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My First Summer in the Sierra

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Adrian Praetzellis

7 Hours 14 Minutes


January 2016

Audio Book Summary

The journal of nature-lover John Muir who spent the summer of 1869 walking California's Sierra Nevada range. From French Bar to Mono Lake and the Yosemite Valley, Muir was awestruck by everything he saw. The antics of the smallest "insect people" amazed him as much as stunted thousand-year old Juniper trees growing with inconceivable tenacity from tiny cracks in the stone. Muir spent the rest of his life working to preserve the high Sierra, believing that "the clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness." John Muir (1838-1914) was born in Dunbar, Scotland and grew up in Wisconsin, USA. This recording commemorates the 140th anniversary of that first summer. (Summary by Adrian Praetzellis)

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  • Aswin A.

    Wonderful narration, Beautiful book as you listen you can picture yourself experiencing the beautiful areas, the landscape of sierra with the flowers, animals and everything around you. Soothing voice of the narrator. I would recommend you to listen to it as a bedtime listening or lying on the grass on a picnic day.

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  • A M.

    Loved this book! A most beautiful, slow yet vivid journaling account, like if you were in the wilderness yourself. The soothing voice of the narrator fits perfectly the pace of the story.

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  • Liz d

    Colorfully written. I picture the beauty of the area. Worth the time to listen.

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  • Kristin Roof

    Wonderful! I didn't want the book to end. Will listen to it again.

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  • Karen P.

    Capable observer on a serene journey through the mountains while chronicling the forms of nature that he encounters and working as a shepherd. Calming relief from the drama and trauma of our current days. I subconsciously breathed the cleanest of air and watched the sparkling stream.

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  • Anonymous

    Absolutely lovely

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  • Mclean

    I love the way he describes the valley

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  • Anonymous

    I wasn’t in the mood for this book. I need something more excitingly interesting

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  • Rich

    Beautifully written! Anyone with a love for language or a love for God’s wondrously created world of nature will enjoy Muir’s account of his summer adventure. Narrator is superb.

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  • James R

    A colorful, descriptive travel log written by a famous naturalist memorializing his summer visit to the Sierras.

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