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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 Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781455171651
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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.”

    Kliatt

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 Jennifer | 1/12/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 12/10/2013

    " Certainly long-winded but mostly entertaining. I wouldn't recommend this for everyone. If you're interested in the philosophes and 18th century living in general this will give you a first hand account. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Louise | 11/7/2013

    " A significant template for memoir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 10/10/2013

    " I was surprised to find this book quite enjoyable. Unlike most 'classics' this one kept me enthralled. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 10/4/2013

    " Ah life in the 18th century. Never dull. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 5/8/2013

    " read: "The story of the stolen ribbon" (end of Book II) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 4/21/2013

    " Amazingly, Rousseau's fetish for being spanked and exposing himself in alleyways are not the most intriguing things in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Husam | 4/17/2013

    " One of the greatest books I ever read.. Jean-Jacues Rousseau wrote his dairies and everything about his personal and political life .. he is very honest and direct .. the book has a lot of shit about the author ! which was very awesome to be read from the author himself !!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 2/26/2013

    " This was part of the syllabus for my Western Civ. course. I probably missed the finer points of his treatise, but I remember writing an essay about education in which I argued with him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rick | 1/31/2013

    " I read this for about a year, riding the bus in Liverpool, and later. It seemed somewhat tame relative to today's sensationalistic revelations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fire-fish | 7/27/2012

    " I can not believe that he lived a long time ago. There is no difference between the way humans used to think and feel and how they think and feel. Except that there were no plains and internet. "

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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

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.