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Just Passin' Thru: A Vintage Store, the Appalachian Trail, and a Cast of Unforgettable Characters | [Winton Porter]

Just Passin' Thru: A Vintage Store, the Appalachian Trail, and a Cast of Unforgettable Characters

Like a well-crafted stage play, Just Passin' Thru delivers one suspenseful scene after another. But in this historic setting a store on the Appalachian Trail called Mountain Crossings the characters who show up are no fictional creations. Like any good drama, there are the good guys (and gals) and the weirdos, too. Some show up once (and that’s enough), and some appear again and again. But all are united by two things: the author’s story-capturing talent, and whatever it is that lures them to attempt (or conquer) a 2,200-mile path that climbs and plummets from Georgia to Maine.
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Publisher's Summary

Like a well-crafted stage play, Just Passin' Thru delivers one suspenseful scene after another. But in this historic setting a store on the Appalachian Trail called Mountain Crossings the characters who show up are no fictional creations. They are the real-life stars of the author’s new life as a backpack-purging, canteen-selling, hostel-running, bandage-taping, lost-child finding, argument-settling, romance-fixing, chili-making man of many faces. Like any good drama, there are the good guys (and gals) and the weirdos, too. Some show up once (and that’s enough), and some appear again and again. Some are friends, and some dangerous. But all are united by two things: the author’s story-capturing talent, and whatever it is that lures them to attempt (or conquer) a 2,200-mile path that climbs and plummets from Georgia to Maine.

©2009 Winton Porter (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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    Pamela M. Southern California 11-13-14
    Pamela M. Southern California 11-13-14 Member Since 2012

    A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.

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    "Well Worth it!"

    I enjoy hiking tales and heard about this book from another hiker. My past reads have been about hikers and their trail events. This book is about a man who bought an outdoor gear/ hostel establishment called Mountain Crossing. His store is a well known rest stop on the AT and has quite the following (I checked out their website & Facebook pages).

    This was a great "welcome to my world" book. He shares encounters he has had through the years with hikers and employees. I found these stories funny & captivating. The narrators voice made this an easy listen. You don't have to be a hiker to like this one - it's a great read!

    Ps... I am starting to wonder if these reviews are worth my time and efforts. If it helps you could you please click " helpful". Thank you



    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roxanna Olympia, WA, United States 12-19-14
    Roxanna Olympia, WA, United States 12-19-14 Member Since 2011

    I am a full-time artist, intrepid traveler and a voracious reader. I discovered Audible and audio books through my son Corey, who is a narrator of several Audible books.

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    "Just Passin' Thru? Come back and tell me more!"

    Loved this book! It is not nearly long enough but what there is was absolutely charming. Winton Porter does a wonderful job of spinning the yarn of his years minding a store on the Appalachian Trail and the hungry and loopy hikers who show up at his store. I have always wanted to hike a hunk of it but sadly I live nearer the Pacific Crest Trail so must live vicariously through stories like this.

    The descriptions of the trail, the amazing characters who decide to take on the daunting hike and make the commitment to do it, and in many cases do it over and over, are delightful.I could actually picture them like I had been sitting on a stone bench in the sun with them.

    I love the guy on the roof with Oldham flute, just taking life in stride. I admire Porter's wife who just copes with the realities of living in a frigid old stone house year round and rolls with whatever happens.

    This book is a great introduction to the brotherhood and sisterhood of people that are taken/fascinated and addicted to the reality and the dream of the Appalachian trail. The narrator does a wonderful low key job of telling the story in a way that feels very real and like I imagine Porter's actual voice and delivery would sound.

    My only gripe? It was not nearly long enough?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kalvin Levesque Ontario, Canada 02-18-14
    Kalvin Levesque Ontario, Canada 02-18-14 Member Since 2012

    I like post apocalyptic novels, zombie novels, fantasy, memoirs about war, novels about hiking and paranormal romcoms

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    "Just passin' thru but wish I could have stayed"
    Where does Just Passin' Thru rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an amazing audio book. It has a great cast of characters. Billy Bumble Foot and Winton being my favorite. This is one of my favorite books i have listened to.


    What other book might you compare Just Passin' Thru to and why?

    I've never read or listened to anything like it. It did remind me of Empire Records, the movie, in a sense that the story wasn't about the store, but it was more of just a back drop to the lives and experiences of hikers, the staff, Winton and his family. I think it would be a great anime series, but that's just me.


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

    I have not listened to any other of Jones Allen's performances, but I wouldn't hesitate to listen to his work. He created voices for the characters. Winton, Sierra, and Billy. He nailed it.


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

    With out any spoilers I'd say the story of Lorac and her gift to Winton.


    Any additional comments?

    I ordered this book looking for another hiker book, but found something much more. This book was funny, entertaining and had so many positive messages. This book will help you see things from a different perspective reminding "that it's not about the miles, It's about the smiles" and that life would be better if we all could just stop and capture the moments of our lives that do our heart good. To "smile and dance."

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Noreen WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 11-30-14
    Noreen WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 11-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    What made the experience of listening to Just Passin' Thru the most enjoyable?

    The characters that come across the trail.


    What other book might you compare Just Passin' Thru to and why?

    It is not like Wyld, but it is about hiking one of the US's big trails, and the people who do that.


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

    Can't compare. FIrst listen to him. Very nice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    An adventure in meeting hikers on the Appalachian Trail.


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed his caring concern with hikers and their safety and the mistakes hikers make.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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