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Over the past 15 years I have listened to a couple hundred audiobooks. This reading is in the top five least enjoyable. First of all the reader's voice is thin and dry and not inviting. Secondly, the reading is rife with mispronunciation. Thirdly, the reader is reading the author's words as if reading an instruction manual for the first time... using the reader's rhythm, rather than the author's. Instead of clarifying and illuminating the author's thoughts, the oddly placed pauses and improper word emphasis interferes with the listener's understanding. Considering the money I spent on this, I expected a more professional production.
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The writing was great if somewhat antiquated understandably. The narration, wow. I don't know about you, but I don't like yelling. I felt like I was being yelled at half the time. It wasn't so the entire time, thank goodness, but man, in some parts it was delivered so forcibly it gave me anxiety. I'm not sure if he was directed or moved to do so, I had to turn the volume waaaaaay down to get through some parts.
The story got pretty monotonous in some parts, but the author does makes some beautiful points.
so much modern folk philosophy stared with this book. From environmentalism, to back-to-the-land-ers, to veganism. A must read for anyone wanting to understand contemporary society.
I can't say enough about this book. Truly it is worthy of worship. It expresses your deepest thoughts of meaning in the most eloquent way possible, ways you wouldn't even think were possible. Endlessly poetic. I recommend this as an audiobook because I imagine it would be sort of difficult to read, just based on the time it was written and some of the language that was used. I've listened to the same audiobook over the course of, now, 5 Separate solo road trips that I had to take for work, and constantly was finding myself pausing and writing down quotes I was hearing because they were so meaningful. Walden is my religious text.
Alec Sand makes me think I'm listening to Thoreau himself, describe his experience at Walden. I loved every minute of listening to this book and truly felt like I was there. I especially liked Alec's pronunciations of the animals sounds. I'm reviewing this book after listening to it for the 2nd time and I will probably listen to it many more times in the future.
Great book, and I personally enjoyed the narration. Economy is probably my favorite Chapter/Essay of all time but the entire book I found to be enjoyable.
Like I said, Economy is my favorite Chapter. Thoreau has a very subtle analysis of many contemporary situations that has led me to further investigate interactions in my own life. In his words I find echoes of other great philosophers applied to examine his life.
This was my first one, and I really enjoyed the sound of his voice.
Walden is a great book and this audiobook is a great introduction however it is very difficult to grasp everything Thoreau says in the first go round. If you haven't read Walden, give it a listen and then check out a copy from your library to go over the text a little more carefully to help grasp what Thoreau is saying at a pace that allows you to reflect on what he is trying to say.
To review the book would be almost futile as it is a well established classic. Within it lies much wisdom and the opportunity to live vicariously through the courageous and peace filled efforts of the writer.
The reader was great. Almost like it was he who wrote who read it to us.
I definitely recommend it.
Listen to this book. If you are tired, and looking for the type of voice to reach out and grab you, you've found it