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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: March 2011 ISBN: 9781452671215
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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 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 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 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 Charis | 1/14/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 1/6/2014

    " This is very good so far. It's not an easy read because it's worth it to really think about the words but it's turning out to be well worth the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 R.Joseph | 12/27/2013

    " If only we could have a Utopia! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mokrist | 12/23/2013

    " an interesting book by someone who refused a kings reuest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anthony Cleverly | 12/14/2013

    " I would not recommend this book to anyone unless they are communist. Anyone with logic can see why this theory would never work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AlexisH | 12/10/2013

    " I am such a fan of the dystopias that it was integral to read the original basis on what the true definition of perfection is. I must say that I am not dissapointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben Francisco | 12/4/2013

    " I guess this book is of historical significance, because many of it's ideas were used in the formation of the Soviet Union and communism, but I found it hard to stay focused on the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandy | 12/2/2013

    " This book marked a turning point in my quest for spiritual security. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 10/25/2013

    " An interesting book written at a time when exploration was at the forefront so there was a lot of dreaming about the worlds explorers might find. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron K | 10/9/2013

    " to be honest i skipped all the preliminary crap that frames the story and just got to the meat: the description of Utopia. for that this book is classic. it's so hard to tell whether he's serious or being completely satirical - sometimes it's just so off the wall that it just has to be distopian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ali M | 8/16/2013

    " Read it after watching Ever After. It's thought-provoking, although it may seem dry at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick Wong | 7/31/2013

    " Utopia as a book was entertaining, a nice little insight of a "perfect" society. More is outstanding talking about socialism before its time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruthie Jones | 6/13/2013

    " I love utopian/dystopian stories. It helps to learn about Sir Thomas More and his society before reading this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hayley Boyce | 3/1/2013

    " Interesting ideas, but not presented in a very engaging way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 11/19/2012

    " First published in 1516, this book is about More's idea of the perfect society, a world where all men work together for the good of all. Thomas More was beheaded by Henry VIII in 1535. A Harvard Classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lawrence | 9/12/2012

    " This was really fascinating. I didn't expect More to be so... communist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lily | 8/3/2012

    " Dull by today's standards but so is Republic (zzzz), yet amazing when put into historical context. Suicidal when you think of which king he was working for; truly worthy of a beheading. I have to go watch a Man For All Seasons again... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Frank | 7/29/2012

    " Even recognising the social and literary context in which this was written, Thomas More's book is a disappointment: a poorly written essay exposing Mr. More's many prejudices and illusions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariadna73 | 4/3/2012

    " Why injustice exists? Because it is part of being human. This is the overall reflection of this story that takes us to a land where everything is perfect because there is no private property, and everyone is happy with what they have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 10/21/2011

    " I love Sir Thomas More but my life is too short to finish this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerree | 5/7/2011

    " Interesting book, but the ideals contained within the book are not to my liking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 5/4/2011

    " Fantastic book. Very funny and thought inspiring. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ana Josefina | 4/29/2011

    " Well, that was terrifying, for sure.

    The mixture of wisdom and preposterousness is astounding.

    It left me with an unsavory stepford-wife/gilded-cage taste in my mouth that even keeping in mind the time when it was written, it´s hard to swallow.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 4/29/2011

    " This seemed more like a nightmare than utopia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigael | 4/19/2011

    " Great book, applies to our society today, we haven't learned a thing from this book but I did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AmerX | 4/8/2011

    " I have to read it again :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/7/2011

    " This has many surprisingly amusing moments. Best read with its historical context in mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Umi | 4/7/2011

    " Nice book...not yet finish. Old English full of vision. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua | 4/2/2011

    " Utopia is latin for nowhere. An apt title, no?
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J | 3/31/2011

    " Feels very dated. I can't get over it and appreciated properly.
    #10 I think. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.