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  • AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

  • By: David Miller
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,721

In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to hike 2,172 miles of the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. Listeners are treated to rich descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the rewards of taking a less conventional path through life. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about hiking gear and planning.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but severely lacking.

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-01-13

Mile by mile journey

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-19

This was a good book for a dry mile by mile account of the trail. I still enjoyed listening to it because it gives a sense of what it is like to hike the many different sections. Don't expect an exciting adventure story though.

  • Braving the Wilderness

  • The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,033
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,923

"True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives - experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actual Step-By-Step To Authenticity!

  • By Gillian on 09-14-17

Winding Narrative of Self-Discovery

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-17

I used my credits on this book on a whim. Perhaps it was written more for people looking for her opinions on these subjects. I found it to be a winding narrative without much grounding in research or peer reviewed work. It was mostly the author sharing her opinions on what she learned. Also, I think the book’s lessons are more suited for extroverts and learning to argue fairly. I’m glad the author learned how to slow down and think rationally for herself, but I’m not sure why that needs to be a book for the rest of us to read.

37 of 46 people found this review helpful