The Spirit of the Laws

  • by Baron De Montesquieu
  • Narrated by Wanda McCaddon
  • 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Originally published in 1748, this is possibly the most masterful and influential book ever written on the subject of liberty and justice. Accordingly, it is a work that profoundly influenced America’s Founding Fathers. Its success was due partly to the fact that it was the first systematic treatise on politics, partly to Montesquieu’s championship of the nobility and the Parlements, but above all, to the brilliant style of his prose.
By the “spirit of the laws,” Montesquieu means their raison d’être and the conditions determining their origin, development, and forms. Montesquieu discusses numerous topics, including the general functions of government, relations between the sexes, the morals and customs of the nation, economics and religion, and the theory of law and legislative practice.

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Customer Reviews

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I doubt I can finish listening to this narrator.

What would have made The Spirit of the Laws better?

Had I listened to this before I purchased it, I would not.

Please let me know if I can return this audio book.


Has The Spirit of the Laws turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, although I will make sure I never purchase an audio book,
Narrated by Wanda McCaddon.


How could the performance have been better?

Different narrator.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes, Baron De Montesquieu.


Any additional comments?

Please let me know if you have the audio book by a different narrator.

I really want to listen to any book by Montesquieu.

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- Amazon Customer

Subject fascinating, reader not so good

Montesquieu deals with some surprisingly modern themes. Take "marriage equality". He discusses Tartars marrying their daughters, sons their mothers, polygamy and so on - modern ideas seem passé before they start! The separation of powers discussion is justly famous.

The reader is not so good, her voice is harsh and fast and thee is background noise on what is an old tape.
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- Dr. Terence M. Dwyer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.