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Self Reliance

Narrated by: Alana Munro
Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
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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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  • Toddgre6450
  • 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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  • Brainray
  • 29-11-2019

I love Emerson's essays and this 1 is well read.

I've been a fan of Emerson since college. The narrator does an excellent job of capturing the the tone of the essay. I recommend this reading if you enjoy Emerson. I listen to it almost daily, so many wonderful quotes to live by.

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  • Shawn
  • 19-11-2019

the narrator is horrible

the narrator is horrible. Method acting is one thing
method reading is horrible
please find another reading

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  • Gary
  • 09-11-2019

A difficult book to listen to.

It’s an old book, well worth listening to. But you really have to work for it. The phrasing is nonstandard by today’s language. I have no problem with that because I listen to a lot of oldies. The biggest problem is the narrator. Imagine listening to Captain Kirk or Christopher Walken reading for you. Very difficult to complete listening to the performance. Elocution is also a bit muddled at times.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-09-2019

This is how to ruin Emmerson

The narrator, not the text, makes this a painful read. He adds more punctuation than there is and oddly emphasizes words that need none while ignoring those that do.

It's as if he's trying to do a bad impersonation of William Shatner.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-06-2019

A nice dose ofwhat SEEMS obvious once youve heard

Es Dope. Quite enlightening and motivating through very simplistic and straightforward means. Some analogy, not much meaningless fluff

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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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  • 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.

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  • DC
  • 23-08-2019

The Narration

Read the book. The narration is appalling. It’s read so monotone, but worse, it is just read in a way that makes no sense. It’s like it’s read without punctuation. It is just truly awful.

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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.