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Publisher's Summary

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.

(P)2002 Sound Room Publishers

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"A personal declaration of independence, a social experiment, and a voyage of spiritual discovery." (The Library of America)

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  • A. Peer
  • 13-04-05

beautiful book and good narrator

I agree with the above reviewer that the narrator is very good. His style suits this book perfectly and is very listenable. It's also true each person should judge for themselves, as everyone has their individual preferences.

Walden was written in a different era, and its beauty is not for those who are impatient. For example, one cannot go into nature and expect to have the same quick hit that city life can give; in the same way one can't approach literature in the same way as pulp fiction. One needs to slow down to savour the texture, beauty and insights of a classic like this. And for those who can appreciate it, it's worth it.

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  • George
  • 28-01-05

In defense of the narrator.

I have listened to the 23+ hours of Moby Dick with this narrator and I think he is one of the best that I have heard; in fact, I would rank him in the top three. But there are narrators that I don't like but many people do, e.g., Fank Muller is a popular narrator and I can't listen to him at all. I recommend listening to the sample and deciding for yourself.

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  • Sean
  • 19-06-05

Transcend the Subway

Walden is great...a cry for independence in an increasing interdependent world. Thoreau's observations are fantastic. And the reader seems to capture a good deal of Thoreau's intentional tones. The voice is clear and makes returning to this classic enjoyable.

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  • Christopher
  • 06-02-11

The Essential Human Nature Bible

I gave this five stars for the content. This is not an audiobook that you can placidly listen too as you drive yourself through the insanity of todays world. This is a book that should be read word for word and pages in hand. It would seem that every line is a quote that could be used for some aspect of life and still relevant to this day. Buy this in hardcover and keep it beside the other Holy Book you love. They go hand in hand.

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  • Jennifer
  • 27-08-21

I wish it was read in the voice of a poet rather than the voice of a stoic.

Wonderful book of observations both personal, and of the time. Like said above, although this reader has a great reading voice, I wish it sounded more like an adventure with revelations rather than smug and stoic - at least that’s how I interpreted the book while actually reading it hard copy.

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  • Wy
  • 03-04-21

Walden

Poorly narrated and the book is not as interesting as I remembered. Pretty difficult to listen to.

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  • A random joe
  • 11-12-15

the narrators pretentiousness is annoying

good story, but man the author read it in such a pompous way.... I have yet to finish the story, bit the narrator is making it hard.

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  • Thomas A.
  • 21-11-04

great--great

a beautiful narrative of nature,solidarity and the strength of the human spirit.enjoyed every minute of this book

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  • Fiona
  • 15-10-04

The other reviewer is right

I read the other review and thought - how bad can it be? But they are right. This reader is annoying to listen to.

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  • Thomas
  • 03-02-09

Awesome subject, terrible reader

This book is wonderful, and I only wish the person reading it could get that. The reader sounds dead and uninspiried, and makes the book drag on and on. Do not purchase this read.

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