Extended Audio Sample

Download Civilization and Its Discontents Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Civilization and Its Discontents Audiobook, by Sigmund Freud Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,965 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sigmund Freud Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781452672632
Regular Price: $12.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $11.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

First published in 1930, Civilization and Its Discontents is one of the most influential works of pioneering psychologist Sigmund Freud. Focusing on the tension between the primitive drives of the individual and the demands of civilization for order and conformity, Freud draws upon his psychoanalytic theories to explain the fundamental structures, conflicts, and consequences of society. Written in the aftermath of World War I, Civilization and Its Discontents advances the idea that humans' instinctive desires-violent urges and sexual drives-create the need for law and structure, which, when implemented, create constant feelings of discontent. A seminal work in psychology, Civilization and Its Discontents has sparked debate since its publication and continues to be widely read today. This edition is the translation by James Strachey. Download and start listening now!

bey3

Quotes & Awards

  • “This, written in 1930, on the eve of destruction as it were, is a summary of Freud’s beliefs, the potted essence of his system as applied to the broad picture…[Freud was] a first-rate essayist. When away from the couch or the consulting room, he was as penetrating and beguiling a thinker as Montaigne.”

    Guardian (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 2/20/2014

    " Interesting, but more for its historical value than any new insights. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marrick | 2/11/2014

    " Freud's observations and theories concerning the root of man's self-destructive nature. Not for those of low intellect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alasdair | 2/8/2014

    " This served as a fascinating insight into Freud's work outside on individual psychoanalysis. Clearly a brilliantly nuanced mind Freud sheds a bright and unforgiving light on the human condition. One of the few books that truly to be read by the widest possible audience. A geb=nuine masterwork. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 n | 2/4/2014

    " My favourite reading by Sigmund Freud. It goes beyond the Oedipal Complex that most people assume as the be all, end all of Freud. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ted | 1/30/2014

    " Required for a history class I took. Interesting but not an easy read. Freud's theory that we are willing to suffer frustration of our base desires for the protection of civilization makes sense but, like a lot of Freud, seems too pat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 1/23/2014

    " The first book I despised. But Freud's classic assault on religion did make me think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 1/20/2014

    " One of the most profoundly insightful books on human nature I've ever read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isaac | 1/15/2014

    " I read this book right after I read T.C. Boyle's 'Inner Circle' , which is all about sexual possibility whereas this one is all about sexual fatalism. The low rating reflects my disappointment in picking a follow-up read more than anything else. It's an incredibly cynical book, and given the surrounding world in which it was written that cynicism seems justified. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/14/2014

    " Brilliant. Freud may have been wrong about many things, but this short book is chock full of some of the most imaginative thinking about the human condition that I have read in a long time. It's a pleasure to peek into the mind of a genius. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Devin Partlow | 12/20/2013

    " This book could have been condensed down to about 2 paragraphs. Atleast he apologizes in the end for taking such an indirect route to say something really simple. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tommy | 12/18/2013

    " Freud as philosopher. A brilliant look into human nature and the origins of human misery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 12/11/2013

    " Freud's theories on the evolution of society would be hilarious if they weren't so pervasive and indicative of underlying beliefs about gender roles, religion and intelligence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 12/9/2013

    " Keen insight mixed with gobbledygook, reductionism, and S&M. What a freak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/8/2013

    " how can i really rate this book between 1 and 5 stars.... so many aspects to critiquing it... it is a classic even with the feminist and other critiques, no? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 9/15/2013

    " Freud is so hard to read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Freak | 7/13/2013

    " I've read a portuguese version which i've found on Internet. Reading texts on the screen is really hard but this paper is so complex that makes us want to read it until the last page. It can be a little disappointing indeed because we won't find a fortunate answer for our happiness' pursuit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter | 7/3/2013

    " Blah blah, death instinct, etc. In case anyone was desperate to know my opinion of Freud's ideas, here it is in a nutshell: I agree people probably have all sorts of unconcious drives and such like. I don't think they're scientifically quantifiable, or if they are, Freud didn't do it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Bellamy | 3/16/2013

    " Along with the "Uncanny," the most accessible Freud. Critical to an understanding of the cultural superego and death drive which dominated Freud's later work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 meeners | 12/21/2012

    " for better or worse, freud in the 21st century is obviously a very different reading experience from freud in the early 20th century. take or leave his theories as you will, the lucidity and forcefulness of his prose - felt through translation, admittedly, in my case - still make him a great read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 MV | 9/22/2012

    " I only gave it a star because there's no option to give no stars at all and still have that be a rating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 5/4/2012

    " Characteristic Freud and a must-read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andee Schuck | 3/5/2012

    " He was obviously high as a kite when he wrote this. Not worth it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brandon | 7/17/2011

    " I still don't know why Freud is such a big deal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 7/6/2011

    " Another one read for college, in my class on Critical Theory in Religion. It is a big picture book by Freud, not the psychological problems of individuals, but about society or societies as a whole. Everyone should read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael X | 5/7/2011

    " Freud's scathing tirade about civilization. You will be ready to give it all up after you finish reading it. We're all going nowhere, violently and fast!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyril Ruelle | 5/3/2011

    " "annoying "...as usual, Dr Freud, seeing SO FAR that the WORLD DIDN T FOLLOW.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alasdair | 3/17/2011

    " This served as a fascinating insight into Freud's work outside on individual psychoanalysis. Clearly a brilliantly nuanced mind Freud sheds a bright and unforgiving light on the human condition. One of the few books that truly to be read by the widest possible audience. A geb=nuine masterwork. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/17/2011

    " I liked it - though I'm not a psych student so I have no idea how sound his theories are. Either way they sounded reasonable as I read them. I esp. liked the parallels between his understanding of the mind & Plato's tripartite theory of the soul (the reason guided chariot and all that). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 12/9/2010

    " Though I disagree on some main points, I think Freud is fabulous "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heina | 12/7/2010

    " A lot of what Freud theorizes in this book has become part of common knowledge and speech. Understanding where terms like "unconscious," "subconscious," "repression," "sublimation," and even "Freudian slip" come from is highly valuable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 10/12/2010

    " Read it. You'll feel that you understand yourself a little better, though, when it came to any kind of spiritual impulse, he was truly blind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 9/26/2010

    " I'm so glad that I'm reading this book rather than writing it. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) was an Austrian psychiatrist who founded the psychoanalytic school of psychology. Freud is best known for his theories of the unconscious mind and the defense mechanism of repression and for creating the clinical practice of psychoanalysis for curing psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst.

About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.