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AWOL on the Appalachian Trail | [David Miller]

AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to hike 2,172 miles of the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. Listeners are treated to rich descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the rewards of taking a less conventional path through life. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about hiking gear and planning.
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Publisher's Summary

In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to hike 2,172 miles of the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. Listeners are treated to rich descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the rewards of taking a less conventional path through life. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about hiking gear and planning. This is not merely a travel guide; it is a beautifully written and highly personal view into one man’s journey and the insights gained by abandoning what is comfortable and routine.

©2011 David Miller (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"David Miller’s AWOL makes you feel the pain and joy of an Appalachian Trail thru-hike.... In vivid colors, David paints a picture of his memorable journey." (Larry Luxenberg Director of the Appalachian Trail Museum)

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    Marie-Elizabeth Finamore 05-17-14 Member Since 2014

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    "vicarious thrills!"
    What made the experience of listening to AWOL on the Appalachian Trail the most enjoyable?

    it has been a dream of mine to hike the entire trail... i appreciated being able to experience it through another hiker's writing. the good, the tough, the ugly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the author~ he is carries the story


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    the author~ he is carries the story


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    you can't fool mother nature!


    Any additional comments?

    if you're an avid outdoors person, or dream of being one, this book is a wonderful read :-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Morino 04-25-15
    Dana Morino 04-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoy"

    I hope to hike AT some day and this was good information and very entertaining read.

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    Jimmy 04-21-15
    Jimmy 04-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!"

    This audiobook made me feel like I was there on the trail with him. amazing and inspiring read. Thanks "AWOL"

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    Linda Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-07-15
    Linda Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "At last, a book about the trail."
    What did you love best about AWOL on the Appalachian Trail?

    It is about the everyday events of hiking AT. The beautiful views, the bears and the blisters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer San Francisco, CA, United States 03-25-15
    Jennifer San Francisco, CA, United States 03-25-15 Member Since 2005
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    "A meditative listen"

    I listened to this in chunks rather than straight through, as it was a book to reflect on and also one that I could pick up without feeling the loss of a driving plot. I enjoyed the descriptions of the land, as well as the soft humor of personalities and situations. It awakened memories of hiking and backpacking, and I was pleased to have that without the accompanying buzz of mosquitos. It is not an action book, nor a guide for those intending to do such a hike, though the refections involved would be a good prep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Newmarket, NH, United States 03-14-15
    Julia Newmarket, NH, United States 03-14-15
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    "Relaxing and Inspirational"

    I found this book to be relaxing and inspirational and it makes me want to do the same thing! I have friends who have hiked this trail as through hikers and it was the first time I heard about these trail names, and the AT community. I felt like the author was like my friends, down to earth, honest about his concerns as well as his appreciations, and entertaining to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terry 03-11-15
    Terry 03-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Even better the 2nd time"

    I first listened to this story last year when I started dreaming about the AT. This book is not only for the thru hiker it serves well for the section hiker as well. That's me and I will start my first section this May on Springer mountain.

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    FELIX 03-09-15
    FELIX 03-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Perfect AT book"

    I found it very informative, I will listen to it again as I get ready next year. Loved the detailed information.

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    Joe Washington DC 02-28-15
    Joe Washington DC 02-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "What an experience!"

    Truly the best writing I have yet listened to or read concerning the hiking of the Appalachian Trail. I plan to buy the book and read it as well. Thank you..

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    Accidental Hero 01-08-15
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    "How to experience the AT close to home"
    What made the experience of listening to AWOL on the Appalachian Trail the most enjoyable?

    It's funny, well-written, engaging and really informative. I'd love to walk the AT but listening to David Miller's experience has made me realise that I've been romanticising the notion a bit.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    It's easy listening...come to think of it, I wasn't so much aware of the narration but the book, so on that basis I'd have to rate Christopher's performance pretty high.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I could, but 10.5 hours makes that unrealistic.


    Any additional comments?

    The detail and information in this audio book is fantastic, any expectations of walking the AT after listening to it are realistic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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