"Envy is ignorance." "Imitation is suicide." "Trust thyself." "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."
These and other nuggets of transcendental wisdom were first published in "Self-Reliance", the prime text of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s considerable contribution to American thought. "Self-Reliance" is an essay composed from lecture notes and is thus perfectly suited to Peter Johnson’s authoritative and confident audiobook performance.
Espousing a personal philosophy of optimism and an unwillingness to follow the herd, Emerson’s essay strongly influenced ideas as varied as Thoreau’s civil disobedience, Emily Dickinson’s poetry, and arguably any American act of political opposition through individual expression, such as punk music, gun ownership, and attempts to further separate church and state. The shadow of "Self-Reliance" is long.
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I bought this audiobook for my Early American Lit class. I listened to it while walking to and from campus. Richard Wulf's reading is really great. I wish he recorded more essays by Emerson. I've gone back and listened to this audiobook 6 times in the last month just for sheer enjoyment. I highly recommend it. It's inspiring, thought provoking and delivered with class.
Be sure to preview your purchase before you buy!!! I made the mistake of not listening and this recording is nothing but a computer generated recording.
Everyone should read Self Reliance - it is a classic that is relevant today. But the sound quality of this recording is poor. Furthermore, this is an essay that provokes thought and it is poorly suited for listening to in the car.
Self-Reliance is an age old staple book for anyone making their own way in the world. This book is great for anyone starting out in the corporate world or venturing into their own entrepreneurial experience. There is no better.
This is one of Emerson's best works in my opinion because it is universally applicable and the information is immediately actionable.
Johnson is terrific in this piece. I have not listened to his work before. He is well suited to this content.
"You can do it"
Get this book to anyone that you know that is in the process of making their own way in life. I think that this book should be required reading before anyone can graduate high school in the United States and again as required reading in all degree programs.
I wrote a review for this title when I was in college. The audible preview plays the Richard Wulf version, but when you actually download the file, Audible gives you the Peter Johnson reading which totally sucks. It's awful. I've contacted Audible several times to restore the Richard Wulf version and they don't do anything. Lately, they don't even respond to my emails, but that's another story, I guess.
If you can find the Richard Wulf version, I recommend it. His reading is sensitive to the content. All of his pauses and inflections help with comprehending Emerson's sometimes lengthy sentences. The Peter Johnson reading version sounds like a robot and is more of a barrier than a help.
I was really excited to listen to this because Self Reliance is one of my favorite books. However, I could not listen to the entire thing, because the narration was terrible. Listen for yourself to the sample.
This short read/listen is a collection of thoughts published by the author. It it urges readers to trust your gut feeling, rather than follow the herd. It was a difficult listen because of it's English construction dates from it's birth in 1841;also, it seemed like a stream of consciousness.
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