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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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  • Anonymous

    Impressed with many of his ways of thinking. Well presented!

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  • Clara P.

    I am enjoying these free books that I found on Audio Books. I like the Biography & Memoirs - History & Culture. I hav listened to "Letters of a Woman Homesteader, "My First Summer in the Sierra" by John Muir. Both of these books are so good and well written. Clara Peterson

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  • Anonymous

    Really enjoyed the book very much!

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  • Okie

    I enjoyed listening to this and the narrator did a good job. It was a bit long and redundant but painted a nice picture of the mountains and life back then.

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  • Jimmyd.

    Interesting and detailed!! Makes me want to explore the area myself.

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  • Steven T.

    Great story, so much detail and passion in the story.

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