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Walden

21 ratings

Summary

Thoreau's classic account of the solitary life, describing his attempts to simplify his life and sort out his priorities by living alone in a cabin beside Walden Pond for nearly two years, is one of the most influential books ever written. The bible of the environmental movement, Walden vividly portrays Thoreau's reverence for nature, and his understanding of the idea that nature is made up of crucially interrelated parts.

Public Domain (P)2006 Trout Lake Media

Narrator: Alec Sand
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience

19 ratings

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In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the small town of Concord for the country. Beside the lake of Walden he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect – while surviving on eight dollars a year. From this experience emerged Walden, one of the great classics of American literature, and a deeply personal reaction against the commercialism and materialism that Thoreau saw as the main impulses of mid-19th-century America. Here also is Civil Disobedience, Thoreau’s essay on just resistance to government, which not only challenged the establishment of his day but has been used as a flag for later campaigners from Mahatma Ghandi to Dr Martin Luther King. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2010 Naxos Audiobook (P)2010 Naxos Audiobook

Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
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Walden, or Life in the Woods

9 ratings

Summary

Noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau spent two years, two months, and two days chronicling his near-isolation in the small cabin he built in the woods near Walden Pond on land owned by his mentor, the father of Transcendentalism, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Immersing himself in nature and solitude, Thoreau sought to develop a greater understanding of society amidst a life of self-reliance and simplicity. Originally published in 1854, Walden remains one of the most celebrated works in American literature. This version of Walden, or Life in the Woods was recorded as part of Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.

Public Domain (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Robert Bethune
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

5 ratings

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This essay by Thoreau first published in 1849, argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule their consciences. It goes on to say that individuals have a duty to avoid allowing the government to make them the agents of injustice. The quote: "That government is best which governs least," sometimes attributed to Thomas Jefferson or Thomas Paine, actually was first found in this essay. Thoreaus' thoughts were motivated by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican-American War but they are still relevant and resonate today.

Public Domain (P)2011 Jimcin Recordings

Narrator: Jim Killavey
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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Henry David Thoreau Bundle

3 ratings

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Henry David Thoreau was a 19th century American writer and lifelong advocate for the abolition of slavery. His written works are many and varied but he is perhaps best known for works such as Walden, a book which promotes the idea of simple living in natural surroundings and for Civil Disobedience, which argues that the general population should not simply sit idle while those elected to government ride roughshod over their wishes. Of his other published work, Walking stands out as one which deals with the importance of nature to mankind, something which we are becoming increasingly aware of, and the reason that we cannot survive without it, either physically, mentally, or spiritually. Now, you can own all three of these perceptive and illuminating works in Henry David Thoreau Bundle: Walden, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, and Walking. Each is a work that is well ahead of its day in terms of thought and each reflects much of what we still face in the world today. Allow the ideas of Henry David Thoreau to show the path that we should be taking and to shine a light in the darkest corners with this great audiobook bundle!

Public Domain (P)2019 Montgomery Providence Publishing

Narrator: Jonathan Waters
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
Available on Audible
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Poets of Nature

2 ratings

Summary

It is hard to top the pleasure of a woodland walk in Spring - unless of course you have a lyric poet as your guide. Now that is possible with Poets of Nature. Let Walt Whitman, John Keats, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Bronte, and Ralph Waldo Emerson take you into that realm of Nature "where we seldom wander". Drawing upon the treasury of classical poetry, Poets of Nature explores the deep green paths of nature with some of the world's most distinguished poets. This audio seeks to guide us back from the confines of a human constructed world to one that we are more at home and in harmony with.

Public Domain (P)2009 BMA Studios

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Walking

1 rating

Summary

Have you ever just taken a walk? Henry David Thoreau discusses walking, the importance of nature, and the human need for walking in the wilderness. This delightfully fun audiobook is a joy to listen to together with your loved ones or a wonderful companion to take with you on a walk.

Public Domain (P)2020 Gregory Allen Siders

Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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Henry David Thoreau Collection

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Henry David Thoreau was a 19th-century American writer and lifelong advocate for the abolition of slavery. His written works are many and varied but he is perhaps best known for works such as Walden, a book which promotes the idea of simple living in natural surroundings and for Civil Disobedience, which argues that the general population should not simply sit idle while those elected to government ride roughshod over their wishes. Of his other published work, Walking stands out as one which deals with the importance of nature to mankind, something which we are becoming increasingly aware of, and the reason that we cannot survive without it, either physically, mentally, or spiritually. Now, you can own all four of these perceptive and illuminating works in Henry David Thoreau Collection: Walden, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, Walking, and Cape Cod. Each is a work that is well ahead of its day in terms of thought and each reflects much of what we still face in the world today. Allow the ideas of Henry David Thoreau to show the path that we should be taking and to shine a light in the darkest corners with this great audiobook collection!

