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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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    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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    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 3 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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    John NJ, United States 01-17-13
    John NJ, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2007
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    "To sweet... really, i mean that"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie B. Russell Foxboro, MA United States 06-18-12
    Melanie B. Russell Foxboro, MA United States 06-18-12 Listener Since 2001

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    "Not just a man and his best friend story"
    What made the experience of listening to Following Atticus the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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".


    What does Tom Ryan bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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

    I don't want to give anything away but....Some of his last days with his Dad.


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Fargo, ND, United States 05-06-12
    Kim Fargo, ND, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Following Atticus"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Loved the mountains.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sumac 05-05-12
    Sumac 05-05-12

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    "Wonderful Book"
    What did you love best about Following Atticus?

    I loved the story itself--a heartwarming story about a man and man's best friend. Highly recommended. The author's voice was perfect for the recording, too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ups and downs and especially the triumphs over hardship.


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

    It felt like I was in the room with him talking about Atticus. In fact, it felt like I was out on the trails with them. It was something I would never get with a written book.


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

    Yes! It made me laugh and cry. And it gave me an incredible sense of warmth and hope.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should read this book. Period.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra H.Berkowitz christiansburg, Va 01-16-12
    Sandra H.Berkowitz christiansburg, Va 01-16-12 Member Since 2014

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    "A great story"
    Where does Following Atticus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a very up lifting story about a man and his dog. Wheather you are a dog lover or not
    it was an amazing story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol BELTON, TX, United States 01-15-12
    Carol BELTON, TX, United States 01-15-12 Member Since 2011

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    "An Incredible Story About An Incredible Dog"

    This is a touching story about a dog and his man. Their juorney is truly remarkable! The love this man showed for this dog is so touching. I laughed and I cried. I have two Miniature Schnauzers, so I can relate to how precious, smart and loveable they are!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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