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Self-Reliance, an essay written by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1841, is arguable Emerson's most influential piece. Self-Reliance does a masterful job expanding on one of Emerson's most frequently spoken themes of how individuals should follow their own ideas and instincts. The essay has three major divisions: the importance of self-reliance, self-reliance and the individual, and self-reliance and society, each containing timeless teachings. Self-Reliance was not only remarkable for its time but continues to influence society with its wisdom. Emerson, who is seen as the champion of Individualism, will leave listeners with lifelong inspiration on some of the most important ideals of being human.

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  • Forrest Tucker
  • 14-04-20

inlightenment

can't get enough of it. wish every one could listen to it and get inlightenment

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  • Vern C.
  • 28-02-20

A fast read

With a book so deep, the narration was a bit fast, but articulate nonetheless. Good.

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  • Pieter J Sadie
  • 13-01-22

Best narrator for this work

I simply could not listen to the slower narrators of this work. This is an aggressive work, about taking charge of your life. It is not a leisurely stroll through the park. As such Austin Vanfleet got right to the point at a nice pace, putting emphasis on the import parts in entire phrases, as intended by the author, as opposed to narrating word by word where the meaning often gets lost. I have listened to this version countless times, and tried other versions too, but always came back to this version. If you want to really get the meaning of the text without falling asleep, I highly recommend this narration.