On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

  • by Henry David Thoreau
  • Narrated by Jim Killavey
  • 1 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This essay by Thoreau first published in 1849, argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule their consciences. It goes on to say that individuals have a duty to avoid allowing the government to make them the agents of injustice. The quote: "That government is best which governs least," sometimes attributed to Thomas Jefferson or Thomas Paine, actually was first found in this essay. Thoreaus' thoughts were motivated by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican-American War but they are still relevant and resonate today.

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Terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible Narration,

Unbelievably bad sing song voice characterisation. Reprehensible that Audble would sell such a poor rendition of such a great classic work.

Tragic, tragically bad.

Warning stay away!
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- Robert

It's good

Discussing slavery and American involvement in war with Mexico, this is one man's thoughts on how the individual relates to his/her government. It's good. It's easy to see how these arguments in this unpinned Martin Luther King's efforts and the civil rights movement. Unfortunately, the reader/narrator is very lifeless - eradicating from the work the passion with which Thoreau surely wrote it.
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- Justice h campbell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-12-2012
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings