The Yosemite

  • by John Muir
  • Narrated by Michael Zebulon
  • 1 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Yosemite is one of the most beautiful areas on Earth, bringing all those who come across it to reevaluate their relationship with nature. However, it is also a place in danger of destruction by the modern world. John Muir, charter member of the Sierra Club, has emerged as perhaps the greatest prophet of an era which finds itself suddenly aware of the urgent need to care for our planet. This audio program, based on Muir's The Yosemite ,was created in cooperation with the Sierra Club on the occasion of the Yosemite Centennial.


What the Critics Say

"As often as Yosemite has been written about, no one has come close to Muir, the consummate naturalist, in expressing the sheer joy of the place." (National Geographic)


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Customer Reviews

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Muir at his descriptive best

John Muir provides a wonderful description of the Yosemite valley and paints a picture between the lines of the delightful and adventurous time he spent living there. The high point of the essay is his description of Yosemite Falls in different seasons. Love his claim to have seen a "moon-bow" hovering in the spume! A great portrait of a place, a time, and a very unusual, perceptive, athletic and fearless writer.
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- Darkcoffee

How Small We All Are In Nature's Wake...

Would you consider the audio edition of The Yosemite to be better than the print version?

I found both to have good merit. Narrated versions tend to take your own voice out of the descriptions and open up a fuller view of a scene.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Yosemite?

The descriptive cloud formations going through the valley in a spectral entity enchanted me. I especially loved it because I have had a the personal pleasure of Yosemite's charms.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Muir talked about the earthquakes and his tossing about on the Earth in the moonlight. When he said "it was like nature was holding its breath." I found, so was I at that moment...

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The glorious collective work had me in every moment caught in picture painted for the listener and the reader. Several times my eyes welled up and I swallowed hard in the thought of what was seen and heard.

Any additional comments?

Pure pleasure.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books