My first summer in the Sierra, John Muir. Revised version of http://ota.ox.ac.uk/id/1833 .
Shortly after the end of the Civil War, Muir made his first trip to the Sierra Nevadas, working as a shepherd and documenting the experience in his diary. This audio version, released for the 100th anniversary of the classic travelogue's publication, features a solid but unmemorable reading by Brett Barry. Although his narration is plainspoken, calm, and well paced, Barry who at times mispronounces words or speaks haltingly fails to convincingly convey Muir's familiarity with the natural life he studied during his famous trek across the mountains.
I had no expectations when I started reading. I was wowed by the sparkling prose—a little archaic but inventive and fresh. The numerous allusions to literature and history show the range of Muir’s interest and knowledge. A marvelous read.
A vivid and enchanting account!
This is a spectacular journal of a season spent exploring one of the most beloved wildernesses in America. John Muir’s detailed observation and passion make it easy to feel you are there with him walking in the high mountain meadows and climbing the rocky peaks. A truly spiritual read.