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Would you listen to Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson again? Why?
Definitely. I really enjoyed this book and it really helped me to reevaluate how i look at my life.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
I am a fan of Emerson, and when I buy a book purporting to be authored by Emerson, it should be his work rather than something modified by the reader or nameless editors. If you want someone to censor great literature for you according to their own revisionist agenda, and don't care to puzzle through a work yourself, then you have found your audiobook!
What was most disappointing about Ralph Waldo Emerson’s story?
I listened to the audiobook and enjoyed the narration. But, some parts sounded "off" and quite different from what I remembered of the text. I checked my copy of Emerson's essays and found that they did not contain some of the things uttered in the narration. It may be that the reader is working from a different edition, or perhaps was moved by some muse to change Emerson's words, but I don't care for unidentified departures from the text. If Riggenbach, or others, want to bring their revisionist agenda into the narration of these essays, they should clearly say as much.
What does Jeff Riggenbach bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Added perspectives unique to the reader and quite distinct from the original author.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The book itself is without peer, but this rendering of it lacks fidelity to the original. That having been said, the narrator possesses a rich and entertaining voice. He could read a phone book and it would sound grand.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful