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Over the past 15 years I have listened to a couple hundred audiobooks. This reading is in the top five least enjoyable. First of all the reader's voice is thin and dry and not inviting. Secondly, the reading is rife with mispronunciation. Thirdly, the reader is reading the author's words as if reading an instruction manual for the first time... using the reader's rhythm, rather than the author's. Instead of clarifying and illuminating the author's thoughts, the oddly placed pauses and improper word emphasis interferes with the listener's understanding. Considering the money I spent on this, I expected a more professional production.
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The writing was great if somewhat antiquated understandably. The narration, wow. I don't know about you, but I don't like yelling. I felt like I was being yelled at half the time. It wasn't so the entire time, thank goodness, but man, in some parts it was delivered so forcibly it gave me anxiety. I'm not sure if he was directed or moved to do so, I had to turn the volume waaaaaay down to get through some parts.
The story got pretty monotonous in some parts, but the author does makes some beautiful points.
so much modern folk philosophy stared with this book. From environmentalism, to back-to-the-land-ers, to veganism. A must read for anyone wanting to understand contemporary society.
I can't say enough about this book. Truly it is worthy of worship. It expresses your deepest thoughts of meaning in the most eloquent way possible, ways you wouldn't even think were possible. Endlessly poetic. I recommend this as an audiobook because I imagine it would be sort of difficult to read, just based on the time it was written and some of the language that was used. I've listened to the same audiobook over the course of, now, 5 Separate solo road trips that I had to take for work, and constantly was finding myself pausing and writing down quotes I was hearing because they were so meaningful. Walden is my religious text.
Alec Sand makes me think I'm listening to Thoreau himself, describe his experience at Walden. I loved every minute of listening to this book and truly felt like I was there. I especially liked Alec's pronunciations of the animals sounds. I'm reviewing this book after listening to it for the 2nd time and I will probably listen to it many more times in the future.
Great book, and I personally enjoyed the narration. Economy is probably my favorite Chapter/Essay of all time but the entire book I found to be enjoyable.
Like I said, Economy is my favorite Chapter. Thoreau has a very subtle analysis of many contemporary situations that has led me to further investigate interactions in my own life. In his words I find echoes of other great philosophers applied to examine his life.
This was my first one, and I really enjoyed the sound of his voice.
Walden is a great book and this audiobook is a great introduction however it is very difficult to grasp everything Thoreau says in the first go round. If you haven't read Walden, give it a listen and then check out a copy from your library to go over the text a little more carefully to help grasp what Thoreau is saying at a pace that allows you to reflect on what he is trying to say.
To review the book would be almost futile as it is a well established classic. Within it lies much wisdom and the opportunity to live vicariously through the courageous and peace filled efforts of the writer.
The reader was great. Almost like it was he who wrote who read it to us.
I definitely recommend it.
Listen to this book. If you are tired, and looking for the type of voice to reach out and grab you, you've found it
Rambling Liberalist Academic running about with Narcissist Proverbs meets Tiny House mentality with a dash of Aspergers Syndrome for good measure.
Thoreau's 'Walden' and Ayn Rand's 25th anniversary introduction to 'The Fountainhead' summarize my library well.
"Walden" is a blog, and Emerson is the world's first blogger. No, really.
- Each chapter is essentially independent of other chapters.
- Some passages are difficult to get through because it seems the author has nothing better to do that write all evening about bean hoeing.
- The author writes as though his words are the world's most important work.
- Interlaced between the opining and hoeing are -true- works of beauty.
I always pictured Thoreau as a mild-mannered man. Perhaps he was--who is to say--but his written words are anything but mild-mannered. Walden is a biting critique of society's impact on man. While Sand's narration is atypical (perhaps he was indeed voice acting in a manner fit for 19th century New England), I believe the passion that Sand brings to the text is one that Thoreau would approve.
I would go from being bored of details in one instant to immediately enthralled by a powerful soliloquy the next. Certainly one of the most moving passages I've ever come across in my life was in Chapter 3 of Walden where Thoreau speaks his thoughts on the act of reading:
"The works of the great poets have never yet been read by mankind, for only great poets can read them. They have only been read as the multitude read the stars, at most astrologically, not astronomically. Most men have learned to read to serve a paltry convenience, as they have learned to cipher in order to keep accounts and not be cheated in trade; but of reading as a noble intellectual exercise they know little or nothing; yet this only is reading, in a high sense, not that which lulls us as a luxury and suffers the nobler faculties to sleep the while, but what we have to stand on tip-toe to read and devote our most alert and wakeful hours to.
I think that having learned our letters we should read the best that is in literature, and not be forever repeating our a-b-abs, and words of one syllable, in the fourth or fifth classes, sitting on the lowest and foremost form all our lives. Most men are satisfied if they read or hear read, and perchance have been convicted by the wisdom of one good book, the Bible, and for the rest of their lives vegetate and dissipate their faculties in what is called easy reading."
Stay astronomical, fellow reader.
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