From the author of The Postmortal, a fantasy saga unlike any you've listened to before, weaving elements of folk tale and video game into a riveting, unforgettable adventure of what a man will endure to return to his family
When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects.
On a quest of epic, life-or-death proportions, Ben finds help comes in some of the most unexpected forms, including a profane crustacean and a variety of magical objects, tools, and potions. Desperate to return to his family, Ben is determined to track down the "Producer," the creator of the world in which he is being held hostage and the only one who can free him from the path.
At once bitingly funny and emotionally absorbing, Magary's novel is a remarkably unique addition to the contemporary fantasy genre, one that draws as easily from the world of classic folk tales as it does from video games. In The Hike, Magary takes listeners on a daring odyssey away from our day-to-day grind and transports them into an enthralling world propelled by heart, imagination, and survival.
©2016 Drew Magary (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
sci-fi lover. not a prepper but i dig end of the world stories. I'm a black smith and foundry man by trade. & Zombies Zombies Zombies.
This book was great like when your hungry and you find a fantastic burger place and the fries are just right.
great story. fantastic narration. nicely weird. fabulous!
slightly comparable to "alice in wonderland" & "the wizard of OZ" in that hes lost in a strange land. but really nothing like those stories.
I thought it was a good listen like "Off to be the wizard", "repeat", "ready player one" but really nothing like those stories either.
stop what your doing and run right out and buy it. do it now!
First off, this book was incredible and wonderfully narrated. Second, i debated internally about the merits of listening versus reading, and in a phase of life where reading feels laborious due to being read out for work, it was marvelous to listen to this magical story.
The greatest strength, it seems to me, this author possesses in relation to the Hike is that he really knows how to start a story and suck you in. Similarly, the ending was perfect. It honestly could not have ended any other way. The final scene is so beautifully done that it makes you feel as though the journey was worth the wait.
That said, it is the journey that wore me out. At some point I sat there listening to all of the things he had to go through and began to wonder just how much of it was essential to the novel and how much merely served as filler. Either way, it works because you enjoy it or you don't. If you don't, then by the end you are just as delighted to finish the path as our dear friend we've been walking it with.
The narration is superb and in my opinion made the book a wonderful listen. I'm not sure if have endured the boredom of certain scenes had it not been for the narrator.
I listen to a lot of audio books and love to read. ..Especially good zombie apocalypse fiction! I find that a good narrator is the key!
Makes me want to read more of Magary's books. The narrator was awesome and made the characters real.
I'm going to have to take some time to digest. I love a book that throws curveballs, and this one was nothing but.
Think Alice in wonderland, but darker and more comedic. Then combine that with some self analysis and a dash of the meaning of life. Interesting thought provoking and entertaining, so glad I chose to take this hike!
I love reading a great original adult fantasy, that's not porn, occasionally but it's hard to find one that is not a rehash of "Lord of the Rings". Here is a great one that makes you think, laugh, and go on a adventure. Wonderful reader. Don't miss
the story is full of surprise, imagination, love, choice, looking for oneself and growing, very interesting to listen. It is some kind of adult American version of Alice in wonderland.
And the end, the marvelous the end. I was like taking a roller coaster while blinding my eyes. so much surprise and warmth.
The narration is very enjoyable too. When the hero is vulnerable and confused, the voice is somehow more confused than the character:) and I love the giant's voice very much.
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