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Self Reliance

Narrated by: Alana Munro
Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)
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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 considered a watershed moment in which transcendentalism became a major cultural movement. An American classic.

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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Slow and Stilted

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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  • Leah Twitchell
  • 31-07-2016

Don't buy this

Audible should remove this narration. The performance is terrible, as if the narrator doesn't understand the meaning of words. Makes it almost impossible to understand the sentences. The most terrible cadence I've ever heard.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-12-2012

RWE is great, but the narration is lacking

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Emerson is certainly one of the great thinkers of the American experience, however the narration of this text makes it quite challenging to get at the heart of Emerson's point. The narrator seems to lack the feeling and flow that would have really brought Emerson's words alive from the page to the listener's ear.

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  • Irene
  • 20-01-2016

narrator reads like William Shatner.

narrator reads like William Shatner. it was so hard to listen to, I couldn't finish.

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  • Sonscope
  • 15-09-2012

Terrible Narration

If you would like to have this Emerson classic as an audiobook, please please do NOT buy this version. The narration is absolutely awful. The narrator, while having good clear diction, reads the book as if there is a comma every third or fourth word. This becomes extremely tedious within a very short time. In fact, I would say it creates a barrier to understanding the content of the book, which was not written in modern english.

A good narration should be transparent and not get in the way of a book. However, in this case, the narrator's pauses every third or fourth word made comprehension of the content a struggle. It sounds like a computer is reading it. If I could have given this narration zero stars, I would have.

The only good thing I can say about this version is that is was really cheap and I didn't waste too much money on it. I will look for another version. The one enjoyment I got out of it was knowing I had the power to press the stop button on my player.

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  • Riegholt
  • 11-07-2012

Great essay destroyed

It is a pity that this essay is read by someone with such a bad voice. The reading is slow and very very low. I listen a lot in my car, but I need to cut out aal the bass, to listen to this without having popping sounds.

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  • mojobabe
  • 17-03-2019

It’s Emerson after al

I absolutely love Emerson so I listened all the way through.

The narrator however.... whew! He has a beautiful voice; however he simply did not know how to read it... where to put emphasis etc. Very frustrating.

But I realize it’s likely difficult and different to read this wonderful poet... and it was free. It IS Emerson after all.

Blessings then to audible for offering it... AND to the Narrator for his effort.
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  • cpk
  • 04-03-2019

Classic philosophical essay.

This is a philosophical essay that exhorts ordinary people to find the extraordinary in themselves. It is a classic "go to" in introductions to American Lit. Recommend liberal use of the "pause" and "rewind" features to get the full gist, because the very elegant 19th Century prose style may seem verbose, indirect and convoluted to someone accustomed to Intetnet postings. It is a short read, but not a quick one.

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  • Nikos Stavropoulos
  • 13-01-2019

Self-Reliance

I liked it but I had a struggle to understand the way it is written and narrated. What it is said and how what is being said can be implemented in every day life's tasks or human behavior.

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  • Arnulfo Perez
  • 14-11-2018

Excelent reading of a classic essay.

The essay is too long and at the end does not settle the issue of how to establish a personal moral.

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  • Deborah
  • 19-10-2018

Sage Advice

Reminding us citzens are truly the maker of our collective futures, governments. Still relevant now.

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  • Reginald pelle
  • 04-10-2015

Wonderful!

Full of inspiring, ever-lasting words of wisdom, to give you nurturing and extra motivation. Worth reading!

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  • Surrey
  • 19-02-2018

A must read.

This book is very inspirational and insightful from the first page to the last. A must read for everyone.

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  • Isidrums
  • 12-11-2017

Great philosophy for modern times

The whole book is superb, it contains a philosophy that the Western World is sadly forgetting about and I recommend to read it often in order to survive in modern world's confusion. However I find the narrator's accent and voice difficult to understand in this version.