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Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience | [Henry David Thoreau]

Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience

In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the small town of Concord for the country. Beside the lake of Walden he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect – while surviving on eight dollars a year. From this experience emerged Walden, one of the great classics of American literature.
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In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the small town of Concord for the country. Beside the lake of Walden he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect – while surviving on eight dollars a year.

From this experience emerged Walden, one of the great classics of American literature, and a deeply personal reaction against the commercialism and materialism that Thoreau saw as the main impulses of mid-19th-century America. Here also is Civil Disobedience, Thoreau’s essay on just resistance to government, which not only challenged the establishment of his day but has been used as a flag for later campaigners from Mahatma Ghandi to Dr Martin Luther King.

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    Steve Ventura, CA, United States 08-13-12
    Steve Ventura, CA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    What disappointed you about Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience (Unabridged)?

    I put this book down after onec chapter because Thoreau is just too preaching for me.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    O. 05-23-15
    O. 05-23-15
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    "Who taught this narrator how to pronounce stuff?"
    Would you try another book from Henry David Thoreau and/or Rupert Degas?

    I may try just because it is HDT and reading him is supposed to change your life and make you cultured.


    What was most disappointing about Henry David Thoreau’s story?

    I expected to see him record his trials and how he grew and overcame them, as moving into the woods to live so simply would definitely warrant deep reflection and figuring some big things out. However his uppitiness and horribly cynical outlook on life resonated with me, but also gave me the impression that, maybe he meant to spend time away from civilization to have a break from them... but I wonder how many who knew his outlook and attitude didn't miss him. Times were definitely tough back then, but as a universal bit of reading that should offer something relevent to any generation, this just encouraged looking down on others as puny ants more flawed and pathetic than Thoreau, despite his own confessed flaws... that perspective isn't constructive to the survival of mankind anymore than any of the valid complaints he had of others.


    What didn’t you like about Rupert Degas’s performance?

    This guy... was very pronounced and careful with his articulation, but he so carefully pronounced even common words so strangely, it was distracting.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It would be one of those Oscar Nominations everyone raves about and anticipates for a long time, then when you finally see it, you feel depressed and hopeless.


    Any additional comments?

    I know the Author deserves a lot of respect as an American Philosopher, and he definitely makes you think and evaluate anything you may be thoughtlessly doing or taking for granted in the world, I am just sad for him.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy 06-07-14
    Timothy 06-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Pretentious"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have a pretty open mind and thought this was a book I was "supposed" to read. However, it started getting a little 'preachy' at points and I rapidly became disenchanted. The last straw was when he started saying you are pretty much an idiot if you don't read the classics in the native tongue they were written in. Pretentious and condescending...


    Has Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rupert Degas’s performances?

    Certainly


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ZOLTAN London, United Kingdom 06-06-13
    ZOLTAN London, United Kingdom 06-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Neither philosphy nor poetry nor transcendental!"
    What would have made Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience (Unabridged) better?

    Abridged?


    Would you recommend Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience (Unabridged) to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It does not much for you. Neither is it much thought provoking (at a per hour rate), nor very entertaining. I was glad when I was done with it. Nothing left behind stuck in my mind. Waste of time?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A few hos his descriptions of nature.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I had huge expectations of Henry Thoreau. Had read about him, am familiar with some of his thoughts and great frases, however, they aren't many in this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rita Wentworth Falls, Australia 03-09-12
    Rita Wentworth Falls, Australia 03-09-12
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    "An Excellent Listen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience (Unabridged) to be better than the print version?

    YES....I don't think I would have read it myself


    What did you like best about this story?

    I consider it brilliant..his prose; his vivid descriptions; his philosophy of life.


    What does Rupert Degas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It delighted me.


    Any additional comments?

    Iwent to my Atlas & found Walden Lake...& thent on-line to look up Thoreau, I was so intrigued...... delighted I chose it... Thank you, Audible!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 03-13-13
    Thomas 03-13-13
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    "Slow down your reading to fast"
    What would have made Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience (Unabridged) better?

    Someone else doing the reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience (Unabridged)?

    When I turned it off.


    Any additional comments?

    Some stories are meant to be enjoyed while being read and I was anticipating a gay experience having Civil Disobedience read to me. I did not anticipate having a man who sounds gay speed read the work to me. I shall try again with another reader.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Moline, IL, United States 10-01-12
    Brian Moline, IL, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Story or reading needs to be more dynamic, not so monotone.


    What was most disappointing about Henry David Thoreau’s story?

    The audiobook went on for 20 minutes about how to make bread without yeast. I'm not kidding. It was about an hour in and please believe me when I tell you that was the most interesting thing up to that point.


    Did Rupert Degas do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    N/A


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience (Unabridged)?

    The 20-minute bread portion certainly, after that, all the time he spends listing his expenses, since that is pointless now anyway because things cost more now. At some point I think he said he paid 30 cents for 100 apples, I just don't know how much value there is in knowing that now.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook is boring and pointless. Let me sum it up: rich guy lives in the woods to try to pretend to be poor. He finds out roughing it is not impossible, and learns to appreciate nature. Also, you can make bread without yeast. There, I saved you some time, go read something better.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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