Tuesday, November 24, 2009
When was the last time you listened to a reading of The United States Constitution?
If you can't recall, and you are one of the 38.4 million people traveling by car in the US over the Thanksgiving holiday, perhaps your trip might be the perfect time to hear the Constitution read aloud.
Or if not the Constitution, what about the Articles of Confederation? Or the Declaration of Independence?
If your travel-time is extended, you might be interested in the 21 hours of The Federalist Papers - - - or the 19 hours of The Anti-Federalist Papers. Or perhaps A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume (almost 14 hours) or John Locke’s Two Treatises on Civil Government (11 hours).
What about Aristotle’s Politics? Plato’s Republic? Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America (both volumes)? Or Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality Among Men, by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, available in both English and French?
All of these and more are available for free download on LibriVox. With its motto of "acoustical liberation of books in the public domain," the site provides a wide range of materials. Browsing is possible, but somewhat cumbersome. If you cannot find your favorite classic, LibriVox accepts volunteer readers.