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  • Five Million Steps: Adventure Along the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lon Chenowith
    • Narrated By Mark McDevitt
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Hiking from Georgia to Maine sounds incredulous to most. To Lon Chenowith, it is a journey that calls him into the wild - a journey that reveals true tests of faith and will in the direst circumstances. What began as a dream in his teens to trek the Appalachian Trail takes flight with a preliminary hike with his two young boys from Amicalola Falls to Unicoi Gap. The initial intrigue wears off, and Lon quickly realizes he will be making a long, arduous journey alone, save for a few hiking partners and unique characters met along the way.

    Brian says: "Really hard to get through"
    "This is like listening to a lecture or infomercial"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Lon Chenowith and/or Mark McDevitt?

    No- this is just a bunch of rambling, Their isn't a story here, it jumps all over without any trail stories or info. you get -"once this happened" and "I remember a time when..". repeatedly. No names just references such as " the boy" or "the youngest son" or " the older gentleman" then all the sudden you will get a long list of trail names that mean nothing since there is no story associated to them, just trailnames.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lon Chenowith again?

    No, I forced myself through 50 minutes of listening and finally couldn't take it anymore. Its like sitting in a lecture with someone that cant speak in public.The narrator speaks 7-9 words then pauses then the next 7-9 words - repeat. obviously tries unsuccessfully to put some inflection in, but no emotion come through. Very hard to listen to.


    How could the performance have been better?

    find someone that is a storyteller


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Five Million Steps?

    cut the whole thing and tell a story in sequence, not jumping from a weekend one year to a week a year later. Make the characters people, not objects.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never written a review before but I am so disappointed with this I had to..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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