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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,358 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry David Thoreau Narrator: Rupert Degas Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN:
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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, and a deeply personal reaction against the commercialism and materialism that Thoreau saw as the main impulses of mid-19th-century America. Here also is Civil Disobedience, Thoreau's essay on just resistance to government, which not only challenged the establishment of his day but has been used as a flag for later campaigners from Mahatma Ghandi to Dr Martin Luther King.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jordan Smith | 2/19/2014

    " Though I appreciate Thoreau's emphasis on individuality and progressive society, I disliked his essay on Civil Disobedience for a number of reasons, some literary, others philosophical. Thoreau is hypocritical; he criticizes his fellow countrymen, specifically the Abolitionists, for obeying the government and not taking an active stance to represent their beliefs. However, Thoreau's only example of his own rebellion is his refusal to pay taxes. His point was petty and ineffective. Throughout the essay, Thoreau discusses his refusal to partake in any government practices when the government could allow an atrocity such as slavery to exist. However, Thoreau can propose no realistic means to solving the problem; to me, Civil Disobedience reads as a melodramatic, if not whiny compilation of Thoreau's personal beliefs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mara | 2/15/2014

    " I thought i would never finish this book, overall im just proud i got through it. I enjoyed civil disobedience much more then Walden. Parts of walden are beautifully written and at times really draws you in but to really appreciate it fully background research and discussion would be needed, not the best subway commuting book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/1/2014

    " Read "Civil Disobedience" for school, but I love Thoreau's writing and want to read more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 1/30/2014

    " Rejuvenating. The original 'Purpose-Driven Life'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndi | 1/10/2014

    " Should be required reading and paired with Silent Spring! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dallas Doctor | 1/9/2014

    " A Mighty High Standard to Live Up To! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sundeep Naidu | 12/31/2013

    " I mistook it is as a 'living off the land' story.. but it is more into literature than adventure.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelia | 12/27/2013

    " Walden is my favorite book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 10/8/2013

    " This might take me all year, I keep reading it in between other books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 9/2/2013

    " Only read Civil Disobedience at this time. Will read Walden in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri Carson | 8/21/2013

    " One of my very favorite books and definitely timely - it relates to something we are all thinking about now - our relationship to nature and how to live in tune with it. I strive to be like him. I love his mentor also - Emerson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D | 7/23/2013

    " Thoreau, Emerson, and Whitman walk into a bar... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Diane | 12/30/2012

    " I just couldn't tolerate Thoreau's smugness, so I confess I did not finish "Walden." To read my review, go to: my blog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RK Byers | 11/14/2012

    " despite the naturalism, which really isn't my thing, philosophically, the guy is so interesting that you'll forgive him for all his excesses. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel | 9/12/2012

    " I could not finish this book. Not that it was a bad book but if bored me. I also could not help but think that Walden is hippocritical. He a man of means could afford to buy a large piece of land and live off of it for a year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan Matthews | 7/6/2012

    " 10 stars...I live by this book...I LOVE IT...it is good for anyone to read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Satchell | 1/25/2012

    " A major staple in my library. This, along with a collection of Thoreau's other writings, are some of the few books I've kept over a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 10/29/2011

    " In between the pages of long-winded ice measurements and how much Thoreau likes his bean garden, this novel makes interesting and worthwhile points. If you can learn the skill of artfully skimming, this book is well worth the trouble. You'll never look at a tree quite the same way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 10/9/2011

    " Thoreau's ideas sound great at first, until you really start thinking things through. In the end, I decided that people can only live the way he would like for us to live, when they are living at the expense of others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Franzen | 8/21/2011

    " He was influenced by Jesus Christ and radical Christianity. His writings influenced MK Gandhi, who in turn influenced Dr. King. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 6/19/2011

    " All about independence and self-sufficiency. The way things should be. Greats insight into the challenges that one can have while trying to remove themselves from society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jolene | 5/7/2011

    " Do not go another day of your life without reading this book if you haven't read it. If you have and it's been awhile, read it again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ayana Mishelle | 4/10/2011

    " This book is great for social studies plus I believe students need to be introduced to
    Thoreau at an early age. He talk about being " anti slavery" and about other important social issues great for 4th or 5th grade/ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ke | 4/8/2011

    " I preferred Walden to CD. I was surprised that he knew of some Chinese writers.

    Maybe some of his acts were somewhat anti-social, but he expressed his views well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 3/20/2011

    " This is one of those books I didn't get in high school when it was on the reading list. But I'm glad something made me pick it up now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 3/9/2011

    " The reason I became an Educator. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/26/2011

    " Read "Civil Disobedience" for school, but I love Thoreau's writing and want to read more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krisitn | 2/24/2011

    " Thoreau and Emerson have it all figured out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 2/24/2011

    " Yes, I'll say it: Thoreau is overrated, both as a stylist and a thinker. There's much of value in these essays, but also a lot of racial and economic myopia. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly | 2/14/2011

    " I really liked Civil Disobedience, but try as I might, I could not get into Walden. I eventually gave up about a third of the way in. I'm surprised because the whole premise interested me. Maybe I'll try again in some other life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony | 1/19/2011

    " Convoluted and heavy BUT, filled with gems. You should read it. "

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About the Author
Author Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) was an American essayist, naturalist, philosopher, and poet. Born at Concord, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard, he began his career as a teacher. Through his older friend and neighbor, Ralph Waldo Emerson, he became a part of the Transcendentalist circle and one of that group’s most eloquent spokespersons. He is best known for his book, Walden, and his essay, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.”

About the Narrator

Rupert Degas can be heard reading numerous audiobooks, including the Saga of Darren Shan series by Darren Shan, and his narrations have won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has also lent his voice to numerous cartoons, including Mr Bean, Robotboy, Bob the Builder and has performed in more than thirty radio productions, including The Gemini Apes, The Glittering Prizes, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.