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.
I've always loved Walden - and this is the first Audiobook that does it justice. I liked the sample, but was hesitant to buy because of other reviews. Alec Sand does a spectacular job - you feel as if the author was reading it himself. Other reviews mentioned mispronounced words - what I've noticed is that the occasional odd pronunciation seems to emphasize the irony of Thoreau's choice of words - making the performance more engaging. I couldn't bring myself to burn a monthly credit based on the reviews and was only enticed to buy due to the crazy low price - but would now recommend it at any price!
While the book itself if fantastic, the narrator in this audio version botched it so badly I wanted to wring his neck! He stumbled over and mispronounced so many words that I could only listen in short segments of time.
Walden was a book I had wanted to experience since I fell in love with "My Side of the Mountain" in grade school. While its opening chapters lived up to the book's hype as an American classic, as Thoreau's tale went on I found the author to be a self-absorbed, self-righteous bigot, a squatter who gave to credence to the rights of others, and an all-out boor. If you want to know what it is like to go out to the woods and live deep, either do it yourself or read the aforementioned novel by Jean George.
My favorite book!
Just the logical unfoldment of the philosophy
They're all good
It makes you think
Former steelworker from Buffalo NY retired after 40 yrs. as a Registered Nurse. Viet Vet, did a lot of theater in HS... e-Clectic for sure
For some reason this just did not resonate with me. I guess if you came from a repressed society and personal freedom was a novel experience it would be a seminal work. For me it was not a compelling argument. Historical yes. Lyrical maybe.
A story line
The tone and pace was good
None .. a big waste of hard earned money..
Run, don't buy.