Listen free for 30 days

Listen with offer

  • Leviathan

  • or The Matter, Form, and Power of a Commonwealth, Ecclesiastical and Civil
  • By: Thomas Hobbes
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 23 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

$0.00 for first 30 days

Pick 1 audiobook a month from our unmatched collection - including bestsellers and new releases.
Listen all you want to thousands of included audiobooks, Originals, celeb exclusives, and podcasts.
Access exclusive sales and deals.
£7.99/month after 30 days. Renews automatically. See here for eligibility.
Leviathan cover art

Leviathan

By: Thomas Hobbes
Narrated by: James Adams
Try for £0.00

£7.99/month after 30 days. Renews automatically. See here for eligibility.

Buy Now for £20.99

Buy Now for £20.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Listeners also enjoyed...

Leviathan cover art
Leviathan cover art
The Wealth of Nations cover art
The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination cover art
Concerning Christian Liberty cover art
Thus Spoke Zarathustra cover art
The Prince cover art
The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution cover art
On Liberty cover art
The Training of the Twelve cover art
Rediscovering Americanism cover art
The Catholic Controversy cover art
The Social Contract cover art
Epicurus of Samos: His Philosophy and Life cover art
The Age of Reason cover art
The City of God cover art

Summary

The leviathan is the vast unity of the State. But how are unity, peace, and security to be attained? Hobbes’ answer is sovereignty, but the resurgence of interest today in Leviathan is due less to its answers than its methods: Hobbes sees politics as a science capable of the same axiomatic approach as geometry.

Written during the turmoil of the English Civil War, Leviathan was, in Hobbes’ lifetime, publicly burnt and even condemned in Parliament as one of the causes of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Its current appeal lies not just in its elevation of politics to a science, but in its overriding concern for peace, its systematic analysis of power, and its convincing apologia for the then-emergent market society in which we still live.

Public Domain (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

Critic reviews

“Leviathan is a remarkable attempt to explain and justify the institution of government, and it remains one of the masterpieces of political thought.” ( Masterpieces of World Literature)

What listeners say about Leviathan

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    17
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    15
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    14
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Quite heavy on the religious part.

I hoped it took more chapters on human perception and les chapers about religion. Nevertheless I totally get it that it is what it is and it couldn't get any better because it is how the thinker perceive reality at that time.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Leviathan

Only 3/4 in does it finally become a fascinating read.
First of all almost unbearable then it seems to evolve into a very old Dan Brown novel where it finally picks up!!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

3 people found this helpful