We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Hike Audiobook

The Hike

Regular Price:$20.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

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.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (390 )
5 star
 (237)
4 star
 (109)
3 star
 (27)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (8)
Overall
4.4 (364 )
5 star
 (219)
4 star
 (99)
3 star
 (26)
2 star
 (13)
1 star
 (7)
Story
4.7 (367 )
5 star
 (261)
4 star
 (93)
3 star
 (12)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    josh 08-10-16
    josh 08-10-16 Member Since 2010

    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.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    34
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    412
    36
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "the best cheeseburger I've had in a long time!"
    If you could sum up The Hike in three words, what would they be?

    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!


    What other book might you compare The Hike to and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    stop what your doing and run right out and buy it. do it now!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    port 08-07-16
    port 08-07-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Listening vs Reading"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bryan Thomas Curry 08-08-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Begins and ends in spectacular fashion"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 08-05-16 Member Since 2014

    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!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    40
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    81
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Awesome and Thought-Provoking"

    Makes me want to read more of Magary's books. The narrator was awesome and made the characters real.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tommy Acuff Athens, TN 08-18-16
    Tommy Acuff Athens, TN 08-18-16 Member Since 2012

    bstommy

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    29
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A fever dream, in book form."

    I'm going to have to take some time to digest. I love a book that throws curveballs, and this one was nothing but.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Laurel Williams 09-03-16 Member Since 2002
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    40
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "750 books and this is my first review!"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jared 09-20-16
    Jared 09-20-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fantastic Narration"

    The narrator was perfect for this novel. He did great work with both the comedy and voices. I loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 09-16-16
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 09-16-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    654
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    914
    183
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    22
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Adult Fantasy"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    flyflystone 09-08-16
    flyflystone 09-08-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "love the story"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Patricia 09-03-16
    Patricia 09-03-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    106
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wow"

    This is the first book in hundreds I've ever given 5 stars. Download now; that is all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.