My First Summer in the Sierra REVIEWED in Library Journal and Booklist
In June 1869, John Muir took a job that required him to herd sheep to the headwaters of two rivers high in the Sierra Nevadas in the Yosemite region. Although this account of his experiences is more than 100 years old, his keen observations on the flora and fauna are timeless, and the writing seems surprisingly contemporary. The daily-journal format lends itself to audio, and Barryâ™s soothing, clear voice is well matched to the material. He flawlessly floats over scientific names of plants and animals and relays Muirâ™s delight and attention to detail with just the right amount of enthusiasm. Muir faithfully recounts âœbeauty beyond beliefâ as well as lack of food, wandering sheep, and biting insects. Ideally, listeners should be trekking through Yosemite when listening to this account, but even city-bound folk will be transported to the wilderness through Barryâ™s top-notch performance of Muirâ™s observations. â¡‘γ Booklist, Nov. 2011
Narrator Brett Barry is outstanding; he skillfully captures the language of an earlier America as his poetic delivery matches the beautiful descriptions. A wide audience of conservationists, ecologists, nature lovers, American history fans, and those who merely prefer worthwhile poetic writing will be well rewarded. â¡‘γ Library Journal, Nov. 2011
Our new John Muir audiobook, My First Summer in the Sierra, mentioned in the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, and Sierra Club, among others!
Didnâ™t leave N.Y.C. behind this summer? Escape with the audio book of the
naturalist John Muirâ™s adventures in the Sierras. â¡‘γ The New Yorker
Rolling out another nature classic!
John Muir's classic My First Summer in the Sierra is now available on 5 CDs or digital download. Get yours now!
Sound Beat launches!
Silver Hollow Audio is proud to be involved in a brand new public radio show that highlights the audio collections of Syracuse University's Belfer Audio Archive. Check out the Sound Beat!
Audio to India...
We've been zipping promos off to India daily for two of their largest English-language television networks, Zee Cafe and Zee Studio. Thanks to internet technology, promos are recorded in our Catskill mountain studio, then heard on Indian television... in some cases just minutes later!
"Catskill Creek" now available!
Relax with the sounds of a babbling Catskill stream, with our new CD, Catskill Creek!
Barry's crisp, well-paced reading free of theatrics allows
the author's words to resonate. Listeners will get the sense
of walking alongside Thoreau as he leads themâ¡‘ΐhalf authoritative
teacher, half marveling studentâ¡‘ΐon a tour of the evocative
â¡‘γ Library Journal, September 2008
2008 Editors' Pick!
Barry injects new life into the five-hour unabridged prose,
vividly capturing the contours of every dune, the flight of
every bird, and the undulations of every wave."
â¡‘γ Cape Cod Life, June 2008
Barry shines as the voice of Beston, a naturalist.
Barryâ™s narration captures the poetry of Beston's lyrical
passages, in which he expresses views on wildlife and conservation
that are decades ahead of their time. This production is best
listened to during a walk through one's own favorite natural
Barry's narration is ideally suited to Beston's principal
work, and Daniel Payne's interview ... enhances the book's
message. Highly recommended."
â¡‘γ Library Journal
Hollow's audio version of Outermost is a thoughtful, impressive
presentation of Beston's timeless book. Brett Barry's voice
is warm and inviting. His smooth narration allows you to see
the beach, smell the salt air and hear the wind whipping through
the sand and the waves crashing against the shore. His
voice combined with Beston's clever and revealing use of words
transports you to the Fo'Castle, where you can actually smell
the coffee brewing on the stove in the tiny kitchen."
Outermost review 04/08
Journal Starred review! 10/07
of The Outermost House! 06/01/07
Cod Times Outermost feature 05/07
Banner Outermost feature 05/07
Ffiles Outermost production "behind the scenes"