On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

Read by Gord Mackenzie

(4.6 stars; 65 reviews)

Civil Disobedience is an essay by Henry David Thoreau. Published in 1849 under the title Resistance to Civil Government, it expressed Thoreau’s belief that people should not allow governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that people have a duty both to avoid doing injustice directly and to avoid allowing their 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 from Wikipedia). (1 hr 21 min)


Part 1 42:40 Read by Gord Mackenzie
Part 2 38:39 Read by Gord Mackenzie


Really captures the text

(5 stars)

This is a really great reading. The flowing tone slightly dramatizes the text as if listening to H.D Thoreau in conversation or thoughts as himself. Also recommend Walden.

Really excellent reading!

(5 stars)

The reading could not be better: one could easily believe, that the book is read by the author itself! It is also tecnically perfect. Thank you very much!

couldn't be said better, or hasn't yet anyway! GREAT reader too!

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(5 stars)

very well done. the recording sounds like an audible recording.

(4.5 stars)

A treasure well delivered through clear and simple speech.

amazing reading by Gord. thank you Sir!

(5 stars)

great during tax season

(5 stars)

Great piece, first read for a masters history class and revisited due to the powerful sentiments. Well read and I’m very thankful this was available through LibriVox.

One Of The Bedt

(5 stars)

Wonderful reading! As if your sitting with Thoreau himself; methinks.