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3.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 5 3.22 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry David Thoreau Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781400176939
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 1/17/2014

    " this one is close to my heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jef | 1/16/2014

    " I was prepared to accept this book as my new favorite, but alas! the last two chapters were preachy and religiously-oriented. I don't get it. Did the publishers demand a spiritual spin or had Thoreau simply become a flake by the time he got around to finishing the book?! Though I would highly recommend the book (except the last one or two chapters), I was disappointed that Henry crashed and burned on the last lap. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 1/14/2014

    " I've been meaning to read this since I went to Walden Pond all those years ago. Interesting stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck Denison | 1/10/2014

    " This book is simply must reading, more necessary now than when it was written. I read it every fiver years (or thereabouts) and it invariably restores some sanity to my life, calendar and soul. Any book that can do that it timeless! "

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

    " Government- guess not a lot has changed since his day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Ward | 10/30/2013

    " I read this a very long time ago, but still remember it. It rang so true with me that I thought I might be Thoreau reincarnated. The idea of simple living is finally making a resurgence with the movement of local food, local arts, and bicycles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Romanko | 9/11/2013

    " I first read this when I was going to graduate college. My "Angry Young Man" stage. Now that I'm an angry 38 year old, it seems even more pertinent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaethe | 6/30/2013

    " I think Thoreau has many wonderful ideas. Unfortunately, I hate wading through his prose to get to them. Seriously, I highly recommend the play The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail: A Play as a Thoreau for Beginners. Those transcendentalists were very thoughtful, but obtuse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 5/27/2013

    " Thoreau doesn't seem like he was a very fun guy to hang around with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zoe | 3/25/2013

    " Of course this is a classic, but I didn't actually find it a pleasurable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paige | 10/29/2012

    " I didn't enjoy reading it during the summer, but I felt good after finishing it because the book had depth and each paragraph was meaningful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruchir Chaturvedi | 5/21/2012

    " Thoreau's words seem prophetic at times, and on other occasions he makes the most potent case for citizens to get involved in making their own governments more just and morally upright. A very inspirational essay, and a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen Schonert | 4/11/2012

    " What can I say; I like transcendentalism. Civil Disobedience is a must read for all; even if you have to muddle though it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hans | 3/21/2012

    " One of the best books I've read. I love both Walden for its honest exploration into Man's condition. I love Civil Disobedience for being revolutionary, introducing the concept of the citizen's duty to disobey unjust laws. Profound impacts on the American Psyche. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 3/8/2012

    " Need to re-read, it has been many years! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/7/2012

    " 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 Mitchell | 12/12/2011

    " Walden is a terrific book. Thoreau perfectly blends a healthy balance of tasteful, vivid description with specific, interesting outlooks on society and life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly | 11/8/2011

    " great thoughts, but not very realistic taken to the extrem that he does. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dallas | 6/17/2011

    " I've read this several times. You'd be hard-pressed to find any book with as many pithy maxims for life as this one. "

  • 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 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.”