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.
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.
"Misleading title, and silly voices"
For a start, I don't much like the american reading one of the greatest English writers' work, I would have appreciated an Englishman to read it, as only englishmen can actually speak english properly, with correct pronunciations. Not only this, but when there are 'direct quotes' within the audiobook, someone with a silly, fake \"ye olde\" \"English\" (i have English in quotation marks, as again, American's are unable to differentiate between an actual english accent, and what they think one is, which is always wrong.
Away from the actual voices themselves, however, the book simply does not live up to its title. It says it is an unabridged version of leviathan, which lead me to assume that it would be the whole of Hobbes' book read, with no part left out. This is not so, it is some kind of history of the English Civil War (which is only worth mentioning in the understanding of leviathan to get an idea of context). This is just so unnecessary, and so something that i bought in order to help me, has done nothing of the sort.
This did not only NOT entertain me, but it didn't help me get through all the texts on my course (i am dyslexic, and so all the help with reading i can get i take) and in fact if anything it just wasted 2hours that i could have just read some of the book itself.
This is time that i shall never get back, and i cannot even make myself feel better by knowing that i was educated by this audiobook.
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