• by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Narrated by Jim Killavey
  • 1 hrs and 13 mins
  • Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American philosopher, lecturer, essayist, and poet, who is best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was a a champion of individualism and wrote dozens of essays. Most criics consider "Self-Reliance" his best. It has the most thorough statement of one of Emerson's repeating themes, the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency. It also emphasized the need to follow one's own instincts and ideas. "Self-Reliance" contains one of Emerson's most famous quotes: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."


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If you could sum up Self-Reliance in three words, what would they be?

Wonderful rendition of one of my favorite essays.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Clear, concise, thoughtful

What about Jim Killavey’s performance did you like?

Did a great job.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole thing

Any additional comments?

Intend to listen to "Civil Disobedience" next. Hope it's the same reader.

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- cindilla

Disappointing Performance

Self Reliance is one of my favorite essays. In this case, the meaning is often lost. Killavey enunciates clearly, but each word is given the same tonal value -- as if reading a list -- which results in inappropriate pauses (or lack of) and emphasis which makes the thoughts / ideas hard to follow. I'm disappointed...
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- Mike

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-03-2010
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings