Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

  • by Henry David Thoreau
  • Narrated by Robin Field
  • 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the early spring of 1845, Henry David Thoreau built and lived in a cabin near the shore of Walden Pond in rural Massachusetts. For the next two years, he enacted his own Transcendentalist experiment, living a simple life based on self-reliance, individualism, and harmony with nature. The journal he kept at that time evolved into his masterwork, Walden, an eloquent expression of a uniquely American philosophy.During the same period, Thoreau endured a one-day imprisonment for his refusal to pay a poll tax, an act of protest against the government for supporting the Mexican War, to which he was morally opposed. In his essay, "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience," Thoreau defends the principles of such nonviolent protest, setting an example that has influenced such figures as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., and endures to this day.


What the Critics Say

"Walden is a major philosophical statement on the American character....as readable and perhaps even more timely than when it was written." (Masterpieces of World Literature)


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Customer Reviews

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ya' can't get here from there...

This is a book that should be listened too. The narrator pace however is quite slow and I was able to listen to the audio on double speed and still have a firm grasp on the words. The irony of it all is that Walden is about slowing down, being still and using basic resources. Yea, still not giving up my ipod!
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- alison ""Hi My name is Ali and I'm an Audible addict." "Hi Ali!""

Outstanding Reading of a Classic

I really felt as if it was being spoken by Thoreau himself. The cadence of the reading is oddly soothing, as Thoreau walks us through his daily life at Walden Pond. Listening to his essay on Civil Disobedience was an easy way to approach this classic, and I found it inspirational and ironically relevant to our current political climate.
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- pamtish "mztish"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-19-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.