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Steep Trails

Written by:
John Muir
Narrated by:
LibriVox Volunteers

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2016
9 hours 17 minutes
A collection of Muir's previously unpublished essays, released shortly after his death. "This volume will meet, in every way, the high expectations of Muir's readers. The recital of his experiences during a stormy night on the summit of Mount Shasta will take rank among the most thrilling of his records of adventure. His observations on the dead towns of Nevada, and on the Indians gathering their harvest of pine nuts, recall a phase of Western life that has left few traces in American literature. ... The landscapes that Muir saw ... will live in good part only in his writings, for fire, axe, plough, and gunpowder have made away with the supposedly boundless forest wildernesses and their teeming life." (From the Editor's note to the 1918 first edition)
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Juanita D

I have never read any of these before, but, as with all of John Muir's writings, they are worth the listen, if only to better understand our nation's formative years. Yet, his lyrical prose brings forth images and detailed information that enrich one's worldview. Some essays are more scholarly than mere descriptive adventures into wilderness, but all are worth a listen if the listener has the wonder and determination to better know this great man, this founder of true conservation. Almost all the narrators, and there is almost one for each track, are good. I recommend this to any John Muir fan.

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