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Thoreau wrote with passion and sometimes anger. The performance reflects Thoreau's bitterness with the government and people of Concord and the United States. Thoreau looks deep into himself and society. The writing is amazing and Degas played to the character almost as if he was an old friend of Thoreau.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The reader conveyed a persistent tone of anger, resentment and scorn. Never just thoughtful. I kept wondering what voice I would have heard reading the actual book and how reading it myself would have changed my experience of the book.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful
I had no problem with the recording or performance. It could just be me, but I found little of value in Walden - wasn't what I was expecting, and found myself skipping lots. This would be a worse review if it weren't for Civil Disobedience, which I'd read before, so I already knew that was good - that's 4 or 5 star content, but can probably get it elsewhere.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful
I listen to this over and over again, and every time I get something new from it. Thoreau really predicted so many aspects of the modern world, with a critical and intuitive eye. As a social scientist, my work would have no real basis without a thorough understanding of this author's work.