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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. In today’s fast-paced consumer-driven society, the austere lifestyle endorsed by Thoreau is as relevant and refreshing as ever.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Markus | 2/16/2014

    " When you move into the woods for 2 years and basically say fuck you to society do you really need to then write a piece on civil disobedience? Its like the Colonel writing about fried chicken. You knew wtf was up when you bought that beautiful bucket of crispiness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lindsey | 2/3/2014

    " It was better this second time that I read it, but I doubt a follow-up third will happen anytime soon! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Terri Carson | 1/25/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Juana Granados | 1/17/2014

    " It took me a while but I finally finished reading "Walden", and I gladly recommend it to anyone who is willing to question not only their own lifestyle but the society they are a part of. Although it is challenging and has the potential to cause headaches, this work of literature will help you to grow tremendously as a reader. I remember that when I first began reading it I struggled with the first pages because of Thoreau's idiosyncratic writing style and was forced to reread and skim over those first twenty pages several times before I was able to understand the message that he was trying to send. The more I read, the easier it became for me to understand him and the easier it became for me to fly past readings that were simpler than "Walden"; during my library aid period, I sometimes pick up and begin to read random novels, and I noticed that as I grew to understand Thoreau more, my speed when reading regular novels increased. Apart from improving my reading speed and comprehension, "Walden" also increased my vocabulary. I can't tell you how many words from our English class vocabulary lists I found in the book (…and I regret not writing them down in a list as I found them). Thoreau's masterpiece also led to me to begin writing outstanding quotes in a small notebook. Because writing down some of Thoreau's quotes helped me to understand him, I'm now going to begin writing down quotes that catch my attention in all of the novels I read from here on out, so that when preparing for the AP English Literature exam I can just flip through my handy dandy notebook and remember not only what the books were about, but also remember some quotes I can use for evidence in my essays. Like I said in the beginning, I recommend Thoreau's "Walden" to anyone who is willing to give it a try. I feel like if there is a stage in life when "Walden" should be read, it is now during our youth, when we are still trying to figure out what path to follow in life and about to enter a vicious competition to enter the colleges of our choice. Henry David Thoreau continually encourages his reader to "live the life he has imagined" because is he does so "he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours" (346), so it is vital that we read it now before we begin wasting our valuable time living the life someone else has imagined for us. "

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About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”