Enjoyed the overall concept and it was an inspiring story to hear of taking on those challenges and enjoying the various rewards from the hikes. Thing is, I started to get a little annoyed at just how much the author attributed extra ordinary powers of perception and understanding to Atticus. No I was enjoying it, I was done before the book was but I did stick it out. I would think the more you love dogs (have one, do, but short of Tom's intensity ) and pets the more you will buy into the full story.
What fun is anyone without a dose of mystery.
Perhaps, in a few years. But I saw on the author's Facebook Page that he is working on a second book.
The story is about Atticus and you of course fall in love with Atticus, but the character I most enjoyed was Tom. It was, after all, his thoughts and insights that he confesses.
Yes -- Driving on a freeway to work I nearly went blurry-eyed with tears at one particular moment. My mother, who read it first, assured me that it would be ok.
Beautiful story. It's really special that the author is also the narrator. I would encourage anyone listening to it to seek out the Facebook Page or other photos (apparently photos accompany the book but since I listened to it, I didn't know that until afterwards).
There is nothing more LIVELY, ENERGETIC, OR LOVING than a mini schnauser!
The main character is very interesting. His insitefulness and caring are very endearing. The way the dogs eventually turn his life around completely was, in a way, that dogs often turn people's life around. Knowing the personality of the mini schnauser, I can completely understand how this happens.
It was the perfect voice for the character.
There are parts that make anyone laugh and cry. The touching part is the way the dog adapts to people and the outdoor wilderness. The same as my mini schnauser, who looks just the same as the picture on the cover, will adapt to any invironment he finds himself in.
He is happy just to "be" anywhere he is.
Could not put this book down!! I fell in love with it!
I am an author and a librarian, and I happily now live in the realm of audio books.
Following Atticus turned out to be a surprisingly great listen on a number of levels. The narrator's voice was sincere and refreshing -- not always the case for writers who read their own books. There are surprises and a mix of unexpected emotions, with the heartwarmingly good ones winning out overall. I love dog books, but I usually feel set up by those books because writers of such books have a penchant for being cute and funny and then hitting you with something sad that ends up defining the book. This is not the case is this delightfully thought-provoking book with a message that we all can find find our calling in life. Can't wait for the next book -- and it's a long wait, quite October, I believe.
The friendship and respect between a man and his dog.
Atticus.....I had a schnauzer and could relate with his stubborness, but also with the love he shown to his owner.
I read the book, and after I recently lost my beloved Schnauzer, I went back and purchased the audable. Tom Ryan brought Atticus to life in the book...it was just what I needed to get through my loss.
Yes....and practically did!
I absolutely would recommend this book to all!
I knew the areas and the story
When Atticus went down the "red carpet"
whenever an author reads the book, it means so much more
I cried and laughed and my heart raced throughout this book
anyone who loves dogs should read this...
If you like life, dogs, or family; then look no further. This is it.
You think the book is all about a guy and his dog who climb a bunch of mountains, but NO. The first 3 chapters throw you a curve ball but they are just setting you up for the fast ball right down the middle......swing away.
Yes, dog lover. I have a schaunzer and know what love they can give and how you just want to give it back.
Atticus reaching the summits
It was read by the author, Tom Ryan, and is HIS story of his life with his little friend, Atticus. Very heartwarming, and I'm not sure how he was able to keep his emotions intact during the reading. Loved it!
Too many to name just one.
His intimate involvement with the subject.
Tom is a wonderful writer and author. Kudos on a very special and moving book and tribute to his friend, Atticus.