On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (Version 2)

Read by Bob Neufeld

(4.7 stars; 260 reviews)

ivil Disobedience (Resistance to Civil Government) is an essay by American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau that was first published in 1849. In it, Thoreau argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that they have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was motivated in part by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican–American War. (Summary by Wikipedia)

(1 hr 2 min)


Chapter 01 31:27 Read by Bob Neufeld
Chapter 02 31:14 Read by Bob Neufeld


Great Reader Great Book....

(4.5 stars)

I love when you get A good reader. I have to say this App. has come A long way in that department. The Book for as old as it is still rings true. True as ever....

Why haven't I heard about it before ?

(5 stars)

Very good reader, with a nice and easily understandable speaking (thanks to him), for an interesting book. It is funny to see how relevant these ideas still are today.


(5 stars)

Bob Neufeld is a wonderful reader with voice and diction that both soothe and communicate beautifully. This text, of course, is interesting and challenging.

Awesome and inspiring

(4 stars)

A practical lesson on dissidents and how the state and federal government treated them during the abolition period from the mouth of Henry David. The reader represents Henry perfect and makes the book entertaining while giving exactly the character that I thought Henry would be. While I don’t agree exactly on Henry’s views their are several moments where he makes good points of what the role of government is in our society and how sometimes that role is an overreach on our independence and liberties. Overall I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the abolition period and the outlook on the impending civil war.

Brilliant text, magnificent reading!

(5 stars)

I have struggled to find truly great reading of a text that seem to convey exactly what the writer intended. I'm happy this was one of them. the sound was great, the pauses and intonation were perfect and the Bob's voice has a particular colour that makes you fall in love with it. Thank you!

Good Reading

(5 stars)

The narrator does an excellent job and the audio is smooth and high quality. I enjoyed Civil Disobedience much more than Walden. Civil Disobedience involves a person's duty to the state and deals with taxes. This should be required reading for high school students.

(4 stars)

I would have preferred this text to be read at a slower pace, other than that I enjoyed the audio book, gives an insight into the mind of anarchists and has a very good point as an ending line

Favorite for Decades

(4.5 stars)

I first discovered his writing in to he 6th grade & have adopted his ideas as my own. I am 51 yes old now. This is one of my foundational books.