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Walden Audiobook

Walden

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Publisher's Summary

When I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my hands only. I lived there two years and two months. At present I am a sojourner in civilized life again.

I should not obtrude my affairs so much on the notice of my readers if very particular inquiries had not been made by my townsmen concerning my mode of life, which some would call impertinent, though they do not appear to me at all impertinent, but, considering the circumstances, very natural and pertinent. Some have asked what I got to eat; if I did not feel lonesome; if I was not afraid; and the like. Others have been curious to learn what portion of my income I devoted to charitable purposes; and some, who have large families, how many poor children I maintained. I will therefore ask those of my readers who feel no particular interest in me to pardon me if I undertake to answer some of these questions in this book. In most books, the I, or first person, is omitted; in this it will be retained; that, in respect to egotism, is the main difference.

Public Domain (P)2016 Shane

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    Zoe 06-22-17
    Zoe 06-22-17
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    "Walden"
    What made the experience of listening to Walden the most enjoyable?

    <br/>Walden, just the name brings immediate thoughts and images. A wonderful read which makes you think, and reaffirms the important things in life. If this book doesn't change you, your probably dead already. Excellent audiobook I have listen to.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    higzip 02-01-17
    higzip 02-01-17
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    "Thoreau at his best!"

    A true classic narrated for easy listening. You will be moved to aspire for a simpler but deeper existence. I could, and will, listen to this time and time again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A must listen! What a wonderful narration!"

    What a wonderful piece Walden is. Thoreau at his best! I love Walden and believe this narrator is perfect for this narration. All around a great piece and narration!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    in1ear (John Row) Aurora, Colorado 06-15-17
    in1ear (John Row) Aurora, Colorado 06-15-17 Member Since 2017

    Male, mid 60's, over 1,250 helpful votes on Amazon, over 410 helpful votes on Audible, own 650+ Audible books and over 10,200 Kindle books!

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    "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! John Updike described Walden thusly " ...the book risks being as revered and unread as the Bible"<br/><br/>Walden is Thoreau 's masterwork. A naturalist, a crank, a socialist before socialism existed. His message was to live life simply.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As a young man, I wanted to live a simple life. Walden was one book I looked to for inspiration! Lol That was the late 1960's, early 1970's<br/>As an old man, after living a not so simple life, I look back maybe wishing I had put more effort into my youth! <br/><br/>Truly Walden is a classic. It contains enough to be relevant for each generation since being published in 1854!


    What does Kevin Theis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I've read Walden numerous times over the years. Some have mentioned the fast pace. I found it to be almost perfect though! Kevin Theis is an experienced voice talent. He has an enthusiastic delivery, a clear speaking voice, an obvious familiarity with the book and his preparation really showed. All of which results in an entertaining listen!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    ...it is far more useful to change one’s soul than to change one’s landscape. Paraphrased from Ralph Waldo Emerson!


    Any additional comments?

    This is an outstanding recording of Walden! I hope that both old friends of the work as well as new readers / listeners pick this up! Well worth an Audible credit and the time investment. I believe it will be one you'll listen to many times!<br/><br/>Thanks for the opportunity to listen and offer my opinions on this work!A review copy was gifted to me at no charge. In return, I am happy to provide an honest review. Also at no charge.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daman 02-25-17
    Daman 02-25-17 Member Since 2016

    A good listen makes for an amazing day!

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    "A classic of epic timeless proportions"
    If you could sum up Walden in three words, what would they be?

    Timeless, Classic, Profound


    What does Kevin Theis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great narration which casts the book in a unique, understandable manner.


    Any additional comments?

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Spudboy Idaho 03-20-17
    Spudboy Idaho 03-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Classic!"

    This is truly a classic and must read for anyone seeking to improve themselves, their community, and their country. I love the timeless truths which were brought to life by the Narrator Kevin Theis.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LaPazBC 07-10-17
    LaPazBC 07-10-17

    Avid reader (listener :)

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    "Not what I expected"
    Any additional comments?

    Since it seems that this book is on many reading lists, I thought I needed to read it, but I was terribly disappointed. In my opinion, Thoreau was a young “know-it-all”, and very disrespectful and judgmental of older people. He wrote as if believing he was better than anybody else. I agree that we need to think on our own and resist submission to the status-quo, but for that there is no need to disregard the wisdom that age and experience provide, on the contrary, we need to embrace it.<br/><br/>Kevin Theis is a professional narrator, however, his style in this narration seemed on the argumentative side, which contributed to put me on the defensive while listening… <br/><br/>I received this audio-book free for an honest review by the author, narrator, or publisher. Thank you!<br/>

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    Nomi 03-09-17
    Nomi 03-09-17 Member Since 2016

    I like a wide range of genres. Favorites include Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Thriller, LGBT, classics and history.

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    "Delivery is tedious and difficult to wade through"

    I understand the point the author was trying to get across. However the delivery is tedious and difficult to wade through. I actually fell asleep while listening to the audiobook.

    The narrator did a good job.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vickie 01-31-17
    Vickie 01-31-17 Member Since 2014
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    "I really wanted to like this book"

    Let me start by saying that I tried to read this book many years ago in print. I never could get truly involved in it or it could never hold my attention for very long. I really hoped that by reading it in audio version it would be different and I would be able to enjoy it. Unfortunately that was not the case I found the book to be very tiresome and not enjoyable at all. To add insult to injury the narration even went so far as to make me nervous. It was so fast paced and in a rush I couldn't even enjoy it. I was voluntarily provided a review copy by the author publisher or nay writer

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    Steve 02-23-17
    Steve 02-23-17
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    "simply"

    a classic. certainly urges me to embrace the simple life for which my soul has always yearned. perhaps I will finally heed the call.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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