• by George H. Smith
  • Narrated by Craig Deitschmann
  • 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Leviathan is a vigorous defense of a strong central government that was originally published in 1651, just after the English wars of 1642-49. This presentation explores the social and political turmoil during which Leviathan was written, including an examination of the radical political philosophies spawned by opposition to Stuart monarchy in England. It explains the materialistic foundation of Hobbes' philosophy and how this influenced his theory of man, society, and government. Special attention is paid to Hobbes' theory of the "state of nature", the social contract, and the governmental sovereignty. The right of resistance against unjust laws and the right to liberty of conscience also are discussed. A comprehensive work, Leviathan discusses many areas of philosophy and religion and is widely acknowledged as a masterpiece of political thought.


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Misleading title, and silly voices

For a start, I don't much like the american reading one of the greatest English writers' work, I would have appreciated an Englishman to read it, as only englishmen can actually speak english properly, with correct pronunciations. Not only this, but when there are 'direct quotes' within the audiobook, someone with a silly, fake \"ye olde\" \"English\" (i have English in quotation marks, as again, American's are unable to differentiate between an actual english accent, and what they think one is, which is always wrong.
Away from the actual voices themselves, however, the book simply does not live up to its title. It says it is an unabridged version of leviathan, which lead me to assume that it would be the whole of Hobbes' book read, with no part left out. This is not so, it is some kind of history of the English Civil War (which is only worth mentioning in the understanding of leviathan to get an idea of context). This is just so unnecessary, and so something that i bought in order to help me, has done nothing of the sort.
This did not only NOT entertain me, but it didn't help me get through all the texts on my course (i am dyslexic, and so all the help with reading i can get i take) and in fact if anything it just wasted 2hours that i could have just read some of the book itself.
This is time that i shall never get back, and i cannot even make myself feel better by knowing that i was educated by this audiobook.

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- Lily

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-07-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.