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.
"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)
I enjoyed listening to the authors trials, tribulations and triumphs while taking some time away from his conventional life. Something I feel many long for but few actually do. I was surprised by how insightful the author is and felt myself wanting more of that inner voice. While the narration was acceptable, I felt it had too much of a melancholy tone that seemed a little off from what I envision the author's true persona to be.
This is a pretty basic hiking journal about the Appalachian Trail that would be much better in book form with pictures. There are not many descriptive passages about the terrain and scenery that can be expressed in pictures. The narrator is what kills this audio book, the guy's voice sounds like a proper English butler that has no business reading a hiking book. I turned it off a few times and contemplated not even finishing but I pushed myself through his annoying voice and lip smacking/heavy breaths much like the writer pushing himself on the trail... Do yourself a favor and just read the book.
This is not a spiritual journey, it is a description of a journey, that was probably spiritual yo the author. The story was good, but at times it felt sterile as if the author was just listing moments of his day. Don't get me wrong, it is very interesting, just don't look for a metaphysical transformative story but a fascinating look at thru-hiking.
the story tracked the author's ups and downs on the trail... was hard sledding at times for the listener but overall it was an enjoyable and insightful first person perspective.
I'm just an old southern boy that has always loved to listen to a good story. At Audible I've been lucky to find and enjoy a few.
I once tried to go for a run on the AT while staying in a nearby hotel. I quickly learned that was impossible due to the many large rocks. Many years have passed since then and I had this book for a least six months in my library without listening. I started doing daily walks so I remembered this book. I'm sure I'll listen to it again for his insight of the AT but of how we all need to get out more and experience something bigger than just a closed room or office or cell phone. I think I'll put hiking at least part of the AT on my list again because of this tale. I'm also sure words can never the magnitude of an AT hike but this author sure came close.
I enjoyed the overall story but the narration was lacking. It was very monotone to me. Not bad and I would still recommend the book but it might be better read in print version
Good story. Definitely got a feel for the trail. Not as strong as Into The Mist, but very good.
I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.
Regardless of what trail you're considering thru-hiking, consider this book. The author does an excellent job of describing the range of emotions, demands, and needs of a thru-hiker, from the start to the finish of their hike. I started listening while on my own hike of the Colorado Trail and I could completely identify with the author; far more than with Cheryl Strayed or Bill Bryson. His descriptions of day to day life on the trail more closely matched mine; I wasn't having a mid-life crisis or anything, I just wanted to go for a long walk. I didn't seek some grand epiphany, I wanted to enjoy exploring a beautiful state and challenge myself.
In the end, I think the author's personal accounts are the kind of information that a thru-hiker needs to prepare, both in terms of what supplies are important and as far as what to expect with such a long hike.
I loved davids account of his travels on the trail, amongst the best diary stories I've read in a very long while, a hearty well done.
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