On Liberty

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(4.7 stars; 67 reviews)

Published in 1859, On Liberty details Mill's view that individuals should be left wholly free to engage in any activity, thought or belief that does not harm others. Simple though it sounds, it is a position that challenges our ideas on the very nature of government and society, and sheds light on some of the key issues we face today. A key text of political philosophy, On Liberty has been continuously in print since its first publication. (Summary by David Barnes) (5 hr 21 min)


Ch 1 – Introductory 44:50 Read by David Barnes
Ch 2 – Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion – pt 1 52:32 Read by David Barnes
Ch 2 – Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion – pt 2 1:00:40 Read by David Barnes
Ch 3 – Of Individuality 49:01 Read by Carl Manchester
Ch 4 – Of the Limits to the Authority of Society 50:18 Read by Mike Kauffmann
Ch 5 – Applications 1:04:33 Read by ML Cohen


Excellent recording

(5 stars)

This is a really good recording of a timeless classic on freedom of expression. The reader's voice is very clear and audible, and the writing so good, that this is quite wonderful to listen to.

Awesome recording

(5 stars)

David Barnes' recording made listening to this influential treatise a sheer delight. His reading is clear and precise complete with an awesome accent.

well read

(5 stars)

Very good recording by everyone. The book itself is OK, I mean, he denounces everyone’s lack of a consistent principle but he pulls his “harm principle” basically out of nowhere (presumably he justifies it in terms of utility somehow, but he barely does it here)


(4.5 stars)

I liked listening to this primarily because the readers did such an amazing job, but the book itself was compelling as well. Overall, I'd say it's a sound read.

mind your own business

(5 stars)

more relevant than ever. in summary people should mind their own business

A brilliant book!

(5 stars)

Every politician every should be made to read this book!

great narration

(5 stars)

all the narrators do a great job with this text