Here are some mp3 sound clips of Neil Gunn reading short passages from his books. These clips are taken from Neil Gunn - Light in the North (1972), a Scottish Arts Council film which includes Neil Gunn being interviewed by George Bruce.
Morning Tide p8
the beach sloped in clean grey-blue stones rounded and smooth, some no
bigger than his fist, but some larger than his head. As he stepped on them they
slithered and rolled with a sea noise. The noise rose up and roared upon the
dusk like a wave. All around no life was to be seen, there was no movement
but the sea's."
Butchers Broom p426
The human mother carrying on her ancient solitary business with the earth,
talking good and familiar sense with boulder and flower and rock "
The Silver Darlings p17
They had never [before] been so far from land, and the slow movement of the sea
became a living motion under them. It brimmed up against the boat and choked its
own mouth, then moved away; and came again and moved moved away, without
end, slow, heedless, and terrible, its power restrained, like the power in some great
The Silver Darlings p278
Sailing along the coast of one's native land was a new way of reading [its] history,
a detached way, so that instead of being embroiled in it, one looked on. [The page,
too, was large.]
Here the castle itself, there the ruin, yonder the parish church, and everywhere the
croft houses. Morventhe sailor's landfallwas as clear in outline as the
[nipple of the] Pap before it. The long, [s]low sweep[s] of [the] land rose and fell; one
saw its [their] beginning and its [their] end, the ultimate horizon line of
[the] moor, the near gully that fell into the sea. "