Walden or, "Life in the Woods", is, primarily, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. Henry David Thoreau kept a journal during his stay in a cabin beside Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts, for two years, two months, and two days, from July 1845 to Sept 1847. The book is based on that journal. In addition to being a beautiful tribute to the joys of a simple life, to Nature, the seasons, and the animals in the area, this is a profound work dealing with the illusions permeating civilized society and the real meaning and purpose of life. Critics today regard Walden as a classic that explores natural simplicity, harmony, and beauty as models for just social and cultural conditions.
Customer ReviewsSee All
One of the most amazing pieces of American literature written
I am a true fan of Henery David Thoreau and his writing's. However, in the audibook the speakers voice is terrible. He sounds a little like Stephen Hawking with a Northern accent. The computer like monotone of his voice made it difficult to stay interested. But because the book is so amazing and the price is so low I still give 3 stars.
Powerful plea for simplicity
In this highly complex and often "drive one to distraction world," this should be a must read - or listen. Throreau offers powerful insights into what is really important in life. As he says, "Simplicity, Simplicity, Simplicity...." The man was a genius and his musings are both philosophical and sincere. As American naturalist and essayist John Burroughs said, "There is nothing else like it; nothing so good, certainly. It is a challenge and a triumph, and has a morning freshness and elan..."
One caution...The reader does a very nice job but has a New England accent which fits the setting but some may not like. Click on the preview button for a sample.
For me, Walden has been a life changer. It is a wonderful book