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Ralph Waldo Emerson was a leader in the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He is best known for his political philosophy and ideological thoughts on the moral worth of the individual and his work greatly influenced many of the great thinkers of his time, including Henry David Thoreau.

Some of the greatest works of Ralph Waldo Emerson include the Over Soul, which discusses the existence of the soul and its connection to the ego as well as the human soul's relationship to God. In "Circles", he discusses the vast array of circles in nature and how they seem to be repeating patterns in the natural universe.

Ralph Waldo Emerson is often referred to as one of the greatest thinkers in history. His revolutionary views on life and religion are evident in his numerous essays.

Public Domain (P)2017 A.R.N. Publications

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Disappointing

I heard a lot of great things about Emerson and had very high expectations. He has a way of saying a lot, with great literature without really saying anything at all. A very long winded approach to get to his point. Almost meaningless.

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  • Hank
  • 14-07-17

Rich, Wonderful, and Insightful

In many aspects one can say that Emerson’s essays are a series of motivational, self-improvement articles that are very well written and rich with insight and meaning. No other author’s work truly embodies the beauty of life with so few words. This book is a must read for the serious thinker as well as those interested in philosophy or spirituality.

The reader did a real good job with the dialect and keeping an even pace throughout the read. No matter if you're discovering Emerson for the first time or are already familiar with his work, if you have a philosophical thinking mind you won’t want to pass up these essays.

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  • xxx
  • 05-03-20

pompous drone

the actor has a british accent which i guess is supposed to make him sound smart, but he obviously doesn't really understand what he's reading. if you want to be read to by a british robot, enjoy

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  • Christopher B. Murray
  • 19-10-19

Great Essays, Unlistenable Performance

I love Emerson's essays, but this performance sounds almost like a computer simulating a man's voice. A couple of minutes in, I had to stop listening. Plus, the actor reads so quickly that the listener doesn't have time to contemplate the thoughts. Very disappointing.

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  • Trish
  • 29-12-19

Stop! And listen!

Emerson's essay series will rouse your understanding of the human experience and meaningful pursuits, and is arguably the most important book you will ever read, over and over.