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Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship | [Tom Ryan]

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

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....
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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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    Kathy United States 01-07-13
    Kathy United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    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...

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    Steve 12-19-12
    Steve 12-19-12 Member Since 2006
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Montgomery, AL, United States 11-05-12
    Sandra Montgomery, AL, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I'm still thinking about Atticus weeks later!"
    If you could sum up Following Atticus in three words, what would they be?

    Unforgettable, heartwarming, and inspiring.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Tom Ryan’s performance did you like?

    It was heartfelt and loving towards his dog and his father.


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

    I cried several times but the one I remember is when Atticus received his award.


    Any additional comments?

    Since reading this book I've searched the internet for more pictures of Atticus and wish I could meet him in person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 10-12-12
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 10-12-12 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "Poignant, Uplifting, Inspiring"

    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.

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    colleen 08-28-12
    colleen 08-28-12
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    "one of thebest books i have read and listened to."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes whole heartedly. Tom Ryan has a great speaking voice, and has written a most heartwarming story with a happy ending.


    What other book might you compare Following Atticus to and why?

    This is a love story. Simple and true.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Ryan – was your favorite?

    Tom and Atticus are the stars from beginning to end.


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

    It made me laugh and cry, and want to read it and listen to it over and over.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful book and anyone that listens to it, will want to listen again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 02-28-12
    Kimberly 02-28-12
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    "I want an "Atticus""
    Would you consider the audio edition of Following Atticus to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the book, but I enjoyed the audible version as read by the author


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


    What about Tom Ryan’s performance did you like?

    His inflections gave the story a true feeling and added to the meaning of the story.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept thinking of the saying,

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 10-30-11
    Ellen COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 10-30-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Heart Warming Story"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andre 08-26-14
    Andre 08-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "4 more hours?!?!"
    What was most disappointing about Tom Ryan’s story?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Tom's accent and stories about life in small town New England town were endearing.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol 09-22-13
    Carol 09-22-13
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    "Too many peaks make a tiresome tail"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    For others like me who can't get enough of anything dog -- but with qualifiers.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tom Ryan? Why or why not?

    Not sure.


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

    No.


    Do you think Following Atticus needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    The cliff hangers were tiresome. Story could have been significantly edited back.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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