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  • Walden: Life in the Woods | Henry David Thoreau

    Walden: Life in the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Alec Sand
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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.

    Dan Jensen says: "Energetic but choppy presentation"
  • Walden, or Life in the Woods | Henry David Thoreau

    Walden, or Life in the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    Noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau spent two years, two months, and two days chronicling his near-isolation in the small cabin he built in the woods near Walden Pond on land owned by his mentor, the father of Transcendentalism, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Immersing himself in nature and solitude, Thoreau sought to develop a greater understanding of society amidst a life of self-reliance and simplicity. Originally published in 1854, Walden remains one of the most celebrated works in American literature.

    Perri O. says: "An excellent reading of a classic book"
  • On the Duty of Civil Disobedience | Henry David Thoreau

    On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    This essay by Thoreau first published in 1849, argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule their consciences. It goes on to say that individuals have a duty to avoid allowing the government to make them the agents of injustice. The quote: "That government is best which governs least," sometimes attributed to Thomas Jefferson or Thomas Paine, actually was first found in this essay. Thoreaus' thoughts were motivated by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican-American War but they are still relevant and resonate today.

    Rebecca L. Lewis says: "monotone"
  • Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience | Henry David Thoreau

    Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Robin Field
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    In the early spring of 1845, Henry David Thoreau built and lived in a cabin near the shore of Walden Pond in rural Massachusetts. For the next two years, he enacted his own Transcendentalist experiment, living a simple life based on self-reliance, individualism, and harmony with nature. The journal he kept at that time evolved into his masterwork, Walden, an eloquent expression of a uniquely American philosophy.

    Jackie says: "Exceptional Narration"
  • M. Butterfly | David Henry Hwang

    M. Butterfly

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By David Henry Hwang
    • Narrated By John Lithgow, B.D. Wong, David Dukes, and others
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    John Lithgow and B.D. Wong here recreate their original roles from the Tony Award-winning production. Inspired by an actual espionage scandal, a French diplomat discovers the startling truth about his Chinese mistress.

    Calliope says: "great play, but you need to know it first"
  • Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience | Henry David Thoreau

    Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
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    In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the small town of Concord for the country. Beside the lake of Walden he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect – while surviving on eight dollars a year. From this experience emerged Walden, one of the great classics of American literature.

    Tommy says: "Brilliant"
  • Walking | Henry David Thoreau

    Walking

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
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    >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.

    Ryan says: "Brief transcendental ditty; amateurish narration"
  • Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience  | Henry David Thoreau

    Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Philippe Duquenoy
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    Walden, by Henry David Thoreau, is a personal narrative about Thoreau's solitary living experience near Walden Pond in Massachusetts. Starting with the building of his cabin by the pond in 1845, Thoreau recounts his experience away from society and city life. Thoreau spends his time growing beans for money while appreciating the beautiful wilderness around him. Although he lives a solitary life for nearly two years, Thoreau explains that he does not feel as isolated as one might think.

    Carlos says: "A Wonderful Classic!"
  • Poets of Nature: A Meditation on the Human Connection with Earth | Walt Whitman,John Keats,Emily Dickinson,Henry David Thoreau,Emily Bronte,Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Poets of Nature: A Meditation on the Human Connection with Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Walt Whitman, John Keats, Emily Dickinson, and others
    • Narrated By Jonathan Epstein, Malcolm Ingram, Emma Micklewright, and others
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    It is hard to top the pleasure of a woodland walk in Spring unless of course you have a lyric poet as your guide. Now that is possible with Poets of Nature. Let Walt Whitman, John Keats, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Bronte, and Ralph Waldo Emerson take you into that realm of Nature "where we seldom wander".

    Seacoast Shopper says: "Superb for relaxation!"
  • Civil Disobedience | Henry David Thoreau

    Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Curtis Sisco
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    Henry David Thoreau's classic essay inspired Martin Luther King, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and many other activists.

