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  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Reprint edition (February 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449544363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449544362
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,264,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

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.

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This edition of Thoreau's classic contains an introduction and annotations by Bill McKibben, who asserts that "at the close of the 20th century, it is most crucial to read Walden as a practical environmentalist's volume, and to search for his heirs among those trying to change our relation to the planet." Even if you don't buy his argument, you still get a dandy little hardcover for $15.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Henrietta on January 30, 2007
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This edition of Walden is a joy to read, with lovely typeface and layout. I am not a Thoreau scholar, but found the annotations accessible and absorbing. The layout allows you to read Walden straight through or wander off into the annotated notes, depending on your mood.

A book that serves as a miniature vacation every time you open it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mitchie Owens on July 26, 2014
Format: Paperback
Not to be ghetto, but the printing sure was. I was horrified to write a paper based off this printing of Walden. I'm not sure its correct, the font changes halfway, no copyright page, and the cover is pixelated! It looks like someone printed it in there garage. Counterfeit literature at its worst. Bless Thoreau! I would turn over in my grave if I had a masterpiece gone Detroit basement copy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Seth K Schmalz on July 31, 2014
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I'm not giving a one star rating because of the content of the book. It's a classic.
My poor rating is a result of terrible printing. Not at all what I expected. The cover alone will make this book an embarrassment if anyone picks it up from my book shelf. The text inside the book is also ridiculous, tilted about 5 degrees. Can't believe they charge more than $2.00 for this
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Thoreau is, for me, at the apex of the pantheon of American writers with Lincoln and Twain. He is perhaps the most influential voice for individualism, self-respect and peaceful resistance to tyranny that has ever lived. Walden, however, is precisely about what it says - his time in the woods and in it he shares his insights into life. Was he ever wrong or bitter or long-winded? Sometimes a bit of a curmudgeon and a man of his time? Of course. He was human. It does not distract from his work. But he wrote more beautifully, thought more clearly and lived more fully and freely than most men or women could ever hope. I find the speeches known as Civil Disobedience and Life Without Principle as brilliant philosophy as found anywhere else and as easily digestible as reading Spenser novels. Obviously, much of Thoreau's brilliance is a tribute to Emerson. We all come from someplace and are influenced by others. But he far surpassed him. I cannot long read Emerson. I read Thoreau endlessly and it never fails to inspire.

Unfortunately, some people have a modern fear or loathing of nature, individualism or an aversion to long sentences or paragraphs. It probably won't be for them. On the other hand, as another brilliant American writer wrote about green eggs and ham:

"You do not like them. So you say.
Try them! Try them! And you may.
Try them and you may, I say."
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott R. Kustes on January 23, 2007
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I agree with a previous poster that Thoreau comes across as arrogant throughout the book, but he makes some striking observations on humanity, civilization, the pursuit of wealth, and enjoying nature. This is a book that everyone should read at some point in their life, preferably sooner rather than later. It is thought-provoking and entertaining.
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By Zelda on July 11, 2014
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Quality exceeded expectations.
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I respect this book because it is a classic. And there are a lot of quotes and sentences I love from this book. But I didn't really like the book as a whole. Boring and I didn't really feel the "life in the woods". It might be an enjoyable book for anyone that likes classics and "older" books. But I do think this book is overrated.
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I keep this book beside me a lot. The passages have a calming effect because it talks about things in nature. Great copy! Happy to GET THIS BOOK! I love this author's words. The book is still in good condition after all this time. By the way, forgive me for not having done this review before now. Life happens ALOT.
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