a sing-song that shows he does not understand what he is reading. A computer text-to-voice would almost be better since its reading would be flat and you wouldn't be distracted by all the iOS and downs, trying to find the question in the sentence. Please, no offense meant, but you need another version.

Eh

(2 stars)

I tried to approach this with an open mind since I really enjoy this book but the reader just sounded like Kermit the frog to me. Because of his tone, pauses, and emphasis I did not enjoy this version. I'm not sure if he is using the skills from the book he is reading but at least he was trying and volunteered to read.

Mediocre

(2.5 stars)

This is a book I am reading for school, and I thought it'd be nice to listen to it. It's not that good for studying, because everything is said in the same general tone of voice. However, it was very soothing to listen to. It's really nice to listen to if you cannot sleep at nights, plus probably intellectually stimulating, I don't know. Everyone has different opinions, so you'd definitely have to listen to a portion of it to make up your own minds.

Awful reader

(0.5 stars)

The reader makes the text unlistenable. Please redo with better reader!!

Great job!

(5 stars)

I strongly disagree with the reviewer that says the reader has no understanding of the meaning of what he is reading. On the contrary, I think he does a great job of making it understandable to anyone who is listening. His pacing is perfect for digesting Aristotles rich use of language.

Mailed it in

(1 stars)

Unlistenable. The reader gives no impression that he understands, or cares to, the meaning of the words he is speaking. He lapses into a sing-song, juvenile style suitable for children's books but not here. Librivox coaches readers in style. Let's hope for a better rendition to replace this one.

Still going to listen to it.

(5 stars)

That's right. I'm reviewing this without listening to it. Because apparently it's better to be mean instead of insubordinate. Your reviews are disgusting. It sounds to me like he's giving character to the book. Your parents obviously never taught you to silence your tounge if you don't have anything nice to say. So here's a thought, go buy and read the book yourself.