Reviews for Walden


AudioFile Reviews 2002 December/2003 January
Thoreau is renowned as an American freethinker: a man whose formidable intellect was accompanied by a determination to live according to his convictions. As is often the case with such individuals, he was self-absorbed and superior. It is this side of Thoreau that is conveyed by Adams Morgan's reading. As a result, this audiobook reminds listeners that the author's flaws were as much part of him as his more esteemed attributes. Morgan has a habit of lowering his voice and slowing his delivery at the end of a phrase, which makes it difficult to find a "just right" volume level when listening in a car. T.J.W. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine

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Booklist Monthly Selections - # 2 March 2003
Robbins' reading of The Great Gatsby resonates with moral disgust as he portrays narrator Nick Carraway, who hates the wealthy but shows respect for Jay Gatsby, who is never able to capture the one thing he wants, elusive Daisy Buchanan. Another reader, Robert Sean Leonard, presents Fitzgerald's correspondence in a matter-of-fact manner that echoes the contents of the letters. The classic story of self-reliance, Walden is perfectly narrated by Morgan, who relays all the subtleties of Thoreau's philosophy. Morgan's reading sounds so nineteenth century that one can almost hear Thoreau saying, "Most men live lives of quiet desperation." --Mary McCay Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews

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