Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail adventure. This entertaining journey includes bears, bugs, blisters, captivating characters, skunk bedmates, and hilarious food cravings. Alt walked more than five million steps in tribute to his brother, who has cerebral palsy and lives in a home called Sunshine. This trail adventure has inspired an annual event that has raised more than $200,000 for Sunshine. It includes hiking tips for the whole family. Walk alongside Alt and experience the joy of turning dreams into goals and then achieving them. His lessons from the trail celebrate family, stewardship of the earth, good health, and the American spirit.
©2012 Jeff Alt (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Lively…Humorous...Upbeat...It will make you feel good. Alt’s zest for life shines through on every page. Alt’s words amply convey the camaraderie among fellow hikers, the beauty of the eastern mountains, and the physical hardships that must be endured on a walk of over 5 million steps…” (Outdoor Times )
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I love reading about the challenges of through hiking on long trails like the AT & PCT. The wilderness, animals, weather and characters you meet along the way always pull me in. This story had it all. It was as if I was hiking right along with Jeff. He gave great detail of the Appalachian Trail and his experiences along the way.
You could tell this book was written by a first time writer and there were some misspellings but I didn't care. Jeff is a good guy trying to do something great for someone he loves. I felt his story was interesting and heartfelt. It's worth the read /listen.
If your looking for a super great book on hiking I recommend "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson (read it 3 times) or "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed, a fantastic book!
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I love stories about epic journeys on foot, and the A.T is one of the most epic.
Really enjoyed Jeff's good natured, upbeat, steady-paced telling of his journey, could totally visualise being on the trail and it was engaging from beginning to end. Loved hearing about the landscape and terrain, the psychological ups and downs, the hiking strategies, the fellow through hikers, the shelters and the towns along the way, all very entertaining. For a non-professional writer, Jeff writes very well.
I'd already read Bill Bryson's Walk In The Woods, and if you want lots of reseach, history and hilariousness I highly recommend that - but it was great to hear this story knowing that Jeff had made it all the way to the end. In fact there was barely a moment when he doubted he would, which I imagine is pretty rare on the A.T.
As for tears and laughter - quite a few gentle laughs and just a few tears at the incredible acheivement of completion. If you like hearing about heroically long hikes over mountains and through forests, you should DEFINITELY get this.
I have also listened to Bill Bryson's Walk in the Woods, which was enjoyable and, of course, funny. But, I enjoyed A Walk for Sunshine even more. It was upbeat adventure filled with something new in every chapter.
I loved hearing the stories about the other hikers and animal encounters. It was also very informative about how many hikers manage to walk the entire Appalachian Trail. It was also encouraging to hear about his support team, which seemed to make all the difference. And, great to know this was all done for a charity. Heartwarming!
I listened to this book while doing my own daily walking, so I listened for about 1 hour per day. But, there were many days when I would get back home and continue to listen. I was glad that Jeff made it the entire way, but sorry to have the book end. Great listen through Audible!
Musician and Teacher
Yes, good if you want to hike the AT
Author's positive attitude
He sounds like a robot and has an annoying accent. Very dry and robotic.
Yes, up until the end.
The author should have ended the book a couple paragraphs after reaching Maine. He goes on and on with repetitive inspirational drivel. This ruins the effect of a good ending.
Love a good thriller!
Yes. I enjoy hiking myself, live near the AT and enjoy the subject.
The personal struggle with the trail itself.
Some of the minute details of the fundraising.
I would have changed the pronunciation to correct the trail name: it's Appalachian, which is pronounced as throwing an apple-atch-ah. I know the name varies in it's pronunciation by where and who regarding the mountain chain etc, but the trail itself is uniformly pronounced "apple-atch-ah". You can verify this with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy if you wish. Anyone listening would most likely know this, and as the name occurs repeatedly in the story it becomes one of those nails on the chalkboard kind of distractions.
That matter aside, the balance of the narration was fine.
No, while compelling I had no problem stopping and joining back later. It has the advantage on no real "plot" line to remain aware of. This makes it an easier book to take in sections.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
Well written, and uplifting this story takes the listener along the AT for the highs and lows and really helps to inspire you to want to get outdoors. There aren’t a ton of laugh out loud moments (like Bill Bryce’s “A Walk in the Woods”), but there are enough real movements to connect you to the author trail and other hikers you meet along the way. In addition I like that this is a story about doing the trail for a reason other the self-development. I personally find those types of stories (such as “Wild”) hard to connect with because the author is either doing something stupid or is a bit self-centered.
Mr. Heyborne does a very good job. It's a bit more reading than performance due to the type of book, but he really adds to the enjoyment of the story.
The Outdoor Times review is an apt one. I enjoyed this as I am a big fan of hiking, car camping, had experienced a bit of the AT and was curious about what it would be like to walk large sections of the AT. But this is not a book I ever would have spent an entire credit on. The 2 for one sale allowed me to enjoy this book. Thanks Audible.
Listening to this book made me so excited to start my own appalachian trail hike I would literally tear up (with anticipation) at my desk sometime.
It is obvious Jeff it not a professional writer, but the story is so great and well read his simplicity just fits. HIGHLY recommend if someone is planning their own thru-hike. The book focuses on the experience of hiking and interacting with individuals rather than a book about just the trial itself.
It is a good story, but the performance of the person reading it really takes away from the story.
The positive outlook of the author.
First, he cannot pronounce the word "Appalachian" in any way I have heard it pronounced. It drove me crazy the whole time and almost made me quit in the beginning. I wish the performers would get with the author ahead of time to work this stuff out. I would have it re-done.
put you there
when he brought residents from the Sunshine Center out to walk
realizing that his brother would never be able to share in his walk, and yet feeling that he was connected to him providing inspiration was lovely
I've read many books about walking long trails. The reasons that people walk are always interesting. This was the first I read about someone raising money for a great cause that was completely personal to him. He described his walk vividly so that I felt like I took every step with him. This is important to me because I aspire to walk one of these long trails but so far have just been reading about them.
Skimmed some bits the at would have been more interesting in depth. But worth a read.
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