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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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    rick 06-02-14
    rick 06-02-14 Member Since 2011

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    "A Long Walk Becomes A Good Book"

    David Miller's story of his hike along the AT compares favorably with Bill Bryson's rendition of his. It's different in that Miller wasn't a novice hiker or someone who's terribly out of shape in the beginning of the hike but slowly becomes accustomed to the grind as it goes on. He is in shape and is good with the pace almost from the beginning. I enjoyed the depiction of the other through hikers he meets along the way including the dreaded Steve O.His asides concerning both the changes in his life due to the loss of his job and the fact that the hike is taking him away from his wife and his daughters. He writes convincingly about the physical hardships of the trail and the joys of things like showers, clean clothes, and hot food. Relating the triumph he feels as he's finishing the last mile of the trail is inspiring. The narrator does a fine job with the material; an excellent five star listen.

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    Brandin Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-27-14
    Brandin Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A very different writing style...but one I enjoyed"

    At first, you think the build up of storyline will culminate in something wildly dramatic....b/c we've been raised to look for red herrings in writing & foreshadowing, it's tough to switch your mindset to one of just listening and being present with the reader. There are no dramatic twists or adrenaline fueled finales to chapters. ....There is plenty of action, but the storytelling is wholly un-manipulative. I really liked it.

    ....and I plan on listening to it again - which is always the true test as to whether I loved a book.

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    R. J. Flynn Rhode Island 05-16-14
    R. J. Flynn Rhode Island 05-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting and engaging personal journey"
    What made the experience of listening to AWOL on the Appalachian Trail the most enjoyable?

    It was a relaxing and fun story that never got old. The author has a minimalist style that is appreciated but sprinkles insights into the narrative that are interesting and thought provoking. He also has a dry sense of humor and doesn't dwell too long on anything. How could he? He has over 2000 miles to walk.


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

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

    Excellent narration. Lane captures the author's style and I never tired of listening. The dry wit comes through really well and the author's style is unique. Hemingway-esque may be overdoing it but it has a certain quality of spareness which works well - Lane captures it all.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    An improbable journey . . .


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    melissa mairtta, GA, United States 11-16-13
    melissa mairtta, GA, United States 11-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "let take a walk"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes this i a great book if you want to start walking for a short while or a long 6 month hike read this book it will make you want to go


    What was one of the most memorable moments of AWOL on the Appalachian Trail?

    i quite my job and when for a walk. way to go i wish i could bring myself to do it


    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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