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Walden | [Henry David Thoreau]

Walden

Thoreau built his cabin near Walden Pond in 1845 on land owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Walden which is considered one of his best works, describes Thoreau's two-year experience as a resident of Walden Pond. Focusing on the concept of self-knowledge, he encourages readers to get to know themselves and the world around them.
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Publisher's Summary

Thoreau built his cabin near Walden Pond in 1845 on land owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Walden which is considered one of his best works, describes Thoreau's two-year experience as a resident of Walden Pond. Focusing on the concept of self-knowledge, he encourages readers to get to know themselves and the world around them.

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"A personal declaration of independence, a social experiment, and a voyage of spiritual discovery." (The Library of America)

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    George Buena Park, CA, USA 01-28-05
    George Buena Park, CA, USA 01-28-05 Member Since 2002
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    "In defense of the narrator."

    I have listened to the 23+ hours of Moby Dick with this narrator and I think he is one of the best that I have heard; in fact, I would rank him in the top three. But there are narrators that I don't like but many people do, e.g., Fank Muller is a popular narrator and I can't listen to him at all. I recommend listening to the sample and deciding for yourself.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    A. Peer Australia 04-13-05
    A. Peer Australia 04-13-05 Member Since 2003
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    "beautiful book and good narrator"

    I agree with the above reviewer that the narrator is very good. His style suits this book perfectly and is very listenable. It's also true each person should judge for themselves, as everyone has their individual preferences.

    Walden was written in a different era, and its beauty is not for those who are impatient. For example, one cannot go into nature and expect to have the same quick hit that city life can give; in the same way one can't approach literature in the same way as pulp fiction. One needs to slow down to savour the texture, beauty and insights of a classic like this. And for those who can appreciate it, it's worth it.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Auburn, AL, USA 06-19-05
    Sean Auburn, AL, USA 06-19-05
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    "Transcend the Subway"

    Walden is great...a cry for independence in an increasing interdependent world. Thoreau's observations are fantastic. And the reader seems to capture a good deal of Thoreau's intentional tones. The voice is clear and makes returning to this classic enjoyable.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Schenck Novato, CA United States 02-03-09
    Thomas Schenck Novato, CA United States 02-03-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Awesome subject, terrible reader"

    This book is wonderful, and I only wish the person reading it could get that. The reader sounds dead and uninspiried, and makes the book drag on and on. Do not purchase this read.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Fiona BangkokThailand 10-15-04
    Fiona BangkokThailand 10-15-04 Member Since 2001
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    "The other reviewer is right"

    I read the other review and thought - how bad can it be? But they are right. This reader is annoying to listen to.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    ks MANDEVILLE, LA, United States 06-29-11
    ks MANDEVILLE, LA, United States 06-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Annoying narrator"

    Tip: listen to this at 1.5 or 2x speed. This helps alleviate the reader's annoying drag.

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    Christopher Apopka, FL, United States 02-06-11
    Christopher Apopka, FL, United States 02-06-11
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    "The Essential Human Nature Bible"

    I gave this five stars for the content. This is not an audiobook that you can placidly listen too as you drive yourself through the insanity of todays world. This is a book that should be read word for word and pages in hand. It would seem that every line is a quote that could be used for some aspect of life and still relevant to this day. Buy this in hardcover and keep it beside the other Holy Book you love. They go hand in hand.

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    Sara newport, RI, United States 11-10-10
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    "it had potential, but not with this narrator"

    This is the first audiobook I have had to give up on. While Thoreau's topic is interesting, although outdated, the narrator made listening absolutely unbearable. Thoreau is already expressing rather self- satisfied sentiments, Adams Morgan makes them positively smarmy.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas A. grosse pointe shs., MI, USA 11-21-04
    Thomas A. grosse pointe shs., MI, USA 11-21-04
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    "great--great"

    a beautiful narrative of nature,solidarity and the strength of the human spirit.enjoyed every minute of this book

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lucksxrd 04-20-10
    Lucksxrd 04-20-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Wake me Up When it's Over"

    I went into this one knowing that it is an all time American classic!
    I tried soooo hard to get into it, but in the end found it to be a total academic bore. Thoreau took so many pages to tell such a simple tale. Sorry but I have better things to do with my time

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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