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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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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 05-21-12
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 05-21-12

    But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^

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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.

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    Kindle Customer New York, NY USA 06-14-11
    Kindle Customer New York, NY USA 06-14-11 Member Since 2014
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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.

    13 of 14 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 Member Since 2015

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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David K. 04-10-13
    David K. 04-10-13
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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!!!

    5 of 7 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 2015
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    "Great book, awful narration"

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

    5 of 6 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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Seacoast Shopper 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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Prsilla 01-26-11
    Prsilla 01-26-11 Member Since 2014

    Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.

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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 7 people found this review helpful
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    EastIThoughtYouSaidWeist 01-03-16
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    "Great Read, Hard Listen"
    What did you love best about Walden?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Walden?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Alec Sand’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first one, and I really enjoyed the sound of his voice.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    brad United States 06-16-15
    brad United States 06-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic Book Well Read"

    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.

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