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  • My First Summer in the Sierra

  • By: John Muir
  • Narrated by: Brett Barry
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost every line is quotable

  • By Kacy on 08-30-13

Hurried Robot

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Reviewed: 01-24-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book itself is great. Full of wonderful details of the flora and fauna of the Sierras. You can tell that this adventure sets the stage for his future as a naturalist.

My real complaint is the narration. With a book of such detailing about this new world John Muir is discovering, the feeling of the adventure is lost in the hurried, robot feel of the narrator. He hurries through the book as if he’s sitting in front of a timer with time running out. At times, I almost feel as the book is being dictated by computerized system.

As audio books go, the narration can make or break a good story and if feel this one is broken.

How did the narrator detract from the book?


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