Jared Betcher

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  • A Passion for Nature

  • The Life of John Muir
  • By: Donald Worster
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

"I am hopelessly and forever a mountaineer," John Muir wrote. "Civilization and fever and all the morbidness that has been hooted at me has not dimmed my glacial eye, and I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature's loveliness. My own special self is nothing". In Donald Worster's magisterial biography, John Muir's "special self" is fully explored as is his extraordinary ability, then and now, to get others to see the sacred beauty of the natural world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good biography for historical perspective

  • By Harold W. Wood Jr. on 05-15-14

Informative, but too long.

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Reviewed: 08-24-15

If you could sum up A Passion for Nature in three words, what would they be?

Informative Comprehensive Dry

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It seemed like too large a portion of the novel dealt with Muir's adolescent years and a few historical tangents that didn't seem to add much for me. Perhaps the abridged edition would be just what the doctor ordered on this one?

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