Events in the year 1776 were to be ones that changed the political face of the world for the rest of history. The fledgling United States of America was embroiled in its fight for independence from the British Empire, what was perhaps at that time the greatest power in the world. In July, the Declaration of Independence, authored principally by Thomas Jefferson was adopted by the United States, officially announcing its independence from the British Empire.
There was another document published that year, albeit one that was not quite as important and monumental as the Declaration of Independence. On March 9, 1776 Adam Smith published what was to become one of the greatest works in the field of economics and would help to change both the political and economic understanding of nations from that time on. The Wealth of Nations is “widely considered to be the first modern work in the field of economics…and the first comprehensive defense of free market policies.” (Wikipedia)
I am very pleased to announce that I have finally finished recording an unabridged audio version of Adam Smith’s seminal work. This is perhaps one of the longest personal projects I’ve ever undertaken and I’m very glad to have it finally completed. As far as I can tell, this is the only unabridged, human-read FREE version of this book you’ll find anywhere.
I started the project over 3 years ago, in January 2008. To put that into perspective, Sarah was 7 months pregnant with Ben when I began this recording. I used three different microphones (in increasing levels of quality) to record more than 370,000 words. Total finished recording time is just over 36 hours. Taking an average time on recording, proofing and editing at about 3 minutes for every 1 minute of finished recording comes out to about 108 hours total of time spent recording the book.
In between recording the five books that make up The Wealth of Nations, I made some other recordings, including John Bunyan’s autobiography Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners and John Owen’s excellent book, The Mortification of Sin, both of which can also be downloaded for free. What’s next? Well, definitely something smaller, that’s for sure. I’m considering working on C.H. Spurgeon’s Lectures To My Students, but haven’t quite decided yet.
If you enjoy audio books and would like to listen to what is continually listed in the top 100 books of all time, follow this link to download the free, unabridged audiobook of The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed reading.