A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf

By: John Muir
Narrated by: Ella Porter
Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

I had long been looking from the wildwoods and gardens of the Northern States to those of the warm South, and at last, all draw-backs overcome, I set forth [from Indianapolis] on the first day of September, 1867, joyful and free, on a thousand-mile walk to the Gulf of Mexico. Crossing the Ohio at Louisville, I steered through the big city by compass without speaking a word to any one. Beyond the city I found a road running southward, and after passing a scatterment of suburban cabins and cottages I reached the green woods and spread out my pocket map to rough-hew a plan for my journey. My plan was simply to push on in a general southward direction by the wildest, leafiest, and least trodden way I could find, promising the greatest extent of virgin forest.
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Narrator has no expression

Loved the book, but the narrator made it almost painful to listen to. Needs some expression and liveliness!

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Great story of life

The narrator voice would not have been my choice but the story if John's life is always good to hear.

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A wonderful piece of history!

Muir was such an interesting, amazing man. I enjoyed listening to his descriptions of everything, from the plants to the people who lived during that time period from Indiana to Cuba. I would have preferred a rugged, distinguished male narrator for this, but it was not bad.

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Pretentious over ‘pronunciation’

I usually am okay with any performance, but could only stand about 30 seconds of this performance. Admittedly, I grew up near Yosemite so hearing Muir pronounced ‘uniquely’ in two different ways in the first sentences may bother me more than the average person, but I could not endure the sharp pseudointellectual aspirated T’s in the middle of words. (Replacing the D sound in the middle of “little” into an emphasized T sound from “turning”)