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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19,868 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sir Thomas More Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sir Thomas More’s Utopia has spurred debate, reflection, and critical thinking since its original publication in the sixteenth century. More’s fictional island of Utopia provides an exploration of issues that shook him and his contemporaries and that continue to be problematic in the modern day.

The details of More’s utopian society, such as the permissibility of euthanasia and comments on chastity in the priesthood, combine with proposals of coexisting varied religions to put forth a work that incorporates the totality of More’s religious, sociological, and philosophical talents. This version of Utopia is the translation by Bishop Gilbert Burnet.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Ellen | 2/17/2014

    " Whew...I like old books, but this one was hard for me to read..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Natalie Moore | 2/16/2014

    " This treatise on the best possible society was written in response to kings using serfs and manual labor to increase their own wealth and power. The entire system of government is built against these two things, corrupting principals, of wealth and power. Perhaps it's because the rise of the middle class has made power and wealth much more attainable to many, but I found it merely a good idea, a person striving towards something better than what lay before him at present. I find it hard to believe, that if implemented, this system of government would actually work. Perhaps more enchanting, is the idea behind it: that a truly harmonious society could exist and be achieved amongst men. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Conan | 2/11/2014

    " its sometimes hard to tell when he is being cheeky. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Charis | 1/14/2014

    " Not necessarily a good story in itself, best if used as a political comparison or for discussion. "

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About the Author

Sir Thomas More (1478–1535) was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman, and noted Renaissance humanist. He was an important counselor to Henry VIII of England, and for three years toward the end of his life he was Lord Chancellor. He is also recognized as a saint within the Catholic Church and in the Anglican Communion. More was an opponent of the Protestant Reformation and of Martin Luther and William Tyndale. Best known for his masterpiece Utopia, More is also the author of The History of King Richard III, A Dialogue Concerning Heresies, and Treatise on the Blessed Body.