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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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    Abby Santa Monica, CA, United States 05-02-12
    Abby Santa Monica, CA, United States 05-02-12
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    "One-note"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The reader conveyed a persistent tone of anger, resentment and scorn. Never just thoughtful. I kept wondering what voice I would have heard reading the actual book and how reading it myself would have changed my experience of the book.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Rochester, MN, United States 06-28-12
    Michael Rochester, MN, United States 06-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Didn't care for the narration"

    This is a great book, but I couldn't get into listening to it. I found myself drifting off to sleep or day dreaming. I think this was partly because the narrator's voice is rather depressing to listen to--flat, sad and dejected--although this very well may be the tone of the writer's voice and not the narrator's fault.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    JTROTH 08-19-11
    JTROTH 08-19-11 Listener Since 2008
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    "amazing book, ok narration"

    The book is amazing but most of the literate world already knows this. The reading is ok. At first sounding poetic but as the tone of each sentence goes through the same cyle of inflection, it starts to become repetitious and boring. The narrator begins each sentence strong and clear and slowly meanders to a quiet finish, almost whispering the last words. This would be fine ocaasionally but as it continues to recur you get exhausted listening to him. By no way should this trump the importance of this book in every collection and if your prefered method of digestion is auditory, I maintain a high recommendation for the purchase of this work.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 08-17-12
    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2012

    I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.

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    "Brilliant"

    Thoreau wrote with passion and sometimes anger. The performance reflects Thoreau's bitterness with the government and people of Concord and the United States. Thoreau looks deep into himself and society. The writing is amazing and Degas played to the character almost as if he was an old friend of Thoreau.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James J. Edwards USA 11-13-11
    James J. Edwards USA 11-13-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Kudoes for Rupert Degas"

    Henry David could not read Walden's timeless words any better than Degas. I've listened to it many times, and I hear new wisdom with each listen. I first read Walden 50 years ago, and Thoreau's message is just as timey today as it was then. Degas does justice to this everlasting classic. Thoreau by Degas is a treasure for all nature lovers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 08-24-12
    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 08-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Literary Gem"

    I tend to evaluate a book by 2 sets of criteria: My own subjective enjoyment, and then also by literary standards.

    'Walden' is beautifully written, a literary gem. The words can phrases can almost be savoured and appreciated. The subject matter idyllic with wonderful values.

    Unfortunately, its wisdom could only be applied with great difficulty and a set of hugely life-threatening circumstances in today's world. Or perhaps this is only true where I live.

    But it is dreamy. A kind of Utopia.

    On a personal level, i did find myself getting distracted and rather bored in sections involving lengthy descriptions of nature.

    5 Stars as a literary work, 3 for personal enjoyment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy 06-07-14
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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 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Hunt Takoma Park, MD 03-05-13
    Ryan Hunt Takoma Park, MD 03-05-13 Member Since 2012

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    "This should be read by everyone!"
    What made the experience of listening to Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience (Unabridged) the most enjoyable?

    This book will help you stop and reevaluate things. Too caught up in the struggles of modern life? Thoreau's Walden is a must read.


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    Nolan Free Union, VA, United States 07-31-12
    Nolan Free Union, VA, United States 07-31-12
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    "great storyteller. Must read classic."
    Where does Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience (Unabridged) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    with the best


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Henry,the main character with deep thoughts about life. Very useful knowledge of living.


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

    an attitude of awe.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    MUST READ/LISTEN TO THIS BOOK

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    Babak California 06-07-12
    Babak California 06-07-12

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    "Good book, good narration"

    Thoreau is a great writer, thinker, and philosopher. I really enjoyed Walden.

    I like the performance by Rupert Degas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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