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
It was too much about Tom Ryan and just seemed to rattle on and on.
Tom Ryan should have hired a actor to read this. His accent was very distracting.
I have two small dogs that love to hike and I think it showed that they can hike with the best of dogs.
It would depend on the book.
I think the book would have benefited by being shorter.
Maybe talk a little faster.
I really liked the beginning. Tales about the town and his relationships with his family.
I love dog stories and choose the book based on reviews. I only listen to books while I walk. One of my incentives to walking is my eagerness to find out what "happens next". There was no incentive to get back to this book. It was boring. I stopped listening half way through.
The friendship and respect between a man and his dog.
Atticus.....I had a schnauzer and could relate with his stubborness, but also with the love he shown to his owner.
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.
Yes....and practically did!
I absolutely would recommend this book to all!
I knew the areas and the story
When Atticus went down the "red carpet"
whenever an author reads the book, it means so much more
I cried and laughed and my heart raced throughout this book
anyone who loves dogs should read this...
If you like life, dogs, or family; then look no further. This is it.
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.
Yes, dog lover. I have a schaunzer and know what love they can give and how you just want to give it back.
Atticus reaching the summits
Unforgettable, heartwarming, and inspiring.
Of course it was the main character, Atticus. His friend the author, Tom, made him come to life as I listened to the story. I have a little dog that I walk every morning while listening to books on my ipod. My dog became Atticus to me.
It was heartfelt and loving towards his dog and his father.
I cried several times but the one I remember is when Atticus received his award.
Since reading this book I've searched the internet for more pictures of Atticus and wish I could meet him in person.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
A great story about human and dog relationships told by a wonderful writer and narrator. I don't even have a dog, but loved the story of Atticus and his human companion, Tom. This is a terrific story about man's best friend and their amazing achievements together.
Yes whole heartedly. Tom Ryan has a great speaking voice, and has written a most heartwarming story with a happy ending.
This is a love story. Simple and true.
Tom and Atticus are the stars from beginning to end.
It made me laugh and cry, and want to read it and listen to it over and over.
This is a wonderful book and anyone that listens to it, will want to listen again and again.
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