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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,176 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Muir Narrator: Barry Press Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9781520077970
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In the summer of 1869, John Muir, a young Scottish immigrant, joined a crew of shepherds in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. The diary he kept while tending sheep formed the heart of this book, which was first published in 1911 and which eventually lured thousands of Americans to visit Yosemite country. My First Summer in the Sierra incorporates the lyrical accounts and sketches Muir produced during his four-month stay in the Yosemite River Valley and the High Sierra. His daily records track his memorable experiences, describing in picturesque terms the majestic vistas, flora and fauna, and other breathtaking natural wonders of the area. Today, Muir is recognized as one of the most important and influential naturalists and nature writers in America. This book, the most popular of the author’s works, will delight environmentalists and nature lovers with its exuberant observations.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lswinakur | 2/6/2014

    " Started reading this in order to look for quotations to use in an artist's book commissioned by a friend. And I for into it and had to keep reading. Very repetitive in a lot of areas, but still a beautiful description of one man's relationship with nature. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K.c. | 2/5/2014

    " So. This is a nature book. Actually it's not dreadfully boring. Also, it's exquisitely well-written. It sometimes makes me think I ought to care about nature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 sdw | 2/5/2014

    " My First Summer is a classic "Nature Writing" text from the founder of the Sierra Club. Please note that the founder of the Sierra Club was a Scottish Immigrant. The book is notable for its figurative language, use of the pathetic fallacy, spirituality in nature, and general exuberience in extolling Yosemite. I would also recommend this text to examine representations of Native Americans in relation to Nature at this period. Muir is quite negative about Native Americans - the opposite direction of a noble savage trope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 1/31/2014

    " This just made me want to go back and sleep in the mts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 1/31/2014

    " A grand read, Muir's prosaic descriptions of the landscape are vivid and thrilling. Wish I was a bit more familiar with the botanical nomenclature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 L.M. Chilcott | 1/15/2014

    " very enlightening but a bit dense in some parts. Sometimes it was a little hard to follow but I still loved it nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 12/6/2013

    " A great book about, literally, his first summer in the Sierra Mountains. It really makes you appreciate the outdoors...I only wish I could articulate everything I see the way he does. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 11/23/2013

    " John Muir's enthusiasm and deeply abiding love, passion and respect for the High Sierras and Yosemite comes through very clearly in this journal of his first visit there. Made me want to jump in the car and road trip back to Yosemite! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angelica | 11/3/2013

    " I might (might) have liked it some had I not despised the class (Leadership through Wilderness Experiences) I read it for! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 10/17/2013

    " John Muir is one of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette Radcliff | 9/6/2013

    " i actually finished this on june 22nd, but my internet was down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Davis | 8/30/2013

    " I realize this book is more of a journal, but it was really nice reading about the area before it was completely ruined by tourists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross Whamond | 3/16/2013

    " An absorbing insight into the passion of John Muir.A thoroughly delighted book. "

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About the Author
Author John Muir

John Muir (1838–1914), Scottish-born American naturalist, was one of the most influential conservationists and nature writers in American history. Founder of the Sierra Club and its president until his death, he was instrumental in helping to save wilderness areas, including Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Park. He was a spirit so free that all he did to prepare for an expedition was to “throw some tea and bread into an old sack and jump the back fence.”

About the Narrator

Barry Press has been an active professional actor, director, and teacher for over thirty-five years. He has performed off Broadway and at numerous regional theaters from Alaska to Florida. He is founder and artistic director of Living Literature, a Rhode Island–based literacy program.