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This is not a political or ecological book as many advocates have stated; it does support nature, but in a small subtle way. He was a man of his age who possessed a variety of talents and abilities, similar to Jefferson and Franklin. He sought to encourage people to notice and saunter, but did not rail against anyone who chose not to. This was a favorite work of Justice William Douglas, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi. As the liberal jurist Douglas said, This book displays how Thoreau could have been transplanted to any American century and prospered. Jefferson, Franklin, Douglas, King, and Gandhi would be five men who could join him in his appreciation for sauntering and noticing.
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By Ryan on 12-19-12
Brief transcendental ditty; amateurish narration
Would you try another book from Henry David Thoreau and/or Deaver Brown?
This is a great little work by Thoreau, and I’d recommend it to anyone who is interested in his catalog, be they a fan of his more popular books (Walden, Civil Disobedience, etc.) or new to the author’s unique and influential prose. The lecture is full of quotable and transcendental nuggets, and Thoreau manages to pull together many diverse topics into a very concise and flowing text; he moves seamlessly from observations about 19th century New England life to transcendental analysis of ancient Rome’s attitudes of nature to commentary on the human anatomy. A brief, insightful listen!
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The lecture is full of quotable and transcendental nuggets, and Thoreau manages to pull together many diverse topics into a very concise and flowing text; he moves seamlessly from observations about 19th century New England life to transcendental analysis of ancient Rome’s attitudes of nature to commentary on the human anatomy. A brief, insightful listen!
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Deaver Brown?
Content aside, my biggest complaint is with the awful and amateurish quality of the narration. The sound file was never professionally recorded or edited; it is full of constant static, noise interruptions, and clicking sounds every time the narrator pauses or restarts his tape deck. The sound is not balanced, and it is obvious that the narrator did not use professional grade microphones or soundproofing; every time he moves close to or further away from the microphone, the noise level jumps.
Was Walking worth the listening time?
Worst of all, the narrator is just plain bad at reading. He speaks with a thick accent and struggles over simple words and sentence structure; what was, I’m sure, originally a flowing and smoothly-given lecture by Thoreau has been turned into a choppy, befuddled listen.
Any additional comments?
How this ever got approved to sell on this website, I will never know. Now please excuse me while I find some public domain titles to record through my iphone and license to audible.
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By kopasaker on 05-30-14
If you could sum up Walking in three words, what would they be?
The sound is very bad with a loud hissing in the background. Not recorded in a studio.
Would you be willing to try another one of Deaver Brown’s performances?
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Louisa on 06-13-18
The narrator can't read. He's struggling
Really interested in the writing but the performance is unbearable. was it recorded in a cassette tape?
By Tools26 on 07-24-17
Beautiful reflection on Walking and life
The narration is a little awkward in places but it is a live recording and that is to be expected.
Walking is certainly a wonderful book for an introvert with a passion for being in nature lots of beautiful moments of reflection.