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Self-Reliance | [Ralph Waldo Emerson]

Self-Reliance

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....
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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.

Public Domain ©2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Kevin d. Falls Church, VA, United States 08-14-14
    Kevin d. Falls Church, VA, United States 08-14-14 Member Since 2010
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    "My First Introduction to Emerson"

    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.

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    Glenn E. Mitchell II Tallahassee, FL USA 08-10-14
    Glenn E. Mitchell II Tallahassee, FL USA 08-10-14

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    "Narcissism Without Bound"

    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."

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    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 07-18-14
    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 07-18-14 Member Since 2008

    Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

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    "Self Centered"

    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.

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    jumping_cat phx, az 07-18-14
    jumping_cat phx, az 07-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A religious person it someone looking to hear about philosophical enlightenment through religion. The narrator narrates engagingly and the author writes in parables.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I wanted something engaging and interesting for my train ride.


    Which character – as performed by Kurt Andersen and Joyce Bean – was your favorite?

    Listening to Kurt now I suppose not yet listened to Joyce


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It's well written, I enjoy the intellect behind it and philosophical references


    Any additional comments?

    How is this useful to recent graduates

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