    Dee says: "Navel gazing we all need in this political times"
  • Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and The World That Made Him | David Henry,Joe Henry

    Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and The World That Made Him

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Henry, Joe Henry
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
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    Richard Pryor was arguably the single most influential performer of the second half of the twentieth century, and certainly he was the most successful black actor/comedian ever. Controversial and somewhat enigmatic in his lifetime, Pryor's performances opened up a new world of possibilities, merging fantasy with angry reality in a way that wasn't just new - it was heretofore unthinkable. His childhood in Peoria, Illinois, was spent just trying to survive.

    shopper says: "Great"
  • Civil Disobedience | Henry David Thoreau

    Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
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    In 1849, 5 years before Henry David Thoreau published Walden, he wrote what has come to be recognized as the philosophic textbook for nonviolent revolution. "I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward," Thoreau wrote. "It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right." Taking as his major premise the idea that "...government is best which governs least," Thoreau asserts that one's first loyalty is to one's own nature.

    Benedict says: "What we have forgotten!"
  • Staying Sharp: 9 Keys for a Youthful Brain Through Modern Science and Ageless Wisdom | Henry Emmons MD,David Alter PhD

    Staying Sharp: 9 Keys for a Youthful Brain Through Modern Science and Ageless Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Henry Emmons MD, David Alter PhD
    • Narrated By Qarie Marshall
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    A strong memory and healthy brain aren't as difficult to maintain as one might think; combining the latest neuroscience research with age-old wisdom about resilience, mindfulness, and stress reduction, Drs. Henry Emmons and David Alter show that vibrant aging is within reach.

  • Great American Essays | Ralph Waldo Emerson,Henry David Thoreau,Mark Twain

    Great American Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman, Walter Covell, Jim Killavey
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    Hear some of the greatest American essays ever written! This unabridged collection covers a multitude of subjects, including philosophy, politics, turkeys, and dogs.

    D. Hile says: "May be good but cant get over the reader"
  • On the Duty of Civil Disobedience | Henry David Thoreau

    On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    First published in 1849, this essay argues that individuals have rights and duties in relation to their government. Motivated by his disgust over both slavery and the Mexican-American War, Thoreau argued that individuals must not permit nor enable their government to act against their own consciences. This version of "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" was recorded as part of Dreamscape's Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.

  • Classic Tales of Horror | Robert Bloch,Charles L. Grant,David Drake,Henry Kuttner,Ray Bradbury,Ramsey M. Campbell,C. Kornbluth,Robert Silverberg,Martin Greenberg

    Classic Tales of Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert Bloch, Charles L. Grant, David Drake, and others
    • Narrated By Juliet Mills, Robert Forster, Roscoe Lee Browne, and others
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    This collection of classic horror stories is sure to give you goose bumps, raise the hair on the back of your neck, and put some fright in your night. Includes Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper by Robert Bloch, Coin of the Realm by Charles L. Grant, Something Had to be Done by David Drake, The Graveyard Rats by Henry Kuttner, The Small Assassin by Ray Bradbury, Calling Card by Ramsey Campbell, The Words of Guru by C.M. Kornbluth, and Passengers by Robert Silverberg.

    Matthew S. Hill says: "I enjoyed this collection greatly."
  • Civil Disobedience | Henry David Thoreau

    Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
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    In 1849, Henry David Thoreau argued in his essay “Civil Disobedience” that people should not allow governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that people have the right to avoid such submission to permit the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was partly motivated by his abhorrence with slavery and the Mexican-American War. His work has inspired great leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Martin Buber.

  • Walden | Henry David Thoreau

    Walden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
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    Thoreau built his cabin near Walden Pond in 1845 on land owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Walden which is considered one of his best works, describes Thoreau's two-year experience as a resident of Walden Pond. Focusing on the concept of self-knowledge, he encourages readers to get to know themselves and the world around them.

    George says: "In defense of the narrator."
  • Thoreau and Emerson: Nature and Spirit | Henry David Thoreau,Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Thoreau and Emerson: Nature and Spirit

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • Narrated By Russ Barnett
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    Selections from Henry David Thoreau's Walden and Civil Disobedience, and Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Introduction to Thoreau", "Self-Reliance", "Nature", "The American Scholar", "Education", and "Politics". Thoreau dedicated his life to preserving his freedom as a man and an artist.

  • Walden | Henry David Thoreau

    Walden

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
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    Walden is the classic account of two years spent by Henry David Thoreau living at Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts. The story is detailed in its accounts of Thoreau's day-to-day activities, observations, and undertakings to survive out in the wilderness for two years. Thoreau's journal is an exquisite account of a man seeking a more simple life by living in harmony with nature.

    Kenneth says: "Problem with editing"
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