Self-Reliance

  • by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Narrated by Kurt Andersen, Joyce Bean
  • 1 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Redefining the classic essay, this modern edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s most famous work, Self-Reliance, includes self-reflections from both historical and contemporary luminaries. With quotes from the likes of Henry Ford and Helen Keller to modern-day thought leaders like Jesse Dylan, Steve Pressfield, and Milton Glaser, we're reminded of the relevance of Emerson’s powerful words today. Emerson’s words are timeless. Persuasive and convincing, he challenges readers to define their own sense of accomplishment and asks them to measure themselves against their own standards, not those of society. This famous orator has utter faith in individualism and doesn’t invoke beyond what is humanly possible, he just believes deeply that each of us is capable of greatness. He asks us to define that greatness for ourselves and to be true to ourselves. At times harsh, at times comforting, Emerson’s words guide the reader to challenge their own beliefs and sense of self. This modern edition of Self-Reliance is ideal for graduates or those who are in the midst of a career or lifestyle change. Emerson's sage guidance wrapped in modern-day reflections is a great reminder about the potential within us all and that life is what you make of it.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Must re listen to this a few time! Classic

Any additional comments?

The first couple times it's hard to get the full message. Re listen for the best results

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- Dion

Brilliant Words but Rushed Narration

Would you consider the audio edition of Self-Reliance to be better than the print version?

No, I think it would be much better to read this in print. I found the narration of this essay to consistently feel rushed, thus trivializing the words being spoken. I actually re-listened to this book at half speed on my iPod so that I could better bask in the words.


Any additional comments?

I still will re-listen to this audiobook because of how powerful Emerson's words are, but I will probably try to eventually find another version with more a contemplative inducing narration.

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- LB

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-25-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio