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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson
1 Hr. 9 Min.
3.9 Stars Based on
Self Reliance is perhaps Ralph Waldo Emerson's most famous essay. This version, narrated by Brian Johnson from Zaadz, is both thought-provoking and inspirational. Ralph Waldo Emerson pushes the listener to break free of the dependence on society and the masses of man and to rely solely upon oneself. Always pushing us to follow our own nature & intuition, Emerson denounces those who allow themselves to be victims of society or history. He wants great men to rise from the limitations of cultural institutions and stand as giants casting shadows over the ages. Throughout the essay there is wisdom loaded in every sentence and it can be listened to again and again. Download this free classic audio book on MP3 directly from LearnOutLoud.com.
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December 15, 2012
This was based on the self only; should surmised that from the title. I believe that we also must rely on our creator and one another for fulfillment.
Extraordinary Content, Phenomenal Voice Talent, Mediocre Reading
E. M. Murray II
July 14, 2012
Brian has a WONDERFUL voice and delivery. Wish he'd had time to practice the delivery and do the necessary takes to nail it down. Emerson's content is so solid I decided to record it myself!
April 30, 2011
//Please don't let "Does Not Know How To Read" prevent you from listening to this audio. It's great! "Does Not Know How To Read" however, should learn to listen.//
I couldn't agree more!
Brian Johnson did fine job
September 23, 2010
Please don't let "Does Not Know How To Read" prevent you from listening to this audio. It's great! "Does Not Know How To Read" however, should learn to listen.
Does Not Know How To Read
September 15, 2009
Seriously? This guy can read...but he fails at keeping up with his words. He's messed up 4 times, 4! wth? That's a bit irritating and he does this emphasis on the Wrong words and it sounds completely off. Maybe he should have practiced this first before recording himself messing up more then once. uhgg, This is bogus. Learn to read properly!!! Otherwise good voice. 1/2 star
fascinating and well presented
July 02, 2009
I cannot agree with horrible readers review. i think that brian johnson did a great job of reading what is a fascinating and uniquely informing book by a great thinker. the language used is now to us considered antique,but is of the period and stands up well in conveying this wonderful message. well done brian in your reading-i experienced none of the previous reviewers problems;and i defy anyone to do a better job than you did! felix
Yah, the reading is weak
August 17, 2006
I have to admit (as the reader of this piece), that the reading is pretty bad. I'll take issue with the attack on the reader, though. He's generally pretty good. ;)
But, alas, this piece was pretty much read in one straight shot and, well, you can tell. d'oh!
I gave it three stars though b/c Emerson is pretty good.
August 06, 2006
I guess since this download is free, you get what you pay for. Brian Johnson reads Emerson in the way you'd probably expect a CEO to read philosophy. It is incredibly difficult to understand him, because he constantly places emphasis in the wrong place when he reads a sentence. For instance when reading the phrase "not to man, but from man..." Johnson reads it, "not to MAN, but FROM man..." instead of "not TO man, but FROM man," and it is clear he mistakenly anticipated how the sentence would read. This audio file is full of such mistakes and it is nearly impossible to derive meaning from a speaker who doesn't understand the words he is saying.
The only reason this recording gets 2 stars at all is because of the bit of Emerson's wisdom that can be grasped despite Johnson's debacle of it.
Timeless Wisdom From a Great American Essay
February 17, 2006
In this essay Ralph Waldo Emerson pushes the listener to break free of the dependence on society and the masses of man and to rely solely upon oneself. A very American idea. Always pushing us to follow our own nature & intuition, Emerson denounces those who allow themselves to be victims of society or history. He wants great men to rise from the limitations of cultural institutions and stand as giants casting shadows over the ages.
He says some things that may shock when he denounces those that give money to the poor and spend their life feeling sympathy for people who can't help themselves. Throughout there is wisdom loaded in every sentence and it can be listened to again and again. The narrator gives a good, energetic reading which this essay demands.
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