Public Domain (P)2020 Hanley Media

Narrator: Drake Johnson
Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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Walden (AmazonClassics Edition)

1 rating

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At Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau reflected on simpler living in the natural world. By removing himself from the distractions of materialism, Thoreau hoped to not only improve his spiritual life but also gain a better understanding of society through solitary introspection. In Walden, Thoreau condenses his two-year, two-month, two-day stay into a single year, using the four seasons to symbolize human development - a cycle of life shared by both nature and man. A celebration of personal renewal through self-reliance, independence, and simplicity, composed for all of us living in “quiet desperation,” Walden is eternal. Revised edition: Previously published as Walden, this edition of Walden (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Pete Simonelli
Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
Available on Audible
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Walden: Life in the Woods

1 rating

Summary

Thoreau's classic account of the solitary life, describing his attempts to simplify his life and sort out his priorities by living alone in a cabin beside Walden Pond for nearly two years, is one of the most influential books ever written. The bible of the environmental movement, Walden vividly portrays Thoreau's reverence for nature and his understanding of the idea that nature is made up of crucially interrelated parts.

Public Domain (P)2020 Hanley Media

Narrator: Drake Johnson
Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
Available on Audible
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An Excursion to Canada

1 rating

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An Excursion to Canada is a remarkable work by Thoreau, very different from his other works. Here he becomes an American traveler who shows far greater respect for America than Canada, while explaining the details of the chasm between the Church (Black) and the soldiers (Red) in Quebec that Stendhal pointed out in The Red and the Black in France. Thoreau falls into the American trap of blaming French Canadians for not speaking English in their native province of Quebec but places no criticism upon himself for not speaking French. He has much criticism of the Quebecois Canadians and gets into the ongoing British-America versus French-America controversies alive today. As a great naturalist and surveyor, as well as botanist, he paints an especially vivid picture of the St. Lawrence River and embankment. Something like DeTocqueville's Democracy in America, but here Canada is the country under the microscope. Canadians and Americans should listen to this, as well as anyone interested in Thoreau.

Public Domain (P)2011 Deaver Brown

Narrator: Deaver Brown
Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Walden ou la vie dans les bois

Summary

En 1845, l'écrivain et philosophe Henry David Thoreau, se retire seul pour deux ans et deux mois, en pleine nature dans une cabane de sa confection. De cette expérience, il concevra un récit introspectif au fil des saisons qui deviendra un grand classique de la littérature américaine. "Je gagnai les bois parce que je voulais vivre suivant mûre réflexion, n'affronter que les actes essentiels de la vie, et voir si je ne pourrais apprendre ce qu'elle avait à enseigner, non pas, quand je viendrais à mourir, découvrir que je n'avais pas vécu." (Henry David Thoreau)

©1990 Gallimard (P)2018 Éditions Thélème

Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

Summary

An experiment. A declaration. A spiritual awakening. Noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau spent two years, two months, and two days chronicling his near-isolation in a small cabin he built in the woods near Walden Pond, on land owned by his mentor and the father of Transcendentalism, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Immersing himself in nature and solitude, Thoreau sought to develop a greater understanding of society amidst a life of self-reliance and simplicity. Originally published in 1854, Walden remains one of the most celebrated works in American literature. Also includes Walden's essay "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience".

Public Domain (P)2014 Dreamscape Media

Narrator: Robert Bethune
Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Walden

Summary

Filosoffen og digteren Henry David Thoreau skrev sit hovedværk "Walden - Livet i skovene" for over 100 år siden, mens han boede alene i et lille hus ved bredden af skovsøen Walden Ponds. Det er en bog om naturen og menneskets forhold til den - og Thoreaus poetiske og bidske optegnelser er velkomne og vedkommende i en tid, der trues af økologiske katastrofer.

