With only 1 minute of the preview available and with a couple 1 star reviews I was a little hesitant to buy this version. But with the Summer Sale a book like this for under $5 was too tempting to resist. So I bought it and I am very glad I did.
Firstly I could not tell you if the narrator embodies Thoreau's nature or persona. Nor could anyone else for that matter. He died in 1862. It is silly to say what they were.
Furthermore, I don't hear the choppiness, blank verse type reading mentioned. Neither have I yet noticed any mispronunciations or repeats. That doesn't mean there aren't any, it just means that it is not riddled with them.
What I do hear is a very natural way of telling a story. For the first time listening to an audiobook I feel like I am in a room with the author who is telling me the story instead of line being read from a book. It is this conversational interpretation that makes this reading so intimate, so natural, so engaging. And isn't that the feeling one should get by listening to Walden? For me it works. Highly recommended.
Although this title says this is read by one reader it certainly doesn't sound like it. When I got to the Narrow Road, which is not the first story read, I was surprised to hear that the reader had a much heavier Japanese accent. Although I can appreciate this approach it is a little hard to understand and requires constant concentration. Moreover I believe all the haiku are in Japanese - a real disappointment. I give this 2 stars only because it is Basho, but without the poetry, and it is the only version available.
In this version David Case's voice is completely muffled and almost unintelligible even on the highest quality setting. Equalization is ineffective because the higher frequencies are simply missing. In this state I can only recommend that it be avoided until Audible fixes the file.
The sound quality is very much below standard even at highest level 4 offered. I was unable to bring myself to listen to this for more than one minute. Do yourself a favor and look for another version. I am going to ask for my credit back on this one. (Please note that the one star rating is for the recording quality, not for the book or the reader)
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