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3.2 out of 53.2 out of 53.2 out of 53.2 out of 53.2 out of 5 3.20 (15 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau Narrator: Erik Sandvold Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781455195824
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“Man was born free, but everywhere he is in chains.” Thus begins Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s influential 1762 work, On the Social Contract, a milestone of political science and essential reading for students of history, philosophy, and social science. A progressive work, it inspired worldwide political reforms, most notably the American and French Revolutions, because it argued that monarchs were not divinely empowered to legislate. Rousseau asserts that only the people, in the form of the sovereign, have that all-powerful right. On the Social Contract’s appeal and influence has been wide-ranging and continuous. It has been called an encomium to democracy and, at the same time, a blueprint for totalitarianism. Individualists, collectivists, anarchists, and socialists have all taken courage from Rousseau’s controversial masterpiece.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 1/29/2014

    " I cant say i felt really strongly either way with this one, some of it i agreed with and some i didnt agree with at all. Overall it was a good read, and i feel it is a valid theory deserving to be read and debated, just dont know how i feel about all Rousseau's conclusions. This is one that will make you think, compleatly worth giving it a look. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Imasongbyrd | 1/11/2014

    " I gave up; I couldn't understand Rousseau's concept of 'citizen' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Han Zhicheng | 12/22/2013

    " By a skimming through of this book, I have no doubt that this is one of the ingenious books I am looking for. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jacqie | 11/13/2013

    " I had to read this for school and it was very boring, uninteresting, and very confusing. Not something I would recommend "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eilis | 6/30/2013

    " Surprisingly I really liked this - interesting to see how far we have slipped from Rousseau's ideal in our idea of what "democracy" is! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 6/16/2013

    " I admit I haven't read all of this. It is a good read for those interested in Political Philosophy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 4/14/2013

    " I disagree with a lot of what he says, but Rousseau is a brilliant writer and has shaped Western politics for centuries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody Curtis | 5/28/2011

    " A bit dense to read, but a fascinating look at some of the thinking that underpins the U.S. government. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erum | 5/18/2011

    " I think I'm lucky I got the chance to study this book. I liked Rousseau's ideas on freedom. But I do not really believe in his ideas on the 'General Will for All'. Not really effective for the modern societies.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mercedes | 5/15/2011

    " Read part of this as part of my Philosophy course. An interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mohammed Ali Bapir | 5/6/2011

    " It has proposed some good propositions; yet arguing that society has corrupted the individual! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bihter | 4/25/2011

    " Rousseau's candidness in the analysis of human nature does not persist fortunately in this historically very significant, though insipid work. But still, we love him, especially because he wrote about wanking and submissive fantasies in the 18th century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 4/12/2011

    " A read from my political science days...for research, as I don't agree with him very much, and I'm not too keen on his writing style. That said, it remains compelling, challenging, and a key work of the Enlightenment. It deserves to be read...but the enjoyment factor is variable.

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 3/20/2011

    " Interesting read, pretty romantic notion of what is possible, I'm afraid...doesn't acknowledge social relations of power in a realistic way in my opinion. "

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

    " Pretty useless as any sort of pragmatic text -- but the writing is gorgeous! "

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About the Author
Author Jean-Jacques RousseauJean-Jacques Rousseau [1712-1778] was a famous philosopher whose work strongly influenced the French Revolution and modern thought as a whole. His treatise "Emile" played a large role in the school of educational thought, and various other pieces impacted literary genres such as autobiography and modern fiction. He was also an accomplished composer, renowned for his operas and contributions to musical theory. Following his death, he was interred as a national hero in Paris' Pantheon.
About the Narrator

Erik Sandvold graduated, with honors, from Northwestern University’s theatre department, where he studied with renowned teachers including David Downs and Tony Award-winning directors Frank Galati and Mary Zimmerman. Since then, Mr. Sandval has repeatedly performed major roles with the leading theatre companies in Colorado, including the Denver Center Theatre Company, the Arvada Center Theatre, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and Curious Theatre Company, where he is a Company Member. Some notable roles from his wide-ranging professional resume include: the tile roles in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby and the world-premiere musical Ichabod! (written and produced by Rick Ramage, creator of the TV series Haunted and Peacemakers); Larry in Closer; Lloyd Crowder in the world-premiere of Plainsong; and Mason Marzac in Take Me Out, for which he was named Top Actor by the Rocky Mountain News and awarded the Denver Post’s Ovation Award for Best Comic Performance by an Actor. He also won Ovation Awards for Best Solo Performance for playing all 36 characters in I Am My Own Wife and for the world premiere of Bubs: A One Man Musical, which he also performed at Fringe NYC in 2009. On-camera, Mr. Sandval has been featured in over 30 national, regional, and local television commercials, more than 40 industrials, on the Sci-Fi Channel, and in many short and feature-length films. Erik, also, has employed his voice in dozens of commercial spots, industrial projects, and collaborations with classical music ensembles. He has narrated over 500 books and countless magazine articles for the Library of Congress, including all seven books in the Harry Potter series. In June 2003, at Madison Square Garden, he was awarded his second Alexander Scourby Narrator of the Year Award, becoming only the second two-time recipient in the 17 year history of the national award.