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Following Atticus Audiobook

Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship

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Publisher's Summary

A middle-aged, overweight, and acrophobic newspaper editor Tom Ryan and a little dog, Atticus M. Finch, are an unlikely pair of mountaineers, but after a close friend dies of cancer, the two pay tribute to her by attempting to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire's four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter. Tom and Atticus set out on an adventure of a lifetime that takes them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. Little did they know that their most difficult test would lie ahead, after they returned home....

Following Atticus is ultimately a story of transformation: how a five-pound puppy pierced the heart of a tough-as-nails newspaperman, opening his eyes to the world's beauty and its possibilities. An unforgettable saga of adventure, friendship, and the unlikeliest of family, it's an inspiring tale of finding love and discovering your true self.

©2011 Tom Ryan (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Mike United States 07-15-13
    Mike United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    "What a wonderful friendship between man and dog!"
    What did you love best about Following Atticus?

    The friendship and respect between a man and his dog.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Atticus.....I had a schnauzer and could relate with his stubborness, but also with the love he shown to his owner.


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

    I read the book, and after I recently lost my beloved Schnauzer, I went back and purchased the audable. Tom Ryan brought Atticus to life in the book...it was just what I needed to get through my loss.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes....and practically did!


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely would recommend this book to all!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy United States 01-07-13
    Kathy United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "amazing"
    What made the experience of listening to Following Atticus the most enjoyable?

    I knew the areas and the story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Following Atticus?

    When Atticus went down the "red carpet"


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

    whenever an author reads the book, it means so much more


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I cried and laughed and my heart raced throughout this book


    Any additional comments?

    anyone who loves dogs should read this...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen DiGiacomo Miami Florida 12-19-12
    Stephen DiGiacomo Miami Florida 12-19-12 Member Since 2016
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    "This Book will change your life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like life, dogs, or family; then look no further. This is it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    You think the book is all about a guy and his dog who climb a bunch of mountains, but NO. The first 3 chapters throw you a curve ball but they are just setting you up for the fast ball right down the middle......swing away.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    June United States 12-11-12
    June United States 12-11-12
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    "All Dog Lovers Will Fall in Love with this book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, dog lover. I have a schaunzer and know what love they can give and how you just want to give it back.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Following Atticus?

    Atticus reaching the summits


    Have you listened to any of Tom Ryan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth H. 02-01-16
    Kenneth H. 02-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "beautiful"

    if you like to hike and you have a dog you need to read this

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 11-03-15
    Mark 11-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "outstanding story of true friendship"

    listening to the author tell this story made the journey very special. I'm in the White Mountains often and will see them anew now.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Rosemount, MN, United States 09-24-15
    Frank Rosemount, MN, United States 09-24-15 Member Since 2011

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    "A man and his dog...."

    or is it a dog and his man. This is the story of a dog and his friend, Tom Ryan. An unlikely dog owner who, by a twist of fate, got the best friend he could ever ask for. I think that if you are a dog person, that at some point , if you are lucky, you et to have the dog of your lifetime. This is that story! Atticus and Tom were the perfect match for each other. Together they made each other better and together they became what neither could have become alone. A heartwarming story that will make you laugh, cry and want to go spend some together time with your dog. Long live Atticus!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    cheryl wachtel 08-10-15
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    "Best man and dog story. Ever."

    Lucky guy and lucky dog for finding each other. Such perfect words to describe their life, their love and their respect for all. Now I want to go out and get a little dog and hike.

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    Thomas Wauwatosa, WI, United States 02-18-15
    Thomas Wauwatosa, WI, United States 02-18-15
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    "Inspiring and yet also tiring at times."

    Enjoyed the overall concept and it was an inspiring story to hear of taking on those challenges and enjoying the various rewards from the hikes. Thing is, I started to get a little annoyed at just how much the author attributed extra ordinary powers of perception and understanding to Atticus. No I was enjoying it, I was done before the book was but I did stick it out. I would think the more you love dogs (have one, do, but short of Tom's intensity ) and pets the more you will buy into the full story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    B. Boyd 06-18-16
    B. Boyd 06-18-16
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    "Best and most inspirational book I've heard!"
    What made the experience of listening to Following Atticus the most enjoyable?

    It was read by the author, Tom Ryan, and is HIS story of his life with his little friend, Atticus. Very heartwarming, and I'm not sure how he was able to keep his emotions intact during the reading. Loved it!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Following Atticus?

    Too many to name just one.


    What about Tom Ryan’s performance did you like?

    His intimate involvement with the subject.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both!


    Any additional comments?

    Tom is a wonderful writer and author. Kudos on a very special and moving book and tribute to his friend, Atticus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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