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
I am an author and a librarian, and I happily now live in the realm of audio books.
Following Atticus turned out to be a surprisingly great listen on a number of levels. The narrator's voice was sincere and refreshing -- not always the case for writers who read their own books. There are surprises and a mix of unexpected emotions, with the heartwarmingly good ones winning out overall. I love dog books, but I usually feel set up by those books because writers of such books have a penchant for being cute and funny and then hitting you with something sad that ends up defining the book. This is not the case is this delightfully thought-provoking book with a message that we all can find find our calling in life. Can't wait for the next book -- and it's a long wait, quite October, I believe.
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
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!!
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.
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!
Too many to name just one.
His intimate involvement with the subject.
Tom is a wonderful writer and author. Kudos on a very special and moving book and tribute to his friend, Atticus.
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