Nature

  • by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Narrated by Austin Vanfleet
  • 1 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe? Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs? Embosomed for a season in nature, whose floods of life stream around and through us, and invite us by the powers they supply, to action proportioned to nature, why should we grope among the dry bones of the past, or put the living generation into masquerade out of its faded wardrobe? The sun shines today also. There is more wool and flax in the fields. There are new lands, new men, new thoughts. Let us demand our own works and laws and worship. Undoubtedly we have no questions to ask which are unanswerable. We must trust the perfection of the creation so far, as to believe that whatever curiosity the order of things has awakened in our minds, the order of things can satisfy. Every man's condition is a solution in hieroglyphic to those inquiries he would put. He acts it as life, before he apprehends it as truth. In like manner, nature is already, in its forms and tendencies, describing its own design. Let us interrogate the great apparition that shines so peacefully around us. Let us inquire, to what end is nature?

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The reader, or narrator, if you will, absolutely ruins this classic. This is my first instance of not being able to tolerate this. I plan to buy a different version and request a refund.
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- Jacob

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Narrator sounds like he is reading a technical manual rather than a work of art.
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- M. Sigle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-2016
  • Publisher: Stonebrook Audio