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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.

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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 05-21-12
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2011

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "SHAKES the Ground, Sun & the Wilderness within."

    I rarely read books twice, but I already feel the need to come sit by the shores of this book again and again. Expansive and infinitely quotable, Walden is one of those books that shakes not just the ground you are standing on, but seems to shake the Sun as well. Certainly there are parts of this book that are unrealistic, a little bit crankish, and even a little too self-aware. However, it is also beautiful, magnificent, and compelling in Thoreau's desire to see man seek the greater, more compelling wilderness within.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel J. Jensen San Jose, CA USA 03-17-10
    Daniel J. Jensen San Jose, CA USA 03-17-10 Listener Since 2007

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    "Energetic but choppy presentation"

    I found the reading choppy, read as though the text were arranged in blank verse, such that the reader had to break the flow of the reading every so many syllables, regardless of whatever punctuation marks or grammatical context were provided by the author. There were also a couple of repetitions and a number of mispronunciations. All this did not stop me from enjoying the reading, it is such a great book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. Robinson New York, NY USA 06-14-11
    S. Robinson New York, NY USA 06-14-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent book and narration"

    With only 1 minute of the preview available and with a couple 1 star reviews I was a little hesitant to buy this version. But with the Summer Sale a book like this for under $5 was too tempting to resist. So I bought it and I am very glad I did.

    Firstly I could not tell you if the narrator embodies Thoreau's nature or persona. Nor could anyone else for that matter. He died in 1862. It is silly to say what they were.

    Furthermore, I don't hear the choppiness, blank verse type reading mentioned. Neither have I yet noticed any mispronunciations or repeats. That doesn't mean there aren't any, it just means that it is not riddled with them.

    What I do hear is a very natural way of telling a story. For the first time listening to an audiobook I feel like I am in a room with the author who is telling me the story instead of line being read from a book. It is this conversational interpretation that makes this reading so intimate, so natural, so engaging. And isn't that the feeling one should get by listening to Walden? For me it works. Highly recommended.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel P Fitzgerald Yonkers, NY USA 06-29-10
    Daniel P Fitzgerald Yonkers, NY USA 06-29-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Great book, awful narration"

    Great, inspiring book, but the narration was rife with mispronunciations, which was pretty annoying.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Prsilla California 01-26-11
    Prsilla California 01-26-11

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great Classic -- Too Many Mispronunciations!"

    This narrator just might be trying to sound like Thoreau himself back in those days. I would rather hear smooth, standard modern English. I am educated and grew up in California with some travel experience -- and I was saying, "Huh???" every few minutes in trying to listen to this. Then it became a game. Then I lost count. And I laid aside the notebook with the list, but it was a long list! I wanted to put the reading to CD's along with the text for my ESL student to follow. I could not do that with Alec Sand's reading. Sand has a way of chopping off Thoreau's long sentences into little chunks that sound sort of cute or backwoods. If this is his "take" on Thoreau, I don't like it. Sorry!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David K. New Zealand 04-10-13
    David K. New Zealand 04-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Substandard Narration"

    The narration is simply terrible to say the very least!

    The narrator pauses after every 5 or 6 words, when he should be flowing, producing a very choppy read; he mispronounces words; he re-reads in an attempt to correct himself and emphasises content at the wrong times.

    I cannot comment objectively on the content itself, as the substandard narration is so overwhelming that everything else falls by the wayside.

    I stopped halfway through as I just could not stand listening to more!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen hampton falls, NH, United States 02-13-11
    Kathleen hampton falls, NH, United States 02-13-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Poor Performance..."

    While Thoreau's writings fascinate me, the narrator in this case is a very poor match for the content. I simply can't get through the book because the narrators pensive pace, tone, and anxious inflection simply transforms what is meant to be peacefully, contemplative content into a delivery that does not complement Thoreau's nature/persona well at all.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ashton Mishima-gun, Japan 03-07-14
    Ashton Mishima-gun, Japan 03-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Nuggets of genius amongst fields of beans"

    I agree with everything Walden has to teach and enjoyed the narration (other reviewers did not). If you ever want to know how dull another person's mind is, literally stepping inside for the full journey, then this could be for you. The prose is refined in parts, but hard going which may be the reward in its self for listening.

    I will listen again at a later date, but at this point 5 hrs in I'm stuck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Artziggy USA 11-10-13
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    "Great Classic, Unrefined Narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have recommended this book many times, but not this particular recording which is poor.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a beautiful American classic that cherishes simplicity and nature.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alec Sand?

    No. I picture the narrator as a young Irish man in his dorm room sitting with a Dell computer mic or possibly a lay reader in church. His accent is the only good quality because his style is mostly flat with echoes. This narrator does not seem to be an actor or trained in narrating.


    Did Walden inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, I read this book regularly to stay simple and humble.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    colleen Regina, SK, Canada 08-21-13
    colleen Regina, SK, Canada 08-21-13 Member Since 2012
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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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