During the same period, Thoreau endured a one-day imprisonment for his refusal to pay a poll tax, an act of protest against the government for supporting the Mexican War, to which he was morally opposed. In his essay, "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience," Thoreau defends the principles of such nonviolent protest, setting an example that has influenced such figures as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., and endures to this day.
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"Walden is a major philosophical statement on the American character....as readable and perhaps even more timely than when it was written." (Masterpieces of World Literature)
The quality of the narration is excellent, particularly in tones and emotions imparted.
Some negatively comment on the slower pace of the reading.
I think the tempo is appropriate, if you are the type that require faster digestion of information then I would recommend some other topic entirely.
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I really felt as if it was being spoken by Thoreau himself. The cadence of the reading is oddly soothing, as Thoreau walks us through his daily life at Walden Pond. Listening to his essay on Civil Disobedience was an easy way to approach this classic, and I found it inspirational and ironically relevant to our current political climate.
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This is a book that should be listened too. The narrator pace however is quite slow and I was able to listen to the audio on double speed and still have a firm grasp on the words. The irony of it all is that Walden is about slowing down, being still and using basic resources. Yea, still not giving up my ipod!
When Thoreau discusses philosophy his concepts are very enlightening. I may not have as good a grasp on his material as more learned people, but a large portion of Walden is dedicated to his observations of the pond and wildlife there. If your interests are in his observations then you will be content. However, for myself, I did not come to this book for that. I also put the narrator's speed at about 1.55x because it was too slow for me, especially for listening to descriptions of nature.
Again, Thoreaus' philosophical principals are very intriguing, but I do need to listen to it again as they are deep with meaning. Good listen, highly recommend the beginning and end of this audio book.
this is one of the books I will always remember. it's more like a great conversation than anything else and gives a good insight into the writers mind
will be bought in hardcover as well!
I first read (forcibly) these books as a sophomore in high school, and enjoyed it as much as a tooth extraction sans novacaine.
My return to these works is spawned by a curiosity of what I failed to grasp in my youth. Grateful for that curiosity, am I.
Thoreau was a brilliant observer of human kind and its behaviors, as well as a student of great minds. His words would be well referenced in today's political storm, both by our leaders and those abroad.
Robin Field delivers these words in a manner that I often thought Thoreau was reading to me, his own works. I occasionally wondered at the pronunciations of words, considering that when this was written, perhaps those words were newly contrived in the world which Thoreau resided.
I truly enjoyed these books.
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My title says it all. I like the idea of solitude but found Thoreau to be grouchy and preachy.. I did enjoy the essay at the end.
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