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AWOL on the Appalachian Trail Audiobook

AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

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Publisher's Summary

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. This is not merely a travel guide; it is a beautifully written and highly personal view into one man’s journey and the insights gained by abandoning what is comfortable and routine.

©2011 David Miller (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"David Miller’s AWOL makes you feel the pain and joy of an Appalachian Trail thru-hike.... In vivid colors, David paints a picture of his memorable journey." (Larry Luxenberg Director of the Appalachian Trail Museum)

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    West Houston, TX 12-29-14
    West Houston, TX 12-29-14
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    "A simple hiker's journal with a terrible narrator."

    This is a pretty basic hiking journal about the Appalachian Trail that would be much better in book form with pictures. There are not many descriptive passages about the terrain and scenery that can be expressed in pictures. The narrator is what kills this audio book, the guy's voice sounds like a proper English butler that has no business reading a hiking book. I turned it off a few times and contemplated not even finishing but I pushed myself through his annoying voice and lip smacking/heavy breaths much like the writer pushing himself on the trail... Do yourself a favor and just read the book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Me & My Girls 06-02-14 Member Since 2017
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    "A Long Walk Becomes A Good Book"

    David Miller's story of his hike along the AT compares favorably with Bill Bryson's rendition of his. It's different in that Miller wasn't a novice hiker or someone who's terribly out of shape in the beginning of the hike but slowly becomes accustomed to the grind as it goes on. He is in shape and is good with the pace almost from the beginning. I enjoyed the depiction of the other through hikers he meets along the way including the dreaded Steve O.His asides concerning both the changes in his life due to the loss of his job and the fact that the hike is taking him away from his wife and his daughters. He writes convincingly about the physical hardships of the trail and the joys of things like showers, clean clothes, and hot food. Relating the triumph he feels as he's finishing the last mile of the trail is inspiring. The narrator does a fine job with the material; an excellent five star listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jared Oceanside, CA, United States 09-12-13
    Jared Oceanside, CA, United States 09-12-13
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    "Good on ya AWOL"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed listening to the authors trials, tribulations and triumphs while taking some time away from his conventional life. Something I feel many long for but few actually do. I was surprised by how insightful the author is and felt myself wanting more of that inner voice. While the narration was acceptable, I felt it had too much of a melancholy tone that seemed a little off from what I envision the author's true persona to be.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Aragorn 11-17-17
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    "I loved it"

    It taught me a lot about his experience and the at. I have always wanted to hike the trail and I believe anyone who is planning on hiking it should read or listen to his book for it will give you a great insight into the hiking experience

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    JBC South Carolina USA 11-15-17
    JBC South Carolina USA 11-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it but wanted more"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. My only complaint is that I wish he had written more about his hike. I would have enjoyed it even more if it was longer, with more details about his surroundings and the people he met. That said, perhaps I am atypical and the length is just right for most people. I have a lot in common with the author as we are approximately the same age with three children and the same job, so that was a factor I'm sure.
    Still, regardless of your background, if you are interested in walking the AT, you should definitely read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer dc 11-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "AWOL on the Appatachian Trail"

    The narration was very good in this well written, interesting book. The description s were excellent.

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    harold hutzler 11-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "thank you so much for sharing you are hike"

    thank you for riding your story about the Appalachian Trail inspires me drive myself. xxxx
    xxxx xxxxx xxxx

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    H. Atwood Pacific NW 11-11-17
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    "Tedious and uninspiring"

    Don't waste your time. The narration fits the writing, monotone and unemotional. Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods is vastly more insightful, entertaining and funny.

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    Amazon Customer 11-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great writing, kept me wanting more."

    AWOL you need to hike more areas across the US. those of us that dream but can't take the plunge need to hear more.

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    Anonymous 10-22-17
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    "Inspiring"

    Listened to 2 times. Visited Harper's Ferry while working out of town.
    Hiked the C & O trail accidently, but while lost saw tons of monuments from the Civil War which gave me a lot insight on those soldiers lives before and after if they lived. After about 18 miles I ended up in boonsboro. My first hike and I could only take baby steps I was so sore.Anyhow.
    The following week I went back to Harper's Ferry and did enter the AT. I hikes approx 10 miles slept in a shelter by myself, hiked back to Harper's Ferry and my truck.
    Now I just listened to AWOL for 2nd time and I want to make a thru hike in 2018.
    I'm very inspired to go.
    If its calling you, then go. Right?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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