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  • Self Reliance

  • By: Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Narrated by: Alana Munro
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The most thorough statement of one of Emerson's recurrent themes, the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his or her own instincts and ideas. It is the source of one of Emerson's most famous quotations, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." This essay is a considered a watershed moment in which transcendentalism became a major cultural movement. An American classic.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow and Stilted

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-09-2017

Slow and Stilted

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Reviewed: 04-09-2017

Despite possessing a beautiful voice, the narrator's performance was stilted and lacking fluidity. His tendency to pause mid phrase was particularly off putting. Whilst this may have been an attempt to break complex text into bite-sized chunks for ease of consumption, I found it extremely frustrating. However, I would thoroughly recommend the text of Self Reliance ... perhaps with a different narrator.

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