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3.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 5 3.84 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry David Thoreau Narrator: William Hope Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Balthazar | 2/7/2014

    " I absolutely disliked the book. Thoreau contradicts himself so many times, most prominently by saying "Simplify your life" - but in the end he wrote a book on 380 pages with so many abundances and superfluities, which absolutely contradict his simplification concept. I could go on for about 120938485 lines like this, but I've already wasted too much time by reading this book, that I'm not going to go through with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karolis | 1/24/2014

    " This is a classic for a reason. It is amazing how beautifully David Thoreou wrote and how the arrangement of words can create a text of richer meaning, a sort of "sum is greater than it's parts". It's also a definite re-read. Full of life and ideas. One of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mitch Lillie | 1/2/2014

    " Frankly, Walden could be better. With all due respect to the time and place in which it was written, it's dry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 12/12/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book on self reflection. If you haven't read this then you haven't truly discovered yourself.. god that sounded so contrived. But it's true. Damn good book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheri | 12/10/2013

    " This is my favorite book. I read it every year. Thoreau taught me what excellent writing looks like. Also, to appreciate the world around at the moment. I can only meet with eternity at the present moment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karla Becker | 11/22/2013

    " Hi Debbie, I definitely want to read Walden again. It would be a good refresher of transcendental philosophy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Wainwright | 11/18/2013

    " Been meaning to read this since I was in my teens. Glad I left it in one way because I think I might have given up had I begun it back then. There are long, quite boring parts, but the "good bits" do make up for it, and then there are those amazing turns of phrase, quoteable bits which made it all worthwhile! Plus, of course the philosophy is interesting......would have been interesting to be rereading it now, come to think, to compare how I view that then and now! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zachariah | 11/16/2013

    " Thoreau has a troubling obsession with beans and an almost fantastic degree of arrogance, but his philosophy remains both edifying and entertaining nonetheless. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Libromaniac | 8/6/2013

    " Overrated drivel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aneece | 8/5/2013

    " I went to the Pond, recently, and walked around it (I live nearby, now). It was a taste of what it must be like to live in Europe, where every inch (or centimeter, as they'd have it) is crowded with a history that's both known and present. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Clair | 7/18/2013

    " For me and my children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sanju | 5/6/2013

    " I loved this book ... and read it a long time ago and then again and then again. Gave a copy to Mai, my paternal grandmother, and chit-chatted with her about it. Seems like maybe time for a re-read. One of my faves. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara Foley | 1/26/2013

    " Huh - couldn't stand it. An arrogant young man sits next to a pond for 2 years and thinks a lot, and then writes down what he thinks. Arrogant and boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaun | 10/28/2012

    " Liked the book when I read it over 25 years ago, fresh outta law school. Even thought about chucking everything and go live in a cabin in the woods built by my own hands. That thought passed quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cameron | 7/21/2012

    " Despite supporting Thoreau's back-to-the-land enthusiasm in principle, I found some sections of this book to be monstrously condescending and pedantic. But overall, a solid read and worthy of its revered status amongst naturalists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 6/12/2012

    " great read for a real escape from the modern, daily grind. but long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany B | 4/28/2012

    " For just one brief moment in everyone's life, we should all have a Walden pond. I've heard many stories pointing toward the fact that Thoreau would return home on the weekends and have his laundry done by his mother. Major book and player in the transcendentalist movement. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Victoria | 4/18/2012

    " Had to read it for school. Wasn't a huge fan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth (Betsy) | 3/3/2012

    " While I like the concept behind the book, the language and all the metaphors/allegory were just too tedius for me. Really had to force my way through it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie Wooten | 1/18/2012

    " Just shoot me now. Yes, I know Walden is a classic and Thoreau was way ahead of his time in his beliefs and actions--the original hippie. But Walden is so dry, so matter-of-fact, so naturalist. Not my cup of tea. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Besart Beqiri | 12/27/2011

    " This book is extremely boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Delia Colvin | 10/19/2011

    " Don't agree with Thoreau...but it is just so very pleasurable to live his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samuel | 5/21/2011

    " Maybe not all of it's true but all of it's definitely beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will.cornell | 5/19/2011

    " Best book to take backpacking "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebeca | 5/18/2011

    " After opening the cover to read the first few lines of the book, I found myself reading page 8 before I looked up to catch my breath! It's safe to say that as soon as i'm done with this book, i'll be treating myself to some Emerson! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 5/14/2011

    " Read book for a class, then read it again for myself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 5/4/2011

    " Read about half of Walden while I was hiking the John Muir Trail. It was perfect for that setting. I'd like to finish it someday. Perhaps when I'm out on another adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 4/21/2011

    " In this edition, Harding provides marginal notes to explain various references in the text, such as people and places that Thoreau mentions, Biblical allusions, or unfamiliar terminology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Troy Ramsay | 4/11/2011

    " Maybe a little difficult to read but this is pure gold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mervi | 4/10/2011

    " I read the Finnish translation of the Walden. Surprisingly current thoughts, though some of them where quite amusing, because they were way too critical. Can´t help thinking of; what if people would have lived differently the past 100 years or so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 4/9/2011

    " A life changing book if you're young enough and you read it your last free summer. "

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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

William Hope has had leading roles in many films, including Aliens as Gorman, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Shining Through, and The Saint. His television credits include the Shell Seekers, As Time Goes By, and Gimme Gimme Gimme. On the London stage, he has appeared in The Seven Year Itch, The False Servant, and Doctor of Honour. He has appeared regionally in All My Sons, Twelfth Night, Way of the World, and La Ronde.