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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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The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden “The millions are awake enough for physical labor; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred millions to a poetic or divine life. To be awake is to be alive.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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You will also find a deep love of literature

You will also find a deep love of literature, philosophy and a reverence for classical thought eastern and western, a reflection of a mind that has absorbed so much so profoundly. This is a book that must be reread and question, it is beautifully written with so much depth and importance it should not be forgotten but studied, recommended, shared till the end of time.

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this book is super interesting I loved it a lot

this book is super interesting I loved it a lot it's full of sarcasm and a lot of interesting factors that I liked a lot it's not the usual book and it's a bit strange to listen to it but I think about it as a unique artistic piece the book was very very good brilliant even

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Some of the most beautifully constructed sentence

Some of the most beautifully constructed sentences I have ever read! Walden is an ode to the beauty of nature and yet a sad reflection when read with the state of contemporary consumerism in mind.

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A reminder of easy enjoyment.

A reminder of easy enjoyment. Not a book to take to heart, or very seriously. But the experiment temps you to cull the inefficiencies of modern living and see what more simple experience might appear.

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excellent classic about minimalism

thoreau was ahead of his time. this classic is well narrated (though I would have liked a rustic grandpa voice to a ben Shapiro sound-alike.) glad to hear it in audiobook form!

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Walden has been a truly enriching audiobook!

Walden has been a truly enriching audiobook! I saw some listeners were less than happy with the performance, but I don’t share that feeling at all! I thought Alec Sand did a great job helping listeners grasp the more complex 19th-century passages as well as bringing out the emotional resonance of the text. Really enjoyed this audiobook, it has given me a lot

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I do wonder how much of this is fiction,

I do wonder how much of this is fiction, since I question how handy he actually was, but conceptually, I enjoyed his thoughts. Sometimes, he strays from philosophy and just becomes a story teller, but they're pleasant tales, and not too far removed from his main idea.

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The study guide is huge.

The study guide is huge. Personally I like to just get to the examples and do the problems without reading a book first. The app they have works much better for me. They have quick videos showing and explaining problems and then you do the problems yourself. Makes studying much easier.

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I have practice before everyday,

I have practice before everyday, that is pretty helpful. There're lots of pretty good explanations on the answer key.

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  • 07-22-20

it is probably

it is probably because you are considering not just Walden, After listening this you realize how low current academic standards are. Thoreau had such a broad education. Makes you wonder if the current generation will produce anyone like him.

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  • 07-23-20

This book has spoken deeply t

This book has spoken deeply to Me since shortly after I learned to read. I think I might personally disappear further into the woods not to be seen again.

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  • Muriel Ramsey
  • 07-23-20

A reminder of easy enjoyment.

A reminder of easy enjoyment. Not a book to take to heart, or very seriously. But the experiment temps you to cull the inefficiencies of modern living and see what more simple experience might appear.

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  • Max Alexander
  • 07-23-20

A beautiful text of observation,

A beautiful text of observation, nature and contemplation. Unfortunately, the narrator sounds angry, which does not at all for the text and, in fact, makes it quite unpleasant to listen to.

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  • Randy Matthews
  • 07-23-20

Always refreshing, cleansing

Everyone should experience this brilliant masterpiece. Thoreau is a genius with words. 2 thumbs up!

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  • Noel Sutton
  • 07-23-20

Definitely not a book everyone will enjoy,

Definitely not a book everyone will enjoy, but I definitely did. Thoreau allowed himself to explore thoughtfully even the simple occurrences. Inspired me to consider what was necessary for satisfaction in life and what we do to ourselves to work for unneeded luxuries.

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  • Karl Harmon
  • 07-23-20

Groovy!

An enjoyable listen for those who would immerse themselves in nature, there to find treasures within their own being.

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  • Shannon Hale
  • 07-23-20

Thoreau's philosophy observations on life

Thoreau's philosophy observations on life while living at Walden Pond are timeless, and all who read can't help but analyze there own life, priorities, and their importance (or lack there of) in the universe.

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  • Owen Klein
  • 07-23-20

I agree with everything Walden

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.

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  • Juana Garner
  • 07-23-20

In Walden, Thoreau reflects on a solitary life

In Walden, Thoreau reflects on a solitary life he lived for two years, musing about animals, the plants he grows, and the sound of the train on the tracks. In doing so, Thoreau gained a deeper understanding of life and survival through studying all the nature around him.