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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Me & My Girls 06-02-14 Member Since 2016

    Thanks and respect to the women that served and paid a high price. You are still gorgeous Shi; your scars make you even more beautiful.

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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.

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    Ariana 05-17-17
    Ariana 05-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "a little bland"

    I enjoy books about adventures like this but it was read a little blandly for me, I just didn't feel much of a connection to the story.

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    ken 04-29-17
    ken 04-29-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story..."

    Great story of a man who quit his cubicle job to take an adventure of a lifetime. I bought this book on sale, half price. Best 5 bucks I ever spent. Inspiring, but realistic about chances of completion.

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    Linda E. Tendler Camarillo, California United States 04-28-17
    Linda E. Tendler Camarillo, California United States 04-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Hiking"

    I LOVED this book! Well written and I was sad to "hear" it end! I highly recommend it even if you just want to go walking and not hike the AT, which of course now I want to do!

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    P. Sanchez Cali 04-24-17
    P. Sanchez Cali 04-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Superb Adventure of Bucket List"

    A Walk in the Woods is the standard by which all A.T. books are now judged. By the way, obviously that's a superb and hilarious read. AWOL is right up there and took me on a long adventure that more and more of us yearn for in our lives. This book takes you from the aspect of making that decision to leave your job, telling your family, and setting off on a 6 month hike that many think about but few ever actually do. Humorous tales of the many characters met along the trail, some welcomed, some that raise an eyebrow. The physical aspect of learning gear, terrain, and hitching a ride. When the narrator (who is excellent) finishes the book, you feel like you've been with the author and take solace in completing this awe inspiring journey with him.

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    Clarice H. 04-17-17
    Clarice H. 04-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not incredibly exciting"

    but informational and candid. just don't expect to be on the edge of your seat.

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    Mendel Mordecai Planet Earth 04-16-17
    Mendel Mordecai Planet Earth 04-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "wonderful"

    I enjoyed every single minute of this book. I thought it was well written and fascinating as well as helpful for motivating people to undertake great and grand gestures like hiking the Appalachian Trail. I'm sixty years old but I want to do it now.

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    Cynthia Lindley 04-13-17
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    "thank you for sharing your adventure AWOL"

    I loved every minute. I didn't expect to laugh as much as I did. Looking forward to finishing the trail in sections every chance I get. Screamer 2012-2013-2015. Here's a toast - to believing in Trail Magic ... on and off the trail. thank you AWOL. Happy Trails!

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    2/25/16
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    "Well done"

    I loved davids account of his travels on the trail, amongst the best diary stories I've read in a very long while, a hearty well done.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "excellent story, easy to listen to."

    excellent story, easy to listen to. hard to put down! The narrator is superb and a thrill to listen to throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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