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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.

    Robert says: "Terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible Narration,"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • Walden | Henry David Thoreau

    Walden

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Kevin Theis
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    A must-listen for all Thoreau aficionados, Walden explores the simpler and slower pace of life. A deep exploration into Henry David Thoreau's philosophical and spiritual understandings, Walden captivates with its intrapersonal reflection. Thoreau documents his escape from reality to a simple cabin on Walden Pond in rural Massachusetts. "Could he survive, possibly even thrive...living a plain, simple life," Thoreau ponders, and he finds his answer in his semi-anti-social experiment at Walden Pond.

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

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

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and others
    • Narrated By Malcolm Ingram, Emma Micklewright, Jonathan Epstein, 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".

    Avid Audibler says: "Superb for relaxation!"
  • 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"
  • 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.

    rk says: "Go Henry!"
  • 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!"
  • 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.

  • 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!"
  • 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"
  • Cape Cod | Henry David Thoreau

    Cape Cod

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
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    Compiled from magazine articles published in the 1850s after his death, Cape Cod details several short trips Thoreau made to "the bare and bended arm of Massachusetts" between 1849 and 1855. "He went to the Cape out of curiosity," explains Paul Theroux, "but in the course of his travel a great thing happened: Thoreau, the woodsman and landlubber, discovered the sea."

  • Walden | Henry David Thoreau

    Walden

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By William Hope
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    In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the town 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 $8 a year. From this experience emerged one of the great classics of American literature, a deeply personal reaction against the commercialism and materialism that he saw as the main impulses of mid-19th century America.

    Helen Olmsted says: "A little dry"
  • Cape Cod | Henry David Thoreau

    Cape Cod

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    In the early 1850s, Henry David Thoreau took many meditative walks along the coast. In Cape Cod he reflects on these beach-combing trips and the powerful forces of the sea.

    Elizabeth says: "Painful!"
  • Walking  | Henry David Thoreau

    Walking

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
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    "In wilderness is the preservation of the world. Life consists with wilderness. The most alive is the wildest. Not yet subdued to man, its presence refreshes him." Philosopher and writer Henry David Thoreau preferred to contemplate the nature of man and his environment while walking.

    Megatron says: "Good book"
  • Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience | Henry David Thoreau

    Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    An experiment. A declaration. A spiritual awakening. Noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau spent two years, two months, and two days chronicling his near-isolation in a small cabin he built in the woods near Walden Pond, on land owned by his mentor and 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.

  • 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."
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