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Publisher's Summary

In this classic account of madness, Michel Foucault shows once and for all why he is one of the most distinguished European philosophers since the end of World War II. Madness and Civilization, Foucault's first book and his finest accomplishment, will change the way in which you think about society. Evoking shock, pity, and fascination, it might also make you question the way you think about yourself.
©1972 Editions Gallimard; English translation copyright 1965 by Random House, Inc. (P)2016 Tantor
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"Superb scholarship rendered with artistry." ( The Nation)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Reem Abu Hwaij on 09-25-17

Terrible narration

I was very excited to start this audiobook but found it very difficult to listen to the content with the narrators dramatized and unnecessarily emotional tone. This hardly seems like the kind of book that warrants such random emotional segements, which are completely irrelevant to the content mind you! Really distracting!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Melissa S. Williams on 09-25-16

Classic study; distracting narrator

If you could sum up Madness and Civilization in three words, what would they be?

Madness = social control

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dave Gillies?

Gillies was not the right choice for this narration. The problem is not his Scottish accent; it's his ponderous style. Foucault's themes are heavy and his mode of exposition is intricate, but stylistically he is light on his feet, like a dancer or a featherweight boxer. This quality of his writing and thinking is completely lost in Gillies' rendition.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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