Redefining the classic essay, this modern edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s most famous work, Self-Reliance, includes self-reflections from both historical and contemporary luminaries. With quotes from the likes of Henry Ford and Helen Keller to modern-day thought leaders like Jesse Dylan, Steve Pressfield, and Milton Glaser, we're reminded of the relevance of Emerson’s powerful words today. Emerson’s words are timeless. Persuasive and convincing, he challenges readers to define their own sense of accomplishment and asks them to measure themselves against their own standards, not those of society. This famous orator has utter faith in individualism and doesn’t invoke beyond what is humanly possible, he just believes deeply that each of us is capable of greatness. He asks us to define that greatness for ourselves and to be true to ourselves. At times harsh, at times comforting, Emerson’s words guide the reader to challenge their own beliefs and sense of self. This modern edition of Self-Reliance is ideal for graduates or those who are in the midst of a career or lifestyle change. Emerson's sage guidance wrapped in modern-day reflections is a great reminder about the potential within us all and that life is what you make of it.
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No, I think it would be much better to read this in print. I found the narration of this essay to consistently feel rushed, thus trivializing the words being spoken. I actually re-listened to this book at half speed on my iPod so that I could better bask in the words.
I still will re-listen to this audiobook because of how powerful Emerson's words are, but I will probably try to eventually find another version with more a contemplative inducing narration.
I didn't read any Ralph Waldo Emerson in school. I'm not sorry I didn't because now I think I can enjoy an appreciate it more. This was a great listen with some very interesting life-analysis. I'm not sure why this work isn't more relevant to and referenced by today's culture.
Kurt Andersen did a fine read. I didn't quite understand the transition into Joyce's part of the book. Was that just expert commentary on parts of the book? Not quite as interesting. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another book narrated by Mr. Andersen.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
I am not opposed to anyone writing their points of view on just about anything, but I didn't find this appealing. I wanted to be able to say I had read some Emerson and this came up on the deal of the day, so I grabbed it. It's probably my lack of study in the literary arts and spoken word that help me to my conclusion, but there it is. I simply disagree with him on most of his points in this text. I find it healthy to read material I might disagree with and enjoy it most of the time, but I would pass on this and not spend a credit on it. I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed and the narration was fine.
A religious person it someone looking to hear about philosophical enlightenment through religion. The narrator narrates engagingly and the author writes in parables.
I wanted something engaging and interesting for my train ride.
Listening to Kurt now I suppose not yet listened to Joyce
It's well written, I enjoy the intellect behind it and philosophical references
How is this useful to recent graduates
Libertarians will find much to like in this book. Emerson is totally self-absorbed and the philosophy he espouses in this essay offers no sense of social responsibility. I found the essay to be tiresome, since it can quickly be summed up as the philosophy of "Me."
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
I couldn't get myself into this book, and it turned into background noise while I browsed Reddit. You can find more motivational and relevant stuff there.
Addicted to Audible.
Not having it.
Something totally different.
I would quit my job as editor and get a better book. This was boring.
Although a short work, many areas were repeated with only slight variations. That being said, there are some good topics to reflect upon. Not all ideas presented will agree with you, and I personally rejected some of the philosophies discussed.
A handy reference to keep in your library. Use the bookmark function to flag areas to revisit in the future.
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