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 love this genre. I like the honesty of the author's story. Maybe someday I'll hike the AT.
A few years ago I saw a special on National Geographic about the AT which spoke of the history, and the (crazies) who thru-hike it. I'm a hiker of sorts so the special had my attention, and from that point, an aspiring admiration for those who have the time and the wherewithal to complete the trail from start to end, and that goes for those who hike the PCT too. If only I didn't have a job, and a family, and had 4-6 months to make the trek myself. But I digress...
This was a pretty good read/listen! It started out slow but after the first 1-2 chapters it started to pick up and I was on the trail too, feeling the tiresome, depredation that David Miller felt, even though I was comfortably at home. I felt myself rooting for the guy, admiring his willingness, and ability to hike the entire trail, start to finish, and share his story to the masses that want to do the same. I enjoyed all the anecdotal sidebars, and the characters he meets, and I found his journey to be a relaxing change from the typical history books I tend to gravitate towards. And the narration was easy to listen to which added to the adventure.
If you've heard about the AT and can't get out there yourself, or are looking to start the trek in the spring, or even want a change of pace in the Audible world, put this title in your queue. It's worth the time, and will make you feel like you are on the trail too.
I have enjoyed this book enough to listen all the way through 2 straight times. ..perhaps the mentality needed for a through hiker. This book has been my companion while both hiking and evening walks. The narrator does a great job of flow and delivery and I will look for ones by him. David Miller does the AT justice by trying to paint the allure of the trail while also not over simplifying the magnitude of the feat. I am looking forward to taking on this adventure in a few years, if not sooner. I may have to go AWOL though to get away from my job.
This is not a spiritual journey, it is a description of a journey, that was probably spiritual yo the author. The story was good, but at times it felt sterile as if the author was just listing moments of his day. Don't get me wrong, it is very interesting, just don't look for a metaphysical transformative story but a fascinating look at thru-hiking.
the story tracked the author's ups and downs on the trail... was hard sledding at times for the listener but overall it was an enjoyable and insightful first person perspective.
I'm just an old southern boy that has always loved to listen to a good story. At Audible I've been lucky to find and enjoy a few.
I once tried to go for a run on the AT while staying in a nearby hotel. I quickly learned that was impossible due to the many large rocks. Many years have passed since then and I had this book for a least six months in my library without listening. I started doing daily walks so I remembered this book. I'm sure I'll listen to it again for his insight of the AT but of how we all need to get out more and experience something bigger than just a closed room or office or cell phone. I think I'll put hiking at least part of the AT on my list again because of this tale. I'm also sure words can never the magnitude of an AT hike but this author sure came close.
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
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