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Walden Audiobook

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
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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.


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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!

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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.


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    Smack 01-25-13
    Smack 01-25-13
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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.


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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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    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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    rmorr7 01-13-12
    rmorr7 01-13-12
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    "Different but Great Audio Version of this Book!"
    Where does Walden rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I've always loved Walden - and this is the first Audiobook that does it justice. I liked the sample, but was hesitant to buy because of other reviews. Alec Sand does a spectacular job - you feel as if the author was reading it himself. Other reviews mentioned mispronounced words - what I've noticed is that the occasional odd pronunciation seems to emphasize the irony of Thoreau's choice of words - making the performance more engaging. I couldn't bring myself to burn a monthly credit based on the reviews and was only enticed to buy due to the crazy low price - but would now recommend it at any price!


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    Heather DePere, WI, United States 07-12-11
    Heather DePere, WI, United States 07-12-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Buy the book or a different audio version"

    While the book itself if fantastic, the narrator in this audio version botched it so badly I wanted to wring his neck! He stumbled over and mispronounced so many words that I could only listen in short segments of time.

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    Bowen Bossier City, LA USA 02-23-15
    Bowen Bossier City, LA USA 02-23-15 Member Since 2008
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    "waited to experience it; deeply disappointing"

    Walden was a book I had wanted to experience since I fell in love with "My Side of the Mountain" in grade school. While its opening chapters lived up to the book's hype as an American classic, as Thoreau's tale went on I found the author to be a self-absorbed, self-righteous bigot, a squatter who gave to credence to the rights of others, and an all-out boor. If you want to know what it is like to go out to the woods and live deep, either do it yourself or read the aforementioned novel by Jean George.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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