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Almost Anywhere

Road-Trip Ruminations on Love, Nature, Recovery, and Nonsense
Narrated by: Marisa Vitali
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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What do you do when your world ends? At 28 years old, Krista Schlyer sold almost everything she owned and packed the rest of it in a station wagon bound for the American wild. Her two best friends joined her - one a grumpy, grieving introvert, the other a feisty dog - and together they sought out every national park, historic site, forest, and wilderness they could get to before their money ran out or their minds gave in. The journey began as a desperate escape from urban isolation, heartbreak, and despair but became an adventure beyond imagining.

Chronicling their colorful escapade, Almost Anywhere explores the courage, cowardice, and heroics that live in all of us as well as the life of nature and the nature of life. This eloquent and accessible memoir is at once an immersion in the pain of losing someone particularly close and especially young and a healing journey of a broken life given over to the whimsy and humor of living on the road.

©2015 Krista Schlyer (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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What made the experience of listening to Almost Anywhere the most enjoyable?

Enjoyed a story of dealing with grief and healing through nature.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the adventures with her dog and friend. It made me feel like I spent time with friends.

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

I haven't heard any of her other performances but enjoyed this one. She adds expression to the characters and made me think the author could be reading it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

At 10 hours it is a little llong for that. I preferred to savor it on my commute to and from work.

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  • TINLEY PARK, IL, US
  • 05-23-19

Weak

In spite of skilled writing, this Audible selection suffers from inept narration (mispronunciations abound) and an author who seems self-absorbed and entitled. Schlyer’s descriptions of the wildlife, flora, and natural elements found in our national parks is soaring and beautiful, but it takes a backseat to her whining self-pity and immature perspectives. This manifests in occasional crude phrasing, depiction of childish behavior, and use of the F word, Most people who have suffered grief will relate to her experience, but not to her privilege in being able to take a year off of life to travel the country in search of solace. I would like to read this author in 30 years, when she has come to a more serene understanding that life is filled with pain.

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So bad I trired to return it

Bad writing, annoyingly overdone adjectives and similes. Annoying narration. It made me angry to listen to it.