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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this was read as tho it was required speaking to a class room full of scollors that already knew the text. No inflection or passion expressed. The words were inspiring but the speaker bored me to distraction.
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- Rebecca L. Lewis

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

Book Details

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