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Walden: Life in the Woods | [Henry David Thoreau]

Walden: Life in the Woods

Thoreau's classic account of the solitary life, describing his attempts to simplify his life and sort out his priorities by living alone in a cabin beside Walden Pond for nearly two years, is one of the most influential books ever written. The bible of the environmental movement, Walden vividly portrays Thoreau's reverence for nature, and his understanding of the idea that nature is made up of crucially interrelated parts.
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Thoreau's classic account of the solitary life, describing his attempts to simplify his life and sort out his priorities by living alone in a cabin beside Walden Pond for nearly two years, is one of the most influential books ever written. The bible of the environmental movement, Walden vividly portrays Thoreau's reverence for nature, and his understanding of the idea that nature is made up of crucially interrelated parts.

(P)2006 Trout Lake Media

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    colleen Regina, SK, Canada 08-21-13
    colleen Regina, SK, Canada 08-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "What is with the reader?"
    Would you try another book from Henry David Thoreau and/or Alec Sand?

    Maybe the author, NEVER the reader.


    What didn’t you like about Alec Sand’s performance?

    I found him to sound impatient, pretentious, and bored. He seemed to almost be sighing at the end of a lot of the sentences.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tom NAPLES, FLORIDA, United States 06-24-13
    Tom NAPLES, FLORIDA, United States 06-24-13
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    "Awesome"
    If you could sum up Walden in three words, what would they be?

    As humans destroy the very planet that gives us life this book becomes even more relevant


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    Susan C. Hauser 03-25-13
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    "A great "listen""

    I listened to this audio version of Walden in the car on a long trip. It was easy to accept the reader's interpretation of the phrasing--his voice is distinctive and wonderfully appropriate to the story and its time. I felt like I was being told tales whilst (definitely "whilst") warmed by a cozy fire in an old stone fireplace in a log cabin. I will not comment on the book itself - who would dare!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    HIYBRID 02-15-13
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    For some reason this just did not resonate with me. I guess if you came from a repressed society and personal freedom was a novel experience it would be a seminal work. For me it was not a compelling argument. Historical yes. Lyrical maybe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond G. Harder Brea, CA 02-04-13
    Raymond G. Harder Brea, CA 02-04-13 Member Since 2013

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    "A classic meditation."
    What did you like best about Walden? What did you like least?

    Good perspective on the challenges of the modern world.


    Would you recommend Walden to your friends? Why or why not?

    Good reminder in this fast moving, technical world to slow down and enjoy life.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Read a slow, gentle story way too fast. Noe true to the spirit of the story.


    Did Walden inspire you to do anything?

    Slow down and smell the flowers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Smack 01-25-13
    Smack 01-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Sounds like Captain Kirk"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This narrator pauses at the wrong times and often emphasizes the wrong words. His voice isn't bad, but it was hard to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kaylie DEKALB, IL, United States 01-23-13
    kaylie DEKALB, IL, United States 01-23-13
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    "Great Deal"
    Where does Walden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I had to read this book for a school course and the story was as expected. The reading performer was good and I do not think some of the other reviews are accurate. It was a great buy.


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    Russell 01-23-13
    Russell 01-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Barfff"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A story line


    Would you ever listen to anything by Henry David Thoreau again?

    Nope


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The tone and pace was good


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

    None .. a big waste of hard earned money..


    Any additional comments?

    Run, don't buy.

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    Jake 01-16-13
    Jake 01-16-13
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    "A man ahead of his time"

    It still surprises me that this was written in 1854. This man had a keen perception of the trials and faults of his society which are just as apparent today. His ideas of living simply, conflicts with consumerism, not being in debt to anyone, not having to work the youth of your life to enjoy the small bit of retirement at the end are things I have always grappled with. The way he describes the simple pleasures of life can really make you appreciate all you have that had yet to even be invented in his time.

    Another book it reminded me of was Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire. Another story of a man in the wild largely by himself. The beauty of nature and the human experience is found in both these novels.

    The narrator talks like how I think someone would sound from that time period and you can feel his angst and appreciation bring to life Henry David Thoreau's words. People had reviewed that they didn't like his narration, so listen to the preview as it maybe not to everyone's taste. I did enjoy it very much.

    Amazing book. Starts out relatively slow describing the cost and process to build his cabin, with some interesting, although seemingly irrelevant tangents thrown in. By living essentially alone, it becomes very introspective and wondering. So it is very philosophical in that nature and I find some of his words quite enlightening. I am excited to finish this book.

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    04-25-12
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    "insane guys thoughts on society very dull"

    out of touch with life out dated in the sense its now hard to follow the wording and phrases

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