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Grade 9 Up-Henry David Thoreau's classic, first published in 1854 and reporting on his experiences at the eponymous site where he lived in physical and social independence during the mid-1840's, receives refreshing treatment here. William Hope reads leisurely but with feeling, offering listeners the illusion that the author is speaking directly to them. The abridgements are not substantive, so listeners will feel that they have become acquainted with the complexities of a text that is both orderly and sprinkled with irony and other literary devices. The chapters are tastefully set off by musical interludes that complement Thoreau's own rhythms. Not only is this an excellent alternative for students assigned to read the text that is often offered in tiny print without benefit of margins, but it is also possible to suggest this to thoughtful teens who are seeking an intellectually engaging listening experience for their personal enjoyment. Hope's pacing invites readers with minimal skills to accompany their print foray with his narration. The careful editing here assures that they will not become lost between page and sound.
Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Walden's original publisher releases an annotated edition to celebrate the book's 150th anniversary.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Can anything more be said about this American classic?
Well, as a reader who had skimmed this as an eighth grader who could care less about the man in the woods... Read more
The one star is not for Thoreau's work, which is beautiful and engaging. The Introduction was not properly edited. Read morePublished 6 days ago by ARC
Great book packed with timeless advice, thought-provoking perspectives, and a surprising amount of humor. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Christopher Sommers
This was long read, probably one of the longest this year. I started Walden on April 7 and finished it on September 6. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Abigial Eckstine
Everything was perfect, however the cover in the picture was different then the one I received.Published 1 month ago by Johnny Ortiz