• 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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This books is fine, but the title is deceptive. It is not a reading of "Leviathan", but a "Cliff Notes" type summary of "Leviathan" with illustrative quotes. It's a decent summary, but I was looking for the actual work. I suppose I should have been alerted by the brief length. Oh well, I'm better prepared now to read the real thing.
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- Charles E. Grant "Cgrant"

The best way to read leviathan

Leviathan is not the easiest book to read, especially with Thomas Hobbes particular use of the English language.
However, with this audio book, the narrators do a good Job of picking up the good bits of the book.
It is be far the best narrated book I have listened to so far. Trailing only the ScrewTape Letter narrated by John Cleese.

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- Kamal

Book Details

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