This collection of essays presents the core of Ralph Waldo Emerson's ideas, many of which were controversial in their day but now form some of the fundamental principles of modern American thought. Best known as a transcendentalist essayist and poet, Emerson's writings are fascinating. Jim Killavey's performance can at times lack intonation, but it does capture Emerson's intellectual tone while harnessing Killavey's excellent enunciation and easy-to-follow pacing. The careful listener will find innumerable gems in this historically important audiobook.
Emerson could be the great American thinker. His writings are exciting and inspiring. I can't wait to either read them or discuss them in a different context.
This is because the narrator of this sounds like a robot with accent set on New England. The flat reading is distracting and ultimately dulling. I see Mr. Killavey has done several audiobooks so maybe his reading is better on others, but it really kills the material here.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
yes, but with a strict explanation
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
have it edited into todays verbage.
Which character – as performed by Jim Killavey – was your favorite?
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
so many things to specifically point one out
Any additional comments?
be warned!! the entire series of readings are in old time english and it may be difficult to understand and in my case i had to listen several times to certain sections and readings to throughly enjoy and clarify the writers meanings
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