AWOL's experience allows the reader to feel like they are traveling step-by-step with him on his journey.
The narrator did not seem like the correct choice for this story. He had little-to-no inflection about any of the experiences on the Trail.
Any readers/listeners who liked Bill Bryson's "Walk in the Woods" might want to check out this book, but they should also be aware that this is a serious Trail journal. There are humorous moments in the book, but that's not the point of this book. Anyone who is serious about hiking the AT should probably check this book out, it is quite helpful.
This is one of the better audiobooks I have listened to. I think King might be best in audiobook form due to his writing style, which is usually slower paced and methodical.
This slightly reminded me of Philip K. Dick's "The Man in the High Castle," although, I enjoyed this much more than that particular PKD book. I suppose it is due to both authors reexamining past events and time.
His best character is Al Templeton; he conveys the sickly nature and age of that character very well.
Jake's first couple of trips back in time are particularly compelling because he slowly comes to understand the "restrictions" and "laws" of traveling back in time, and this sci-fi element is fascinating.
While I think Craig Wasson's performance is totally fine, I do not think that his voice matches up very well for the lead character of Jake. Wasson's voice sounds a bit older than that of the mid-30s character. I think this issue is compounded by the way King wrote the character of Jake as well. Once again, for a mid-30s guy who is time traveling, there are a lack of cultural references that someone who grew during the 1980s would make. The character is not written in a manner that even peripherally connects to Generation X, which is what Jake's age would most closely aligned with; instead, cultural references that Jake does make actually make him seem like he was born in the 1950s. By no means does this ruin the book, but it does seem as though King could not separate himself from the character in order to write from the perspective of someone who would be about three decades younger.
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