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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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    Gwen R. 05-26-15
    Gwen R. 05-26-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic and Inspirational"

    Loved he book so I listened again! Yes, I want to hike the trail myself!

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    raul villa carlos paz, Argentina 05-05-15
    raul villa carlos paz, Argentina 05-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "muy buen libro"

    muy buen libro, interesante descubrir las complicaciones, las vivencias y el recorrido a travez de 4000 kilometros a pie.

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    Peter 05-02-15
    Peter 05-02-15
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    "Extremely boring and not informative"
    Would you try another book from David Miller and/or Christopher Lane?

    No. I'm sorry no. I guess this was my last audio book on AT or PCT that I ever purchased.


    What could David Miller have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I would cut most of the parts where he describes who he met on his trip. For someone as me who seeks some useful information this really has no value. I understand that mentioning who he met is of value to people who he met but I purchased this book because I read comments like "Most Informative Book on the AT".So for me the best book would be a mix with book of Andrew Skurka; The ultimate hiker.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed. I think this was the first audio book ever that I wasn't able to finish. I stopped at 6:52. It's was so boring. I even finished the Skywalker: Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like to point out the narration was good which is why I gave 4 starts for performance.

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    West Houston, TX 12-29-14
    West Houston, TX 12-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A simple hiker's journal with a terrible narrator."

    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.

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    Gypsy 12-28-14
    Gypsy 12-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "great insights"

    invaluable listening if considering a thru hike. well described account of a trek through the wilderness. I will soon follow in AWOL's footsteps.

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    Kevin J Donalds 12-04-14
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    "Very enjoyable"
    What did you love best about AWOL on the Appalachian Trail?

    I was drawn to this book not as a hiker but as someone who is in a similar station in life as the author when he decided to hike the AT. I found the account engrossing and exciting and feel I got a real sense of the highs and lows as his adventure unfolded over the hike. I'm so glad I read this book.


    What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought Lane's smooth delivery was a good compliment to the author's story sequence, wit and pace.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gotta Tellya Santa Rosa, CA 08-20-14
    Gotta Tellya Santa Rosa, CA 08-20-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Back to nature--a challenge for body and soul."

    It's very satisfying to read about another person's experience during a prolonged physical and mental challenge, in this case hiking the Appalachian Trail. Aside from being quite an accomplishment, this author's "hike" affected his life in multiple positive ways. Made me want to start training, quit my job, buy some gear and hit the trail!

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    Debra B 08-19-14
    Debra B 08-19-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Adventure and endurance"

    I found this book inspiring, and never boring. I don't want to make a big thing of it, but like other commenters, I sometimes wanted to know more about what was going on inside of his head. It's quite a feat walking the entire trail like he did, and I couldn't help but be very curious about his mind-set. But still, he is forthcoming enough, and in general, he seems to know what the reader would want to hear about. The narrator didn't seem quite right (a tad stodgy?), but it didn't get in my way.

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    Sam Motes Tampa 08-05-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 08-05-14 Listener Since 2009

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "A Walk of Life"

    AWOL tells the story of a budding through hiker who take a break from the cube life of Suburbia to take on a through hike of the Appalachian trail. It is full of stories of physical pain and endurance as he battles though with a purest mentality to walk every step of the trail. The characters AWOL meets along the trail, the battle against himself as well as the elements, and the communing with nature stories make for a very interesting read.

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    borgtown 07-22-14
    borgtown 07-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A thoroughly enjoyable book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I will (and already have) recommend this book to others. Hiking the Appalachian Trail has been one of those "bucket list" desires for me and listening to this book just reinforced that desire. Wasn't sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this. I was hoping David Miller might give a little more technical explanation of his equipment, but then that wasn't the purpose of this kind of book. I found him to be a great story teller with a dry sense of humor. What probably made this such an enjoyable listen was David's description of his meetings and interactions with the other thru-hikers. Until listening to this book I never gave much thought to the fact that there would be a fraternity (of sorts) within the thru-hiking community.


    What other book might you compare AWOL on the Appalachian Trail to and why?

    Running With the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn. Both books were about men who chose to pursue a desire/dream even though it may have seemed to others to have been an irresponsible decision at a time in life when they "should" have been more dedicated to their careers.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Lane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I do not recall listening to Christopher Lane prior to this book, but I found his narrating to be most enjoyable and relaxed. Throughout the book I kept thinking how much I enjoyed his reading. A perfect narrator for this kind of book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No particular moving moments; just general enjoyment throughout.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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