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 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.
With David's words and Christopher's narration, this book took me on the 2178 miles. I felt every mosquito bite, every knee pain and every slip. An ordinary man doing an extraordinary task.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It will definitely warrant a second listen through.
I recently spent 29 days hiking the Appalachian Trail. I had set out to thru-hike, like so many others, only to come home when my family realized it was too hard being away from me. I could relate to the first few chapters, as AWOL'S footsteps mimicked mine. Every time I listened I felt I was transported back to the trail with only one goal in mind - to reach Katahdin! When the story passed the point I left the trail, I still eagerly hung onto every word, insatiably curious as to what came next. The story is infused with as much reality as possible, and is told in such a way as to offer a true glimpse into the world that exists on the trail. Blisters and all. I found it so comforting to listen to, since I feel so at peace while hiking. A wonderfully shared adventure!
I felt as if I was on the trail with David. This is a blow by blow account of the hike which is not bad although I would have enjoyed more description and poetry. The narration was good and I felt like I had made a long trek as I listened along.
I loved this book and I couldn't stop listening. The author paints a very vivid picture of his time spent hiking the trail and I could picture myself hiking right alongside him. The narrators voice is perfect with zero annoyance. I highly recommend this book.
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