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.
If you liked the old Seinfeld TV show, you will like this book. Just as Seinfeld was a show about nothing, this is a story about nothing. Having said that I enjoyed it and listened to the end. Basically the author recount his 2000 mile walk along the AT. What he ate, who he met, where he slept and his blisters. No real life threatening bear attacks, no near death falls, no ghosts. Just a long walk but having said that, I like Seinfeld and I liked this book.
entertaining and honest recount of a difficult hike of the AT trail. I recommend it.
I loved it! I can't wait to listen to it again. I felt like I was on the trail with him. The narrator did an excellent job too.
Even tho Bryson is a better narrator than this book's narrator, I liked this book better than Bryson's "A Walk In The Woods". It may be that this book is more about the hike, the walk, the how it works, the ups and downs, and less about the personalities. Both books are good, but I liked this one better.
AWOL is a fairly good book, and it contains a lot of valuable information about the AT. I originally put this on my Amazon wish list, but then I bought it as a daily deal. The book can be slow at times, but it is well written and I imagine that parts of the trail can seem slow. I am in the beginning phases of planning to section hike the trail, and I imagine that AWOL (and the website) will prove to be helpful.
Old Broad with Keyboard
It's very different from the Thrillers/Mysteries that I usually listen to, but every once in a while I take a jump in a different direction, just for fun. This one sounded like a really great Adventure in the wilderness. I'd read about the Appalachian Trail but never read or watched anything about anyone actually walking the Trail.
I have no experience with any other book like this. I have watched & read, Dick Praeniki's 'Alone in the Wilderness' where he builds a cabin in the Alaskan wilderness with an axe & a saw but he was intending to stay, not hiking through.
I enjoyed the reality of the day to day diary of David's walk - it certainly was eye opening!! And it's obvious that he covered the miles he said he did, pain, hunger, blood, sweat, tears & all!! But, the narrator was a little monotonic in his delivery. At first, I wasn't sure I'd continue to listen to the book at all because it was putting me to sleep. Things got a little more interesting as the book progressed, thankfully, and I started to really get into it. But, the Narrator seemed to be more of a Reader & less of a Performer overall.
No. But I sure felt sorry for David in many places.
I think it was a Great Adventure. A more involved Narrator would really brighten it up. But, it remains a good listen & a great accomplishment.
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