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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: Brett Barry Publisher: Silver Hollow Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN:
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It was June of 1869 when John Muir reluctantly accepted a job herding sheep from the central valley of California to the headwaters of the Merced and Tuolumne Rivers, high into the Sierra Nevadas and deep into the Yosemite region. He felt ill equipped for the work, and yet the opportunity thrilled his adventurous spirit. With a notebook tied to his belt, he set out for a summer he would never forget.

My First Summer in the Sierra is Muir's classic account of that extraordinary journey. It was not published until 1911, by which time he had become well known for his work as a naturalist and conservationist. One hundred years later, we can still experience Muir's transcendent joy, as he climbed the mountains, explored the lakes and streams, and studied the region's flowers and trees. His words have since beckoned countless travelers to Yosemite National Park.

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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.

About the Narrator

Brett Barry graduated from Syracuse University’s television, radio & film program and worked as an associate documentary producer for several years before moving into a career in voice-overs. In 2002, he signed with a voice-over agent in New York and began working in this field full-time.

Brett’s training includes improvisational acting at Manhattan’s HB Studio, study of the Linklater voice techniques, and private coaching with some of the industry’s top voice performers. His voice can be heard on over 100 audiobooks. He and his wife Rebecca live in New York and run Silver Hollow Audio, an independent audio production studio.