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)
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.
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.
Very nicely written. I had to keep rewinding because I kept imagining being there on the hike. I was living vicariously through the story to say the least. I've never done any type of hike like this but I've travelled quite extensively and could relate to the dropping out for a time vibe that you get doing this type of thing. Nicely told.
This is a great story that is very well written and very well read. I am starting it over again, I'm not done for the story to be over. Being inside the head of a guy hiking the AT is a great break from my own daily life. If you have any interest in the AT, get this book.
this wasn't easy sit down and listen. more than anything I listen to this audiobook get me ready for my trail attempt. in spite of all the Wolves I am still excited!
It's a book I enjoyed listening to and may some day listen to again. There are books I will definitely listen to again...anything by Sarah Vowell or Molly MaCrae, books I will only listen to once, Megyn Kelly,, and Might listen to again such as this book.
Since this isn't fiction this question doesn't apply. I did find the trail names interesting and have thought about picking out one for myself.
This is an interesting story plus a book that is easy to listen to.
I enjoyed the book because it gave a more realistic view of the hike. I've hiked portions of the AT and like most hikers have said "someday.....". After reading David Millers book and hearing about the realities of the hike, I'm not so sure I have that "someday" feeling.
It has given me a heighten awareness of just how difficult it is and more of a respect for those who have completed it. Good job Mr Miller and congratulations on your accomplishment.
A great story. Thoroughly thought through, and written well. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I highly recommend this is you plan to hike longer than a week in the future, or if you want to feed your dream of through-hiking one of the major trails.
I may never walk the Appalachian trail, but I found this fascinating. I'd previously enjoyed Stephen King and Bill Bryson's Appalachian Trail story, and this was a great tale of an AVERAGE hiker on the trail. I loved it!
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