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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,264 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau Narrator: Frederick Davidso Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Dr. Johnson may have been correct in saying that “Rousseau was a very bad man,” but none can argue that his ideas are among the most influential in all of world history. It was Rousseau, the father of the romantic movement, who was responsible for introducing at least two modern day thoughts that pervade academia: (1) free expression of the creative spirit is more important than strict adhesion to formal rules and traditional procedures, and (2) man is innately good but is corrupted by society and civilization.

The Confessions is Rousseau’s landmark autobiography. Both brilliant and flawed, it is nonetheless beautifully written and remains one of the most moving human documents in all of literature. In this work, Rousseau “frankly and sincerely” settles accounts with himself in an effort to project his “true” image to the world. In so doing he reveals the details of a man who paid little regard to accepted morality and social conventions.

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  • “Davidson’s articulate and lightly vocalized rendering is an invaluable help to the listener…This audio may be savored over time, and is well worth the effort. Davidson’s cultured, ironic tone meshes well with Rousseau’s canny genius.”


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by بهمن بهمن | 1/27/2014

    " bache ke boodam(5 ebtedayi) in ketabo khoondam va nemidoonam chera enghadr russeau be nazarm loos o ahmagh oomad:( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Erik | 1/18/2014

    " This book is really interesting. His life is really thrilling and the way he tells story of his lives, you can almost see why he cam up with and believed many of his theories. I think it's cool. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by pam | 1/16/2014

    " I re-read this book after many years and I was delighted by the descriptions of St Peter's Island. I never dreamed when I first read this book 40 years ago that I would be living right opposite the island and I would know every path mentioned intimately. The philosophical wars between Voltaire and Rousseau were also of great interest to me although I found it necessary to do some extra background reading to understand the nature of the conflict. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer | 1/12/2014

    " If you like memoir, then you should try to read Jean-Jacques Rousseau. It is an eye-opening experience. "

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