©2018 Gyldendal (P)2018 Gyldendal

Narrator: Torben Sekov
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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Walden

Summary

A classic in American literature that is "...a personal declaration of independence, a social experiment, and a voyage of spiritual discovery" (The Library of America).  Henry David Thoreau was born July 12, 1817, in Concord, Massachusetts, where he later died on May 6, 1862. He attended Harvard University where he studied the classics and a smattering of foreign languages. In 1845, after years of literary and emotional struggle, friend and colleague Ralph Waldo Emerson invited Thoreau to build a cabin on his land near Walden Pond, the location of which became Thoreau's inspiration. Walden records the doctrines of transcendentalism that he lived, supported, and for which he became famous. He focuses on the concept of self-knowledge and encourages all people to find some way to learn more about themselves and the world around them. Thoreau is remembered as a major American essayist, poet, and practical philosopher.

Public Domain (P)2012 InAudio

Narrator: Adams Morgan
Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
Available on Audible
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The Maine Woods

Summary

Thoreau gives an account of three canoe and hiking journeys - by himself and with others - through the mostly uninhabited forests of Maine in the 1850s.  Identifying birds, trees and plants by their botanical as well as their common names, he also records the Indian names of lakes, rivers and plants. He investigates the connections between waterways and trails, and provides detail on camping, fishing and hunting in the woods, using whatever is at hand.  Extolling the beauty of the wilds that he encounters, Thorough’s narrative is also imbued with elements of his philosophy.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Philosophie pour tous : 100 citations de Henry David Thoreau

Summary

Henry David Thoreau : auteur incontournable pour qui se pose la question de la vie juste. Poète et philosophe américain, partisan de l'abolition de l'esclavage, défenseur de la désobéissance civile face à un gouvernement corrompu, Thoreau est aussi précurseur du mouvement de la simplicité volontaire. Walden ou la vie dans les bois fut écrit dans une cabane qu'il avait lui-même construite au fond de la forêt, et où il redécouvrit la vie en communion avec la nature. On y trouve des réflexions fondamentales sur la vie en conscience, la nécessité de reconnaître et d'abandonner l'illusoire pour mieux vivre l'essentiel, et ce qui fait la vie juste pour qui est capable de s'y consacrer pleinement. Les idées politiques de Thoreau inspirèrent des figures majeures de l'Histoire, de Martin Luther King à Gandhi, en passant par Léon Tolstoï. Ces 100 citations vous familiariseront avec sa pensée, pour vous permettre d'approcher l'essence de sa philosophie, de mieux comprendre le devoir moral d'un citoyen, et de mieux apprécier une vie débarrassée de ses illusions parasites.

©Domaine public (P)2016 Compagnie du Savoir

Narrator: Patrick Blandin
Length: 29 mins
Available on Audible
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On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

Summary

First published in 1849, this essay argues that individuals have rights and duties in relation to their government. Motivated by his disgust over both slavery and the Mexican-American War, Thoreau argued that individuals must not permit nor enable their government to act against their own consciences. This version of "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" was recorded as part of Dreamscape's Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.

Public Domain (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Robert Bethune
Length: 1 hr
Available on Audible
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Civil Disobedience

Summary

"Civil Disobedience" is an essay by Henry David Thoreau. Published in 1849 under the title "Resistance to Civil Government", it expressed Thoreau’s belief that people should not allow governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that people have a duty both to avoid doing injustice directly and to avoid allowing their acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was motivated in part by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican-American War.

Public Domain (P)2019 Yashiki Audio

Narrator: Philip Ray
Length: 54 mins
Available on Audible
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Cape Cod

Summary

In the early 1850s, Henry David Thoreau took many meditative walks along the coast. In Cape Cod he reflects on these beach-combing trips and the powerful forces of the sea.

©1990 Jimcin Recordings (P)1990 Jimcin Recordings

Narrator: Jim Killavey
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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100 Quotes by Henry David Thoreau

Summary

Henry David Thoreau is a beloved American author, poet and philosopher. He was a lifelong abolitionist, advocate of civil disobedience againts unjust or corrupted goverments, and he defended the idea of abandoning illusory matters in favor of simple living, in order to discover life's authentic essential needs. He is best known for Walden, or Life in the woods, the book he wrote during his two-year experiment in minimalist living: having built himself a cabin in the woods, he stayed there to study, write, and enjoy his newfound communion with nature. His political works and theory of civil disobedience have influenced the thoughts and actions of many prominent figures, such as Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. We have selected for you 100 of Thoreau's most insightful quotes, for you to approach the essence of his philosophy, gain better understanding of a citizen's moral duty, and appreciate fully a life cleared of illusions.

©2016 Compagnie du Savoir (P)2016 Compagnie du Savoir

Narrator: Jonathan Waite
Length: 32 mins
Available on Audible