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Walking Audiobook

Walking

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Publisher's Summary

Walking is not as well known as Thoreau's other works Walden, The Maine Woods, and Civil Disobedience. But it is a good place to start exploring his writing because it was his last book, in 1862, published by the Atlantic Monthly shortly after his death. It is less well known because it is general, as opposed to singular, in focus. It is his summing up of his thoughts on life: One should saunter through life and take notice; one need not go far (as Thoreau rarely left the 25 square miles of Concord and its population of 1,784, according to the 1840 census.)

This is not a political or ecological book as many advocates have stated; it does support nature, but in a small subtle way. He was a man of his age who possessed a variety of talents and abilities, similar to Jefferson and Franklin. He sought to encourage people to notice and saunter, but did not rail against anyone who chose not to. This was a favorite work of Justice William Douglas, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi. As the liberal jurist Douglas said, This book displays how Thoreau could have been transplanted to any American century and prospered. Jefferson, Franklin, Douglas, King, and Gandhi would be five men who could join him in his appreciation for sauntering and noticing.

Public Domain (P)2011 Deaver Brown

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    Ryan 12-19-12
    Ryan 12-19-12

    I am a Landscape Architect living in Hanover, Pennsylvania who enjoys historical nonfiction, fantasy novels, and zombie horror.

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    "Brief transcendental ditty; amateurish narration"
    Would you try another book from Henry David Thoreau and/or Deaver Brown?

    This is a great little work by Thoreau, and I’d recommend it to anyone who is interested in his catalog, be they a fan of his more popular books (Walden, Civil Disobedience, etc.) or new to the author’s unique and influential prose. The lecture is full of quotable and transcendental nuggets, and Thoreau manages to pull together many diverse topics into a very concise and flowing text; he moves seamlessly from observations about 19th century New England life to transcendental analysis of ancient Rome’s attitudes of nature to commentary on the human anatomy. A brief, insightful listen!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The lecture is full of quotable and transcendental nuggets, and Thoreau manages to pull together many diverse topics into a very concise and flowing text; he moves seamlessly from observations about 19th century New England life to transcendental analysis of ancient Rome’s attitudes of nature to commentary on the human anatomy. A brief, insightful listen!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Deaver Brown?

    Content aside, my biggest complaint is with the awful and amateurish quality of the narration. The sound file was never professionally recorded or edited; it is full of constant static, noise interruptions, and clicking sounds every time the narrator pauses or restarts his tape deck. The sound is not balanced, and it is obvious that the narrator did not use professional grade microphones or soundproofing; every time he moves close to or further away from the microphone, the noise level jumps.


    Was Walking worth the listening time?

    Worst of all, the narrator is just plain bad at reading. He speaks with a thick accent and struggles over simple words and sentence structure; what was, I’m sure, originally a flowing and smoothly-given lecture by Thoreau has been turned into a choppy, befuddled listen.


    Any additional comments?

    How this ever got approved to sell on this website, I will never know. Now please excuse me while I find some public domain titles to record through my iphone and license to audible.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    kopasaker 05-30-14
    kopasaker 05-30-14
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    "Terrible Audio"
    If you could sum up Walking in three words, what would they be?

    The sound is very bad with a loud hissing in the background. Not recorded in a studio.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Deaver Brown’s performances?

    Probably not


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jerseycookie 11-25-16

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    "Fire this narrator!"
    Would you try another book from Henry David Thoreau and/or Deaver Brown?

    Thoreau--yes!, Deaver Brown -- never! Brown is the worst narrator due to poor pronunciation of words and poor phrasing. The worst ever.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Thoreau to classic. Find a real story teller to narrate this beautiful material.


    What didn’t you like about Deaver Brown’s performance?

    He has a "lazy mouth" in which words are incorrectly or incompletely pronounced. Poor phrasing breaks up thoughts which should be whole. He reads worse than a non-native English speaking person.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I would like to hear it again with a real story teller. The poor narration makes me feel that I missed or misunderstood many parts of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Fire Deaver Brown!

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    Linda Vecellio 11-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "not the correct narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a classic book, by one of America's classic authors.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Deaver Brown’s performances?

    No. This is absolutely the wrong narrator for a performance of a 19th century author. This person has a wonderful voice....if you're listening to The Sopranos; not Thoreau.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cpk 10-23-16
    cpk 10-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    ""life and everything" by a great writer"

    Rambling discussion of "life, and everything" by a great writer and thinker. Old-fashioned, 19th Century prose style, but still very engaging. Gets you think again about things you may have forgotten... and glad you do.

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    Amazon Customer 05-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Thoreau's thoughts are quite thought provoking"

    Deep thoughts certainly pervade this work. It still catches me off guard when books like this are as meaningful today as they were when written. I appreciate what the reader did keeping this as rough as it sometimes was but it got more distracting the farther I listened. That said I appreciate the reader and his love of Thoreau and only criticize because it after all is a review. Thank you for taking the time you did to allow us to hear Thoreau and this work was worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    OwlEyesArt 05-05-16
    OwlEyesArt 05-05-16
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    "a wonderful message"

    The content of the text is great. Needed a better narrator. He sounded wooden which made it a struggle to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Aleman D 02-11-15
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    "Technical issues but ok"

    The voice, intonation, pronunciation and rhythm was ok almost perfect.
    Few technical hiccups, some voices and sound on the back, and a little cut off at some point.

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    michele Lancaster, OH, United States 01-17-15
    michele Lancaster, OH, United States 01-17-15 Member Since 2013

    I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.

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    "Disappointed...."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I really enjoyed Walden, and expected to like this, but the editing and narrator were very disappointing.


    What was most disappointing about Henry David Thoreau’s story?

    The editing.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Deaver Brown?

    This narration felt like a college professor lecturing a class. It was not an enjoyable, relaxing read.


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

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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