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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (307 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Muir Narrator: Noah Waterman Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the late 1800s, John Muir made several trips to the pristine, relatively unexplored territory of Alaska, irresistibly drawn to its awe-inspiring glaciers and its wild menagerie of bears, bald eagles, wolves, and whales. Half poet and half geologist, he recorded his experiences and reflections in Travels in Alaska, a work he was in the process of completing at the time of his death in 1914.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The book abounds in passages of wonderful beauty...In this as in all his other books two qualities stand out pre-eminently—the sincerity of his enthusiasm, the intensity of his religious faith.

    Sierra Club

  • “While all of Muir’s books are charming, this one presents peculiar features of interest in addition to the pleasing literary style and scientific accuracy that characterize the others...his writings [are] unsurpassed as records of the history of nature.”

    Mississippi Valley Historical Review

  • “Take a trip to last century’s Alaska through Muir’s clean, easy-going, enthusiastic prose. He wrote the way he took pictures, with insight, attention, care, and genuine feeling. It’s a lovely look into a beautiful land and its inhabitants the way it used to be, told in a flowing narrative that is far less rushed than contemporary travel tales.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Probably no other man in this country has his enthusiasm for mountains and glaciers…united with so rare a literary gift.”

    John Burroughs, American naturalist and essayist

  • “Men like Muir continue for us the spiritual reclamation of North America. At their keenest, they evoke for us something of the freshness of an hour and a day when, before the intervention of culture, men saw the world for the first time as something wonderful and new.”

    John Haines

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Forest | 2/12/2014

    " Reading John Muir is inspiring for sure, and appalling in many ways. Today, many people are concerned about having the best gear for their short visits to nature, and around the turn of the century, Muir was jovial to have any gear at all for his long journeys. Soaked, malnurished, and likely dehydrated, Muir explored some of the most unforgiving terrain in North America. Sleeping on devil's club, and prefering a night under Auroras to a warm cabin, Muir describes an insatiable appetite for understanding the natural world. Muir's knowledge of plants, geology, and native culture is additionally impressive for the late 1800's and remains impressive to this day. We can likely thank Muir for Alaska's national parks, particularly Glacier Bay. Compare Muir's descriptions to the condition of Alaska's glaciers today and we are provided a grim lesson on Anthro-terra dynamics. A must read for shiney nails. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Zachames | 2/2/2014

    " Nothing much to say other than Muir presents a better photograph of Alaska with words than Ansel Adams did of the West with actual photos. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by MaryKate | 1/2/2014

    " The descriptions in this book of an untamed environment match the dairy entries by my Great Great Grandfather when he and his brother traveled to Alaska in search of gold. It's great to read about the environment prior to global change to remind us all to conserve, reduce, and recycle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bob | 12/30/2013

    " I've been reading this book, a couple pages at a time, for about 10 years. It's so incredibly beautiful and is what inspired a trip to Alaska in 1999. I don't care about a plot or anything else when I read it...I just like to suck it in like the clean Alaskan air. "

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