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by John Muir
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"A stirring tale, exquisitely told."
1909. Scottish-born American naturalist and writer who devoted much of his life to saving the natural beauties of the West from destruction by commercial exploitation. Stickeen begins: In the summer of 1880 I set out from Fort Wrangel in a canoe to continue the exploration of the icy region of southeastern Alaska, begun in the fall of 1879. After the necessary provisions, blankets, etc., had been collected and stowed away, and my Indian crew were in their places ready to start, while a crowd of their relatives and friends on the wharf were bidding them good-by and good-luck, my companion, the Rev. S.H. Young, for whom we were waiting, at last came aboard, followed by a little black dog, that immediately made himself at home by curling up in a hollow among the baggage. I like dogs, but this one seemed so small and worthless that I objected to his going, and asked the missionary why he was taking him. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
Nobody could hope to unravel the lines of his ancestry. In all the wonderfully mixed and varied dog-tribe I never saw any creature very much like him, though in some of his sly, soft, gliding motions and gestures he brought the fox to mind. He was short-legged and bunchy-bodied, and his hair, though smooth, was long and silky and slightly waved, so that when the wind was at his back it ruffled, making him look shaggy. At first sight his only noticeable feature was his fine tail, which was about as airy and shady as a squirrel's, and was carried curling forward almost to his nose.
From the Publisher
Smitten with Muir's compelling story, a team of experts was assembled to create this unique audio production. With a deft hand, the team that brought the first environmental radio drama to the BBC (Producer Mara Purl, Foley artist David L. Krebs, composer Marilyn Harris and engineer Bill Berkuta) are joined by NPR announcer and famed actor Lee Salisbury. The project is further enhanced by the visual artistry of Dave Zaboski best known for his animation work at Disney, Warner Brothers and Sony Pictures.
From the Author
If John Muir were here to comment on this original audio production of his journals, no doubt he'd say they were as painstakingly produced as were his own observations of Alaska's unspoiled habitat. In a departure from the usual audio book format, this production includes sound effects created live, as well as original music composed to enhance Muir's compelling story.
From the Inside Flap
One of John Muir's favorite adventures took place across the face of an Alaskan glacier, and in the company of the little dog Stickeen, whose cunning and bravery made him of the famed naturalist's most treasured companions. As you hear the unbridled power of an Arctic storm unleashed, and the haunting strains of inspiring music, travel with them beyond the bounds of wisdom, into the soul of courage.
About the Author
John Muir, the great nineteenth century naturalist, would be pleased that his works are voiced by Lee Salisbury, the "voice" of Alaska NPR and professor emeritus of University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
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