The narrator read as if English was a foreign language to him, with no regard to proper inflection, pace and emphasis. The mispronunciation of words was grating, as were he awkward pauses after every few words... I'm off now to find a different version with better narration.
I have recommended this book many times, but not this particular recording which is poor.
It's a beautiful American classic that cherishes simplicity and nature.
No. I picture the narrator as a young Irish man in his dorm room sitting with a Dell computer mic or possibly a lay reader in church. His accent is the only good quality because his style is mostly flat with echoes. This narrator does not seem to be an actor or trained in narrating.
Yes, I read this book regularly to stay simple and humble.
Maybe the author, NEVER the reader.
I found him to sound impatient, pretentious, and bored. He seemed to almost be sighing at the end of a lot of the sentences.
As humans destroy the very planet that gives us life this book becomes even more relevant
I listened to this audio version of Walden in the car on a long trip. It was easy to accept the reader's interpretation of the phrasing--his voice is distinctive and wonderfully appropriate to the story and its time. I felt like I was being told tales whilst (definitely "whilst") warmed by a cozy fire in an old stone fireplace in a log cabin. I will not comment on the book itself - who would dare!
Good perspective on the challenges of the modern world.
Good reminder in this fast moving, technical world to slow down and enjoy life.
Read a slow, gentle story way too fast. Noe true to the spirit of the story.
Slow down and smell the flowers.
This narrator pauses at the wrong times and often emphasizes the wrong words. His voice isn't bad, but it was hard to listen to.
I had to read this book for a school course and the story was as expected. The reading performer was good and I do not think some of the other reviews are accurate. It was a great buy.
It still surprises me that this was written in 1854. This man had a keen perception of the trials and faults of his society which are just as apparent today. His ideas of living simply, conflicts with consumerism, not being in debt to anyone, not having to work the youth of your life to enjoy the small bit of retirement at the end are things I have always grappled with. The way he describes the simple pleasures of life can really make you appreciate all you have that had yet to even be invented in his time.
Another book it reminded me of was Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire. Another story of a man in the wild largely by himself. The beauty of nature and the human experience is found in both these novels.
The narrator talks like how I think someone would sound from that time period and you can feel his angst and appreciation bring to life Henry David Thoreau's words. People had reviewed that they didn't like his narration, so listen to the preview as it maybe not to everyone's taste. I did enjoy it very much.
Amazing book. Starts out relatively slow describing the cost and process to build his cabin, with some interesting, although seemingly irrelevant tangents thrown in. By living essentially alone, it becomes very introspective and wondering. So it is very philosophical in that nature and I find some of his words quite enlightening. I am excited to finish this book.