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My First Summer in the Sierra Audiobook

My First Summer in the Sierra

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.
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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.

©1911 John Muir (P)2011 Silver Hollow Audio

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    Kacy Philadelphia 08-30-13
    Kacy Philadelphia 08-30-13

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    "Almost every line is quotable"
    Would you listen to My First Summer in the Sierra again? Why?

    I read this after returning from a backpacking trip in the Sierras, and it was great to hear what was different for a traveler in Muir's time compared to now (not to mention how different it must have been for a risk-taker like Muir compared to me). Muir's writing style is so old-timey and reverent, the story almost sounds like a religious text.

    The author refers to plant and animal species, as well as geographic locations, very specifically.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Don Lacey, WA, United States 10-21-15
    Don Lacey, WA, United States 10-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Scattered Rare Gems"

    The narrator, Brett Barry, spoke clearly and paused at the right time to indicate section breaks. Amazingly, he pronounced the place names correctly, and as far as I know, the scientific names too. It was easy to imagine it was John Muir reading his journal out loud.

    Some of the gems come from Muir's detailed observations, such as how differently two types of squirrels get the seeds out of pine cones.

    Other gems come from his description of God's design and care shown in the Sierras. It's a perspective that you don't find much in literature or every day life - which is what makes it interesting. He offers different ways to see and experience nature.

    His enthusiasm seems over the top at times, but I just took it as having someone read their journal out loud. You get their story - and you get their personality at the same time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ninotchka 05-17-12
    Ninotchka 05-17-12

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    "Terrific Listen!"

    I think anyone listening to this has some clue about John Muir. It is certainly worth listening to and a really enjoyable story. It gives some wonderful details about California geography. The narrator was very clear and pleasant. I have listened to hundreds of audio books and think this is one of the best deals I have come across in terms of story, narration and price.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Cambridge, New Zealand 03-13-12
    Mark Cambridge, New Zealand 03-13-12
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    "My first summer in Shanghai"

    Listening to this audiobook took me to a different world from my day to day life in Shanghai. The author's passion and enthusiasm for the natural world comes through in his detailed descriptions of his surrounds and the reader puts in a solid performance (although I felt at times I needed a picture book to match with the Latin names). This book definitely made me want to return to California!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    E. Murdock United States 12-30-15
    E. Murdock United States 12-30-15 Member Since 2015

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    "John Muir's wonderful discovery of things Yosemite"
    If you could sum up My First Summer in the Sierra in three words, what would they be?

    It is just so wonderful to read of Yosemite and of places I know intimately there.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Muir was young and on the verge of discovering his life's road. First he explored then he gets the vision to preserve a place he intimately experiences.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one where he knew his friend was in Yosemite without knowing that in a way which is often expected. A lot of things fall together for him on his personal journey here.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Though those are the ones I prolong and savor...no pressure when you can read and dream along with the author.
    All nature narrators...slow down. This is a book to savor.


    Any additional comments?

    Was so glad to watch John Muir discover his nature observation gifts and to see others provide time for him in the field...Very cool!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. W. Johnston San Diego, CA United States 10-08-15
    M. W. Johnston San Diego, CA United States 10-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Pure poetry brings dreams of CA wilderness"

    For anyone whose soul sings to the rhythms of nature, listening to John Muir's prose is pure joy.

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    pharveye 03-12-16
    pharveye 03-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book!"

    I enjoy John Muir's writings. He has such a grand vocabulary and his metaphors are inspiring and witty!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Mccoon Walla Walla, WA. USA 05-25-15
    Steve Mccoon Walla Walla, WA. USA 05-25-15

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    "Great Story, and well read."

    I really enjoyed this story. I easily stayed engaged with the story. John Muir was a great man, and this is the story of the most impactful summer of his life. If you are familiar with Yosemite, you will recognize the names of the places referenced. if you aren't, I would spend a little time with a map. it will make the story even more enjoyable.

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    Ashley 01-14-16
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    "Beautifully written book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, John Muir's writing is so beautiful, however they could have picked someone better to read the audio book. He sounded a lot like a computer reading the book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    He sounded like a computer/robot reading the book. A little more animation or passion in reading the beautiful words in this book would have been nice and easier to enjoy.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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