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Self Reliance Audiobook

Self Reliance

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Publisher's Summary

The most thorough statement of one of Emerson's recurrent themes, the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his or her own instincts and ideas. It is the source of one of Emerson's most famous quotations, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." This essay is considered a watershed moment in which transcendentalism became a major cultural movement. An American classic.

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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    Leah Twitchell 07-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't buy this"

    Audible should remove this narration. The performance is terrible, as if the narrator doesn't understand the meaning of words. Makes it almost impossible to understand the sentences. The most terrible cadence I've ever heard.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ToddGreer Mobile, AL 12-11-12
    ToddGreer Mobile, AL 12-11-12 Member Since 2016

    A consumer of mystery, business, and social science books. Everyday means a new book and new learning!

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    "RWE is great, but the narration is lacking"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Emerson is certainly one of the great thinkers of the American experience, however the narration of this text makes it quite challenging to get at the heart of Emerson's point. The narrator seems to lack the feeling and flow that would have really brought Emerson's words alive from the page to the listener's ear.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Irene 01-20-16
    Irene 01-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "narrator reads like William Shatner."

    narrator reads like William Shatner. it was so hard to listen to, I couldn't finish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Riegholt 07-11-12
    Riegholt 07-11-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great essay destroyed"

    It is a pity that this essay is read by someone with such a bad voice. The reading is slow and very very low. I listen a lot in my car, but I need to cut out aal the bass, to listen to this without having popping sounds.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sonscope Ireland 09-15-12
    Sonscope Ireland 09-15-12 Listener Since 2006

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    "Terrible Narration"

    If you would like to have this Emerson classic as an audiobook, please please do NOT buy this version. The narration is absolutely awful. The narrator, while having good clear diction, reads the book as if there is a comma every third or fourth word. This becomes extremely tedious within a very short time. In fact, I would say it creates a barrier to understanding the content of the book, which was not written in modern english.

    A good narration should be transparent and not get in the way of a book. However, in this case, the narrator's pauses every third or fourth word made comprehension of the content a struggle. It sounds like a computer is reading it. If I could have given this narration zero stars, I would have.

    The only good thing I can say about this version is that is was really cheap and I didn't waste too much money on it. I will look for another version. The one enjoyment I got out of it was knowing I had the power to press the stop button on my player.

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    Ryan 11-17-16
    Ryan 11-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "interesting"

    Old perspective brought to the modern era. Some good points and interesting philosophical ideas. I can see the influence this man had in society today and through the 20th century

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    "The self examined life"

    An examination of the man who examines the ideas he claims to have.

    I found myself agreeing and recognizing many ideas even if the language is different from what I'm used to: the text full of obscure analogies, rare words and wise sounding wordings to make points that would otherwise be more readily available to the reader.

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    Amazon Customer 11-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Timeless Words Well Read"

    A Classic, recited well, fresh and clear. Emerson comes alive. .. and apparently there is a 20 word minimum imposed on reviews.

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    "Life changing"

    Emerson successfully put what's been on the tip of my tongue into easily digested words

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    hili r. 09-29-15
    hili r. 09-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A great read"
    If you could sum up Self Reliance in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, encouraging, nicely depicting a state of mind that is so rare in our days.
    I will surely return to this book.


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    "Wonderful!"

    Full of inspiring, ever-lasting words of wisdom, to give you nurturing and extra motivation. Worth reading!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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