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
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.
I did not read the book, but I enjoyed the audible version as read by the author
I love the relationship between Tom Ryan and Atticus - the love, trust and interdependence that allowed Tom Ryan to grow. My favorite scene is when Atticus gets his winter gear - priceless!
His inflections gave the story a true feeling and added to the meaning of the story.
I did listen to it in all one sitting... and have since listened to it again and again! It makes me feel hopeful about man's connection to other animals and the world around him; as well as our ability to accomplish amazing things in the face of tremendous challenges. But most of all, I fell in love with Atticus.
I kept thinking of the saying,
This is of the best dog stories ever! The adventures, challenges and love shared by the author and his wonderful little dog, Atticus, kept me captivated from beginning to end.
This book started great but was WAY too long. We were really into it at first on a 5k mile road trip this summer... all that changed around the 5 hour mark. Somehow Tom's slog up all the NH peaks became equally painful for us. We couldn't finish it.
Tom's accent and stories about life in small town New England town were endearing.
For others like me who can't get enough of anything dog -- but with qualifiers.
The cliff hangers were tiresome. Story could have been significantly edited back.
It was a nice story, but be prepared with some insulin... this much sugar can be harmful. And i suppose that's my fault too - i normally read crime fiction and was looking for a change of pace. This was a change alright, just overly cute and cuddly for my tastes. I'm sure some love it, but it was not for me. Narration was fine.
I have read the book and listened to the audible version. What made the audio book so good was that it is read by the author. So many times that detracts from the story but in this case, listening to his New England accent made it like he was telling the story to me.
Other than Tom Ryan, I have to say it was his father, Jack. Probably because I was able to relate to it so well. The story he tells of his father could have been mine in many ways. I think others of the same generation could say the same. He has a line where he says something like "my father could not give me what he did not have".
I think since he wrote it and knew the story, he almost acted it out, or at least showed emotion in many parts of the story.
I don't want to give anything away but....Some of his last days with his Dad.
This is so much more than a story of a guy with a dog that decides to take up hiking. This is a story of transformation, of relationships and of finding out what is important to you.... Inspiration on how we should look at and live our lives. This is a must read, must listen to (or both in my case) story. If you are not convince yet...check out the author's blog online
This was a great story. I loved listening to how everyone struggled to find their way. It is worth listening to. I think I will listen to it again, that is how much I enjoyed it.
Loved the mountains.
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