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Walden, Version 2

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Walden (first published as Walden; or, Life in the Woods) is an American book written by noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and manual for self-reliance. First published in 1854, it details Thoreau's experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts. The book compresses the time into a single calendar year and uses passages of four seasons to symbolize human development.

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Contents: Economy, Where I Lived, and What I Lived For, Reading, Sounds, Solitude, Visitors, The Bean Field, The Village, The Ponds, Baker Farm, Higher Laws, Brute Neighbors, House Warming, Former Inhabitants and Winter Visitors, Winter Animals, The Pond in Winter, Spring, Conclusion


When I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my hands only. I lived there two years and two months. At present I am a sojourner in civilized life again.

I should not obtrude my affairs so much on the notice of my readers if very particular inquiries had not been made by my townsmen concerning my mode of life, which some would call impertinent, though they do not appear to me at all impertinent, but, considering the circumstances, very natural and pertinent. Some have asked what I got to eat; if I did not feel lonesome; if I was not afraid; and the like... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - November 12, 2015
Subject: Walden
Very sweet voice. I love a lot to listen again and again.
Reviewer: - June 23, 2015
Subject: Publish Date
Have always wanted to read this Classic. 3/4 of the way through, I'm enjoying HDT's insight and reflections about nature and economy, birds, beans, berries, neighbors, trains, visitors and living of the land. I do hope that someone can correct the synopsis above to reflect 1854 as the publishing date for Walden. As stated, "1884" is well after HDT passed away.
Reviewer: - March 13, 2015
Subject: Walden
Very beautifully narrated. I loved it. His voice sounds so real and so close like you can have a conversation with him while listening to each word of Walden. For me it's like music.
Reviewer: - December 29, 2014
Subject: Walden
Excellent reader. I can imagine Thoreau himself reading it the same way. The reader accurately portrays the sarcasm and natural inflections in the work.
Reviewer: - February 13, 2014
I love the Reader's Voice.
Reviewer: - October 4, 2013
I keep coming back to this. Well read!
Reviewer: - September 11, 2013
It’s perfectly narrated. Great job, readers.
Reviewer: - July 6, 2013
Subject: Review
Very well narrated. Thank you.
Reviewer: - July 4, 2013
Subject: Walden
Perfectly read. Thank you.
Reviewer: - November 10, 2012
Subject: Philosophy
Eccelant! Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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